The competitive action in Germany continues this weekend, as the fifth round of fixtures in the Bundesliga take place. It has been an exciting start to the new season, and interesting battles at both ends of the league standings are already taking shape. Below you can find our picks for the standout matches on matchday five in the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich vs Bochum
The reigning German champions will be looking to move to the top of the Bundesliga standings this weekend and recover following a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen last Friday. Bayern look extremely challenging to oppose this weekend, as they have lost just one of their last 36 Bundesliga home matches against their rivals.
However, Bochum do have a fine recent record after picking up draws in their previous two visits to the Allianz Arena. But, it could be hard to overlook the fact that Bochum have won just two of their last 20 away matches in the competition. In fact, no side in the German top-flight have lost more games on the road since the start of last season than Bochum.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs RB Leipzig
One of the biggest matches in the Bundesliga this weekend will see Borussia Monchengladbach look to get on track this term when they host RB Leipzig. Gladbach has a fine recent record in this fixture, as they have won each of their last three home matches against their rivals.
That includes an excellent comeback from 3-0 down in the previous encounter between the sides. However, Gladbach are yet to win in their opening four matches this term, and they have already allowed 12 goals in the competition this term. Therefore, it could be worth siding with Leipzig, who have won eight of their last nine matches in the Bundesliga across the last two seasons.
Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg
There promises to be an interesting battle in Dortmund on Saturday, as two sides that are locked outside of the top four places collide. Dortmund currently sit seventh in the standings, as they have won just once across their opening three matches.
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg have won three of their opening four matches this term. Dortmund’s record in this fixture could be the key trend to consider, as they have won nine of their last ten against their rivals. The German giants have also been excellent this calendar year after having lost just once in 23 Bundesliga fixtures.
Union Berlin vs Hoffenheim
Union Berlin have dropped down the league standings in recent weeks after losing each of their last two. They face an interesting challenge in the form of Hoffenheim on Saturday, who have won each of their previous three in the Bundesliga.
But, Union have an excellent record in this fixture, as they have lost just once in six matches against Hoffenheim. The hosts will also be looking to avoid losing three straight matches for the first time since February 2022 this weekend.