Rarely has the fixture list been so generous to fans as it was with the Matchday 15 line-up, which pitted all top six clubs into intriguing head-to-heads.
As always, bundesliga.com will keep you apace with all the latest news, build-up and reaction.
Matchday 15 fixtures (kick-offs 15:30CET/14:30GMT unless stated)
Friday 4 December
FC Schalke 04 3-1 Hannover 96
Saturday 5 December
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 FC Bayern München
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
FC Ingolstadt 04 1-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
1. FC Köln 0-1 FC Augsburg
Hamburger SV 1-3 1. FSV Mainz 05
VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Sunday 6 December
VfB Stuttgart 1-1 SV Werder Bremen
Frankfurt vs Darmstadt
Sunday 6 December
That's it from us for Matchday 15. Check out all the post-match reaction on the site, and join us again for Matchday 16, which kicks off on 11 December with 1. FSV Mainz 05 vs. VfB Stuttgart at 20:30CET/19:30GMT.
There was no separating Stuttgart and Bremen as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in today's early game. Lukas Rupp put the Swabians ahead, but Anthony Ujah levelled for Werder in the second half. Stay tuned for more reaction from that one.
TEAM NEWS: Frankfurt vs Darmstadt line-ups
Unsere Startelf: Hradecky, , Abraham, Zambrano, Oczipka, , Reinartz, Medojevic,Hasebe, Aigner,Stendera,Seferovic, Gacinovic #SGED98— Eintracht Frankfurt (@Eintracht_News) December 6, 2015
His side may have lost to Gladbach yesterday, but it's not all doom and gloom for Franck Ribery!
You can listen to Stuttgart's encounter with Werder Bremen LIVE right now on Bundesliga radio. Both these teams are desperate for three points, but who will emerge triumphant in Matchday 15's penultimate fixture? Click here to find out!
Mark Uth saved TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's bacon on Saturday with a 95th-minute equaliser at FC Ingolstadt, who had led through Roger's second-half free-kick. The point did little to help either side, in truth, with the visitors still searching for their first win under Huub Stevens and Ingolstadt with only one victory in seven league matches.
TEAM NEWS: Stuttgart vs Bremen line-ups
'We know what we can do'
Fabian Johnson was unsurprisingly in fine fettle after Gladbach's win over leaders Bayern. The USMNT international has now scored four in his last three matches and is eager to extend that run against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
Unbelievable game yesterday! Simply sensational!
Augsburg on the up
Raul Bobadilla’s stunning free-kick earned Augsburg all three points at Köln, who have failed to find the back of the net at the RheinEnergieStadion since September. FCA started the season slowly but are beginning to climb the table.
Ahead of today's Hesse derby between Frankfurt and Darmstadt, bundesliga.com has been speaking to Lilies captain Aytac Sulu. Click here to find out what the Turkish centre-back had to say about the club's start to the season, his own form and today's regional rumble with the Eagles.
Unbeaten in five
1. FSV Mainz 05 extended their impressive unbeaten run to five matches with a 3-1 victory at in-form Hamburger SV. The win lifts Martin Schmidt's side above Leverkusen and into seventh.
Vital points at stake
VfB Stuttgart and SV Werder Bremen face each other at 15:30CET/13:30GMT in what could already be described as a relegation six-pointer. Victory for the Swabians would lift them off the foot of the standings, while Werder could climb out of the bottom three with a win at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
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Hesse derby returns
There are a couple of huge games to look forward to today, including the first encounter between local rivals Frankfurt and Darmstadt in over 30 years. The Lilies have an impressive away record this season and will be confident of getting something from the game at the Commerzbank Arena, which kicks off at 17:30CET/16:30GMT.
Leverkusen struggling for form
Die Werkself suffered their sixth league defeat of the season at Hertha Berlin, who remain fourth in fourth place going into Matchday 16. On the plus side for Roger Schmidt's men, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez continued his excellent scoring run with a goal at the Olympiastadion - his seventh Bundesliga strike of the campaign.
