Summary

  • Hertha old boy Raffael set for return.
  • Unbeaten Hoffenheim travel to Bayern.
  • Mainz next on the menu for Leipzig.

Another riveting round of fixtures awaits the Bundesliga's great and good on Matchday 10.

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Capital curtain-raiser

A potential firecracker is on the cards in Matchday 10's opening fixture as Hertha Berlin entertain faltering Borussia Mönchengladbach. Hertha have a big point to prove after slipping to a 1-0 loss against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim last time out, not to mention a pair of crushing 4-1 and 5-0 defeats to Gladbach last term. Gladbach's form has dipped in 2016/17, however, but the return of former Hertha forward Raffael, who scored 39 goals in 163 appearances for the capital club, should provide a timely lift for a Borussia side currently six points adrift of the top four.

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Hoffenheim's acid test

Hoffenheim are one of a handful of sides to have taken advantage of the traditional top four's inconsistencies. Julian Nagelsmann’s dynamic ensemble are yet to lose this season and have won their last five in a row, but have never beaten upcoming hosts FC Bayern München in 16 attempts. Adding to the weight of the task facing Sinsheim's great Bundesliga surprise at the Allianz Arena is the goal-scoring form of Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, who has netted four goals in his last two competitive outings.

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Northern daylight for Dortmund?

Although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is level with Lewandowski in the scoring charts on seven goals, Borussia Dortmund have had precious little to celebrate domestically of late. BVB head to Hamburger SV's Volksparkstadion on the back of a four-match winless run, with defeat to Bayer 04 Leverkusen and successive stalemates against FC Ingolstadt 04, Hertha and FC Schalke 04 casting serious doubt on the club's title credentials. Arresting the mini slide is the priority, and a trip to rock-bottom HSV - without a win all season - could prove just the tonic.

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Modeste in Meier's footsteps

Setting the gold standard in the race for the Torjägerkanone, meanwhile, is 1. FC Köln striker Anthony Modeste. The Frenchman's second-half hat-trick against Hamburg moved him onto 11 goals for the season - more than any player across Europe's top leagues after nine games - as the Billy Goats delivered an emphatic response to their maiden defeat of the season a week earlier. Much sterner tests lie in wait, however, starting with Niko Kovac's revamped Eintracht Frankfurt. The Eagles are unbeaten at home this season and, in 2014/15 Bundesliga top scorer Alexander Meier, boast their very own sharpshooter extraordinaire.

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RB Leipzig on Dream Street

Penning their own fairy-tale in a season littered with surprises, RB Leipzig can match MSV Duisburg's run of 10 games unbeaten from the start of a Bundesliga season following promotion with a positive result against 1. FSV Mainz 05. The Saxony outfit have been nothing short of spectacular in their debut Bundesliga campaign, registering seven wins and two draws, picking up a couple of big-name scalps against the likes of Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg along the way. They are Bayern's nearest pursuers and they are very much the real deal.

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