Borussia Dortmund’s seven goal thriller with Bayer Leverkusen was undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend, but there were some pretty good matches all over Germany’s top flight over the last few days. We had a total of 28 goals across nine games, which is an average of just over three goals a game.
Hertha Berlin finally got their season started, as did Borussia Monchengladbach, though neither side can claim to have toppled a world beater, and Wolfsburg are still boasting a perfect record. They haven’t faced a ton of resistance so far, but 12 points from four games is still impressive.
Bayer Leverkusen 3-4 Borussia Dortmund
Freiburg 1-1 FC Cologne
Greuther Furth 0-2 Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim 0-2 Mainz
Union Berlin 0-0 Augsburg
RB Leipzig 1-4 Bayern Munich
Frankfurt 1-1 VfB Stuttgart
VfL Bochum 1-3 Hertha Berlin
Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Arminia Bielefeld
Bayern Munich Hammer RB Leipzig
The two worst teams you know played each other on Saturday, and there were no winners. Except technically speaking Bayern Munich won 4-1. That’s a solid showing away from home against RB Leipzig, but it’s all hollow because it’s Bayern Munich that did it.
At this point, we’re possibly starting to see the cream rise to the top of the Bundesliga, with Wolfsburg being chased down by Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. Interestingly, Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig are both struggling down in 11th and 12th respectively.
When you look at the xGD/90 (expected goals for per 90 minus expected goals against per 90) you also start to see some separation between the elite and the rest of the league. Bayern Munich, BVB, and Wolfsburg are clear out in front, with +2.18, +1.11, and +0.91 respectively.
Four games in would be a little too early to make any sweeping declarations about this season, but these three teams are definitely the best teams in the league and there’s no way anything will go wrong or change throughout the season. The good news for Dortmund is that they are among the leading pack despite not looking great so far this season. Fingers crossed they continue to improve as they get used to Marco Rose’s system.
Are RB Leipzig or Borussia Monchengladbach in trouble? Or will they right the ship and climb the table soon enough?