Let's take a look at who is in and who is out this weekend in Bundesliga matchday 17.
BVB were without skipper Marco Reus for their last match of the season when they headed out to confront Hoffenheim a couple of hours ago which resulted in 2-1 loss on Matchday 17.
Let's take a gander at lineups to know who else is in and who is out this weekend:
Saturday 21 December
Kick-offs at 3.30 pm CET/2.30 pm GMT/9.30 am
Bayern Munich vs. Wolfsburg
Lewy could arrive at twenty league goals in the last match of the first round of the season when Bayern Munich host Wout Weghorst's Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Robert Lewandowski will be hoping to arrive at twenty Bundesliga goals, an accomplishment not oversaw since Der Bomber did so in 1977/78. On Wednesday night, the Bundesliga's third-best goal scorer net the first goal for Bayern against Freiburg, however, it was the Dutchman starlet Joshua Zirkzee, who scored with his first touch in the league ever. The 18-year-old is probably not going to begin as XI against Wolfsburg. Hans-Dieter Flick might change the first XI, Javi Martinez comes back from suspension and should return to the center of defense, permitting Joshua Kimmich to move once more into central midfield. His spot in the midfield will be crucial in the absence of Mickael Cuisance and Thiago. Bayern played only one holding midfielder in midweek and are probably going to do it again.
In the wake of thrashing against Freiburg, Wolfsburg have had a strategy change that is working up until this point against Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke. Oliver Glasner's moved to defense with slight changes in personnel likewise improved the squad performance. Xaver Schlager has come back to begin both the last two games in midfield, keeping in mind that Kevin Mbabu has come in and looks far-fetched to lose his spot having scored the equalizer in 1-1 draw with Schalke. Wingers Victor and Brekalo may have more defensive roles against Bayern, while Weghorst is expecting for his first goal in three league games.
Lewy contributed 20 goals and 7 assists against Wolfsburg. In the last 8 matches, his record is surprisingly 19. That obviously includes his memorable five-goal when he came off the bench in scored 5 times in 9 minutes.
Thomas Muller likewise has a great record against Wolfsburg, he has scored 9 goals and given 9 assists in his 18 league matches.
The record champions have never lost a single match Wolfsburg at Allianz Arena, Bayern won 62 of a potential 66 points and scored in every 22 matches. There is no other club yet to win Bayern Munich in the midst of that often facing.
Weghorst is seventh in the Bundesliga scoring chart with seven goals, yet Wolfsburg are the league's lowest scorers with just 17 goals.
At the point that Wolfsburg are lowest in the Bundesliga table, Weghorst is 7th top scorer charts.
In any case, the Wolves have the league's most secure defense with just 15.
Gladbach and Wolfsburg are those teams yet to drop points from a triumphant position this season.
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Pavard, Martinez, Alaba, Davies - Kimmich - Gnabry, Muller, Coutinho, Perisic - Lewandowski
Out: Coman (knee), Cuisance (ankle), Hernandez (ankle), Sule (torn ACL), Thiago (suspended)
Doubtful: Goretzka (muscular), Tolisso (thigh)
Coach: Hansi Flick
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Mbabu, Tisserand, Brooks, Roussillon - Guilavogui (c) - Victor, Schlager, Arnold, Brekalo - Weghorst
Out: Camacho (ankle)
Doubtful: Mehmedi (thigh)
Coach: Oliver Glasner
RB Leipzig vs. Augsburg
Bundesliga leaders host Augsburg that is just finding their way while Werner and his friends will put their great form to the challenge.
While Leipzig return from 3-3 draw with strong opponents Borussia Dortmund in midweek, Timo Werner netted two goals to take his overall record to 18. The Germany international has netted 12 goals in his final 7 Bundesliga games to follow Robert Lewandowski at the top of the scoring standing. Patrik Schick is relied upon to get an approval over Yussuf Poulsen, while Christopher Nkunku could replace Emil Forsberg subsequent to supplanting him against Dortmund.
Augsburg easily handled Fortuna Dusseldorf on Tuesday with a 3-0 win to improve their unbeaten record to 6 games. Philipp Max scored two goals at the WWK Arena flourishing in a further significant job and on his improved record of six goals in the same number of league assignments. Florian Niederlechner took part in Max's first goal against Dusseldorf who is best in contributing goals and assists by 7 of each.
Leipzig have won Augsburg twice and drawn once at home, just conceded a goal in the initial meeting.
Werner’s 18 goals from 16 Bundesliga games has already seen him surpass his total from the whole of last season (16), but he has only scored one goal in 11 games against Augsburg, ending up on the winning side just twice.
Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann is getting a charge out of the longest unbeaten record of his in professional football, going 11 competitive games with no loss since October. He’s likewise a previous Augsburg young player.
Philip Max has scored consecutive doubles and 6 goals in his final six matches. He'd just scored 7 in his initial 125 league games.
Augsburg's failure in scoring throughout the final three league matches against Leipzig. By and large, they hold a negative record of one win, three draws and two losses.
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Mukiele, Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg – Sabitzer, Laimer, Demme (c), Nkunku – Schick, Werner
Out: Kampl (ankle), Konate (hamstring), Orban (knee)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Augsburg: Koubek – Lichtsteiner, Gouweleeuw, Jedvaj, Iago – Moravek, Baier (c) – Richter, Jensen, Max – Niederlechner
Out: Finnbogason (shoulder), Framberger (thigh), Gruezo (ankle), Khedira (suspended)
Doubtful: Gotze (hip), Suchy (calf)
Coach: Martin Schmidt
Mainz vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Kai Havertz is going to return to goalscoring run when his side take on one of his preferred rivals in Mainz tomorrow.
Die Nullfunfer had the ideal preparation for their last game of the first half of the season by pounding Werder Bremen 5-0 away from home on Tuesday. They registered the first clean sheet of the term while Robin Quaison scored a hat-trick in the first half. In spite of the ideal exhibition, Mainz lineup could be additionally empowered, from a certain perspective: Jerry St. Juste has returned from suspension, Jean-Philippe Mateta, the club's best goalscorer from last season, played for the second time in this season against Bremen and netted his first goal since coming back from an injury.
In the wake of winning Bayern Munich and Schalke and subsequent to losses against Koln and Hertha Berlin in back-to-back weeks, Leverkusen need a triumph to finish the year. and presently the undeniably unenviable job of confronting Mainz has gotten progressively pivotal in pursuing European spots in the Bundesliga table.
Kai Havertz netted in the two games facing Mainz last term, however, throughout the last seven league games he hasn't contributed goals or assists, which has just happened twice in his career.
Robin Quaison is Mainz's best goal scorer this season with 7 goals. The honor held by Mateta last season with 14 and started in 2019/20 in the 5-0 win at Werder Bremen.
Leverkusen have won 4 of their final 6 games against Mainz and the final three home or away. No draw in their meetings since 2014.
Mainz have second-best win record after Freiburg with 12 in matches confronting Leverkusen with 10, however, they likewise have a negative record with 12 losses in 26 matches.
Mainz: Zentner - St. Juste, Fernandes, Niakhate (c) - Oztunali, Baku, Kunde, Martin - Boetius - Quaison, Mateta
Out: Bell (ankle), Latza (back)
Doubtful: Ji (knee), Onisiwo (knee)
Coach: Achim Beierlorzer
Leverkusen: Hradecky - L. Bender (c), Tah, S. Bender, Wendell - Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz - Havertz, Amiri, Diaby - Volland
Out: Bailey (suspended), Pohjanpalo (ankle), Weiser (ankle)
Doubtful: Bellarabi (illness)
Coach: Peter Bosz
Schalke vs. Freiburg
Amine Harit will be vital to Schalke's expectations of closing down the year with a triumph over top opponents Freiburg on Saturday.
Best goal scorers of Schalke behind Harit are Suat Serdar with five, followed by Raman and Kabak with four.
Daniel Caligiuri who contributed 11 goals and 13 assists in 93 league matches is a Freiburg academy product. He won the U19 DFB Cup under Streich. Caligiuri has scored 4 goals in 9 matches against Freiburg.
Bundesliga's best active free-kick taker Jonathan Schmid who has scored eight direct free-kicks also scored in Freiburg’s one and only win at Schalke under Streich in 2012.
Freiburg holds Club's best winning record against Schalke with 14. They have additionally come from 1-0 down to win three times, which is another club best.
Schalke: Schubert - Kenny, Kabak, Nastasic, Oczipka - Caligiuri, Mascarell (c), Serdar - Harit - Burgstaller, Raman
Out: McKennie (dislocated shoulder), Nubel (suspended), Sane (knee), Schopf (thigh), Uth (groin)
Doubtful: Kutucu (bruised foot), Stambouli (metatarsal)
Coach: David Wagner
Freiburg: Flekken - Gulde, Koch, Heintz - Schmid, Haberer, Höfler, Gunter (c) - Höler, Petersen, Grifo
Out: Jeong (international duty), Kubler (knee), Lienhart (shoulder), Tempelmann (knee), Waldschmidt (knee, calf, ankle)
Doubtful: Frantz (knock), Gondorf (illness), Sallai (illness), Schwolow (hamstring)
Coach: Christian Streich
FC Koln vs. Werder Bremen
Milot Rashica is considering to help Werder Bremen return to winning ways on Saturday, but doing so at the home of fresh Koln will never be that easy.
