Match Day 7 is already upon us Bundesliga fans. It’s been an exciting and unpredictable season so far, with FSV Mainz 05 having a perfect record through six games, and perennial relegation battlers Hannover 96 sitting 3rd in the table with a 4-1-1 mark. Borussia Dortmund has also been a pleasant surprise for its fans, with five wins in its first six games to place second behind FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga table.
Gol TV will kick off US coverage of the Bundesliga with a Friday afternoon match featuring the hot Hannover 96 squad against the fabled St. Pauli squad. Kickoff for the live telecast is scheduled for 2:30 pm ET. On Saturday morning, GolTV will feature live coverage of the Hamburg SV – FC Kaiserslautern match at 9:30 am ET. Hamburg is off to a so-so start, as its 2-2-2 record would indicate, but Coach Armin Veh will look for the crowd at the Imtech Arena to boost his squad to victory. FC Kaiserslautern, newly promoted to the Bundesliga, have done okay so far, gaining two wins and a draw in their first six matches, good for 11th place in the table.
ESPN 3, the online streaming service, will feature a Bundesliga doubleheader on Sunday morning. At 9:30 am ET, the network will feature VfB Stuttgart in their match against Eintracht Frankfurt. Stuttgart are off to a slow start in the new season, only capturing one win, and sit bottom of the table. They are only at a -2 in goal differential, however, indicating that Christian Gross’ club may be more unlucky than untalented. They are also involved in the Europa league, which they started off with a bang with a 3-0 win over Young Boys of Switzerland heading into their Thursday match against Odense BK of Denmark. Eintracht Frankfurt have won twice and lost four times so far this season, but a +1 goal differential indicates that Michael Skibble’s club may also be unlucky so far.
The second half of the Bundesliga doubleheader on ESPN 3 begins at 11:30 am ET as Borussia Dortmund play host to Bayern Munich. This should be a fun one. Dortmund are off to a blazing start, scoring 16 times while allowing only five goals in six league games. Shinji Kagawa, Kevin Grosskreutz and Nuri Sahin each have five points thus far, scoring co-leaders for Jurgen Klopp’s team, which also won its opening Europa League match in dramatic comeback fashion against Karpaty Lviv in the Ukraine. Dortmund will play Sevilla on Thursday afternoon. Bayern Munich are at midtable with a 2-2-2 record in league play, but have been without Arjen Robben. FC Hollywood have been mediocore in league play, much to Coach Louis Van Gaal’s chagrin, but are doing quite well in UEFA Champions League action. Thus far, Bayern Munich sit atop Group E with two wins in two matches against AS Roma and FC Basel, although both games were taut affairs that went undecided until late in the contests.
Match Day 7 Fixtures:
|01.10.10||20:30||Hannover 96||:||FC St. Pauli|
|02.10.10||15:30||Hamburger SV||:||1. FC Kaiserslautern|
|02.10.10||15:30||1. FSV Mainz 05||:||1899 Hoffenheim|
|02.10.10||15:30||Borussia M’gladbach||:||VfL Wolfsburg|
|02.10.10||15:30||SC Freiburg||:||1. FC Köln|
|02.10.10||15:30||1. FC Nürnberg||:||FC Schalke 04|
|03.10.10||15:30||VfB Stuttgart||:||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|03.10.10||17:30||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||:||SV Werder Bremen|
|03.10.10||17:30||Borussia Dortmund||:||FC Bayern München|