Bundesliga: Stats, facts, and team news ahead of matchday two

So, matchday one of the Bundesliga is complete, with matchday two coming up. Most of the results were as expected, but there were a handful of matches that certainly surprised many, and one team in particular will be really determined to get back to winning ways to calm worried fans' fears.

Here's what you need to know ahead of matchday two.

Team news: Who's missing out on matchday two?

Here are some of the notable players who won't be able to feature for their respective sides:

  • Bayern Munich: Jerome Boateng (illness), Leon Goretzka (Hamstring injury)
  • Borussia Dortmund: Patrick Osterhage (Knee problems), Mateu Morey (Shoulder Injury), Luca Unbehaun (Knee Surgery)
  • RB Leipzig: Jean-Kévin Augustin (Ankle Injury), Hannes Wolf (Fractured Leg), Dayot Upamecano (Knee Injury)
  • Borussia M'Gladbach: Lars Stindl (Tibia Fracture), Jonas Hofmann (Torn Ligament), Tobias Strobl (Knee Problems), Torben Müsel (Knee Surgery), Julio Villalba (Muscle Injury)
  • Schalke: Ozan Kabak (Foot Injury)       

Stats and facts: What's at stake ahead of matchday two?

  • Bayern will be looking to avoid going two matchdays without a win for the first time in a decade
  • Schalke and Gladbach are the only teams who failed to score but didn't concede a goal on MD 1 (played to a scoreless stalemate)

Talking points ahead of matchday two

Can Bayern get back on track following surprise draw on matchday one? And is Bayern's decision not to bring in another full striker to help Lewandowski going to haunt them?

Although they didn't lose, it certainly felt like a defeat for Bayern Munich. As the reigning champions, Bayern Munich got to play the season opener on home turf and welcomed Hertha Berlin to the Allianz Arena on Friday evening. Although the visitors have managed to cause the Bavarian titans problems in the past, they were still viewed as the favorites to come out on top.

However, they had to come from behind twice and rely on Robert Lewandowski to bail them out - twice. And it raised some major questions about whether the team have enough attacking firepower to be fully competitive on all three fronts, especially now that veteran duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are no longer with the team - albeit their output drastically declined in their later years as well due to age and injuries.

They have brought in Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona to try to relieve some of the pressure on Lewandowski, as well as experienced winger Ivan Perisic for support but it will take some time for them to get settled in, and there's still no out-and-out back up no. 9 for the Polish star up front, either. Still, the transfer window hasn't closed just yet. Will die Roten make a late, late signing, or will they just roll the dice and stick with the players they have for their domestic and continental campaigns?

Another resounding start for Dortmund - will they be able to keep up the pace or will they crash and burn midway?

Still too early to tell, naturally, but it's good stuff from Dortmund once again, who cruised to a resounding 5-1 win over Augsburg as Bayern were stuttering to a two-all draw against Hertha. Fans will hope that die Schwarzgelben won't suffer the same fate midway through the season this time around, which saw them throw away a nine point advantage that allowed Bayern to catch up and eventually crush them 5-0 in Der Klassiker. Had Dortmund managed to keep up the pace, that 5-0 defeat in Der Klassiker would have not been so decisive and likely the title race would have had a different outcome last season.

One thing's for certain though - things are definitely going to be very fascinating in the Bundesliga this term as Dortmund have sent out a strong signal from the ouset. As to whether they will be able to keep it up remains to be seen, however, as Bayern are a very wily and determined opponent and have shown that once they get their affairs in order, they are unstoppable.  

Bundesliga Matchday two listings

Here's all the matches taking place on matchday two:

Köln vs Borussia Dortmund Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Friday 23 August 2:30pm ET / 7:30pm BST / 8:30pm CET
Stadium: RheinEnergieStadion (Köln)
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect, beIN SPORTS 2
Canada: Sportsnet World, Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet World Now
France: beIN Sports 3, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: Eurosport 2 HD Xtra, DAZN, TeleClub Sport Live
India: Hotstar VIP, Star Sports Select HD2, Star Sports Select 2
Indonesia: Fox Sports Indonesia
Malaysia: Fox Sports Malaysia
Netherlands: Fox Sports 4, Fox Sports Go
Nigeria: StarTimes App, Startimes World Football
Portugal: Eleven Sports 2 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Liga de Campeones
Turkey: Idman TV, S Sport+, S Sport 2
United Kingdom: BT Sport 1, BT Sport Live
United States: fuboTV, FOX Soccer Match Pass, FOX Sports GO, Fox Sports 2, FOX Deportes

Augsburg vs Union Berlin Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 24 August 9:30am ET / 2:30pm BST / 3:30pm CET
Stadium: WWK Arena (Augsburg)
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect
Canada: Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet World Now
France: beIN Sports MAX 8, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1, Sky Sport Bundesliga 5
Netherlands: Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports 8
Nigeria: StarTimes App
United States: FOX Soccer Match Pass

