From potentially record-breaking feats to the 'Mother of all Derbies', Matchday 12's nine edge-of-your-seat encounters will undoubtedly help further shape the landscape in the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign. examines the biggest pre-match talking points ahead of the weekend action...

Mother of all Derbies!

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For Thomas Tuchel and Andre Breitenreiter, Sunday's clash between Ruhrpott rivals Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 will be their first taste of the Revierderby, a fixture that has proven over the years that anything is possible, and that form goes out of the window when local bragging rights are on the line. Expect tension, goals and a heated battle between two footballing heavyweights as the result of this championship-within-a-championship can make or break an entire season.  

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Bayern out to bounce back

Having dropped points for the first time this season last weekend, FC Bayern München will be hoping Saturday's clash with VfB Stuttgart is more like their 5-1 drubbing of Arsenal FC in midweek than the tiresome 0-0 draw witnessed last Friday against Eintracht Frankfurt. The German record titleholders are scoring at a rate of three goals-a-game in the Bundesliga and, up against the league's most porous backline, will be confident of stretching their winning streak against the visitors to 11 games, potentially handing VfB an immediate return to the bottom three.

Schubert's hot streak

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Borussia Mönchengladbach have been on a rapid ascent since Andre Schubert took over as interim head coach. The Foals have won six games on the trot - a league best at present - to draw Schubert level with Willi Entenmann in the record books whilst putting them back in the mix for a top-four finish. The hard-fought 1-1 draw against Juventus in midweek should provide perfect preparation for the visit of FC Ingolstadt 04, owners of the league's third-best away record, and intent on preventing Schubert from making it a record-breaking seven straight victories.  

Leverkusen lacking in form

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With just two wins from the last eight competitive appearances, Bayer 04 Leverkusen have hit a rut in form that they are desperate to get out of. Javier Hernandez's form is providing a silver lining, but defensive mishaps, as witnessed in the 3-2 defeat to AS Roma on Wednesday, have seen Die Werkself ship 12 goals in their last five outings. Fortunately, this weekend's opponents 1. FC Köln have not hit the back of the net since Matchday 8 and a derby win could prove to be the perfect tonic for Roger Schmidt's charges.

Wolves aiming to stop Muto

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VfL Wolfsburg have been far from convincing so far, but - despite that - currently occupy third place in the standings. The Wolves suffered an unexpected set-back in midweek as a 2-0 loss to PSV Eindhoven put a sizeable dent in their hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout stages. However, Dieter Hecking's men will need to pick themselves up in Mainz and find a way to keep Yoshinori Muto, who scored a hat-trick in the 05ers' 3-3 draw with Augsburg, as quiet as possible.

Mother of all Derbies!