All eyes will be on the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on Sunday as Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 lock horns for the 87th edition of the Revierderby.
bundesliga.com has all the build-up to Sunday's eagerly-anticipated clash between the two Ruhr rivals, as well as reaction to the weekend's other fixtures.
Matchday 12 fixtures & results (all kick-offs 15:30CET/14:30GMT unless otherwise stated)
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Friday, 6 November
Hannover 96 1-3 Hertha Berlin
Saturday, 7 November
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-2 1. FC Köln
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-0 FC Ingolstadt 04
FC Bayern München 4-0 VfB Stuttgart
SV Darmstadt 98 1-1 Hamburger SV
Sunday, 8 November
That's all from Matchday 12. The Bundesliga stars now head into the international break, but stay with bundesliga.com for all the latest from the German top flight.
Badstuber all smiles
Holger Badstuber was a happy man indeed after making his first appearance in exactly 200 days as a second-half substitute in FC Bayern München's 4-0 drubbing of VfB Stuttgart. "I'm raring to go and am feeling good, but I know there's still something missing after just two weeks of training," he said after the game. "I've got my first appearance behind me and now it's about moving forward."
1. FC Köln's 2-1 Rhine derby triumph over Bayer 04 Leverkusen brought up a significant milestone for the Billy Goats:
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Early relegation tussle
Bremen have won twice on the road the season, both by a final scoreline of 3-1. Victory at rock-bottom Augsburg this evening would take the Green-Whites up to 14th, five points clear of the automatic relegation places. Die Fuggerstädter, meanwhile, cannot rise any higher than 17th.
It's the day all Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 fans have been waiting for. We'll be bringing you all the build-up to the 87th Bundesliga Revierderby - as well as SV Werder Bremen's trip to FC Augsburg - and, of course, all the reaction to the rest of the weekend's action.
Saturday, 7 Novemeber
That's all for now!
We'll be back on Sunday, folks. Don't forget to join us then as we count down to the 'Mother of all Derbies', which kicks off at 15:30CET/14:30GMT. Bye for now!
Lilies hold Dinos
Hamburger SV surrendered a one-goal lead at promoted SV Darmstadt in the evening game. The result nevertheless keeps Bruno Labbadia's HSV a point and two places above the 13th-placed Lilies in the mid-Matchday 12 standings.
There was more in it today for us! Shame - we still have to be happy with the point.
Mainz breathe again
"Finally another home win," reads this tweet after 1. FSV Mainz 05 saw off last season's runners-up VfL Wolfsburg at the Coface Arena. It was the 05ers' first win on home soil since Matchday 5.
Rhine derby bragging rights
Here's how the 1. FC Köln players and their fans celebrated Matchday 12's Dominic Maroh-inspired win over Rhineland neighbours Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the BayArena:
Pep doffs his hat
Pep Guardiola was mightily impressed with what he saw at the Allianz Arena today, just three days after Bayern's energetic and emphatic win over Arsenal FC in the UEFA Champions League. Changes were a given for the visit of Stuttgart, and one player in particular caught the Catalan's eye:
Pep continued: "It's difficult to play every three days and always have to win. The team did brilliantly today." pic.twitter.com/TryyCR312L— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 7, 2015
Bayern's Javi Martinez and David Alaba took to social media to express their delight and pride at this afternoon's win:
Another great game and win! 3 important points! Proud n happy to be part of this team! #MiaSanMia— Javi Martínez (@Javi8martinez) November 7, 2015
FC Bayern München fans had more than just a 4-0 southern derby win over VfB Stuttgart to celebrate on Saturday afternoon, after Holger Badstuber made his long-awaited return from injury as a second-half substitute:
Saturday's confirmed line-ups
SV Darmstadt 98 vs Hamburger SV:
FC Bayern München vs VfB Stuttgart:
1. FC Köln vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen:
1. FSV Mainz 05 vs VfL Wolfsburg:
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs FC Ingolstadt:
1899 Hoffenheim vs Eintracht Frankfurt:
BVB gripped by Revierderby fever
Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel and midfielder Ilkay Gündogan know exactly what to expect from tomorrow's Revierderby clash with FC Schalke 04:
"We expect the atmosphere tomorrow to be more heated and more electric than usual. We have to stay cool."
Tuchel: "Wir erwarten, dass die Atmosphäre morgen noch etwas dichter und knisternder wird, als bisher. Wir müssen cool bleiben." #bvbs04— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 7, 2015
"We'll really miss Marco Reus, but we're ready to play without him."
Tuchel: "Marco Reus wird uns sehr fehlen. Aber wir sind auch bereit, ohne ihn zu spielen." #bvs04— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 7, 2015
"The coaching team approach the derby like they do any other game. It's important not to let emotions take over."