The Bavarians weren't the side whose long unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday. Borussia Dortmund became the first team to beat VfL Wolfsburg on their own patch in 30 Bundesliga games. Ricardo Rodriguez's penalty in second-half stoppage appeared to have salvaged a draw for the Wolves, but Shinji Kagawa scored with almost the last kick of the game to seal a 2-1 win
They didn't, did they?
How are we all doing today, Mönchengladbach fans? Some of you might be feeling a little worse for wear this morning, and we don't blame you! On Saturday, the Foals became the first team to beat Bayern München in the league this season, courtesy of a 3-1 victory at the BORUSSIA-PARK. Take a bow, Andre Schubert!
Saturday 5 December
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
That was a breathless 90 minutes of Bundesliga football! FC Bayern beaten by Gladbach, Hertha continuing their good form...but why are we telling you? Find out for yourself. All you need to know is Join us again on Sunday for all the build-up to the remaining Matchday 15 games...if you can catch your breath!
A thrilling afternoon of Bundesliga football is about to begin. We'll be back in a couple of hours to bring you all the reaction from today's games.
Ingolstadt vs Hoffenheim: line-ups
Köln vs Augsburg: line-ups
Hamburg vs Mainz: line-ups
Hertha vs Leverkusen: line-ups
Gladbach vs Bayern: line-ups
First time in 99 matches that Pep Guardiola has stuck with the same XI.
It's a big day for Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking.
The sun has got his hat on
It may be December already, but the sun is shining on Ingolstadt this afternoon. A good sign for Die Schanzer?
We're looking forward to a great game in the glistening sunshine!
Die Werkself supporters are all from Berlin, as we all know...
Much to Jerome Boateng's delight, Franck Ribery has been named in the Bayern München squad for the first time since picking up an ankle injury against Shakhtar Donetsk back in March. Whether the Frenchman will feature from the start against Gladbach remains to be seen...
FCA in Cologne
Overcast in North Rhine-Westphalia. Can Köln brighten their supporters' day by scoring their first home goal since September? It's not going to be easy against an Augsburg side beginning to show signs of life under Markus Weinzierl this season.
Vargas ruled out
Bit of team news to bring you from Ingolstadt: Chile international Eduardo Vargas will miss Hoffenheim's clash with Die Schanzer today with a back injury. Bit of a blow for Huub Stevens, that...
Douglas Costa and David Alaba are not letting their respective injuries get them down. The duo have been receiving treatment back in Munich while their team-mates prepare for Gladbach.
Let us not forget the rest of today's Matchday 15 action. Plenty of intriguing tussles taking place around the country on Saturday, including eighth-place Hamburger SV's (who would have thought that at the start of the season?) clash with 1. FSV Mainz 05. 1. FC Köln host FC Augsburg, while FC Ingolstadt welcome rock-bottom TSG 1899 Hoffenheim to the Audi Sportpark.
Predictions for today's clash at BORUSSIA-PARK? Could be a cricket score with these three players on the pitch...!
On the fifth day of Christmas...
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At long last!
Schalke recorded their first league win in six attempts on Friday evening. The Royal Blues defeated Hannover 3-1 in Gelsenkirchen to climb - temporarily at least - into the top four. Franco Di Santo broke his scoring duck at the VELTINS Arena and took to Twitter afterwards to share his appreciation...
You betcha, David
Austrian international David Alaba will miss the rest of the calendar year through injury, but rest assured he will be cheering on his team-mates in front of the telly this afternoon!
It's sixth versus seventh on Saturday, too, with Hertha Berlin hosting Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez' Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Olympiastadion. Die Werkself players are loosening up with a trot around the capital. Looks a bit nippy, though!
Fifth against first, followed by third against second. What a day we have in store in the Bundesliga! Make sure you stay tuned as we build up to Bayern's trip to Gladbach, Dortmund's clash with Wolfsburg and the rest of today's top-flight action. Check out the two graphics below and make a note of the kick-off times!
