Cologne - Certain ingredients are always required for gripping football matches: top-quality players, goals, and tension. Bundesliga Matchday 26 will have all of that and more with several tantalising fixtures on the docket this weekend.

And the best part is, you won't have to miss a kick! Allow to whet your appetite further ahead of the last round of games prior to the international break ...

Friday 20 March

Hamburger SV 0-1 Hertha Berlin

Saturday 21 March

Hannover 96 2-3 Borussia Dortmund

VfB Stuttgart 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

FC Schalke 04 0-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Sunday 22 March

Mainz have improved recently under new coach Martin Schmidt, winning two and drawing one of their last four. However, they face a stern test of their credentials on Sunday against a muscular Wolfsburg side boasting the attacking talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Bas Dost and Andre Schürrle, among others. Furthermore, the Wolves are the second-best away team in the league behind FC Bayern.

What a way to round things off! Pep Guardiola's star-stacked ensemble are eager to bank three more points on their seemingly unstoppable march towards another Bundesliga title. However, a supremely-drilled Gladbach side are counterattacking experts and will have closely studied Wolfsburg's blueprint to success after their Matchday 18 thrashing of Bayern.

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Take a look at the best goals in Bayern versus Gladbach fixtures, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: