Title hopefuls RB Leipzig are the early front runners in the German top flight after four matches.

They managed to hold reigning champions Bayern Munich to a draw last weekend to maintain their unbeaten start.

Two sides remain without a win on the board at the bottom of the table and Hertha Berlin welcome Paderborn in the basement battle on Saturday. Sportsmail takes a look ahead to that and the other matches in the Bundesliga this weekend. 

Ante Covic's Hertha Berlin welcome Paderborn in a basement battle in Bundesliga on Saturday

Ante Covic’s Hertha Berlin welcome Paderborn in a basement battle in Bundesliga on Saturday

FRIDAY 

Schalke 04 vs Mainz 05

7.30pm UK time; Live on BT Sport 3 

Sixth-placed Schalke host 16th-placed Mainz in the opening clash of this weekend’s Bundesliga action.

David Wagner’s side will be looking to beat their final league position of 14th last season and have made a solid start. 

They followed their first win of the campaign with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Paderborn last weekend and will be looking to make it three wins in a row in the home tie.

Mainz have already conceded 13 goals in four games — the highest in the division — and will need to shore up their defence if they are to take anything from the game.

Sandro Schwarz’s side do, however, head into the clash full of confidence after securing their first victory of the season last weekend. 

Jeremiah St Juste scored the winner against Hertha Berlin two minutes from time to seal all three points. 

Schalke will be looking to beat 14th-placed finish of last season and have made a solid start

Schalke will be looking to beat 14th-placed finish of last season and have made a solid start

SATURDAY

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Union Berlin

2.30pm UK time 

The home side kick-started their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 defeat by Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday night.

That result came just days after their heavy 4-0 league defeat by Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park. 

Eighth-placed Leverkusen now head into the clash against 12th-placed Union Berlin with the pressure on them, looking to return to winning ways after a disappointing week.

Peter Bosz’s side will be aware of the threat of Union Berlin, who have equipped themselves following their promotion to the German top flight well.

It was only a few weeks ago when Union Berlin overcame title challengers Dortmund 3-1.

Leverkusen will need to keep an eye on forward Sebastian Andersson, who has already netted three goals this season, averaging a goal every 89 minutes.   

Bayer Leverkusen will need to keep an eye on Union Berlin's Sebastian Andersson (centre right)

Bayer Leverkusen will need to keep an eye on Union Berlin’s Sebastian Andersson (centre right)

Bayern Munich vs Cologne

2.30pm UK time

Niko Kovac’s side now have European football to contend with now as they go in search of their eighth consecutive league title. 

A 3-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in Group B got their European challenge off to the perfect start and Cologne should not provide a danger to Bayern’s domestic unbeaten run.

To be able to complete on those two main fronts rotation will become important. Kingsley Coman, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic were selected behind Robert Lewandowski on Wednesday night but Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry could come back in this weekend.

The Cologne defence face the unenviable task of trying to stop Bayern striker Lewandowski. Last season’s top scorer has already notched seven goals in four games.

‘I don’t want to give any numbers, but if he continues at this rate, scoring in every game, then you can work it out for yourself that he’ll get over 30 goals hopefully,’ Bayern defender Niklas Sule told bundesliga.com.

Cologne have been unlucky at the beginning of this season after losing narrowly to both Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach. 

Although picking up anything against the reigning champions will be a bonus for Achim Beierlorzer’s side. 

Cologne defence face the unenviable task of trying to stop Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski

Cologne defence face the unenviable task of trying to stop Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski

Hertha Berlin vs Paderborn

2.30pm UK time 

A meeting between two sides yet to earn a victory this season but there is no reason to panic after just four games.

Both have picked up respectable draws – Hertha Berlin held Bayern on the opening night and Paderborn secured a point away from home against Wolfsburg.

Summer loan signing Marko Grujic has been a key figure for the hosts so far, scoring two goals from midfield but he cannot be relied upon for firepower.

Hertha Berlin have scored just three goals — the joint-lowest in the division — but will by buoyed by their opponents’ defensive record.

Paderborn have conceded 12 goals in their first four games but the newcomers will take courage from scoring in every one of their games on their return to the Bundesliga.

