Bundesliga preview: 5 things to look out for

Bayern Munich will be out to extend its formidable lead at the top of the Bundesliga when it faces Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, with veteran Franck Ribery leading the way.

Bayern is six points clear of RB Leipzig, and victory could see it crowned as the 'winter champion' two weeks ahead of the winter break.   -  AFP

Bayern Munich will be out to extend its formidable lead at the top of the Bundesliga when it faces Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, with veteran Franck Ribery leading the way.

After two months out injured, the 34-year-old Frenchman captained Bayern to a 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, making him the man of the moment in Munich.

"Franck is incredible, he supports everyone," said compatriot and team-mate Corentin Tolisso. "He's a leader, and he led us to victory on Tuesday."

Bayern is six points clear of RB Leipzig, and victory could see it crowned as the 'winter champion' two weeks ahead of the winter break.

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund is looking to end a dreadful run of form at home, while Schalke will be without star midfielder Leon Goretzka.

Here are five things to look out for in this weekend's Bundesliga action.

Battle of the Boatengs

Bayern's clash with Frankfurt on Saturday will also pit brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng against each other. Bayern defender Jerome and Frankfurt midfielder Kevin-Prince are half-brothers, who grew up together in Berlin.

Kevin-Prince fired Frankfurt to victory over Hertha Berlin last weekend, while Jerome will return to the Bayern starting XI having been rested against PSG in midweek. Alongside Boateng, Bayern is also expected to give starts to Thomas Mueller, Javi Martinez and Arturo Vidal, all of whom were on the bench on Tuesday.

Home horror for Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund will be out to end its horrendous home form when it hosts relegation-battling Werder Bremen on Saturday. Dortmund has conceded at least three goals in all of its last three home games in the league, and has not won any of its last six games at the Signal Iduna Park.

Saturday's clash will also be another decisive moment for coach Peter Bosz, as he struggles to hold on to his job. Dortmund's brave performance against Real Madrid gave Bosz a boost on Wednesday, but defeat to Bremen would be inadmissible.

Schalke lose Goretzka

Schalke will once again be without star midfielder Goretzka when it visits top-four rival Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday. Goretzka returned from a three-week injury lay-off last month, but problems in his lower thigh have flared up again this week, and he is expected to miss the crucial clash.

Schalke is a point ahead of Gladbach in third, as both teams look to make a return to the Champions League next season. Coach Domenico Tedesco has said that his team will be able to deal with Goretzka's absence. "We can compensate for a lot because we have a good team spirit," said Tedesco.

Leipzig look to league

Knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday, RB Leipzig can return its full focus to the Bundesliga ahead of its game against Mainz. "The Bundesliga remains the most important thing for us," said goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi this week.

With key players such as Emil Forsberg, Marcel Sabitzer and Dayot Upamecano still out injured, it will be a depleted RB side which hosts Mainz this weekend. Leipzig, though, remains the clear favourite in the Red Bull Arena. Mainz has not won any of its last 12 away games, while Leipzig remains unbeaten at home this season.

Wolfsburg and Waldschmidt

Wolfsburg will be looking to avenge a painful defeat last season on its visit to Hamburg this weekend. Luca Waldschmidt's winner on the final day of last season rescued Hamburg from relegation, and sent Wolfsburg into the bottom three. Though it survived the relegation play-off, there will be few happy memories when Wolfsburg return to the Volksparkstadion, with Waldschmidt expected to start.

Fixtures (all times GMT): Friday: VfB Stuttgart v Bayer Leverkusen (1930)

Saturday: Borussia Dortmund v Werder Bremen, RB Leipzig v Mainz, Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern Munich, Hamburg v Wolfsburg (1430), Borussia Moenchengladbach v Schalke 04 (1730)

Sunday: Cologne v Freiburg (1230), Hanover v Hoffenheim(1430), Augsburg v Hertha Berlin (1700)

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