Now that the international break is coming to a close, it is time to look back to league competition around the world. I’m looking at the German Bundesliga in this November 18th, 2016 weekend preview.
There are two times jointly at the top entering Friday but by the time I post this, you’ll probably see that RB Leipzig already beat Bayer Leverkusen in the BayArena. That is no small feat. Leipzig has been on an unbelievable tear to start the season and have gone punch for punch with Bayern. Leipzig recently have been particularly good with six consecutive victories now. The last time Leipzig dropped points in the Bundesliga was September 25th when they drew 1-1 with Cologne, ALMOST 2 MONTHS AGO. That is incredible and those six straight have come against: Augsburg, Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen, Darmstadt, Mainz and now Leverkusen. Leipzig has been competing against improving competition and this huge victory over Leverkusen shows that Leipzig are dangerous and are here to compete, 11 games unbeaten and this is their first go in the Bundesliga, it’s just unreal. In reality, this will not hold, Leipzig will eventually fall off and will slip down the table. There is just absolutely no way that Leipzig would be able to keep pace with Bayern and Dortmund, regardless of the crowded fixture list that they will both have to adjust to. But after Leicester last year, who knows? Maybe we should just wait and see.
Speaking of Bayern and Dortmund. It is the biggest match in Germany and surely one of the biggest matches around the world. In a weekend filled with spectacular contests all around Europe, perhaps the Co-Main Event of all the matches is Der Klassiker which features the contest between the two aforementioned clubs. The two best that Germany have to offer take the field against each other for the second time this year. Bayern previously beat Dortmund 2-0 in the German Super Cup that offered more of a warm up game to the season. This one is for real, league match, three points, a chance for Bayern to distance themselves from their hated rivals, and a direct opportunity for Dortmund to gain on Bayern’s lead in front of the rest of Germany (except for Leipzig). The main news before the match is the ruling of Marco Reus being inactive for Dortmund with a heel injury. This may prompt Dortmund to put trust in their American prodigy- Christian Pulisic. Dortmund will be sending a flying, energetic, young XI to meet the giant, experienced, unstoppable Bayern. Gotze faces his old team for the first time and Lewandowski will duel Aubameyang for the win Saturday.