Cologne - Homecomings, another Bundesliga record in FC Bayern München's crosshairs and much more besides: you do not want to miss Matchday 9.

With the international break done and dusted, allow to ease you back into the swing of things with our essential guide to the coming weekend's action...

Magic number nine

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Speaking of the defending champions, Pep Guardiola's men are one win from another piece of Bundesliga history. As the only side boasting a 100 per cent winning record after eight matches, Bayern can become the first ever Bundesliga outfit to win their opening nine top-flight games of the season with victory away to SV Werder Bremen on Saturday.

The Piza factor

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It is set to be an emotional occasion for evergreen Peruvian forward Claudio Pizarro in any case. Now in his third spell as a Bremen player, the Bundesliga's all-time leading foreign goalscorer won countless trophies over the course of two separate stints on the Bayern books, including back-to-back Bundesliga titles in the last two campaigns.

Ground to make up

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VfL Wolfsburg were Bayern's nearest challengers last season and, after winning the DFB Cup and Supercup, the Wolves had every reason to believe they could go one better in 2015/16. After eight matches, however, Dieter Hecking's side already find themselves 12 points adrift of top spot and host TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday searching for their first win in four.

The Schubert effect

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Wolfsburg's most recent defeat came at the hands of resurgent Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bottom of the table after losing their first five matches of the campaign, the Foals have rediscovered their best form under caretaker boss Andre Schubert, now one of a handful of coaches, including the likes of the legendary Jupp Heynckes and Udo Lattek, to win his first three Bundesliga matches at the Gladbach helm. Another three points away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday evening could take the Rhineland club into the top half of the table for the first time this season.

Top-four objective

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Like Gladbach, Bayer 04 Leverkusen have their hearts set on another top-four finish. Die Werkself have blown hot and cold in 2015/16, already losing three times in the Bundesliga and scoring just eight times in as many outings, but travel to Hamburger SV's Volksparkstadion looking for the win that could take them back into the coveted UEFA Champions League places for only the second time in 2015/16. They have, however, lost their last two Bundesliga outings in Hamburg.