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MATCHDAY 29 FIXTURES/RESULTS(kick-off 15:30 CEST / 13:30 GMT unless stated):
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Hertha Berlin 0-0 1. FC Köln
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0-2 FC Bayern München
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 SC Paderborn 07
SC Freiburg 2-3 1. FSV Mainz 05
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4-0 Hannover 96
FC Augsburg 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
SV Werder Bremen 1-0 Hamburger SV
VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 FC Schalke 04
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Follow all this afternoon's action on the Bundesliga's official English language Twitter account. We've also got coverage of this evening's clash between Wolfsburg and Schalke on Bundesliga radio. We'll be back later with more reaction.
He followed in Klopp's footsteps in Mainz and is now set to do the same at the Signal Iduna Park. Thomas Tuchel will succeed the charismatic head coach at BVB when the 49-year-old officially leaves his post at the end of June. Click here for more.
BREAKING NEWS: Thomas Tuchel has been confirmed as Jürgen Klopp's successor on a three-year contract. The former Mainz coach will be officially unveiled at the end of the season.
Saturday also saw Leverkusen consolidate their position in the top four, Mainz take a huge step towards Bundesliga survival, and Hertha play out a goalless draw with Köln at the Olympiastadion. Click here for a round-up of the action...
In Saturday's late game, FC Augsburg got the better of Swabian rivals VfB Stuttgart to boost their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season. Huub Stevens' side, meanwhile, remain three points adrift of guaranteed safety and have just five more games to clamber out of the drop zone. Head here for post-match reaction from Augsburg.
Shinji Kagawa was a relieved man after Dortmund's 3-0 victory over SC Paderborn at the Signal Iduna Park. The Japanese international's only home goal prior to Saturday came back on Matchday 3 - his first match since rejoining the club from Manchester United FC.
Sebastian Rode's curling strike helped Bayern move to within two victories of a third successive Bundesliga title on Saturday afternoon. "I played from the start and scored a goal - so it's doubly good," said the midfielder afterwards. For more post-match reaction from Sinsheim, click here.
Saturday 18 AprilSuper Sunday In the day's evening game in Bavaria, it was Augsburg that took the spoils after a 2-1 win over VfB Stuttgart. The home side are now - at least temporarily - up to fifth and back on course for Europe, while Stuttgart are still mired deep in relegation trouble. You can read our match report from that one here, but that about does it for our bulletins today. We'll check back in with you on the flip side with two tasty-looking encounters in Bremen-Hamburg and Wolfsburg-Schalke. See you then!
Hoy 90 minutos! De regreso a mainz con los 3 puntos. Back in mainz with 3 points. Zurück nach Mainz mit 3 Punkten!!! pic.twitter.com/VmS7nTBhaP— Junior Díaz (@JuniorDiazCR) April 18, 2015
Don't forget to follow all this afternoon's action on the Bundesliga's official English language Twitter account. We've also got coverage of FC Bayern München's trip to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim live on Bundesliga radio. Enjoy!
The weekend's curtain-closer could be a right humdinger, with second-place VfL Wolfsburg welcoming FC Schalke 04 to the Volkswagen Arena. The Wolves are looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat to Napoli in midweek, while defeat to Schalke would surely end any lingering hopes of Champions League football.
Despite HSV's precarious position at the foot of the Bundesliga table, new Red Shorts head coach Bruno Labbadia says he is relishing the chance of preserving the club's status as the top flight's only ever-present side. Find out what the 49-year-old tactician had to say here...
Schmidt: “I don’t know Christian Streich well but I know that he is a genuine guy and very emotional, which I like.” pic.twitter.com/Ncvvf3qQna— 1. FSV Mainz 05 (@Mainz05en) April 17, 2015
There's a little more riding on today's encounter at the Schwarzwald-Stadion, where SC Freiburg take on 1. FSV Mainz 05. Martin Schmidt's charges are just four points clear of 16th-place Paderborn, while Freiburg are two points and a place behind their visitors in the table.
Elsewhere, Hertha Berlin are up against 1. FC Köln at the Olympiastadion today. Victory for either side would all but seal their place in the Bundesliga next season - something the Billy Goats would almost certainly have settled for at the beginning of the campaign. That one also kicks off at 15:30 CEST.
There's much, much more than local bragging rights at stake when beleaguered Hamburger SV travel to bitter northern rivals SV Werder Bremen on Sunday afternoon. Bottom of the table and without a win since Matchday 20, Bruno Labbadia's side dare not lose at the Weser-Stadion this weekend. Click here for the preview...
