Wounded Bayern seek to rebound as Wolfsburg seek to extend 100% record: Frauen-Bundesliga Week 6 Preview
Smarting from their fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions to reigning champions Wolfsburg last weekend, former champions Bayern Munich will be looking to avenge their evanescent glory when they host Bundesliga rookies Meppen on Sunday.
Alexander Straus’ side will draw morale from Thursday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) performance where they came back from two goals down against Benfica to win 3-2 courtesy of a brace from midfielder Georgia Stanway and a goal from defender Maximiliane Rall. Meppen, on the other hand, will be facing the uphill task of making it three wins on the trot having registered a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen and a 2-0 victory over Potsdam respectively.
The Bavarians will be hoping that club top scorer Linda Dallmann, who has four goals to her belt, will put on her scoring boots for the task. Dallmann is joint-second top scorer in the current Frauen-Bundesliga term.
The former champions are on 10 points from three wins and a draw in five encounters and can rise to second place with a win over Meppen should Frankfurt lose or draw their match elsewhere whilst Meppen are seventh on the standings on six points from the same number of contests.
Elsewhere, champions Wolfsburg will be looking to extend their 100% record when they travel to 11th placed Werder Bremen on Sunday.
High-flying following their 2-1 defeat of former champions Bayern Munich at home last weekend and their 2-0 win over Slavia Prague in the UWCL on Wednesday, Die Wölfinnen will be looking to unleash their momentum on troubled Werder Bremen who are still looking for an evasive first win of the term.
Tommy Stroot’s side, with a 100% record in all competitions so far, will turn to the services of free-scoring forward Ewa Pajor who has scored five goals in five outings in the Bundesliga and is joint-top scorer in the current term alongside Freiburg’s Janina Minge. She is also joint-second top scorer in the UWCL with three goals alongside Chelsea’s Pernille Harder.
Wolfsburg are at the pinnacle of the standings on 15 points from five wins in five contests whilst Werder Bremen are one place off the bottom on two points from two draws in the same number of outings.
Second-placed Frankfurt travel to Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion for a tricky tie against fifth-placed Hoffenheim on Saturday.
The hosts will be looking to build on their narrow 3-2 win over SGS Essen last weekend whilst the visitors will also be looking to build on their narrow 3-2 win over Bundesliga newcomers Duisburg last weekend.
Frankfurt will call upon Slovenian striker Lara Prašnikar and German forwards Shekiera Martinez and Laura Freigang, who have three goals apiece, to rise to the occasion whilst Hoffenheim will call upon Kosovan midfielder Erëleta Memeti who has two goals to steer the ship to the shore.
Hoffenheim are on nine points from three wins in five contests whilst Frankfurt are on 13 points from four wins and a draw in the same number of outings.
Bottom-placed Potsdam will be looking for an evasive first win of the term when they host Freiburg on Sunday.
Potsdam, who were last term’s fourth place finishers, recorded their fourth straight defeat this term with a 2-0 loss to Meppen last weekend whilst Freiburg recorded a 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen last weekend and will be looking to build on the result.
Freiburg will be banking on the services of midfielder Janina Minge who is joint-top scorer in the current term of the Bundesliga with four goals.
Freiburg are on nine points from three wins in five matches whilst Potsdam are on a single point from one draw in the same number of outings.
Eighth-placed Bayer Leverkusen host 10th placed Essen on Sunday with both teams looking to bounce back from three consecutive defeats.
Leverkusen’s latest defeat was a 3-2 loss away to Freiburg last weekend defeat whilst Essen’s latest loss was also a 3-2 defeat to Hoffenheim at home last weekend.
The hosts are on six points from two wins in five encounters whilst the visitors are on three points from one win in the same number of contests.
Ninth-placed Duisburg will be looking for their second win of the term when they host sixth-placed FC Köln on Friday evening having gone three matches without a win.
The hosts are on four points from one win and a draw in five outings whilst the visitors are on nine points from three wins in the same number of matches.
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FIXTURES: Friday 28 October, 2022 (19:15) Duisburg vs. FC Köln
FIXTURES: Saturday 29 October, 2022 (13:00) Hoffenheim vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
FIXTURES: Sunday 30 October, 2022 (14:00) Bayern Munich vs. Meppen
FIXTURES: Sunday 30 October, 2022 (14:00) Turbine Potsdam vs. Freiburg
FIXTURES: Sunday 30 October, 2022 (17:00) Werder Bremen vs. Wolfsburg
FIXTURES: Sunday 30 October, 2022 (17:00) Bayer Leverkusen vs. SGS Essen
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