Bayern look to get back to winning ways
Bayern Munich will be looking to get their season back on the rails when they meet in the clash of two of the Bundesliga's most successful clubs in European football on Saturday evening.
The last two German clubs to play in a European final - Werder Bremen lost in the UEFA Cup final two years ago while Bayern were beaten in the Champions League final last year - lock horns at the Allianz Arena just days before starting their Champions League campaigns next week.
But first, the priority is getting points in the Bundesliga. Bayern were beaten 2-0 by Kaiserslautern a fortnight ago and risk making a similarly poor start to last season if they fail to beat their rivals from the north.
"Playing against Bayern is always something special,'' said Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings, who also played for Bayern for two seasons, to Bild. "We are travelling there to get something. We want to win there.''
Bremen make the trip south without former Bayern striker Claudio Pizarro and defender Per Mertesacker, who are injured, but with new signings Wesley and Mikael Silvestre.
Joint League leaders Hoffenheim get the ball rolling this weekend with a home game against Schalke, who have yet to win a point yet this season.
Wolfsburg, champions in 2009, are also still searching for their first point of the season and coach Steve McClaren may be without influential attacking midfielder Diego for the trip to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday due to an ankle injury.
Hamburg, on the other hand, have made a perfect start to the season with two straight wins and they will be confident of making it three out of three against Nurnberg.
Elsewhere on Saturday, free-scoring Borussia Monchengladbach host Eintracht Frankfurt fresh from their 6-3 triumph over Bayer Leverkusen while Freiburg and Stuttgart meet in a Baden-Wurttemberg derby and Hannover host Leverkusen.
Sunday's games see high-flying Mainz and Kaiserslautern meet in another derby while Cologne entertain St Pauli.