Top matches in the Bundesliga: Preview of the 12th round

On the 12th gameday, Bayern faces a comparatively easy task with the meeting with the First FC Nuremberg. The Clubberer are currently not a truly serious opponent; as seen in the last eight games, the boys of Dieter Hecking will take merely and only four points. Currently, what saves them is only the goal difference against VfL Wolfsburg before slipping off the relegation place.

indexQuite differently, however, the Bavarians, who have lost their first three points in this season, and have produced, even at foreign stadiums, a fabulous turbulence of 15:0. The weak defense of the FCN is not going to be able to stop the Bavarians, the 44th defeat in the 71st Bavaria Derby is virtually certain.

And an away win of Bavaria is considered a foregone conclusion with the bookies. The only thing that could stop the giants, is their own arrogance. indexMatthias Sammer warned his players about that already in the game against Valencia, in the Champions League, saying to think beforehand and look at the game against Nuremberg as a fast-selling thing in itself.

Bayer Leverkusen versus Schalke 04 are to be described as the top match of the 12th gameday. The sports betting operators see no clear favorites for this match, and the rates of the Werkself are easily put forward.

indexLeverkusen suffered a setback in the last game against VfL Wolfsburg, after a series of previous twelve compulsory matches, and with 1:3 Bayer went to the dogs completely. That should not stop the upward trend for the Werkself. Since the dismissal of Robin Dutt, the team has only steadily improved.

With Schalke, things are going even better. As the second in the chart, with only seven points behind Bayern, Schalke are the official Bayern Hunter No. 1. Under the coach Stevens, Schalke are experiencing a new heyday, as recently put, as even in the Champions League – with two exclamation marks for the match against Arsenal London.

The win and the draw against the Gunners have given the team a lot of confidence. A victory at the Bay Arena is always better than possible, because that will also be the requirement to stay in the title race.