Bundesliga Preview: Part Two

Posted on July 28, 2011

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Name: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Last season: 16th

Expectations: Build on last season’s stunning survival and finish mid-table

Star player: Marco Reus

One to watch: Patrick Herrmann (click here)

Summer business: IN – Matthew Leckie (free), Oscar Wendt (free), Lukas Rupp (£600k), Yuki Otsu (£400k), Matthias Zimmerman (£1m), Joshua King (£100k, loan) OUT – Fabian Backer, Paul Stalteri, Sebastian Schachten, Jens Wissing, Christian Dorda, Marcel Meeuwis, Karim Matmour

Prediction: Mid-table/Europa League qualification

Name: FC Augsburg

Last season: 2nd (promoted)

Expectations: Survival

Star player: Axel Bellinghausen

One to watch: Lorenzo Davids

Summer business: IN – Dominic Peitz (free), Patrick Meyer (free), Lorenzo Davids (free), Sascha Molders (£175k), Sebastian Langkamp (£100k) OUT – Ibrahima Traore, Daniel Framberger, Kees Kwakman, Lukas Sinkiewicz, Thomas Rudolph, Benjamin Woltmann

Prediction: Relegation

Name: FC Bayern München

Last season: 3rd

Expectations: To win the Bundesliga

Star player: Arjen Robben

One to watch: Takashi Usami

Summer business: IN – Rafinha (£5m), Nils Petersen (£2.5m), Manuel Neuer (£18m), Jerome Boateng (£12m), Takashi Usami (£300k) OUT – Thomas Kraft, Hamit Altintop, Andreas Ottl, Miroslav Klose, Mehmet Ekici

Prediction: Champions

Name: FC Schalke 04

Last season: 14th

Expectations: European Qualification

Star player: Raul

One to watch: Julian Draxler (click here)

Summer business: IN – Ralf Fahrmann (free), Christian Fuchs (£3.5m), Marco Hoger (£1m) OUT – Ali Karimi, Angelos Charisteas, Christian Pander, Gerald Asamoah, Nicolas Plestan, Lukas Schmitz, Junmin Hao, Tore Reginiussen, Manuel Neuer

Prediction: Champions League Qualification

Name: Hamburger SV

Last season: 8th

Expectations: European Qualification/Mid-table

Star player: Mladen Petric

One to watch: Son-Heung Min

Summer business: IN – Per Ciljan Skjelbred (£500k), Michael Mancienne (£2m), Gokhan Tore (£1m), Jacopo Sala, Jeffrey Bruma (£500k) OUT – Tunay Torun, Piotr Trochowski, Frank Rost, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Ze Roberto, Colin Benjamin, David Rozenhal, Jonathan Pitroipa, Joris Mathijsen, Alex Silva

Prediction: Bottom half/Relegation battle

Name: Hannover 96

Last season: 4th

Expectations: European Qualification

Star player: Didier Ya Konan

One to watch: Lars Stindl

Summer business: IN – Christian Pander (free), Henning Hauger (£400k), Samuel Radlinger (£200k), Artur Sobiech (£1m) OUT – Florian Fromlowitz, Tim Hoffman, Mikael Forssell, Felix Burmeister, DaMarcus Beasley

Prediction: Mid-table

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