Matchday 20 in pictures
...a little too hard-fought in the case of FCK's Ariel Borysiuk, who is sent off shortly before half time on his Bundesliga debut
The visitors make heavy weather of exploiting their numerical superiority after the break though - Milivoje Novakovic (r., against Anthar Yahia) has a goal chalked off...
Bremen, with new signing Zdravko Junuzovic, are looking to beat Freiburg on their own patch for the eighth time in a row on Sunday
Top scorer Claudio Pizarro picks up a booking...
...just minutes before putting Werder in front - youngster Tom Trybull (r.) is the congratulant here
Minutes later, skipper Cedrick Makiadi (l.) hauls SCF back into the match
Battle of the full backs: Freiburg's Oliver Sorg (l.) and Florian Hartherz, another Green-White greenhorn
Pizarro (l., against Sorg) puts Bremen back in front at the start of the second half...
...but the hosts plug away and are eventually rewarded when Erik Jendrisek (m., against Mehmet Ekici) sets up Jonathan Schmid for the equaliser
HSV host Bayern Munich in the late Saturday kick-off and Bastian Schweinsteiger (l.) and Co. are out to make their mark from the off
Midway through the first half however, it's the hosts who go in front - courtesy of a first Bundesliga strike from Jacopo Sala (r.)
Central defender Slobodan Rajkovic (r.) keeps tabs on league top scorer Mario Gomez throughout...
...and in the end it's substitute Ivica Olic (l.) who finds the net against his former club
To the scorer his dues - 1-1 it finishes at the Imtech Arena
Bayer Leverkusen play host to VfB Stuttgart, whose new frontman Vedad Ibisevic (l.) takes on Manuel Friedrich here. Final score: 2-2
Ibisevic (l.) is shadowed here by Leverkusen's Stefan Reinartz
Michal Kadlec (r.) picked up a booking for a foul on Shinji Okazaki (l.) and another minutes later for one on Cacau, earning himself an early bath
It's Hertha BSC against Hannover 96 at the Berlin Olympiastadion. Alfredo Morales (l.) takes on 96ers top scorer Mohammed Abdellaoue - who will go on to score the only goal of the contest
Berlin ain't to be confused with Brazil at this time of year - midfielder Ronny keeps warm in the Hertha dugout
Home striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga is tackled by Hannover's Christian Schulz
...and FCA coach Jos Luhukay is well satisfied with his team's showing at this stage
But 1899 strike back, with Peniel Mlapa...
...securing possession of the ball after pulling the men in blue level
Sejad Salihovic (l.) then turns the contest around, slotting home from the spot
Daniel Williams (l.) and Marcel Ndjeng go head-to-head in an intensely-fought encounter...
...while Knowledge Musona (l.) keeps a close eye on Sebastian Langkamp here
It's Schalke against Mainz 05 in Gelsenkirchen, and Joel Matip (l.) against Maxim Choupo-Moting here. The Royal Blues battle back from a goal down to salvage a point in this one
No holds barred between Ciprian Marica (l.) and Zdenek Pospech
Mohamed Zidan puts the visitors in front on his debut for them
Eugen Polanski (l.) and Joel Matip only have eyes for the ball
The Mainz defence manage to keep star Schalke frontman Raul (r.) pretty much in their sights throughout
Chinedu Obasi (m.) pulls the hosts level in the second half
Gladbach are the visitors at Wolfsburg in a game destined to remain scoreless. Havard Nordtveit (l.) has Petr Jiracek on his case here
Foals coach Lucien Favre - thoughtful, cold, or both?
Marco Reus (l.) battles it out with Wolfsburg's Felipe Lopes
Favre's men see more of the ball throughout...
...but Felix Magath's new-look Wolves hold out for a conservatively-earned home point
1. FC Nuremberg get the Matchday 20 action underway against Borussia Dortmund on Friday. Skipper Sebastian Kehl (l., against Daniel Didavi) sets the defending champs on the way to a 2-0 victory
The temperature may be sub-zero in Nuremberg, but there's plenty of onfield action to keep all concerned warm
Tomas Pekhart (m.) and Sven Bender battle for possession
Almog Cohen gets the nod over Dortmund top scorer Robert Lewandowski (l.) here
Minutes into the second half, Kehl (m.) breaks the deadlock in the visitors' favour