Friday 4 December
Schalke back on track
The Royal Blues recorded their first win in six on Friday, beating Hannover 96 3-1 at the VELTINS Arena to move temporarily up to fourth in the Bundesliga. Johannes Geis, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Franco Di Santo got the goals for Schalke, but their best player - arguably - was Leroy Sane.
That’s all for today, but we’ll be back on Saturday for the small matter of Gladbach vs Bayern and Wolfsburg vs Dortmund. You don’t want to miss it.
See you soon!
The clash between Schalke and Hannover is about to start. We will be back with all the reaction at full time.
The teams are in for our first game this weekend:
Not long to go now...
Home sweet home
The VELTINS Arena cutting quite the sight...
Best of enemies
Dortmund travelling by train
Ilkay and Co off to Wolfsburg
Bayern en route...
...and there's Franck!
Köln are putting their faith in goalkeeper Timo Horn for tomorrow's clash with Augsburg.
After his recent return to training, Bayern have announced that Franck Ribery will be part of the squad travelling to Mönchengladbach. It is the first time the Frenchman has been part of a Bundesliga squad since March.
Will the champions still be smiling come 17:30 tomorrow?
Chilling with Costa and Bernat
Guardiola on Gladbach
"They always play on the front foot, always look to go forward. I like these teams!"
Stuttgart training camp
VfB will be in Belek, Turkey from 5 until 14 January, the tweet below confirms.
Aubameyang press conference
"Wolfsburg are a very good team. I'm not sure if there is a favourite."
Aubameyang press conference
"He [Josuha Guilavogui] wrote to me, saying that they will win. I was a bit angry after that, but we'll see tomorrow. He's a good friend of mine, but tomorrow is my enemy…I won't speak to him tomorrow, only after the game. It'll be revenge |for the DFB Cup final]. It's an important game for us. I hope to win this game."
Aubameyang press conference
"For me, it's about revenge," in reference to the DFB Cup final in May, which Dortmund lost 3-1.
Aubameyang press conference
Tuchel press conference
"I'm not thinking about revenge. You can't repeat games"
Thomas Tuchel: "Ich halte nichts vom Revanchegedanken. Spiele können nicht wiederholt werden.“ #wobbvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 4, 2015
Tuchel press conference
"If we play like we did in Hamburg than we may as well not make the journey."
"We have confidence in the players who are available to us."
"Sokratis, Mats Hummels and Julian Weigl are still ill and are unlikely to make the trip to Wolfsburg."
Guardiola press conference
Pep Guardiola has been speaking to the media ahead of the champions' trip to Gladbach.
On Franck Ribery: "He's a special player and it's good he's participating in light training."
On his Coach of the Year nomination: "I'm happy to be there, but what Sampaoli has done with Chile is incredible. I'm looking forward to seeing him and Luis Enrique at the gala."
Markus Weinzierl press conference
The FC Augsburg head coach has been talking to the media ahead of his side's clash with Köln.
"We always try to play on the front foot and confidently!"
"With their great fans behind them, Köln are a tough side. We'll have to watch out!"
"I expect Köln to play to win. It'll be the little things which decide this one and it'll be a really tense game."
Malli, Muto and Co are in Hamburg this weekend.
Leverkusen press conference
"We're very well prepared," said Bayer coach Roger Schmidt before his side's clash with Hertha tomorrow. "A whole week of training has done us good."
Busy day for Pep's boys...
Dortmund welcomed over 2,000 fans to their public training session last night.
Ujah enjoying life in Bremen
Leverkusen's Friday plans...
Schalke take on Hannover tonight at the VELTINS Arena.
Good morning! ✌️— Holger Badstuber (@Badstuber) December 4, 2015
The Bayern star is on the road to recovery.
Thursday 3 December
That's it from us for today, but we'll back back tomorrow to continue our build up to Super Saturday. It's going to be huge!
Impressionen vom heutigen öffentlichen Training // Impressions of today's public training pic.twitter.com/rDjUwmlZvO— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 3, 2015
Bayern feeling chipper
Bayern can be crowned Herbstmeister this weekend - a fancy word for the team that tops the table at the halfway stage of the season. Gladbach stand in the way on Matchday 15, but Pep Guardiola's men look confident enough.
