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The unbeaten records are preserved!- Bundesliga gameweek 6 review

Monday 3rd October 2016
Schalke finally notch their first win, and the Bundesliga still has 4 unbeaten records. Mark Dannell wraps up the Gameweek 6 action.

RB Leipzig vs FC Augsburg - 2:1

RB keep their unbeaten record with a hard fought win and in the process set a record as the first newbies to go unbeaten in their first 6 games. It was tougher than they would have hoped, Augsburg worked hard and covered a lot of ground. After 11 minutes Emil Forsberg was on hand to smash in the opener for RB after Marwin Hitz could only parry Sabitzers drive but the lead lasted just 3 minutes as Dong-Won Ji jinked into the area and curled a great effort past Gulasci.

After the break Leipzig were able to assert their authority somewhat as the visitors tired and it was no surprise to see Yussuf Poulsen notch what would prove to be the winner. There was time for Timo Werner to blast high and wide instead of laying off to the unmarked Poulsen as well, while Oliver Burke made a short cameo from the bench.

Prediction – Home Win. Spot On.

FC Bayern vs 1. FC Köln - 1:1

Well I never. Crisis on the Säbernerstrasse, Bayern lost in the Champions League and fail to beat Köln, in the process costing me a healthy profit on one of my bets this week. Absolutely gutted.

Not for Köln though, this was a resilient performance after being completely outplayed for the first 35 minutes it was not a shock to see Joshua Kimmich diving in to head Bayern in front. That would usually be the cue for teams to fold but not Köln who rode their luck at the start of the 2nd half, Müller lashed wide and Martinez hit the post before Anthony Modeste applied an outstanding improvised finish to a cross just after the hour mark. Timo Horn saved from Müller as Bayern went in search of the winner but it could, perhaps should have been Köln who came away with all three points, Simon Zoller not able to convert at the death.

Prediction – Home Win. Wrong.

Hertha BSC vs Hamburger SV - 2:0

Vedad Ibisevic capped off a memorable week, first becoming a father and then scoring a nice double here to give Hertha a well deserved win. They were rarely troubled and a crisp finish after a bit of ping pong in the first half and a cool penalty sealed the three points.

Hamburg were committed but ineffectual and Markus Gisdol will slowly be realising the challenge he has ahead of him.

Prediction – Draw. Wrong

FC Ingolstadt 04 vs 1899 TSG Hoffenheim - 1:2

Hoffenheim also remain undefeated and are starting to turn their draws into wins. An excellent first half with goals from Sandro Wagner and Kerem Bemirbay was the key to the victory, with an impressive disciplined defensive show in the 2nd half keeping Ingolstadt at bay until Lukas Hinterseer's 95th minute penalty consolation.

Comfortable mid table with a potential push for Europe seems likely now for Hoffenheim while Ingolstadt sink a place after Schalke's win. With Hamburg and Werder already having changed coaches and Schalke seemingly having turned a corner might we see the next trainer being relieved of his duties at the "Schanzer"?

Prediction – Away Win. Spot On,

SV Darmstadt 98 vs SV Werder Bremen - 2:2

I picked a draw before the match and both teams will be happy with that. Antonio Colak slotted home a somewhat contentious penalty after 20 minutes for the home side which gave them a deserved lead at half time. After the break Werder were much improved, Lamine Sane headed in from close range with the first meaningful action of the 2nd half and Serge Gnabry notched again after being played through by a delightful through ball.

If they had been able to sit on that lead for a few minutes they might well have won the game but those hopes were dashed by a sensational volleyed effort for his 2nd goal by Colak. Overall a fair result and a decent point for both in the relegation scrap. As an aside, Werder have now confirmed Alexander Nouri until the end of the season as trainer.

Prediction – Draw. Spot On.

SC Freiburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt - 1:0

Freiburg have done it again. Stopping high-flying Frankfurt in their tracks is no easy feat but Freiburg managed it comfortably.

The winner came after just 4 minutes from Vincenzo Grifo but that was by no means the end of the action. Chances and half chances for both sides came and went but it was Alexander Meier with an uncharacteristic miss late in the game that ensured Freiburg extended their home winning sequence to 9 games.

Prediction – Draw. Wrong

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund - 2:0

It's fair to say Bayer Leverkusen have woken up from their early season slumber, an early goal from Mehmedi and a goal on the counter for Javier Hernandez sealed the 3 points for the "Works 11". After the game Thomas Tuchel blamed tiredness for the lethargic display and perhaps the mid week exertions against Real Madrid did have an effect, it was a strangely subdued performance.

Thats not to take anything away from the Leverkusen win, Hakan Calhanoglu was excellent in the number 10 role and Hernandez is almost a goal guarantee in this kind of form, that was his 5th in the Bundesliga already.

Prediction – Away Win. Wrong

VfL Wolfsburg vs Mainz 05 - 0:0

A snooze inducing Sunday afternoon game this one, I am glad I only watched the "highlights". Mainz were marginally the better team despite their Europa League exertions in Azerbaijan, Wolfsburg had a goal from Draxler correctly ruled out for offside and a shot cleared off the line also from Draxler but that was as good as it got. A rotten game.

Prediction – Draw. Spot On.

FC Schalke 04 vs Borussia Mönchengladbach - 4:0

Well that was a surprise. At half time this one was 0:0 and I was about to start counting my winnings after picking 2 draws in the Sunday games but 3 goals in 6 minutes from Choupo-Moting, Embolo and Goretzka from the 52nd minute put the game to bed. There was even time for Embolo to add a 4th in the final 10 minutes to cap off a poor week for Mönchengladbach.

Despite having a day less preparation time it was Schalke who made the better impression throughout, Goretzka and Schopf perhaps should have done better in the first half but both allowed Sommer to make routine saves. There was little sign of the goal avalanche to come but this coupled with the Europa League win over Red Bull Salzburg should kick start a march up the table for Markus Weinzerl's men. Andre Schubert has been given another stark reminder of his sides fragility away from home and this cannot continue much longer.

Prediction – Draw. Wrong.

Betting/Tipping wrap up

  • 4/9 again on the tips this week. That takes the average to 4.13/9.

  • Absolutely gutted with Bayern. If you have a 13/2 treble you don't expect it to be Bayern at home who mess it up. Useless the Bavarians, I hope they choke on their Oktoberfest beer. The Draw double was ruined by Schalke thumping in 4 but it is hard to begrudge them too much after their rotten start to the season. The good news.. I am still in profit!  After 6 weeks my account balance stands at +€5!

  • Team of the Weekend:  Easy peasy.  Schalke . Delighted for Markus Weinzerl. Actually a bit harsh on Köln this but they can console themselves with their lofty table position and unbeaten record.

  • Player of the Weekend:  Difficult to pick someone out this week. 3 players scored twice but I'll give it to someone who got 2 assists instead,  Hakan Calhanoglu  had an excellent game for Bayer Leverkusen.

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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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