BERLIN, Germany, Nov 3 – Champions Bayern Munich will seek to extend their perfect run into the season when they host one of the Bundesliga’s two other unbeaten sides Hoffenhaim at the Allianz Arena on Friday.
Bayern were in fine form in their 3-1 win over FC Augsburg in their previous match, a win that saw Robert Lewandowski end his five-game stretch without a goal in the league in emphatic style with a brace that helped him to the player of the month award.
In-between his two strikes, the Polish striker also laid on the assist for Arjen Robben, and the signs are that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have found their groove.
Niklas Süle’s headed goal was enough to give Hoffenheim victory over Hertha Berlin on last weekend, stretching their winning streak to five in a row and pushing them up into third.
With rivals faltering or distracted by midweek European games, Hoffenheim’s form is giving them a great chance of pushing for a place in Europe next season.
Their trip to the Allianz Arena will be a huge test of their resilience, and a first win over Bayern would be a big statement to the rest of the Bundesliga. The match will be live on StarTimes.
Tonight, Hertha Berlin will look to exploit Borussia Mönchengladbach’s ongoing struggles on the road.
A one-goal defeat to Hoffenheim on Sunday saw Hertha slip down into fifth place, but starting this weekend’s action gives Pal Dardai’s side a chance to atone quickly and lay down a marker to their rivals around them in the upper reaches of the table.
That narrow loss was just their second in the league this season, but wins in all four outings at the Olympiastadion this term will give plenty of hope that the Old Lady can bounce back.
Gladbach, for their part, brought an end to a three-match losing streak in last Friday’s goalless draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.
The result has done little for their top-four aspirations, though, with Andre Schubert’s side already six points adrift of the UEFA Champions League places.
A rare away win would do their European aspirations the world of good. They have, however, won only one of their last 15 Bundesliga matches away from the comforts of the Borussia-Park.
In Italy, two of the best teams in the new Serie A season, Napoli and Lazio clash on Friday at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples in a match broadcast live on StarTimes.
Napoli has been mercurial with their play as of late as the team registered three wins and three losses in their last six matches.
As a result, Partenopei dropped to the fifth spot of the current league table after 11 rounds of competitions from as high as the second spot.
Gli Azzurri was nipped by defending champions and current league leaders Juventus, 1-2, on the road at the Juventus Stadium last Saturday.
Lazio has been unbeaten in their last six outings to climb to the fourth place in the overall standings, one point ahead of Napoli and six points behind of Juventus.
In their most recent match, head coach Simone Inzaghi’s side defeated lowly squad Sassuolo, 2-1, at their home ground of Stadio Olimpico in Rome last Sunday.