Cologne - Matchday 10 is sure to finish with a bang on Sunday afternoon when Borussia Mönchengladbach welcome FC Schalke 04 to the BORUSSIA-PARK.
bundesliga.com examines the most intriguing subplots to what is set to be a real humdinger of a fixture…
Leroy's in-Sane form
Leroy Sane is one of the latest products off Schalke's famed Knappenschmiede conveyor belt of young talent, and he has played a major part in the club's rise to third this season. The 19-year-old has had a direct hand in more Bundesliga goals than any other Royal Blue this term, and his three goals and two assists have brought the club an extra eight points.
After missing the first four games of the season and coming off the bench in the next four, skipper Benedikt Höwedes made his first league start of the campaign against Hertha Berlin on Matchday 9. After he opened the scoring, Schalke won the game with a last-minute goal to maintain their good start to the season, and they will now be confident of delivering a better performance at Gladbach than they did last season, when they were beaten 4-1. Having their captain back should make that easier.
Not wanting to be outdone by their North Rhine-Westphalian rivals, Borussia have an enviable record of nurturing talented youngsters, the latest being Mahmoud Dahoud. Coach Andre Schubert has started him in every game since taking charge, and has been rewarded with a series of stunning displays, including two goals and two assists. "Mo's got enormous potential," says skipper Granit Xhaka, his partner in crime at the heart of the Foals' midfield.
Raffael on fire
He may be a few months short of his 31st birthday, but striker Raffael has seldom been in better form. His neat touches and deceptive pace have been one of the hallmarks of Gladbach's play in the last few weeks, and he is also deciding matches, with his three goals and five assists all coming in his last four appearances. He had a brief loan spell with the Royal Blues in 2012/13, but Raffael is unlikely to do his former club any favours.
Foals singing to Schubert's tune
Since Andre Schubert took charge of Borussia, the team have gone from strength to strength, winning four matches in a row in the Bundesliga and securing an impressive a 0-0 draw at Juventus in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. After their miserable start to the season, the shackles have been lifted under Schubert's easygoing, positive influence. Will his Midas touch continue this week?