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Sep 13, 2012

Veh wants to keep run going

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh has laid down the gauntlet to Bayern Munich as both sides look to take sole command of the Bundesliga this weekend.

Frankfurt have made a perfect start to life back in the top flight with two wins out of two. A 4-0 win at Hoffenheim a fortnight ago even prompted Veh to say he would be ``disappointed'' if his side did not going on to win the title this season.

What may have seemed nothing more than an off-the-cuff remark was meant seriously, though, by a man who already created one Bundesliga upset by leading an unfancied Stuttgart to the title in 2007.

He sees no reason why Frankfurt cannot be the revelation of 2013 and said prior to his side's home game against Hamburg on Saturday: ``Why should I put the brakes on? Why should I dampen the euphoria? Why should we not be happy?'' If we can get more than we already have, then of course we will get it.''

Such expectations may be rare in Frankfurt, but they are commonplace in Munich where Bayern have hit the ground running with back-to-back victories. Their 6-0 win over Stuttgart last time out was a warning to the rest of the league that they mean business after two trophyless seasons, but their bogey team is about to arrive at the Allianz Arena.

Mainz have beaten Bayern three times in their last six meetings, drawing one and losing two, so the Bavarians cannot take another three points for granted on Saturday.

Waiting in the wings for either of the top two to slip up are six other clubs who have made an unbeaten start to the season.

Four of those, Borussia Monchengladbach and Nurnberg and Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, go head to head on Saturday while Hannover host Bremen in a northern Germany derby and Fortuna Dusseldorf travel to Stuttgart.

The first game this weekend is between winless Augsburg and Wolfsburg on Friday night and the Bavarians will be hoping that history can repeat itself. Last season, they picked up their first ever home win in the Bundesliga against the Wolves and a first win of the 2012-13 season would not go amiss.

Fellow Bavarian rivals Greuther Furth already know what it feels like to win in the Bundesliga having picked up their first three-point haul against Mainz, but they face an arguably trickier task against Schalke on Saturday.

Sunday sees struggling Freiburg and Hoffenheim meet in a Baden-Wurttemberg derby.

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