Borussia Dortmund can extend their advantage atop the Bundesliga table to seven points when they host lowly Freiburg on Saturday afternoon.
Lucien Favre’s Black and Yellows are one of just five teams across Europe’s five major leagues – along with Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain – that remain unbeaten in domestic league competition.
It is not all smooth sailing though in Europe where they fell 0-2 to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League a few weeks ago. On Wednesday, Dortmund surrendered group leadership to the Spaniards after they were held to a goalless stalemate by Belgian champions Club Brugge.
Favre’s instructions to the front runners will be to quickly wipe the Club Brugge result out of their system with victory on Saturday.
Freiburg are certain to be under the Cush as Dortmund boast an impregnable record at Signal Iduna Park where they’ve won all but one of their League matches, averaging three goals per game.
Elsewhere, ailing giants Bayern Munich will be hoping to bounce back from last week’s embarrassing 3-3 draw at home to newcomers Fortuna Dusseldorf when they travel to Werder Bremen.
Niko Kovac’s six-time defending champions have fallen nine points behind Dortmund thanks to a wretched run at the Allianz Arena where they haven’t won in four outings.
The Bavarians fired a warning to Bremen by obliterating former champions Benfica 5-1 in Tuesday’s Champions League rubber. Top scorer Robert Lewandowski is bound to be a marked men in Bremen after he plundered a brace against Benfica.
Dieter Klaus Hecking’s second placed Borussia Moenchengladbach face a difficult trip to Red Bull Leipzig. Ralf Ragnick’s moneybags are notoriously difficult to break down but go into the game on the back of consecutive 0-1 losses to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga and RB Salzburg in the Europa League.
A fascinating matchup is expected in Hoffenheim where Julian Nagelsmann’s hungry hosts welcome last season’s deputy champions Schalke.
Another free scoring side, Eintracht Frankfurt, who continued their red-hot form by obliterating France’s Olympique Marseille 4-0 on Thursday night, are at home to Wolfsburg.
Fortuna Dusseldorf v Mainz @10:00pm
Dortmund v Freiburg @05:30pm
Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich @05:30pm
Hannover v Hertha Berlin @05:30pm
Stuttgart v Augsburg @05:30pm
Hoffenheim v Schalke @08:30pm
RB Leipzig v Borussia Moenchengladbach @05:30pm
Eintracht Frankfurt v Wolfsburg @08:00pm
Nuremberg v Bayer Leverkusen @10:30pm
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