Tuchel: Herangehensweise des Trainerteams an das Derby ist die gleiche wie sonst auch. Ist uns wichtig, dass wir nicht emotional überhöhen.— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 7, 2015
"Schalke will put everything into it, they'll be really up for it. We have to focus on our strengths."
"We're well-equipped. Now all that matters is that we bring it on the pitch on Sunday."
Impressive footage there from the Royal Blues' training ground, some 3,000 fans gathering to show their support ahead of tomorrow's Revierderby away to Borussia Dortmund. Click here to learn all about one of world football's fiercest rivalries.
Bayern quartet Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Joshua Kimmich and Sven Ulreich are up against former side Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena this afternoon. Kick-off in Munich is at 15:30CET/14:30GMT.
Salomon Kalou was a happy man indeed after getting Matchday 12 off with a bang on Friday, the Ivorian's hat-trick earning the Old Lady three points to take them temporarily up to fourth in the Bundesliga. "It was a great victory for the team and important to bounce back after [last week's] Gladbach defeat," the former Chelsea FC star said. "The whole team was working really well together, helping us get a brilliant result. We have a team willing to fight as well as to play football. We have a good chance to do well in the Bundesliga this year, and need to remain on this level to qualify for Europe."
Breitenreiter: A unique game
Schalke 04 head coach Andre Breitenreiter can hardly wait for his first Revierderby experience to kick off, the former SC Paderborn tactician admitted at today's pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's clash with bitter rivals Dortmund.
There's some disappointing news for Cameroon centre-back Joel Matip, but Breitenreiter seemed in positive spirits after attacking gem Leroy Sane received his first senior Germany call-up yesterday:
Hello and welcome to another day of live bulletins from Germany's top division, including press conferences with Thomas Tuchel and Andre Breitenreiter ahead the much-anticipated Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04!
Friday, 6 November
...just do not want to go home! The Hertha Berlin fans have been rewarded for sticking around, as the team came out again to celebrate a 3-1 win in Hanover with them.
Salomon Kalou has a job on his hand getting away from Hanover tonight, but he won't mind all the post-match interviews after his hat-trick.
Some reaction from Hertha players, including Valentin Stocker saying it was the "perfect answer" to the defeat to Gladbach, and Per Skjelbred praising the three-goal hero Salomon Kalou.
Ready to roll?
The teams are in for Friday night's Matchday 12 opener...
Countdown to kick-off.
Just over 90 minutes to the start of Matchday 12 in the Bundesliga - the Hertha Berlin shirts are laid out, but as this Tweet says, the players are still missing. They are on their way...
Stöger on Rhine derby
1. FC Köln coach Peter Stöger knows his team face "a very tough task" when they make the short trip to face Rhine rivals Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT). "The players don't need any extra motivation, they know each game is important." Köln are expecting 6,500 fans to back them at the BayArena.
Badstuber 'still not an option'
Though he had words of praise for Holger Badstuber (see below), Pep Guardiola believes it is still too early for the Germany international to complete his comeback from the thigh injury that has sidelined him since Matchday 29 last season. "He's still not an option for the starting XI," the Bayern told media.
Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, have been dealt a major blow with Marco Reus ruled out of Sunday's Revierderby with Schalke 04 due to an adductor injury. The Germany international was taken off at half-time after having scored in Dortmund's 4-0 Europa League victory over Qäbälä FK on Thursday, and further medical examination of the problem means Reus will be sidelined for two weeks.
Bad news for Leverkusen
The Revierderby is not the only fierce regional rivalry being played out this weekend. Bayer 04 Leverkusen face Rhine rivals 1. FC Köln, but they will have to do so without Lars Bender, who has an ankle injury, as coach Roger Schmidt told the press on Friday.
Leroy Sane mini-site
bundesliga.com has a host of mini-sites dedicated to the stars of the German top flight. Schalke's teenage prodigy Leroy Sane is already making a name for himself. Take a closer look at the youngster who'll be hoping to sow terror in the Dortmund defence on Sunday.
Mark your cards...set your alarms...wherever you are
Club vs Club, City vs City, Star vs Star
See how Revier rivals Dortmund and Schalke match up on and off the pitch ahead of the 'Mother of all Derbies'. We compare the clubs, the cities and the key players, as well as look back on some of the most memorable previous meetings.
'Look out Schalke!'
With Dortmund's place in the UEFA Europa League knockout stages already assured, Ilkay Gündogan has already turned his sights to Sunday's Revierderby. And if you had any doubts just what it means to the fans in the Ruhr Valley, take a look at this banner....
It reads, 'A derby win is like a title win. Thanks.' So, no pressure on Thomas Tuchel's men then....