Robert Lewandowski will celebrate his 200th appearance for Bayern
Munich this weekend, as the Polish superstar looks to continue
his explosive early-season form when Bayern host Bayer Leverkusen
Lewandowski, who has 157 goals in 199 appearances in his Bayern
career so far, has found the net six times in competitive games
this term, and is already a firm favourite to become Bundesliga
top scorer this season.
Along with Schalke and RB Leipzig, Leverkusen are one of several
big teams who are hoping to bounce back from a disastrous start
to the campaign.
Elsewhere, Barcelona loanee Paco Alcacer is set to make his
Borussia Dortmund debut against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday,
while Saturday will see the Bundesligaâ€™s oldest and youngest
coaches go head to head in Duesseldorf.
Here are five things to look out for in this weekend's Bundesliga
Lewandowski reaches milestone
Amid rumours of a move away from Munich and an early World Cup
exit with Poland, it had been a turbulent summer for Robert
Yet Bayern's star striker is now back to his best, having scored
in both Bundesliga games so far this season.
He will be looking to continue that run when his side host Bayer
Leverkusen, in what will be his 200th appearance for the Bavarian
Leverkusen, meanwhile, are hoping to avoid their worst ever start
to a Bundesliga season after they lost their opening two games.
"Bayern are the best in the business but we have to go there and
seek out chances," under pressure Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich
told SID, an AFP subsidiary.
Alcacer arrives in Dortmund
Paco Alcacer is hoping to make his first appearance for Borussia
Dortmund this weekend after arriving on loan from Barcelona.
Dortmund hope that the former Valencia hitman can be the solution
to their problems in the centre-forward position, and fans may
see him in action for the first time in Fridayâ€™s clash with
"Paco links up with team-mates well and is very skillful in front
of goal," said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.
Dortmund will be without USA international Christian Pulisic, who
is still struggling with a muscular issue.
Tedesco under pressure
Schalke kick off their Champions League campaign next week,
having finished second under precocious young coach Domenico
Tedesco last season.
Yet after two defeats from two this term, Tedesco is now under
huge pressure ahead of Saturdayâ€™s headline clash with Borussia
"Iâ€™m not naive, and Iâ€™m not going to rest on my laurels and
expect only to be given credit for last season," the Schalke
coach told SportBild this week.
Leipzig's wheel of misfortune
RB Leipzig have also made a wobbly start to their Bundesliga
campaign, and coach Ralf Rangnick will be hoping that his "wheel
of misfortune" can turn his team's luck around.
Leipzig have picked up just one point from their opening two
games, and host a well-disciplined Hanover side on Saturday.
As Bild revealed this week, Leipzig players no longer receive
fines for indiscretions, but instead have to spin the wheel of
The wheel can land on any of 12 different punishments, ranging
from groundskeeping duties and shifts in the club fan shop to
being forced to wear a ballerina's tutu in training.
Old meets young in Duesseldorf
The Bundesligaâ€™s oldest coach will meet its youngest when
Fortuna Duesseldorf host Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Friedhelm Funkel, 64, is hoping to avoid relegation with
Duesseldorf this year, while 31-year-old Julian Nagelsmann will
lead Hoffenheim into the Champions League next week.
"Thankfully, itâ€™s going to be eleven players against eleven
players on Saturday," Funkel joked. "If I had to play one-on-one
against Julian, I wouldnâ€™t stand a chance!"
Fixtures (all times GMT)
Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt (1830)
Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig v Hanover 96, Mainz
05 v Augsburg, Wolfsburg v Hertha Berlin, Fortuna Duesseldorf v
TSG Hoffenheim (all 1330), Borussia Moenchengladbach v Schalke 04
Werder Bremen v Nuremberg (1330), Freiburg v Stuttgart (1600)