EXCLUSIVE The best forwards, can define a massive Bundesliga weekend When the Bundesliga resumes on Saturday, it will be a tale of two teams of great strikers, followed by a tale of two teams without.
It’s a critical weekend for four of the top five teams in the league, from a battle between two strikers to a battle between no known goal-getter.
The struggle for Champions League football between Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt is the first to whet the appetite.
Adi Hütter is in the midst of his third consecutive successful season, with regulars Martin Hinteregger and Filip Kosti remaining as important and powerful as ever. They’ve been replaced at the club’s top table by another.
André Silva is having a record year for the Adler, scoring 21 goals in 24 Bundesliga games so far this season, including 12 in his last ten.
Frankfurt had a tough patch before the international break, but a strong run into and out of the new year has seen them pick up 33 of the last 42 points available, 15 more than Dortmund, and put them in a strong place to finish in the top four.
Just Bayern Munich and Frankfurt have scored more goals than Dortmund and Frankfurt, and the Schwarzgelben do have their own 21-goal striker.
Dortmund is four points behind Frankfurt coming into this match, and they are banking on Erling Haaland to help them f inish in the top four and improve their chances of holding him.
This week, Haaland’s entourage met with representatives from Barcelona and Real Madrid, and staying in the Champions League is the best way to retain him in Dortmund for another season.
However, if he defeats Saturday’s battle of the league’s second most prolific strikers, his career is all but assured.
Robert Lewandowski, the league’s most prolific scorer, is hospitalized and will not play as defending champions Bayern Munich host rivals RB Leipzig, who are just four points back.
Of course, the main question is how Bayern will replace Lewandowski. Is it easier to transfer Thomas Müller forward or Serge Gnabry to the Centre? Or is it the beginning for Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting?
EXCLUSIVE The best forwards, can define a massive Bundesliga weekend Maybe they should take a look at Leipzig for any suggestions. After losing Timo Werner in the summer, Julian Nagelsmann’s side didn’t rush to recruit a capable substitute.
With six goals apiece this season, three midfielders — Christopher Nkunku, Emil Forsberg, and Marcel Sabitzer — lead the club’s Bundesliga goal scoring lists, and the squad has frequently lined up without an obvious Center-forward.
In this one, and perhaps in the title race, whoever finds out the perfect way to threaten without being noticeable will have the upper hand.