Hoffenheim 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
Uth (3′), Wagner (20′) | Götze (11′), Reus (41′), Aubameyang (48′)
Review: A great game to watch, with Hoffenheim unlucky not to take all 3 points – but they are now just one game away from making it to the winter break unbeaten! Not the best defensive performance ever by Dortmund – and Weidenfeller was again poor. However, they were devestating on the counter attack with their pace causing Hoffenheim all sorts of problems.
Our MotM: Ousmane Dembélé (Borussia Dortmund) – A brilliant performance by the young winger who was a threat throughout, as he provided both assists before being forced off injured.
Table Changes: Both sides move up a place – Hoffenheim go third, whilst Dortmund are up to fifth.
RB Leipzig 2-0 Hertha Berlin
Werner (40′), Orban (62′)
Review: Two teams who had suffered surprising results last time out, but only one team showed any sign of a reaction – Leipzig were back to their best, and comfortably outperformed a really poor Hertha side still suffering from that loss to Werder Bremen. Hertha couldn’t manage a chance in open play, and offered pretty much nothing all game.
Our MotM: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) – It could’ve gone to any of Leipzig’s players, but Forsberg was a constant threat to the Hertha defence and could easily have got a goal if his shooting was a bit more accurate.
Table Changes: Leipzig stay 2nd, Hertha drop to 4th
Augsburg 1-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Review: An improved performance from Gladbach on the road, but still the same result for them. Gladbach had nearly 60% possession, with their midfield duo of Kramer and Strobl controlling the middle of the park throughout, but were unable to create many opportunities, and always looked likely to concede at a set piece.
Our MotM: Martin Hinteregger (Augsburg) – A solid performance defensively, as he wasn’t exposed at all during the game and dealt with anything that came his way. A big threat at set pieces, he probably deserved his goal.
Table Changes: They swap places – Augsburg up to 12th, Gladbach replace them in 13th.
Werder Bremen 1-1 FC Köln
Gnabry (40′) | Rudnevs (28′)
Review: A fairly even game, maybe slightly edged by Köln to put a stop to their poor recent form. For Bremen, it’s a bit of a let down after their great result at Hertha last weekend – but they are unbeaten in 4 games now.
Our MotM: Jonas Hector (Köln) – The driving force in the Köln midfield alongside Höger, it could quite easily have been either of them. Hector gets the award as CM isn’t the position he’s played forever, unlike Höger (which makes this performance even better)
Table Changes: Both teams stay in the same place – 14th for Bremen, 7th for Köln
Schalke 1-1 Freiburg
Konoplyanka (74′) | Niederlechner (64′)
Review: A lack of composure when it came to finishing chances off cost Schalke big time – they should have won this game comfortably. 12 shots off target for Schalke tells the whole story- they should be incredibly frustrated, and will feel this is a big blow for their chances of getting European football through league qualification this season.
Our MotM: Florian Niederlechner (Freiburg) – The main threat for Freiburg, as he was the only one of their players to have more than 1 shots (ironically, all 4 of his shots were assisted by Haberer). Showed composure that belied the fact he was only on 2 goals for the season for his goal.
Table Changes: Both sides drop a place – Schalke down to 11th, Freiburg to 10th
Mainz 3-1 Hamburg
Latza (35′ 56′ 67′) | Wood (21′)
Review: A big turn around by Mainz put an end to Hamburg’s unbeaten run – and sends them spiralling back into the relegation zone. Fully deserved for Mainz too after a run of 3 straight defeats. For Hamburg, it’s back to the drawing board as they hope to climb out of the drop zone again before the winter break – but they’ll need to do better than they did here.
Our MotM: Danny Latza (Mainz) – Only real choice for MotM.
Table Changes: Mainz rise three places to 8th, Hamburg slip down a place to 17th.
Wolfsburg 1-0 Frankfurt
Review: A vitally important win for Wolfsburg as they look to keep their heads above the relegation zone. It was a massive call by the manager to start with both Gustavo and Draxler despite their continual statements that they want to leave – but it paid off, with Draxler getting the assist for Bruma’s goal, and Gustavo playing decently as part of a makeshift back 3.
Our MotM: Jeffrey Bruma (Wolfsburg) – Despite Frankfurt dominating possession, he was rarely tested defensively – so was able to focus on dominating aerially at set pieces, which was how he got the winning goal.
Table Changes: Wolfsburg stay 15th, Frankfurt fall a place to 6th
Darmstadt 0-1 Bayern Munich
Review: A big win for Bayern ahead of the showdown with RB Leipzig on Wednesday – although it took a long time for them to get a breakthrough, which came courtesy of a rocket from Douglas Costa. The one disappointment from Bayern’s point of view is that they only managed 3 more shots than Darmstadt despite completely dominating the possession stats – not a good sign ahead of a clash with a team like Leipzig.
Our MotM: Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich) – Bayern were always going to dominate the ball in this game, and Alonso was at the heart of it – completing 97 passes in total, which is nearly the same as the entire Darmstadt team!
Table Changes: Darmstadt stay 18th, Bayern stay 1st.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Ingolstadt
Aranguiz (49′) Mehmedi (63′) | Morales (26′), Cohen (73′)
Review: Another great result for Ingolstadt, following on from their victory against Leipzig last week. In the space of two weeks, they have got two unlikely results to climb off of the bottom of the table and into the relegation playoff spot. It was an excellent performance from the strugglers, as they managed 17 shots from just 40% possession – and were worth their win against a very lacklustre Leverkusen side.
Our MotM: Pascal Groß (Ingolstadt) – A superb attacking performance by Ingolstadt, spearheaded by this guy. He may not have had many passes (35 completed), but he made them count as he created 7 chances for his team mates – including a calm pass through several Leverkusen players for Ingolstadt’s second goal. If he keeps this up, there might be a chance for a Germany call up next year!
Table Changes: Leverkusen fall a place to 9th, Ingolstadt rise a place to 16th