FC Bayern's squad is being stretched to near breaking point at present, with David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery (pictured), Philipp Lahm, Medhi Benatia and Tom Starke all ruled out of today's tip to Sinsheim. Pep Guardiola's side need just three more wins to clinch the title, but they'll have to do it without some of their biggest names...
There are six former Dortmund players in the Paderborn squad to face the Schwarz-Gelben at the Signal Iduna Park this afternoon. BVB have lost their last two in the league, but Paderborn's away record this season leaves a lot to be desired...
Looking for the latest team news, key players and pre-match views from your favourite Bundesliga club? Simply find your team in the list of Matchday 29 fixtures and click on the red dash to read the relevant match preview! For our report on Friday's clash between Frankfurt and Gladbach, just click on the score. Couldn't be easier!
Welcome back to bundesliga.com's live updates. Matchday 29 may have got off to a slow start yesterday but fear not, there are six more games to look forward to this afternoon! In the meantime, why not check out the post-match reaction to Gladbach's goalless draw with Frankfurt on the link above?
Friday 17 AprilFriday stalemate After an eventful first half, the action slowed down somewhat in the second 45 minutes at the Commerzbank Arena, and there was to be no winner in Matchday 29's opener. You can read our match report here, but for now, we'll bid you adieu until Saturday. Ciao bella.
Click here for our preview of Dortmund's clash with Paderborn at the Signal Iduna Park - the first of six farewell gigs for outgoing BVB head coach Jürgen Klopp. BVB are not yet safe from relegation this season, but a win could boost their chances of an unlikely European berth.
"The reason behind [HSV's training camp this week] was to save energy and restore calm. Some of the players have a few knocks, but we've essentially got all hands on deck.
"It's all about being united on Sunday. We have to be strong. The derby is a gigantic occasion!"
"We had five or six chances from set-pieces [against Paderborn on Matchday 28] and I'm convinced that, had we taken the lead, the game would have panned out differently. We made mistakes in the second half, though, and we were punished. We have to do better against Stuttgart."
"[Eric Maxim] Choupo-Moting has an intestinal issue and is a doubt. Sidney Sam has trained individually and is a doubt. We'll know more after the final training session. We'll also have to take things slowly with Julian Draxler. He's not ready to start a game yet."
"After losing the corresponding fixture we want to make sure the points stay in Wolfsburg. It's good that we've got another game coming up straight away so we don't have to think too much about the last one."
Wolfsburg were beaten 4-1 at home by SSC Napoli in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final on Thursday
"The relegation battle this season is extremely tight, many teams are involved who can still be sucked in.
"I'm expecting die 96er to go about their business in a focused manner, like every team near the bottom of the table.
"Tin Jedvaj has had a back problem [...] but if he gets through the final training session unscathed he will be included in the squad.
"It's a similar situation with Roberto Hilbert and Bernd [Leno] has suffered a cartilage injury. I can't say for certain that he'll be fit for Saturday."
Turning point missed: Borussia Dortmund were in a deep crisis in autumn 2014. Jürgen Klopp’s team had slumped towards the bottom of the table and were looking to turn the tide against new boys SC Paderborn, but things didn't go the way they planned in the last Westphalia derby between the two clubs...
Head over here for our preview of Bayern's trip to Hoffenheim. Die Münchner need just three more wins to sew up the Bundesliga title, but their star-studded squad is extremely thin on the ground going into Matchday 29's encounter. Hoffenheim, meanwhile, will be looking to capitalise on the Bavarians' personnel woes with a first ever win over FCB.
With Philipp Lahm ruled out of Saturday's trip to Sinsheim with a stomach bug, Guardiola has just 13 first-team players available for the Matchday 29 encounter at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena. The Catalan also admitted he doesn't know when Franck Ribery will return to the first team fold following his ankle injury.
"These players are my heroes, it was definitely the right decision to come to FC Bayern and coach them. What happened on the pitch in Porto is my responsibility.
"We have a lot of injuries at the moment, but we mustn't complain!
"I want to fight with these players here. And I want to help the injured players. When we lose it's always my responsibility. We lost because of Pep. That's our responsibility. But we are still strong with these players.
"Philipp [Lahm] has a stomach virus and won't be fit, and Franck [Ribery] has a twisted ankle. [Bastian] Schweinsteiger has been in bed for the last eight days with a bug. I don't think he'll make it."
bundesliga.com has once again rummaged through the archives and unearthed some intriguing Nordderby-related facts and figures. We've compiled them in this informative infographic. Enjoy!
