Three things to watch out for in the Bundesliga this weekend | Round 9

Round nine of the Bundesliga is upon us as Bayer Leverkusen sit top followed closely by Stuttgart. Here’s three storylines to watch out for this weekend.

How Stuttgart will cope without Guirassy

Three days ago it was announced that the Bundesliga top scorer Serhou Guirassy will miss the next few weeks due to suffering a thigh injury last Saturday. This is a huge blow to Stuttgart as his 14 goals in eight games have fired his side to second place and there is no doubt that Stuttgart will miss him leading the attack.

On Saturday Stuttgart host sixth placed Hoffenheim who have won five of their eight games so far this season. It will be interesting to see if Stuttgart will struggle without their star striker and see how reliant they are on him. Deniz Undav is expected to start after replacing Guirassy as a substitute last week and then scoring past Union Berlin.

Crucial relegation clash between Bochum and Mainz

Round nine of fixtures in the Bundesliga this week will begin on Friday night as Bochum host Mainz in a crucial bottom of the league clash. A win for either team will be huge as it will likely lift them out of the relegation zone and may start a major shift in momentum going forwards.

Both teams are yet to win a game this season with Mainz gaining two points whilst Bochum have gained four, meaning that they have drawn half of their games this season. Bochum will see this as a great opportunity to start turning these draws into wins with their home crowd against bottom of the league Friday night.

Union Berlin to finally end their losing streak

Another match taking place towards the bottom end of the table will be taking place on Saturday between Werder Bremen and Union Berlin. One of these teams could end up in the relegation places if they lose and either Bochum, Mainz or Köln gain a victory therefore there is increased pressure on this match.

Union Berlin have lost their last nine matches in a row in all competitions this season, making them unrecognisable from last season when they finished in fourth place and secured a Champions League spot.

Urs Fischer’s side are currently in 15th place. Werder Bremen have lost six out of eight Bundesliga matches so far and are in 14th place however Ole Werner’s side have advantages going into this fixture as Union Berlin played in the Champions League on Tuesday and therefore have had less time to prepare. In addition Werder Bremen are at home and will see this as a massive opportunity to collect three points in front of their own fans.

GGFN | Matthew Gritton

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