Predicted Lineups for Swiss clash- Toni Kroos set to earn 100th cap for Germany

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos is set to earn his 100th international cap for Germany as they take on Switzerland in a crunch Nations League clash tonight.

Kroos will become the 12th Die Mannschaft player to reach that landmark, and is expected to partner Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich in midfield. Germany are two points behind Spain in their group, and if they drop points, that gap could increase to four or five points by the end of Match Day 4.

Germany’s poor run of results has seen Joachim Low come under increasing pressure at home, and he will be keen to ensure that this in a win after their 1-1 draw against the same opponents in Basel last month.

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Bundesliga Team of the Week- BVB and Bayern make strong starts

The new Bundesliga season’s first week is complete, and all the three major contenders for the title- Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig, got off to winning starts.

Bayern thrashed Schalke 8:0 while BVB registered an important 3:0 win at home over Borussia Monchengladbach. Leipzig were also comfortable 3:1 winners against Mainz.

Here is a team of the week from Kicker and Sportschau.

The common players from both teams? Burki, Sane, Gnabry, Kramaric, Lacroix, Angelino and Haaland. That’s seven out of eleven common across both teams of the week.

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No Bundesliga on TV in India for 2020/21 season- Fancode given rights & appointed streaming partner

India has been one of the world’s fastest growing nations in terms of football viewers, but the country will not have Bundesliga for the 2020/21 season on live television. The rights for this season have been given to Fancode, and it currently appears that it will be a streaming-only service. The announcement was made on September 18, 2020, on the eve of the new 20/21 Bundesliga season (reigning domestic and European champions Bayern play Schalke on MD1)

The move is bit of a setback for football viewers in India- the French Ligue 1 does not have an official broadcaster there, and the Spanish La Liga is also a stream only service (on Facebook). The country however does have a high rate of mobile internet penetration and data rates are amongst the cheapest in the world. Fancode are also initially offering streaming of Bundesliga games for free, but it remains to be seen whether they make it chargeable in the future.

Fancode Bundesliga India

For the better part of this decade, the Bundesliga TV rights in India have been with Star Sports (who also telecast the Premier League). Star have however opted not to renew, and some say this is because of the high prices they have paid for the rights to the hugely successful Indian Premier League T20 tournament (which begins tomorrow and effectively clashes with the Bundesliga till mid November). The IPL is normally held in April-May, but was moved to October owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Which channel is telecasting the Bundesliga in India for 2020/21?

No TV channel is telecasting the Bundesliga in India for 20/21- the rights are with the FanCode site.

Where can I watch Bayern vs Schalke on TV in India?

The Bayern v Schalke game on September 18, 2020 will not be on television in India. It can however be watched on FanCode (free to view at the time of writing)

Lucas Hernandez leaving Bayern Munich? French defender says situation is “complicated”

French defender Lucas Hernandez has admitted that he is considering his future at Bayern Munich should things not change for him at the Allianz Arena.

In an interview to French channel Telefoot, Hernandez said he could leave Bayern in the future to get more game time, saying that “if the situation continues to be this complicated, I’ll see”.

Hernandez also said that communication with Hansi Flick was minimal, saying that he didn’t speak German and the coach didn’t understand French or Spanish.

He also added that there was a difference between playing and being on the bench, when questioned about Bayern’s CL triumph.

The French defender said he “hadn’t smiled for a while”, but was happy to be involved with Les Bleus. He also rubbished rumours of a potential move to Paris SG.

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