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Bayern travels to Cologne, Dortmund visits Schalke

Bayern travels to Cologne, Dortmund visits Schalke

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich has easy prevalent sequence in a Bundesliga by going to a tip of a standings for a initial time this season. The fortifying champion now intends to stay there and boost a opening to Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, a dual clubs deliberate to be Bayern’s biggest challengers for a title.

Bayern travels to promoted Cologne, while Dortmund visits Schalke in a mostly unpleasant Ruhr derby. Leverkusen is also on a road, roving to winless Freiburg.

Here are some things to know about a Bundesliga weekend:

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ON TOP

It took Bayern 5 matches to stand to a tip of a standings and it came opposite a prior warn leader, promoted Paderborn, that was dispatched 4-0. Now Bayern can demeanour for a initial win on a highway during another promoted team, Cologne, that suffered a initial detriment in Hannover in a midweek round.

Arjen Robben returned to a starting 11 and played a purpose in dual goals. “We wanted to make a matter and to put Dortmund and Leverkusen underneath pressure,” a winger pronounced of Bayern’s clever performance.

Bayern authority Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pronounced a idea was to squeeze a joining lead “and we achieved it.”

Cologne has had a plain start though mislaid 1-0 in a tighten compare in Hannover, that is now third.

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DORTMUND’S RALLY

Borussia Dortmund fought behind from a margin of better to rescue a 2-2 pull opposite Stuttgart. Late goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ciro Immobile warranted a draw. Dortmund is now 4 points behind Bayern and 3 behind Leverkusen. Juergen Klopp’s group can't means to tumble behind even more, though it is struggling to overcome a fibre of injuries to pivotal players.

“We don’t have many options,” Klopp said. Among a blank are Henrik Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus.

Dortmund needs to seaside adult a defense, that already has conceded 9 goals. The lapse of Mats Hummels will help.

Schalke won some respirating space for under-fire manager Jens Keller by winning 3-0 during winless Werder Bremen though losing during home to a sour opposition would be a vital blow.

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A GOAL, GIVE US A GOAL

Hamburger SV fans had been anticipating for a reconstruction underneath new manager Joe Zinnbauer, who got a earnest start in a 0-0 pull with Bayern. But a hopes did not final prolonged as Hamburg went down 1-0 during Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Not usually is Hamburg still winless, it also has not scored a idea nonetheless in 5 matches. Hamburg revamped a patrol in a offseason, though a vital investment still has not constructed any dividends and a usually bar never to be relegated from a Bundesliga is bottom of a standings. Hamburg hardly avoided relegation final deteriorate and it looks like it is streamer in a same instruction again.

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STUTTGART’S WOES

Another former champion going by a vital unemployment is Stuttgart. Another group who fought opposite relegation final season, Stuttgart brought behind manager Armin Veh, who guided a group to a championship in 2007. But a group is still struggling and dismissed executive of sports Fredi Bobic hours before a diversion in Dortmund. Bobic hired and dismissed 5 coaches though Stuttgart has been usually slipping in a Bundesliga in a past 3 seasons.

The group had an enlivening opening opposite Dortmund though still went home with small to uncover for it and is still but a victory. It subsequent hosts Hannover, that is off to a best start.

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HILDEBRAND IS BACK

Former backup Germany goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand is behind in a Bundesliga. The jobless Hildebrand was sealed Thursday by Eintracht Frankfurt, that mislaid Kevin Trapp to an ankle damage until a finish of a year. Trapp was harmed in a 2-2 pull with Mainz.

Hildebrand did not get a new agreement with Schalke during a finish of a final season. He won a Bundesliga pretension with Stuttgart in 2007 and afterwards had mediocre stints with Valencia, Hoffenheim, Sporting Lisbon and Schalke.

The 35-year-old Hildebrand is approaching to be backup for Felix Wiedwald until Trapp returns.

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