The Bundesliga season marches on as Week 10 sees Bayern Munich staying on top of the table after a 3-1 win over Stuttgart, while Borussia Dortmund took a tumble against FC Koln as they dropped a 2-1 result and fell to 4th place. There’s a plethora of action this weekend going on in Germany though, so let’s have a look at the best and worst of Week 10 in Bundesliga play.
Best of Week 10
Bayern Munich v. RB Leipzig
Saturday, December 5, 12:30p.m. ET
Allianz Arena, Munich
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No surprise here as the top two teams in the league square off against each other with Leipzing hoping to overtake Bayern as the Bundesliga leaders. Leipzig only sits two points behind Bayern, so a win would see them leap to the top. Leipzig is coming off a thrilling midweek win in UEFA Champions League play with a 4-3 win over Basaksehir, putting them in prime position to advance to the knockout rounds if they can come out on top against Manchester United in their last game of the group stage. Bayern have already secured their ticket to the knockout rounds, so they had the luxury of resting Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer in their UCL match-up this past week against Atletico Madrid, and were still able to pull off a 1-1 draw against the La Liga side. Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies will sit this weekend out with injuries which could easily impact the outcome, but expect a thrilling contest between these two German powerhouses as they battle for first place in Week 10.
Worst of Week 10
Arminia Bielefeld v. Mainz
Saturday, December 5, 9:30a.m. ET
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Two sides, each with one win to their name this season, will battle it out to see if either one can escape the relegation zone in Week 10. 16th-place Mainz will travel to take on 17th-place DSC Arminia Bielefeld as one point separates the clubs, with only Schalke sitting lower than both of them. Bielefeld started the season of well with a 1-1 draw against Frankfurt followed by a 1-0 win over Cologne, but they’ve lost every single one of their 7 matches since then, falling down the table week after week. Mainz isn’t faring much better, grabbing their first win of the season two weeks ago, followed by a 1-1 draw at home against TSG Hoffenheim. Jean-Philippe Mateta has quickly proven he’s the team’s best scoring option as he bagged a hat-trick in their 3-1 win over Freiburg just a couple weeks back, good for a total of 7 goals on the season for the French striker. The club, as a whole, has only found the back of the net 11 times this season.
Week 10 Sleeper
Werder Bremen v. VfB Stuttgart
Sunday, December 6, 9:30a.m. ET
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Young USMNT star Josh Sargent is set to make his return for Bremen this weekend after being ruled out last week with an ankle injury, which resulted in a 5-3 loss at Wolfsburg. Werder Bremen manager Florian Kohfeldt praised Sargent following last week’s match, telling media that Sargent’s absence really hurt the team, and he was glad it’s not a serious injury. That was Sargent’s first absence of the season after starting all 8 games previously. Bremen still has plenty of work to do, as they’re winless in their last 6 outings in league play. Stuttgart will be looking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to league leaders Bayern Munich last week, as they’ll look to get back to their scoring ways. Both teams have only won two matches on the season, but a win this weekend could see either side jump into the top 10 which will be more than welcome by either team.
This Weekend’s Full Schedule
All times listed are Eastern. All matches streaming on ESPN+ in the United States.
Saturday, December 5
9:30 a.m.: Arminia Bielefeld v. Mainz
9:30 a.m.: Eintracht Frankfurt v. Borussia Dortmund
9:30 a.m.: FC Cologne v. VfL Wolfsburg
9:30 a.m.: SC Freiburg v. Borussia Monchengladbach
12:30 p.m.: Bayern Munich v. RB Leipzig
Sunday, December 6
9:30 a.m.: Werder Bremen v. VfB Stuttgart
12 p.m.: Schalke 04 v. Bayer Leverkusen
Monday, December 7
2:30 p.m.: TSG Hoffenheim v. FC Augsburg