Fortuna Düsseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 24 August 9:30am ET / 2:30pm BST / 3:30pm CET
Stadium: Merkur Spiel-Arena (Düsseldorf)
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect
Canada: Sportsnet World Now, Sportsnet Now
France: beIN Sports MAX 5, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga 4, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1
Indonesia: Fox Sports 2 Indonesia, Fox Sports 2 Cambodia
Malaysia: Fox Sports 2 Malaysia
Netherlands: Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports 4
Nigeria: StarTimes App
Spain: Movistar Liga de Campeones
United States: fuboTV, SiriusXM FC, TUDN USA, FOX Soccer Match Pass, TUDN En Vivo, Fox Sports 1, FOX Sports GO

Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 24 August 9:30am ET / 2:30pm BST / 3:30pm CET
Stadium: PreZero Arena (Sinsheim)
Australia: beIN Sports Connect, Kayo Sports
Canada: Sportsnet World, Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet World Now
France: beIN Sports MAX 4, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1, Sky Sport Bundesliga 3
Netherlands: Fox Sports 7, Fox Sports Go
Nigeria: StarTimes App
Turkey: S Sport 2, S Sport+
United States: FOX Soccer Match Pass, Fox Soccer Plus, fuboTV

Mainz 05 vs Borussia M'gladbach Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 24 August 9:30am ET / 2:30pm BST / 3:30pm CET
Stadium: OPEL ARENA (Mainz)
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect
Canada: Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet World Now
France: beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: Sky Sport Bundesliga 2, Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1
Indonesia: Fox Sports 3 Indonesia, Fox Sports 3 Malaysia
Malaysia: Fox Sports 3 Malaysia
Netherlands: Fox Sports 5, Fox Sports Go
Nigeria: StarTimes App
United States: fuboTV, Fox Sports 2, FOX Soccer Match Pass, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO

Paderborn vs Freiburg Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 24 August 9:30am ET / 2:30pm BST / 3:30pm CET
Stadium: Benteler-Arena (Paderborn)
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect
Canada: Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet World Now
France: beIN Sports MAX 7, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1, Sky Sport Bundesliga 6
Netherlands: Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports 9
Nigeria: StarTimes App
United States: FOX Soccer Match Pass

Schalke 04 vs Bayern München Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 24 August 12:30pm ET / 5:30pm BST / 6:30pm CET
Stadium: VELTINS-Arena (Gelsenkirchen)
Australia: beIN SPORTS 3, Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect
Canada: Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet World Now, Sportsnet West, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet World
France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports MAX 8
Germany: Sky Sport Bundesliga 1, Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga UHD
India: Star Sports Select HD2, Star Sports Select 2, Hotstar VIP
Indonesia: Fox Sports 2 Indonesia, Fox Sports 2 Cambodia
Malaysia: Fox Sports 2 Malaysia
Netherlands: Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports 4
Nigeria: StarTimes App
Portugal: Eleven Sports 2 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Liga de Campeones
Turkey: S Sport 2, S Sport+
United Kingdom: BT Sport Ultimate, BT Sport Live, BT Sport 3
United States: Fox Sports 1, SiriusXM FC, FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer Match Pass, fuboTV, TUDN USA, TUDN En Vivo

RB Leipzig vs Eintracht Frankfurt Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 25 August 9:30am ET / 2:30pm BST / 3:30pm CET
Stadium: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig)
Australia: beIN SPORTS 3, beIN Sports Connect, Kayo Sports
Canada: Sportsnet World Now, Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet World
France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 3
Germany: Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1
India: Star Sports Select 2, Hotstar VIP, Star Sports Select HD2
Indonesia: Fox Sports 2 Indonesia, Fox Sports 2 Cambodia
Malaysia: Fox Sports 2 Malaysia
Netherlands: Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports 4
Nigeria: StarTimes App
Portugal: Eleven Sports 2 Portugal
Spain: #Vamos
Turkey: S Sport 2, S Sport+
United Kingdom: BT Sport Live, BT Sport 1
United States: TUDN USA, fuboTV, FOX Soccer Match Pass, FOX Sports GO, Fox Sports 1, SiriusXM FC, TUDN En Vivo

Hertha BSC vs Wolfsburg Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 25 August 12:00pm ET / 5:00pm BST / 6:00pm CET
Stadium: Olympiastadion Berlin (Berlin)
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect, beIN SPORTS 3
Canada: Sportsnet World Now, Sportsnet World, Sportsnet Now
France: beIN Sports 3, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: Sky Sport Bundesliga 1, Sky Go
India: Star Sports Select 2, Hotstar VIP, Star Sports Select HD2
Indonesia: Fox Sports 2 Indonesia, Fox Sports 2 Cambodia
Malaysia: Fox Sports 2 Malaysia
Netherlands: Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports 4
Nigeria: StarTimes App
Portugal: Eleven Sports 2 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Liga de Campeones 1
Turkey: S Sport+, S Sport 2
United Kingdom: BT Sport Live, BT Sport 1
United States: Fox Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer Match Pass, FOX Deportes, fuboTV, SiriusXM FC

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