It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out which four Bundesliga sides will be putting the ‘super’ in Super Saturday on Matchday 15.
In what is set to be a momentous afternoon, rejuvenated Borussia Mönchengladbach put their restoration project to the test at home to defending champions FC Bayern München, before last season’s runners-up VfL Wolfsburg host second-placed Borussia Dortmund.
Gladbach in cheery mood
Having leapt from the foot of the standings to fourth on the back of a nine-match unbeaten run comprising seven wins and two draws, Gladbach have every reason to believe they can go and do what none of their Bundesliga bedfellows have managed all season, and beat Bayern. Andre Schubert’s side are the Bundesliga’s form team behind their upcoming opponents, and last season were the only European outfit to stop Pep Guardiola’s all-star cast from scoring, holding them to a goalless draw on home soil and beating them 2-0 in Munich.
“Bayern will get a feel for our momentum,” Gladbach wideman Fabian Johnson warned, the USNMT international having scored twice in a thrilling 3-3 draw with TSG 1889 Hoffenheim on Matchday 14. "We’re in top form, we play courageously and really go for it in attack. Why should we change that against Bayern?”
Dortmund playing catch-up
For starters, Bayern would not be where they are today if they did not like a challenge. Moreover, they have been harmoniously in tune from the get-go in 2015/16 - only dropping points in the Matchday 11 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt - and have saved some of their best performances for their nearest and dearest at the Bundesliga summit. Five Robert Lewandowski goals in nine second-half minutes gave them an emphatic 5-1 home win over Wolfsburg, a result that was matched 12 days later in a demonstrative show of muscle against Dortmund who, although hanging tough in second, still have a lot of catching up to do.
To their credit, BVB have responded remarkably well to that chastening loss at the Allianz Arena, winning five and losing one of their last six. Fuelled by the goals of Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - a Bundesliga-high 17 in 14 matches - Thomas Tuchel’s troops look like they might just push Bayern all the way, even if the eight-point divide currently separating the Bundesliga’s top two might suggest otherwise.
A further seven points off the pace in the last remaining automatic qualifying spot for the UEFA Champions League, Wolfsburg have yet quite to hit the heights of last term’s second-placed finish. The Wolves were one of five sides to get one over on Bayern in the Bundesliga in 2014/15, and while they have blown more cold than hot in 2015/16, they have remained virtually indestructible on home soil.
Die Wölfe are unbeaten in 29 Bundesliga matches at the Volkswagen Arena, and will set a new Bundesliga record if they can avoid defeat to Dortmund Matchday 15. While there are all manner of potential outcomes and permutations for the big four in question on Saturday, the Bundesliga’s global following can simply sit back and savour what is guaranteed to be a mind-blowing afternoon at Germany’s top table - and feasibly the most electrifying yet.