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Monday, September 24, 2012
Top two bid to maintain perfect records

There is no rest for the Bundesliga this week as the fifth round of matches sees league leaders Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt look to extend their perfect starts to the season against Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Bayern could open up an eight-point advantage over defending champions Dortmund with victory at the Allianz Arena and, after their first defeat in 32 games, Dortmund are already conceding the title to the Bavarians.

"Bayern Munich have the highest probability of winning the league,'' said their general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke on Sport1 television.

"Then again, I said the same thing last year. Basically, we all want to win the league, but we are realistic and would be happy just qualifying for the Champions League.

"Bayern's win in Schalke (at the weekend) was a highlight and that was a big point for them.

"Bayern are without a doubt the number one, but their advantage has melted, that is clear.''

Bayern led Dortmund by eight points during the first half of last season only for the Westphalians to fight back and cruise to the title, but the Bavarians' closest rivals at present are Frankfurt, who are enjoying their high-flying start to the season while it lasts.

"It would be totally stupid of us not to enjoy it,'' said their coach Armin Veh in Kicker magazine.

"If I would constantly say that we are not actually all that good, then we would end up playing badly.''

Even if they start doing that on Tuesday night, they can be sure of their place in the top two given the five-point cushion they and Bayern have already established over the chasing pack.

The sides currently placed third to sixth, including Dortmund, all lost at the weekend and will be looking to bounce back this week with Schalke entertaining Mainz on Tuesday and Hannover hosting Nurnberg on Wednesday.

Greuther Furth have yet to win a home game in the top flight and they get the chance to change that statistic against the only Bundesliga side yet to have conceded a goal, Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Elsewhere, Hamburg head to Borussia Monchengladbach buoyed by their first win of the season while Augsburg and Stuttgart look to pick up their first wins against Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim respectively.

Finally, Freiburg, who have not lost since the opening day of the season, play host to Werder Bremen on Wednesday.

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