Borussia-Park is the setting on Sunday of what promises to be an enthralling match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund.
Gladbach have just one point from their last three Bundesliga encounters, whilst free scoring Dortmund have found the net fifteen times in their five Bundesliga matches since the turn of the year. The black and yellows have won four of those matches, with their only slip up at home to Hamburg.
Last week Marco Reus was the hat-trick hero for Dortmund as they clinically dismantled Eintracht Frankfurt, whilst Gladbach went down 1-0 to Rafael van der Vaart’s sublime strike in Hamburg.
The Foals have also had to contend with their Europa League travels this week. They lost 2-0 to Lazio in Rome (5-3 on aggregate) plunging out of Europe for this season. Tiresome and fatigue could well play its part in the latter stages of the match. This could be dangerous against the high tempo, high pressing game Dortmund love to play at.
Bayern Munich welcome Schalke 04 to the Allianz-Arena on Saturday, with the two sides in contrasting forms.
Bayern are currently unbeaten in eleven Bundesliga matches, whereas Schalke have only won once in nine. That form is why Bayern are a staggering 22 points clear of the Gelsenkirchen side.
The impressive form of Bayern this season has seen them pull away at the top of the Bundesliga, they currently have a 12 point gap to second place Borussia Dortmund.
One reason for their superiority this season has been the influence of Mario Mandžukić and Thomas Müller. The two have a combined total of 25 goals and nine assists. Their partnership has been ruthless in attack as Bayern have amassed a total of 51 goals in just twenty Bundesliga matches. They have only conceded seven.
Dante has played a huge role in that defence. The Brazilian won his first cap for the Seleção in midweek against England, just reward for an outstanding season so far with the Bavarian giants.
Second meets third at the BayArena on Sunday, as the two battle it out for what increasingly looks like second place. With Bayern Munich eleven points clear currently, any title aspiration for these two sides is diminishing with every game.
Bayer Leverkusen will be full of confident though as they have won their last five home matches in the Bundesliga.
Borussia Dortmund have started 2013 in impressive fashion, scoring eight goals and keeping two clean sheets. The North Rhine-Westphalia outfit will look to continue that impressive start to 2013 away at Bayer Leverkusen, as they will not want to concede their title easily.
The two teams are similar in terms of style of play, each using a fast paced, counter attack to deadly effect as they look to punish their opponents with every chance. Leverkusen use of André Schürrle and Gonzalo Castro either side of Stefan Kießling has proved an efficient front line. The trio have scored a combined total of 24 goals so far in the Bundesliga. Kießling is currently the Bundesliga’s top goal scorer with thirteen goals.
Werder Bremen welcome Hannover to the Weserstadion on Friday in a game of underachievers so far this season. The two teams are capable of mounting a European challenge, but both have failed to deliver their usual standards this season on a consistent basis.
Werder Bremen are languishing in 12th position currently, without a win in their last four Bundesliga matches, losing three of them.
Hannover are a tough team to beat on home soil, but away from their AWD-Arena is where their problems lie. The Lower Saxony outfit have lost seven of their last nine away matches in the Bundesliga. That poor form is one reason why they are sitting in 10th place in the league.
Only four points ahead of their hosts, but more importantly is that they are just three points outside of the Europa League places. Such is the competitive nature of the Bundesliga, that just eight points separate 15th placed Nürnberg and 6th place Schalke 04.
With the table that close, any kind of form from either Bremen or Hannover, that they are both capable of, could push themselves up the league standings quickly and aim for Europe come the end of the season.
Warm weather training camps are over; fans anticipating their return to the stands. It is the return of the Bundesliga, with a brilliant game to look forward to on Saturday evening.
The Weserstadion will host Werder Bremen against Borussia Dortmund, which promises to be an entertaining, attack minded game.
Werder Bremen are currently languishing in 12th place, with inconsistency their problem this season. Despite looking bright in attack, they have failed to win back to back matches in the Bundesliga this season.
That bright attack is what they will rely on as they seek to gain a positive result against Borussia Dortmund. On loan Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been the star performer for Bremen so far this season, scoring four goals and claiming five assists. With his attack mindedness combined with fellow goal scoring midfielder Aaron Hunt, and Nils Petersen spearheading their attack, the home side will be confident of causing problems to Dortmund’s defence. Petersen, on loan from Bayern Munich, has scored seven goals in the league and will be looking to add to his tally come the weekend.