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Action packed as Bundasliga resumes

Borussia Dortmund players celebrate a goal against Paderbon as the Bundesliga giants ran riot in the German Cup. PHOTO/EFE
Borussia Dortmund players celebrate a goal against Paderbon as the Bundesliga giants ran riot in the German Cup. PHOTO/EFE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 13 – Following the end of the international weekend, the German Bundesliga return tonight as third-placed  Borussia Dortmund welcome second-placed in a top of the table encounter.

 Hertha Berlin will be looking to exert some pressure on league leaders FC Bayern Munich while Dortmund engage in a catch up game.

Thomas Tuchel’s men made an electric start to the season, scoring 20 goals in the four games following the shock 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig on Matchday 2.

Dortmund were brought back down to earth with a thud last time out, though, falling 2-0 to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

The result left Die Schwarzgelben third, four points behind leaders Bayern, and one from the visiting capital club, who are second.

Hertha spent 20 weeks in the UEFA Champions League places last term before finishing seventh, but they have dispelled any notion that last season’s form was a deviation from the norm, winning four of their six games so far, with their sole defeat coming at the hands of champions Bayern.

On Matchday 4Tomorrow, leaders Bayern will be counting on their in-form striker Robert Lewandowski who have averaged 20 goals a season since joining Borussia Dortmund from KKS Lech Poznan in 2010.

With five Bundesliga strikes already this term – as well as a hat-trick in Poland’s FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying win over Denmark – the 28-year-old looks set for goals in the tomorrow’s match against Frankfurt. The matches will be live on StarTimes.

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Across in the French Ligue 1 focus on the top billing match as Toulouse host Monaco tonight.

Monaco led the league in the first few weeks and is now at the second spot of the league table, only a point behind the league leaders Nice.

They marked the last month with a heavy defeat at Nice before winning at home against Angers. Monaco will have to be on the lookout for Toulouse and their 4-2-1 record.

Toulouse started the season on a low note with two straight winless performances, but the team had gone on a three-game winning run after that.

And TFC, Toulouse, who was almost relegated to Ligue 2 last season by finishing 17th in the overall standings, is currently at the fourth spot of the 20-team French top flight table.

They are only two points behind third-running team Paris Saint-Germain and six points below league leaders Nice.

Tomorrow, Lille will go to the Roudourou Stadium to face Guingamp, who has more than one trick in their bag thanks to the arrival of new head coach Antoine Kombouaré.

The weekend matches end with contests between Saint-Etienne and Dijon. All three matches will be shown live on the World Sports channel of StarTimes.

In the Italian Serie A, five straight defending champions FC Juventus are starting to load up their artillery for their trip to Udinese tomorrow.

Positive news have emerged from the Juventus side as it is believed that Claudio Marchisio and could return to the Juventus squad for the visit to Udinese.

The Juventus midfielder has been sidelined since April with a cruciate ligament injury, but has returned to training in recent weeks.

On Udinese side, they have just appointed Luigi Delneri as their new head coach on a one-year contract.

The Zebrette, 16th in the Serie A standings with seven points, sacked Giuseppe Iachini after a 3-0 home loss to Lazio, their fourth consecutive league game without a win.

The matches will be live on StarTimes.