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Looking Around the League: Freiburg Bid Farewell to Dreisamstadion in Style

Some early pretenders occupy the spots just outside the top four. How long will they stay there?

Sport-Club Freiburg v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

We are six games in to the season and outside of the very predictable reality that Bayern Munich are pretty good while Bochum and Greuther Furth are pretty bad, we have chaos from 2nd place to 16th place.

Among all that chaos, there was a heartwarming moment as Freiburg said goodbye to their stadium in style.

Here’s a roundup of the rest of the action in the Bundesliga over the weekend.

Results

Greuther Furth 1-3 Bayern Munich

Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Mainz

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 FC Cologne

RB Leipzig 6-0 Hertha Berlin

Hoffenheim 3-1 Wolfsburg

Union Berlin 1-0 Arminia Bielefeld

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Borussia Dortmund

VfL Bochum 0-0 VfB Stuttgart

Freiburg 3-0 Augsburg

Standings

Freiburg, Mainz, and Cologne are... Good?

The top four is occupied by some of the usual suspects, but the three spots after that are held by teams that, to put it politely, weren’t exactly expected to be here. Freiburg, Mainz, and Cologne occupy fifth, sixth, and seventh, where you might usually find the likes of RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Over the weekend, Cologne drew with Frankfurt and Mainz lost to Bayer Leverkusen, but neither of these are necessarily bad results, and in Freiburg’s case, they beat Augsburg 3-0.

Freiburg remain unbeaten so far this season, beating Borussia Dortmund, Stuttgart, and Augsburg, and drawing against Bielefeld, Cologne, and Mainz. Perhaps not the toughest run of games, but according to xGDiff, they are actually performing like the fifth best team in the league too (level with Mainz).

RB Leipzig may have set things straight and got their season started, with their 6-0 hammering of Hertha Berlin, but maybe one of these three teams will be able to hold onto their place among the Bundesliga’s best? Probably not.

Your Thoughts?

Will Freiburg, Mainz, or Cologne maintain their successful start to the season?