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Bundesliga preview: In-form Bayern face surprise packets

Bayern Munich will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga when they host Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

The German giants dropped their first points of the campaign when they were defeated 2-1 by Bayer Leverkusen a fortnight ago, but have since bounced back in style.

They won 3-0 at Hamburg last weekend and then crushed French side Lille 6-1 at home in the Champions League during the week.

The fans at Allianz Arena expect a lot from their side, so motivation will be high for Bayern Munich given they were trumped by Bayer Leverkusen in their last league match at the ground.

Eintracht Frankfurt will be no pushover, however, given they sit in third place on the table with six wins from 10 matches.

The team from Frankfurt have been one of the biggest surprises in the Bundesliga this season, with veteran Alexander Meier the star with seven of their 21 goals.

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh will be hoping Meier can continue his goalscoring run as Bayern Munich have a host of attacking options at their disposal.

Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Mueller have scored 15 goals between them, while the skill and guise of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery are always tough for teams to deal with.

Bayern Munich have scored 30 league goals from their 10 appearances, so you can be assured there will be some goalmouth action in this clash.

The round kicks off on Friday when Mainz host Nuremberg in what is a battle between two mid-table sides.

Mainz head into the encounter after a 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen, but have a much better record at Coface Arena and should be too strong for their visitors from Bavaria.

Meanwhile, in Saturday’s other big game, Schalke take on Werder Bremen at Veltins Arena.

Schalke drew 2-2 with Arsenal in the Champions League during the week, but should be wary of a Werder Bremen side in good recent form.

They are undefeated in their past three matches and that run of form has seen them rise up the table to seventh.

However, Schalke have lost just once at home in the Bundesliga this season so an entertaining contest can be expected.

In other matches on Saturday, Augsburg are at home to Borussia Dortmund, Hoffenheim travel to Fortuna Duesseldorf and Freiburg host Hamburg.

And on Sunday the round is concluded when Bayer Leverkusen travel to Volkswagen Arena to take on Wolfsburg, second bottom club Greuther Fuerth are at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach and Stuttgart take on Hannover at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Thu 8 Nov, 2012
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