Gladbach, Bayern and Wolfsburg all recorded big wins at the weekend to take them a step closer to their respective aims this season
Gladbach, Bayern and Wolfsburg all recorded big wins at the weekend to take them a step closer to their respective aims this season
Bundesliga

Matchday 28 Bulletins

Cologne - Table-toppers FC Bayern München landed a convincing 3-0 victory at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, while Mönchengladbach emerged victorious in the Battle of the Borussias against Dortmund.

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On Sunday, 1. FC Köln shaded a pulsating clash with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the RheinEnergieStadion, before a Daniel Ginczek brace helped lift VfB Stuttgart off the foot of the Bundesliga table against SV Werder Bremen.

Allow bundesliga.com to keep you up to date with all the reaction to the weekend's matches...

MATCHDAY 28 RESULTS:

Hannover 96 1-1 Hertha Berlin
FC Bayern München 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
FC Schalke 04 0-0 SC Freiburg
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
SC Paderborn 2-1 FC Augsburg
Hamburger SV 0-2 VfL Wolfsburg
1. FC Köln 3-2 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
VfB Stuttgart 3-2 SV Werder Bremen

Monday 13 March

That's a wrap

That brings an end to our Matchday 28 coverage. We'll be back on Thursday with the build-up to another guaranteed weekend of thrills, spills and everything in-between, but don't forget there are also two massive European games involving FC Bayern and VfL Wolfsburg in the meantime. Miss it - miss out!

#AskAuba

Got something you want to ask Borussia Dortmund favourite

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

? Tweet us your questions on the Bundesliga's official English language Twitter channel using the hashtag #AskAuba.

Dressed to impress

The only Bundesliga club left in this season's UEFA Champions League are travelling to Porto in style...

Bayern gearing up for Porto

Pep Guardiola has been putting his troops through their paces at the club's Säbener Straße training complex today ahead of their Champions League outing on Wednesday.

Bayern duo out

FC Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer has confirmed that Pep Guardiola's charges will once again be without midfielders

Bastian Schweinsteiger

and

Franck Ribery

when they face Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday. However, Jerome Boateng and Claudio Pizarro are back in the squad that travels to Portugal later today. Click

here

for more.

Relaxing in Munich

Germany team-mates Mario Götze and Andre Schürrle, goalscorer and assist-provider respectively in the 2014 World Cup final, enjoyed some rare downtime with their other halves on Sunday, while Thomas Müller revelled in the spring sunshine in the Bavarian capital.

Moving on

Werder Bremen are keen to put the disappointment of their 3-2 defeat to Stuttgart behind them and are shaking off the aches and pains with a light training session today, albeit with a few absentees...

Shooting practice?

Schalke rested up yesterday following their exertions against Freiburg on Saturday, but are back out on the training pitch today. The Royal Blues have failed to score in their last three Bundesliga outings, so perhaps Roberto Di Matteo has lined up a spot of target practice...

Three more wins

Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern need just another trio of victories to wrap up the title, but now their focus has switched to Europe as they travel to Portugal for their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg clash with FC Porto on Wednesday...

Sunday 12 March

Stuttgart off the bottom

They left it late, but VfB Stuttgart have given themselves a huge boost in their bid to stay in the top flight by beating Werder Bremen

3-2

at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena. The Swabians remain in the relegation zone but have climbed above Hamburger SV into 17th place.

Team news!

Köln hold on

I a thrilling game to get Sunday's action up and running, Köln emerged 3-2 winners over Hoffenheim to take a giant step towards survival in the top flight. Here's our

match report

.

Hoffenheim starting XI

Teams are in!

Japanese pair Kazuki Nagasawa and Yuya Osako both start for Köln against Hoffenheim this afternoon:

Draxler boost

Yesterday's goalless draw against Freiburg was a costly one for Schalke, but they do at least have Julian Draxler back after the Germany international's return following a little over five months out with injury.

Rüdiger's return

Stuttgart can welcome back taken young defender and Germany international Antonio Rüdiger for this evening's clash with Bremen. The 22-year-old has been out since Matchday 14 with a knee injury.

Thoughts turn to Porto

FC Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has his eye on next Wednesday's trip to FC Porto in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League.

Back on the horse for Bremen

After a stunning start to 2015 - four wins and a draw from their first five - Bremen have now won just once in their last five. This evening, they face a tricky test at Stuttgart, who are bottom of the table and fighting for their lives.

Day off for Heitinga

After Hertha's draw at Hannover on Friday, John Heitinga's work is done for the weekend:

Happy Sunday morning #breakfast

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Double for Köln?

The Billy Goats beat Hoffenheim 4-3 in a thrilling game earlier on in the season. Can Anthony Ujah and Co make it another league double against TSG after firs achieving the feat in 2007/08?

Super Sunday

"Morning everyone", as a late Australian cricket commentator would say. Once again, it's a Sunday where Bayern top the table after another victory and are sending out tweets like this to show just how well things are going for them.

Saturday 11 March

That's all for today folks, but join us on Sunday for more live updates as we look ahead to Köln's clash with Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen's trip to VfB Stuttgart. Bye for now!

TEAM NEWS:

So, after wins for FC Bayern and Borussia Mönchengladbach, here's how HSV and Wolfsburg line-up for today's late game:

No Meier:

Haris Seferovic and Nelson Valdez start up front for Frankfurt in Alex Meier's absence...

