From the race for the Bundesliga's coveted top four to the Texas-style shootout for the Torjägerkanone, subplots abound on Matchday 11. examines the biggest pre-match talking points of the coming weekend...

Black and yellow goal glut

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Dortmund's flying form does not exactly augur well for SV Werder Bremen. Since suffering their first defeat of the campaign at FC Bayern München on Matchday 8, Thomas Tuchel's free-scoring troupe have racked up four wins in all competitions with an aggregate score of 17-3. Bremen will nevertheless be buoyed by their own two-match winning run, as well as their 2-1 success over BVB in last term's corresponding fixture.

Tails up for Foals

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Borussia Mönchengladbach are also operating in top gear ahead of their trip to Hertha Berlin's historic Olympiastadion. Back-to-back successes in the Bundesliga and DFB Cup against FC Schalke 04 mean the Foals have won all six of their domestic outings under caretaker boss Andre Schubert, with their quintet of Bundesliga victories taking them from bottom of the standings to within three points of the top four in the space of just 35 days.

Top four rivalry

Gladbach's epic revival has a number of sides looking anxiously over their shoulders, including Matchday 11 opponents VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Although both were victorious in the Bundesliga last weekend, DFB Cup holders Wolfsburg conceivably have the bigger point to prove after being knocked out of the competition in the second round by FC Bayern in midweek. For Leverkusen, on the other hand, with 14 goals in their last three games, much more of the same will go down very nicely indeed.

In Müller's footsteps


Scarcely a week goes by without Bayern's Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting on the scoresheet. The man the social media world aptly calls 'Lewangoalski' has netted 13 times in ten Bundesliga outings so far this season, with BVB speedster Aubameyang drawing level at the top of the scorers' charts with a hat-trick against FC Augsburg last weekend. Gerd Müller's single-season haul of 40 Bundesliga goals has stood for 43 years, but there is every reason to believe it will have been trumped come the end of 2015/16.

Hoffenheim's great Dutch hope

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After twice saving VfB Stuttgart from the brink, Huub Stevens has returned to Baden-Württemburg with the self-same remit at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The 61-year-old, who has been appointed head coach until the end of the campaign following Markus Gisdol's dismissal, takes to the away dugout at 1. FC Köln on Saturday afternoon, with Die Kraichgauer sat 17th in the standings having won just once all season.