The international break is closing in, meaning there will be just one Bundesliga matchday in the next fortnight.
Luckily for fans of German football (and casual observers too), this weekend contains one of the biggest games in the Bundesliga calendar – with first taking on second, as has been tradition in recent years.
Bundesliga Game of the Weekend: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund versus Bayern Munich has been Germany’s answer to El Clasico for the past decade or more, and has even been given the nickname Der Klassiker to help advertise it all over the world.
This year’s game should live up to the billing as both teams have been in excellent form and enter the match on the back of strong results in Europe.
Since taking over at Bayern, Hansi Flick has had the beating of Borussia Dortmund, with three wins from three games and two clean sheets in the Bundesliga.
Rest of the Weekend
Bayer Leverkusen take on Borussia Mönchengladbach in the final game of the matchday, which is also an early battle for the top four. Leverkusen finished in fifth behind Gladbach last season but are currently ahead of their rivals for a Champions League spot. Leverkusen have won three league games in a row, while Gladbach are unbeaten in five, meaning goalkeepers Lukas Hradecky and Yann Sommer may be among the most important players on the pitch.
Wolfsburg have yet to lose in 2020-21, but face a tricky tie this weekend as they host Hoffenheim. The visitors could be boosted by the return of Andrej Kramaric, who missed out last week due to fitness issues following a positive test for coronavirus.
Filip Kostic is back in training for Eintracht Frankfurt and could return for the Eagles this weekend as they travel to Stuttgart. Eintracht have not won any of their last three games and will be eager to turn things around against their newly-promoted opponents, particularly if Kostic can play in support of strike duo Andre Silva and Bas Dost.
Bundesliga Player to Watch: Max Kruse – Union Berlin – £0.46
Max Kruse became the first player in Union Berlin history to have three involvements in the same Bundesliga game last weekend and has another tasty fixture this week as they host Arminia Bielefeld.
His price looks to be on the rise after a year in Turkey and he has already become one of Union’s most important players.