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Bundesliga: Boniface leads Leverkusen attack against Wolfsburg, Mainz face Bayern Munich

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The Bundesliga returns this weekend with an intriguing fixture at Volkswagen Arena as Wolfsburg takes on Bayer Leverkusen while champions Bayern Munich visit struggling Mainz 05 at Mewa Arena on Saturday.

BusinessDay takes an x-ray of the two biggest matches in today’s Bundesliga fixtures

Wolfsburg vs Bayer Leverkusen

Highly in-form Super Eagles Victor Boniface striker will lead Bayer Leverkusen attack against Wolfsburg in a crucial away fixture at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.

The sensational 22-year-old Nigerian striker has been impressive with seven goals from seven matches since joining Leverkusen in a €20m deal from Royale Union Saint-Gilloise last transfer window.

Bayer Leverkusen are second on the Bundesliga standings with 19 points from their opening seven matches, just one point behind leaders Borussia Dortmund and have been in exceptional form this season.

The away side thrashed Koln by a 3-0 scoreline last week and will look to achieve a similar result in this fixture.

Still unbeaten with an impressive six wins from seven matches played, Xabi Alonso´s men have been in sensational form since the start of the campaign.

Wolfsburg are in seventh place in the league table with 12 points from seven matches. The hosts slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of VfB Stuttgart in their previous game and will need to bounce back this weekend.

Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen have an impressive record against Wolfsburg and have won 21 out of the last 39 matches, while Wolfsburg boast 18 wins.

Mainz vs Bayern Munich

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich visit struggling Mainz 05 at Mewa Arena on Saturday as the title race gathers momentum.

Bayern continued their surge to the top of the table as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Freiburg just before the international break.

Thomas Tuchel’s men are one of just three unbeaten sides in the Bundesliga this season, picking up five wins and two draws in their opening seven matches.

Bayern, who have now gone 10 straight matches without defeat across all competitions, sit fourth in the league table with 17 points from seven matches, three points behind table leaders Borussia Dortmund, who defeated Werder Bremen 1-0 to climb to the top.

Mainz is currently in the relegation zone with a seven-game winless run and will head into the weekend looking to end the drought.

Bo Svensson’s men will hope to stage an upset at home to secure their first win of the 2023/24 Bundesliga campaign, having picked up two draws and lost five of their seven games.

With 28 wins from the last 38 meetings between the sides, Bayern Munich boast a superior record in the history of this fixture.