Bundesliga 2020-21 Matchday 2: What you need to know

Bayer Leverkusen's Florian Wirtz runs for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FSV Mainz 05 in Leverkusen, Germany, Saturday, June 27, 2020. (Martin Meissner/AP)

The Bundesliga is back with a full slate of matches this weekend, including a marquee matchup between Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig, plus Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both looking to keep their hot starts going.

Here's everything you need to know for Matchday 2.


Friday, Sept. 25
• Hertha BSC vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT (Sportsnet World, SN NOW+)

Saturday, Sept. 26
• Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund, 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT (Sportsnet)
• Bayer Leverkusen vs. RB Leipzig, 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT (Sportsnet World, SN NOW+)
• Schalke 04 vs. Werder Bremen, 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT (Sportsnet World, SN NOW+)

Sunday, Sept. 27
• Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich, 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT (Sportsnet, Sportsnet World)
• Freiburg vs. Wolfsburg, 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT (Sportsnet World, SN NOW+)


Bayer Leverkusen vs. RB Leipzig

A clash of two sides with top-four aspirations, the matchup between Leverkusen and Leipzig will look a bit different than it did last season with notable stars Timo Werner and Kai Havertz – who played for Leipzig and Leverkusen, respectively – both now teammates with Chelsea in the Premier League.

With Werner and Havertz having taken their talents to England, keep an eye on new signings for each of these clubs during Saturday morning's showdown.

For Leverkusen, Czech forward Patrik Schick was brought in over the summer from Roma after a loan spell last season at Leipzig, where he notched 10 goals in 22 appearances. The 24-year-old was a second-half sub in last week's season-opening draw to Wolfsburg, but could get his first start on the weekend against his former club.

Fans should also look out for a debut by new Leipzig signing Alexander Sorloth, brought in this week from Crystal Palace for a reported €20 million fee. Added to replace Werner, the 24-year-old Norwegian striker is coming off the best goal-scoring season of his career after finding the back of the net 24 times in 34 matches while on loan at Turkish club Trabzonspor.


Florian Wirtz, Bayer Leverkusen: While Leipzig had to purchase Werner's replacement, Leverkusen believe it already has the next Havertz on the squad in the 17-year-old Wirtz. The youngster broke Havertz's mark as the club's youngest goalscorer last season when he found the back of the net against Bayern Munich just 34 days after his 17th birthday, also setting the record for youngest-ever Bundesliga goalscorer in the process.

"If he stays fit, he's at least in the same category as Havertz," Leverkusen academy director Jörg Jakobs recently told Bundesliga.com.

Expectations are high for Wirtz in the absence of Havertz, and Saturday's match against Leipzig will be a major test for the teenager.


Hertha BSC vs. Eintracht Frankfurt: Andre Silva has scored nine goals in 11 league matches since the 2019-20 season restarted last May, including a pair in a 4-1 over Hertha on June 13.

Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund's quest to challenge Bayern for the title got off to a good start last week with a 3-0 win over Monchengladbach, as Erling Haaland bagged a brace and picked up right where he left off last season.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Union Berlin: Speaking of Gladbach, Marco Rose's side looks to bounce back from that disappointing defeat against a Union side that also got off to a rocky start to 2020-21 – a 3-1 loss at home to Augsburg.

Arminia vs. Koln: A 1-1 draw to Frankfurt means Arminia are unbeaten in 17 league matches (16 of those in Bundesliga 2), but the newly promoted club aims for its first top-flight win since March 14, 2009 against a Koln side which lost to Hoffenheim on Matchday 1 thanks to a stoppage time Andrej Kramaric penalty.

Mainz vs. Stuttgart: Stuttgart's return to the Bundesliga started woefully as Thomas Hitzlsperger's side found themselves down 3-0 inside 47 minutes. They battled back to within one goal but will need a better start at Mainz.

Schalke vs. Werder Bremen: The season couldn't have started much worse for David Wagner's Schalke, who were shellacked by the defending champs to the tune of 8-0 and extended their league winless run to 17 matches.

Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich: After a thunderous start to the new campaign, Bayern travels to Hoffenheim, who rode a Kramaric hat trick to victory over Koln last week. The biggest question for Canadian fans: will Alphonso Davies draw back into the lineup after being an unused sub against Schalke?

Freiburg vs. Wolfsburg: Both teams got off to favourable starts to the new campaign last weekend as Freiburg downed Stuttgart 3-2, while Wolfsburg held Leverkusen to a scoreless draw at home.

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