Reus absent

Marco Reus is out of today's match against his former club due to an adductor complaint.

Thiago Starts!

The Spain international is in the starting line-up on his 24th birthday:

Teams are coming in!

No Martin Stranzl for Gladbach:

In good company

Robert Lewandowski is on the right track it would seem...

Farfan the good luck charm

He looked sharp on his return against Augsburg a week ago, and he's up against one of his favourite opponents this weekend. This could be a good day for Schalke's Jefferson Farfan:

Goals guaranteed - probably

At least, if nothing else, we'll be guaranteed excitement at the Allianz Arena this afternoon:

Thiago's day

Things just got worse for Frankfurt. Thiago Alcantara is slowly but surely getting back to his best after over a year out with injury, and he likes playing against Frankfurt - in 2014, he broke the record for the most touches in a game by having 185 in a 5-0 win for Bayern against the Eagles at the Allianz Arena (he's since been surpassed by team-nmate Xabi Alonso). And on top of that, Thiago turns 24 today. It'd take a brave man indeed to bet against him and the Bavarians today

Bayern heavy favourites

Few would give Eintracht Frankfurt a prayer this afternoon. They last won away to Bayern in December 1976, have not beaten the Reds in any game since March 2010 and must attempt to get a result this afternoon without 19-goal danger man Alexander Meier. A tough ask indeed...

Battle of the Borussias

It's Gladbach vs. Dortmund this afternoon and the game promises to be a cracker. The Foals are looking to bounce back from defeat to third-tier Bielefeld in the Cup, while BVB are on a high after beating Hoffenheim to reach the competition's last four. Mönchengladbach do, however, have a decent record in the club's recent meetings:

Good morning!

How about two big smiles to get you in the mood for today's action? Schalke's Julian Draxler and Sead Kolasinac are set to be involved in today's game against SC Freiburg after long-term injuries, and don't they look delighted?

Friday 10 March

TEAM NEWS:

Heading for Hamburg

Time to relax in Munich

Mario Götze will be feeling the burn against Frankfurt this time on Saturday, but for now, he's taking things easy.

Meier blow

Bad news for Eintracht Frankfurt, who will have to do without Bundesliga top scorer Alexander Meier when they face table toppers Bayern on Saturday afternoon. The 32-year-old has been suffering from patellar tendon problems this week, forcing the tall frontman to stay behind in Hesse.

Skripnik wary

Bremen's Ukrainian boss Viktor Skripnik said at the club's press conference ahead of Sunday's curtain closer in Stuttgart that they'll be taking struggling VfB anything but lightly:

Foals yearning for Borussia-Park return

After three competitive fixtures on the road, including impressive league successes at Hoffenheim and Bayern, Mönchengladbach will be able to return to their home ground on Saturday when they entertain Dortmund for the

Battle of the Borussias

.

Hertha getting into gear

Hertha just sent out this tweet from Hannover's Hindenburg stadium, where the capital club are warming up for this evening's visit to struggling Hannover 96:

'Pep is a genius'

They may have a whole host of key players sidelined with injury, but Bayern executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge seems confident Pep Guardiola has a solution up his sleeve also for Saturday's encounter with Frankfurt:

Good morning!

Hello and welcome to what promises to be another exciting day full of news, facts and entertainment from the German top tier! Bundesliga leaders Bayern München just sent out this snap from the record champions' Säbener Straße training compound on a sunny morning in Munich, informing us that head coach Pep Guardiola will be having his pre-match press conference ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt's visit tomorrow this afternoon at 13:30 CEST / 11:30 GMT:

Thursday 9 March

Alaba optimistic

FC Bayern's

David Alaba

turned to the words of one of boxing's best pound-for-pound fighters as he sets off down recovery road after suffering

medial knee ligament damage

whilst on international duty with Austria recently...

FC Bayern will face Dortmund in the DFB Cup semi-finals later this month...

There's little to choose between Köln and Hoffenheim ahead of Sunday's encounter...

Head over here to find out where you can watch this one on TV...

LIVE: More from Di Matteo...

"We'll make a decision on Julian Draxler after the final training session. He has to feel fully fit to be included in the squad. Leon Goretzka has returned to light training, but Saturday's game could come a little early for him."

LIVE: More from Klopp...

"It should be a really good game on Saturday as both teams still have plenty to play for. There's no point talking about the gap between us and seventh place ahead of the Gladbach match - that is irrelevant right now."

Sunshine on the Rhine

LIVE: More from Jürgen Klopp...

"[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang was suffering from cramp against Hoffenheim but is fully fit. Sven Bender got a knock, but [Marco] Reus and [Mats] Hummels will resume full training tomorrow at the latest."

LIVE: More from Peter Knäbel...

"I'm expecting my team to play confident attacking football [against Wolfsburg]. They have to excite the fans, but the spark has to be lit on the pitch first."

Here we go...

LIVE: More from Andre Breitenreiter...

"The atmosphere within the group is fantastic. The players are very relaxed in training and we're also scoring a lot of goals. If we take the lead on Saturday, I'm confident we can silence the 'little man' in our heads, score more goals and win the match."

Coming up shortly...

INJURY UPDATE:

It wasn't all good news for FC Bayern on Wednesday, though, as centre-back

Medhi Benatia

was forced off after just 34 minutes of their last-four win with a thigh injury. We'll bring you news on that one as soon as we get it...

All smiles for Bayern after Leverkusen win