Well it was fun while it lasted, but Bayern Munich are back at the top of the table, after Wolfsburg ended their winning run with a draw against Frankfurt. In reality, Bayern probably won’t relinquish that top spot for the rest of the season. A picture of health, the Bundesliga. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
Elsewhere, the newly promoted Greuther Furth and VfL Bochum are struggling to keep up in the top flight, and have already fallen into the relegation spots. They’re only a couple points behind those teams ahead of them, but both went into the season as the favorites to go down, and we haven’t seen anything to suggest these predictions were wrong.
Here’s a roundup of the rest of the action in the Bundesliga over the weekend.
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Greuther Furth
Arminia Bielefeld 0-0 Hoffenheim
Augsburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Bayern Munich 7-0 VfL Bochum
Mainz 0-0 Freiburg
FC Cologne 1-1 RB Leipzig
VfB Stuttgart 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund 4-2 Union Berlin
Wolfsburg 1-1 Frankfurt
Are Borussia Monchengladbach and Frankfurt in Trouble?
The answer is “probably not”, but you know it’s really hard to come up with some talking points in the first few games of the season. Frankfurt and Gladbach are currently occupying the 15th and 16th spots in the League, and if Gladbach finish the season there, they’d be playing in the promotion/relegation playoff against third place in the 2. Bundesliga.
The Foals lost for the third time in their first five games, and while the first two losses were to Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin, their 1-0 loss to Augsburg over the weekend is a real show of Gladbach’s struggles.
Frankfurt, on the other hand, got a decent result over the weekend, drawing 1-1 away from home against Wolfsburg. That’s pretty good, in isolation, but the trouble is that they have yet to win this season. Four draws and one loss is a rough start for a team that was incredibly close to securing Champions League football last season.
Like I said, I don’t think either of these sides are really in any trouble (yet...), but it’s an interesting talking point early in the Bundesliga season. Two teams that should be competing for a spot in European competitions are currently languishing around the relegation zone. I am sure both will pick up form soon and won’t spend the season worrying about life in the second tier, but any hopes of competing for the top six are also vanishing quickly.
Do you see either of Greuther Furth or Bochum surviving the drop?