Borussia Mönchengladbach remain at the top of the Bundesliga table, but last weekend’s results saw the gap narrow once again at the summit. Just three points separate first from fifth, so anyone could be at the top after matchday 13. RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich are Gladbach’s closest challengers, sitting just one point behind Marco Rose’s side.
Match of the Weekend – Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund
After losing to Barcelona in midweek, Lucien Favre has not helped his chances of staying in the Borussia Dortmund dugout. A win against Hertha Berlin is essential for Favre, who finds himself under pressure after mixed results this season.
Jadon Sancho was left on the bench for the first-half against Barcelona, having been late to a team meeting. The English winger came off the bench to score a consolation goal but Favre may have to swallow his pride this weekend and put his best players on the pitch in a must-win game.
The big story surrounding Hertha is the appointment of Jurgen Klinsmann as caretaker head coach until the end of the season. The former Tottenham striker is back in management after his spell as USMNT boss ended in failure and will be determined to prove his credentials back in club football.
Rest of the Weekend
Schalke and Union Berlin have never played a league match against each other before, and set-pieces could prove crucial in Friday evening’s fixture. Both teams have scored seven set-piece goals so far this season – only Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig have more.
Hansi Flick’s brilliant start at Bayern Munich continued with another big win in midweek. They host Bayer Leverkusen this weekend with Peter Bosz’s men hoping to become the first team to score a goal against Flick’s Bayern. They have been much improved at the back since the caretaker boss took charge, despite David Alaba and Javi Martinez being used as centre-backs. Alaba is likely to return to the starting XI after missing the 6-0 win over Red Star Belgrade due to paternity leave.
Werder Bremen have not lost any of their last seven games with Wolfbsurg, and will hope to continue that streak against one of the league’s worst-scoring sides. The Wolves have just 13 goals this season (the second fewest after Köln), but Wout Weghorst returned to the scoresheet last week and will look to do the same against underperforming Bremen.
Algeria international Ramy Bensebaini is being used as a left-back and a centre-back by Gladbach, but has impressed when utilised on the flank early this season. He already has one goal while playing as a full-back and is a threat going forward.