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Bundesliga Game Week 4 - Dortmund hammer Wolfsburg, Werder, Schalke and Hamburg lose again!

Thursday 22nd September 2016
Convincing wins for the favourites, improved performances at the bottom and the pressure turns up to 9 on Bruno Labbadia. Gameweek 4 wrap up from the Bundesliga with Mark Dannell

VfL Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund – 1:5

17 goals in a week and just one conceded, it couldn't have been much better for Dortmund. Their attacking line-up has well and truly clicked now, goals from Guerreiro and Aubameyang in the 4th and 16th minute respectively gave them the perfect start. The fact that they went in at time still two goals to the good was down to Roman Bürki who made three fine saves from Gomez, Rodriguez and Arnold.

At the break Dieter Hecking tried to react, indeed his 2 substitutions paid off with Didavi pulling a goal back. That woke Dortmund up again though and 3 further goals from Dembele, Aubameyang again and Piszczek inside 15 minutes secured the resounding win and the top spot in the table for the next 24 hours!

Prediction – Away Win. Spot On

FC Ingolstadt 04 vs Eintracht Frankfurt – 0:2

Another story of intense effort with nothing to show for it for Ingolstadt and the euphoria of their debut season seems a long time ago now. Frankfurt even managed to win without Alexander Meier scoring, goals from David Abraham on the stroke of half-time and Bastian Oczpika shortly after the break knocked the stuffing right out of the “Schanzer”. I am legally obliged to include the phrase “foot like a traction engine” to describe Oczpika's goal, there was no stopping that.

Frankfurt have now made their best start to a season in 4 years and on this evidence will be pushing mid table. Ingolstadt need something to happen soon or they are going to be in a real relegation fight.

Prediction – Draw. Wrong

SV Darmstadt 98 vs 1899 TSG Hoffenheim – 1:1

Another undeserved point for Darmstadt. I maybe sound a bit harsh on them so here comes the praise.. They don't give up, an equalizer in the 92nd minute reward for their undoubted enterprise if not quality.

Hoffenheim had dominated this game and deservedly taken the lead just 40 seconds after the break, good target man play from Sandro Wagner on his return to Darmstadt enabled Rudy to pick his cross and Kramaric to pick his spot from the edge of the box. Michael Esser earnt the man of the match award for Darmstadt as a keeper which says a fair amount about how the game went before Oliinyk pounce on a loose ball in added time.

Prediction – Away Win. Wrong

SC Freiburg vs Hamburger SV – 1:0

A well-earned win for Freiburg who were rewarded for their attacking intent. A bit of extra quality in the final third in the winter transfer window wouldn't go amiss though as they were mostly restricted to long distance shots.

In the first-half it was actually Hamburg who had the best chance, Bobby Wood hitting the post after a mistake in the Freiburg defence. That was the one and only highlight though for Bruno Labbadia's team and Freiburg were rewarded for an attacking change in the 2nd half, Nils Peterson had been on the field 54 seconds when he tapped in a rebound from a Vincent Grifo long range effort.

It doesn't get any easier for Hamburg, next up Bayern at home. If Labbadia wants to keep his job he will need to avoid a cricket score. The Sack Race odds do not make pleasant reading though!

Prediction – Home Win. Spot On

FC Bayern München vs Hertha BSC – 3:0

This from my preview..“Bayern don't make enough individual errors to counteract the 3 goals they will score.”

And so it proved. Bayern were excellent throughout, after good chances from Lewandowski and Müller had been squandered early on Franck Ribery tucked away a nice finish. In the 2nd half the demonstration continued, Thiago got on the scoresheet and Arjen Robben marked his latest comeback with the 3rd goal.

Hertha won't be too disappointed, an away game against Frankfurt will be more of an indicator as to where they stand this year. They will have to do without Vladimir Darida though, he picked up an injury that will rule him out until new year.

Prediction – Home win. Spot On

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Augsburg – 0:0

This from my preview…”Augsburg's defence worries me and nothing much has changed there. No doubt there will be a backs to the wall clean sheet coming up now.”

Just call me Nostradamus. Credit where it is due, it was a much-improved show from Augsburg but they still had Marwin Hitz in goal to thank for some super saves and then Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz for one of the worst penalties you will see in a long time.

A bright spark for Leverkusen was at least Kevin Volland, he has taken a while to settle in but this was a lively show, setting up a chance for Chicharito that really should have been taken and then winning the penalty. When the penalty was missed I don't mind telling you I let out a few choice words, ruined my double that did.

Prediction – Home Win. Wrong

Schalke 04 vs 1. FC Köln – 1:3

A goal but still no points. This is really not going well. Schalke would even take the lead, a lovely assist from Nabil Bentaleb for Klaas Jan Huntelaar somewhat atoning for his mistake at the weekend but it was all downhill from there.

Just 2 minutes later Osaka equalized after a knock down from Modeste. Modeste himself added the 2nd in the 2nd half and Simon Zoller wrapped up the 3 points late in the game. I've said it before, Köln are quietly excellent and will be pushing hard for the European spots.

Watching the build up a bit yesterday, it seems the Schalke fans are willing to be patient with Weinzierl. A point at Hoffenheim would go down well on Sunday.

Prediction – Draw. Wrong

SV Werder Bremen vs Mainz 05 – 1:2

New week, new coach, same result but an improvement at Bremen. The defeat was a little harsh, Mainz scored the winner with the last action of the game to break the Werder faithful's hearts.

A furious start from Bremen saw them rewarded in the 12th minute, a long ranger from Izet Hajrovic giving them a deserved lead. Mainz showed nothing in the first-half, perhaps shocked by the intensity of the hosts.

In the second-half Werder perhaps paid the price for switching to a more passive game plan, Mainz were able to get a foothold in the game and up popped Yunus Malli to equalize in the 87th minute. That wasn't enough however, Pablo De Blasis rubbed salt into the wound, heading in with the last touch of the game.

Prediction – Away Win. Spot On

RB Leipzig vs Borussia Mönchengladbach – 1:1

Well, a good start for Andre Schubert in trying to fix the away form, and this time it was Leipzig who were on the end of a late goal.
Timo Werner scored again in the 6th minute and that 8.5€ million fee just keeps looking better and better and a dominant aggressive first-half for Leipzig kept BMG at bay. In the 2nd half Mönchengladbach did get back into the game, the high intensity of RB was not sustainable for 90 minutes and ultimately a deserved equalizer by Fabian Johnson in the 84th minute was secured.

Prediction – Home Win. Wrong

Betting/Tipping wrap up

  • 4/9 on the tips this week. That takes the average to 4.25/9.

  • I won another bet! The 9/2 on Dortmund/Aubameyang to score anytime seemed like big odds to me, shame I only had a fiver on it! Leverkusen's failure to break down Augsburg, including missing a penalty meant my double didn't come off but hey, I'm back in the plus in my account!  After 4 weeks my account balance stands at +15€!

  • Team of the Weekend:  Easy peasy. A lightning start and then stepping on the gas again when needed, hammering 5 goals past a team that hadn't previously conceded.

  • Player of the Weekend:  Not often I'll give it to a goalkeeper but Michael Esser of Darmstadt earns the award this week, without him Darmstadt would never have been in position to snatch a point at the death.

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Mark Dannell
Fan of most sports first and foremost, Tottenham fan born and raised. Currently living in Germany and married, avid follower of the Bundesliga and closet Dortmund fan since 1997 thanks to a very enthusiastic high school German teacher! Covering the Bundesliga in detail for itsroundanditswhite.co.uk, any questions, requests for features or general information required all welcome, either by mail or Twitter (@mdannell) preferable.

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