Subsequent to a defeat in 2005 FC Koln are in an unbeaten streak in eight home games against Bremen stretching back to a 4-1 loss in December 2005.
FC Koln have scored 98 times against Werder Bremen at home and could as of now arrive at a century at home in front of a club.
Unhappy Bremen have lost 5 of their last 6 games, only beating Wolfsburg at that time on Matchday 13. That is additionally their only triumph in their last 12 league matches.
Claudio Pizarro's potential goal against Mainz will extend his record to 22 back-to-back Bundesliga campaigns.
Cologne: Horn - Ehizibue, Bornauw, Czichos, Katterbach - Skhiri, Hector (c) - Kainz, Drexler, Jakobs - Cordoba
Out: Clemens (knee), Risse (thigh)
Doubtful: Bader (muscular), Sobiech (muscular)
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Bremen: Pavlenka - Lang, Veljkovic, Moisander (c), Augustinsson - M. Eggestein, Bargfrede, Klaassen - Bartels, Osako, Rashica
Out: Bittencourt (suspended), Füllkrug (torn ACL), Gebre Selassie (groin), Möhwald (knee), Sargent (torn hamstring), Toprak (calf)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt
Hertha Berlin vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach (kick-off: 6.30 pm CET/5.30 pm GMT/12.30 pm ET)
Jurgen Klinsmann's side will be in a definite test against title racer Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Klinsmann gave Gladbach's Fabian Johnson his United States men's national soccer team first game in November 2011 and took him to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Dodi Lukebakio is top scorer of Klinsmann's side with 4 up until now this season.
Die Fohlen were Bundesliga leaders at the halfway stage in four of their five league title-winning campaigns.
Only Leipzig (45), Bayern (44) and Borussia Dortmund (40) have scored more goals than Gladbach after 16 matches.
The Foal's have four-best goal-scoring record behind Dortmund with 40, Rb Leipzig with 45 and Bayern Munich with 44 after 16 games so far.
Marcus Thuram's drought is continued after three after three matches which is his longest run since breaking his duck with a double against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Matchday 5.
Hertha: Jarstein - Klunter, Boyata, Rekik, Plattenhardt - Wolf, Lowen, Darida, Dilrosun - Lukebakio, Selke
Out: Grujic (suspended)
Doubtful: Kraft (shoulder)
Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann
Gladbach: Sommer (c) - Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Benes, Kramer, Zakaria - Herrmann, Embolo, Thuram
Out: Poulsen (ankle)
Coach: Marco Rose
Sunday 22 December
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Union Berlin
Andre Silva goes looking for his first goal in five league games when struggling Eintracht Frankfurt visit Paderborn in the final league match of 2019 on Sunday.
Baumgart's soldiers hold season's most noticeably terrible home team earning only 4 points from 24 potential points.
Mamba who is the club's best goal scorer has been without a goal in his last three matches. He never experienced more than three successive matches drought.
Eintracht Frankfurt standing in 12th with only 18 points and 26 goals were fifth in the table on 27 points at this stage last season.
Fortuna: Steffen - Zimmermann, Ayhan, Adams, Giesselmann - Bodzek, Morales - Thommy, Fink, Kownacki - Hennings (c)
Out: Karaman (pneumonia)
Doubtful: Stoger (match fitness), Zimmer (knock)
Coach: Friedhelm Funkel
Union: Gikiewicz - Friedrich, Hubner, Subotic - Trimmel (c), Gentner, Andrich, Lenz - Ingvartsen, Bulter - Andersson
Out: Gogia (torn ACL), Schlotterbeck (knee)
Doubtful: Kroos (knock), Promel (knee)
Coach: Urs Fischer
Paderborn vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Paderborn: Zingerle, Jan, Kilian, Schonlau (c), Collins - Pröger, Gjasula, Sabiri, Antwi-Adjei - Zolinski, Mamba
Out: Vasiliadis (suspended)
Coach: Steffen Baumgart
Frankfurt: Wiedwald - Toure, Hasebe (c), N'Dicka - da Costa, Sow, Rode, Kostic - Kamada - Paciencia, Dost
Out: Abraham (suspended), Hinteregger (suspended), Ronnow (thigh), Russ (Achilles tendon), Torro (thigh), Trapp (shoulder)
Doubtful: de Guzman (match fitness)
Coach: Adi Hutter
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