by MACAULAY DALEY
Borussia Monchengladbach will look to continue their unbeaten home record in the Bundesliga when they host Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night.
Andre Schubert’s side have only lost once at Borussia-Park in all competitions so far this season, and that was to Barcelona in the Champions League.
However, Die Fohlen are yet to win a league match in over a month, with their last victory coming against Ingolstadt on the 24th September.
Gladbach come into this game in tenth place, with their visitors three places above following their comfortable 3-0 win over Hamburg last weekend.
Another win for Nico Kovac’s side this weekend could see them rise to third before the rest of the league play their matches over the course of the weekend.
This fixture will also see Frankfurt’s Branimir Hrgota return to his former club, although since scoring on his debut in the German Cup, the Swede has yet to find the net since.
Signal Iduna Park will play host to the 149th Ruhr Derby as Borussia Dortmund take on fierce rivals Schalke 04 on Saturday evening.
Dortmund have the edge in terms of victories over their neighbours, with 32 wins compared to 30 for Die Kӧnigsblauen.
Thomas Tuchel’s men are on a three game unbeaten sequence in the derby, with Schalke’s last win coming in 2014, and their last win at Signal Iduna Park back in 2012.
Following a dreadful start to the season where they lost five league games in a row, Markus Weinzierl’s side have found some form and are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions.
Front and centre of their revival is Tottenham Hotspur loanee Nabil Bentaleb, who has three goals in his last two Bundesliga matches. This included the first brace of his professional career against Mainz last weekend.
Dortmund meanwhile have hit a slight slump in recent weeks and are without a win in their last three league games, and have won just once in their last seven fixtures.
Another local derby taking place this weekend is in Bavaria as Augsburg face Bayern Munich for the second time in three days.
The two sides met in the DFB Pokal in midweek, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men running out 3-1 winners.
It increased Bayern’s terrific record against their local rivals to 11 wins in 13 competitive fixtures between the two.
Dirk Schuster should be concerned with is the lack of goals coming from his side; they’ve scored just seven this season (only Wolfsburg and Hamburg have scored less).
On Sunday, fourth hosts third as Hoffenheim take on Hertha Berlin at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Two of the seasons surprise packages; they’ll be looking to extend their excellent starts to the season and keep up with the pack chasing Bayern.
Hoffenheim are one of just three unbeaten sides left in the league, while Hertha sit just a point ahead of them in the table having won a game more than their hosts.
Julian Nagelsmann will be confident of leapfrogging his opponents as Die Alte Dame have won just once against Hoffenheim in the past six meetings.
Vfl Wolfsburg v Bayer Leverkusen
Werder Bremen v Freiburg
Darmstadt v RB Leipzig
Mainz 05 v Ingolstadt
FC Koln v Hamburger SV