Loan signing Marko Grujic (right) has been a key figure for Hertha Berlin so far this season

Loan signing Marko Grujic (right) has been a key figure for Hertha Berlin so far this season

Freiburg vs Augsburg

2.30pm UK time 

After finishing 13th last season Freiburg have got off to a good start this time around, sitting above Bayern following three wins.

Christian Streich’s side could move to the Bundesliga summit with another victory, albeit only for a few hours.

The home side will fancy their chances against a side who avoided relegation last season by just four points.

Augsburg sealed their first win of the campaign last weekend with a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

The visitors have potent finishers in summer recruit Ruben Vargas and Florian Niederlechner with three and two goals respectively.

Switzerland's Ruben Vargas has scored three goals in four games for Augsburg this campaign

Switzerland’s Ruben Vargas has scored three goals in four games for Augsburg this campaign

Werder Bremen vs RB Leipzig 

5.30pm UK time; live on BT Sport 3 

Following a poor start to the 2019-20 season, Werder Bremen have recorded two wins on the bounce.

Goals have not been an issue for the 10th-placed side so far – forward Yuya Osako has already notched three.

However problems seem to be at the back with no clean sheets in the four league matches. 

With a striker in the form of Timo Werner in opposition, who has a scoring record of a league goal every 65 minutes this season, it is hard to believe Werder Bremen’s first clean sheet will come this weekend. 

The Germany international bagged a brace in RB Leipzig’s Champions League group-stage win at Benfica in midweek. 

Leipzig are looking like a force to be reckoned with this season. Not only are they strong in attack but are solid at the back. Former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi has shone in between the sticks and has just been given a new deal. 

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner has a scoring record of a league goal every 65 minutes this season

RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner has a scoring record of a league goal every 65 minutes this season

SUNDAY

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 

2.30pm UK time; live on BT Sport 1

The seventh-placed hosts are favourites to secure all three points against 11th-placed Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Borussia Monchengladbach got back to winning ways at Cologne last weekend and should be too strong for this weekend’s opponents.

But Monchengladbach, who finished just three points outside the Champions League qualification places last campaign, head into the clash following a 4-0 defeat by Austrian outfit Wolfsberg in the Europa League. 

New manager Marco Rose will want to go one better this time around and qualify for the European elite competition.

Fortuna Dusseldorf arrive without a win in their last three games following their promising start.  

Marco Rose's Borussia Monchengladbach side are the favourites against Fortuna Dusseldorf

Marco Rose’s Borussia Monchengladbach side are the favourites against Fortuna Dusseldorf

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund

5.00pm UK time; live on BT Sport 1 

A tough trip is on the cards for Lucien Favre’s side on Sunday evening with the intimidating atmosphere at the Commerzbank-Arena.

The home side finished seventh last season but could suffer from a Europa League hangover following their 3-0 defeat by Arsenal. 

Goals could be in short supply this season following the departures of attacking triumvirate Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic, who scored 56 of the club’s  90 goals last campaign. 

Finding the back of the net has not been an issue for Dortmund so far, they have scored 13 goals — the highest in the league — with Paco Alcacer notching five of those.

With Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho in support there will be no let up for the Eintracht Frankfurt defence.

If Bayern, RB Leipzig and Freiburg all win the day before the pressure will be on Dortmund. 

Finding back of net has not been issue for Borussia Dortmund – Paco Alcacer has scored five

Finding back of net has not been issue for Borussia Dortmund – Paco Alcacer has scored five

MONDAY

VFL Wolfsburg vs 1899 Hoffenheim

7.30pm UK time; live on BT Sport 3 

The Bundesliga action concludes on Monday with fifth-placed Wolfsburg up against Hoffenheim, who sit in 13th.

Wolfsburg began their Europa League campaign on Thursday with a 3-1 win and so will need to find a balance to ensure their squad does not get too stretched.

In their previous two league matches the hosts have been held to 1-1 draws while Hoffenheim have also not won since their second game of the season.

Wolfsburg have the attacking threat of Wout Weghorst, who has grabbed three goals and supplied one assist so far, and are expected to edge this affair, according to the bookies. 

However Hoffenheim did manage to walk away from the Volkswagen Arena with a point last season and finished just four points behind Wolfsburg in the league standings.

Wolfsburg have attacking threat of Wout Weghorst, who in is in form ahead of Monday's clash

Wolfsburg have attacking threat of Wout Weghorst, who in is in form ahead of Monday’s clash

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