The Bundesliga, and fans of Borussia Dortmund in particular, are still reeling from the news that Jürgen Klopp will leave the club at the end of the current season. Many BVB players have taken to social media platforms to express their fondness for the charismatic coach. Click here for more...
So what else is in store today? Pep Guardiola will be facing the media at 12:00 CEST ahead of their clash with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday afternoon. Stay tuned to hear the Catalan's views on Tuesday's Champions League defeat to Porto, FC Bayern's injury situation and much, much more.
For Frankfurt, the Friday evening clash represents a chance to close the gap on FC Augsburg in the sixth and final European spot. Gladbach, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last eight league matches and have won their last four. Something has to give at the Commerzbank Arena this evening...
Thursday 16 April
And it's with those words of optimism that we round off our first dose of Matchday 29 updates. Don't forget to join us again tomorrow when we'll continue to bring you all the build-up to another massive weekend in the Bundesliga. Until then, why not have a read of our Eintracht Frankfurt - Borussia Mönchengladbach preview? It should be a cracker. Catch you tomorrow!
Haris: "Es ist sehr schade, dass Alex für den Rest der Saison ausfällt. Wir werden versuchen, das gemeinsam auszugleichen" #SGEBMG— Eintracht Frankfurt (@Eintracht_News) April 16, 2015
Passing drills in the sun ☀️#effzeh https://t.co/NsgzUhU758— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) April 16, 2015
To whet your appetite ahead of the weekend's action, bundesliga.com has unearthed a selection of intriguing statistics pertaining to Matchday 29. Click here to find out what Borussia Dortmund and SC Paderborn have in common, and which Bayern player could be about to set a new record...
"Mönchengladbach are an absolute top side. We're looking to give as good as we get on Friday, just as we did earlier in the season."
Frankfurt beat Gladbach 3-1 back on Matchday 12
"I'm really happy for Daniel Ginczek, but football is a team sport. Goals have to be created too. Everyone in the team plays his part."
Ginczek scored twice in Stuttgart's 3-2 win over Bremen last weekend
"I'm very happy here and I have fantastic coaching staff and a great chairman. We've made huge strides in the last two seasons. I still see a lot of potential here.
"We mustn't focus too much on Bayern's defeat in Porto - they're more than capable of bouncing back."
More from Klopp:
"We're without Sahin, Kirch, Piszczek, Kehl and Subotic. Subotic has a back problem and Kehl broke a rib yesterday. Reus, Kuba, Bender, Durm and Großkreutz haven't been able to train today.
"I have seen how the players have reacted [to my departure] on social networks."
"[Saturday's game against Paderborn] is just another normal football game, albeit one that's vitally important for both sides. It's going to be a proper fight and we have to show we're up to the task. I'm not on a goodbye tour, I'm expecting a proper atmosphere on Saturday."
"It's important that we all stay together and say 'we'll get out of this as a team'. I'm expecting a very intense match [at Leverkusen].
Korkut's side have failed to win any of their last 12 league matches and are currently in 15th place in the table
"Klopp's departure is no concern of ours. I'm expecting a hard-fought game as both teams have a lot to play for. Dortmund are a team full of world champions. If they play to their strengths it's going to be a very difficult game for us."
"I'm not too bothered about HSV's possible relegation. Perhaps another exciton team will take their place."
Not sure what HSV fans make of that...
LIVE: Victor Skripnik ahead of Sunday's Nordderby against Werder Bremen:
"We will make a decision and tell the players on Sunday who will play. Everyone has a chance to prove themselves. Wolf and Sternberg will be playing on Sunday.
"Some of these players haven't experienced this derby with Werder. We've been telling them about 2009 [when Bremen beat Hamburg on away goals in the UEFA Cup semi-final."
Gladbach head coach Lucien Favre spoke to the media yesterday ahead of his side's clash with Eintracht Frankfurt, who beat die Fohlen 3-1 in the league earlier this season. "That was months ago. It's a very different situation now," said the Swiss tactician. "We want to pick up more points and continue our good run."
Stay tuned to find out what Klopp has to say in today's press conference ahead of his side's clash with SC Paderborn (perhaps he's had a change of heart and decided to stay after all - hope springs eternal!). We'll obviously be bringing you all the news and views from today's other pre-match press conferences.