Wolfburg's mid-season test
As well as preparing for Saturday's visit of Dortmund, Wolfsburg have also finalised a couple of friendlies for the upcoming winter break.
Thiago sets comeback date
FC Bayern München midfielder Thiago Alcantara says he expects to return to training next week, after recovering from a knee injury sustained during the recent international break. "It felt like a blow to the leg, my knee overstretched and I was worried for a moment, but fortunately it wasn't too bad," he recalled. "I'll be back on Monday. Unfortunately the team won't be there because they fly to Zagreb on Tuesday. I'll have to wait until they come back or maybe there's still a chance that I'll travel with them."
Borussia Mönchegladbach defender Martin Stranzl only made his return to training earlier this week following surgery on a fractured eye socket, but it looks like he might be set for another spell on the sidelines...
Leverkusen stars spread festive cheer
Bayer 04 Leverkusen trio Stefan Kießling, Ömer Toprak and Sebastian Boenisch paid a visit to the local children's hospital earlier today.
1. FSV Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto should be fit to face Hamburger SV this weekend, after sitting out yesterday's team training session with a muscular problem. The Japan international has seven goals and four assists to show for his debut Bundesliga campaign so far.
Xabi Alonso-esque precision from FC Bayern's Robert Lewandowski. Gladbach, watch out!
Borussia Dortmund fans are getting to see their heroes in action this afternoon in an open training session. Defensive duo Mats Hummels and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are not taking part due to illness, but both players are expected to return to training on Friday.
Werder's turning point?
Sunday's clash with fellow strugglers VfB Stuttgart is a must-win game for Viktor Skripnik and his SV Werder Bremen side. The squad are currently being put through their paces at the Weser Stadium...
Gladbach press conference
Andre Schubert is now talking to the media...
#Schubert: The hype surrounding the game is of course bigger than normal, but this doesn't change anything. We are fully concentrated.— Borussia (@borussia_en) December 3, 2015
Dieter Hecking meets the media
Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking has spoken at a press conference ahead of his side's clash with Borussia Dortmund...
Schalke press conference
Andre Breitenreiter has met with the media ahead of his side's clash with Hannover on Friday night. Here is some of what he said:
Huub under the spotlight
Huub Stevens has had a few words to say at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Ingolstadt.
Here he is what he said about…
…the 800 fans following his team to Bavaria:
"It's great that the fans are going to be there behind us. We can get through this situation together and we're delighted by their support."
"[Tarik] Elyounoussi has suffered a bit of a muscular setback and we are just hoping he will make it for Saturday. [Eduardo] Vargas took a knock to his hip in training, and it looks like he is going to miss out. Every player has a chance to recommend themselves for a place in the squad – there is nobody who can be sure of their place."
…his side's recent progress:
"It's not an easy situation that we are in, but I can see the development in the team and I'm pleased by this. Saturday's game is going to be completely different. Ingolstadt are very compact, but they can also put you under a lot of pressure going forwards."
"I don't know what's happening in Ingolstadt – all I am interested in is that we have trained well and that we have taken a step forwards. We go into this game with a positive feeling, but what we have shown so far was only an improvement – it was not perfection. We are still where we don't want to be."
"I am not here because I think this club can't go anywhere, I am here because I believe the team has quality to achieve what we want to achieve."
Ingolstadt press conference
Ralph Hasenhüttl completes the picture for Hoffenheim's clash with his Ingolstadt. This is what he had to say about…
…his side's team news:
"Unfortunately we're not going to have Moritz Hartmann with us this weekend – he's pulled a muscle. I have faith in all of my players to be able to make a contribution and help us out. I've not yet decided which 11 players I will be sending onto the field. [Stephan] Lex is not feeling any pain now and it's important that he is available again and I have another option."
"They have a lot of quality and are certainly stronger than their league positions suggests. We want to keep Hoffenheim at a safe distance below us and we've shown a good reaction this week, and we want the same this Saturday."
Pal Dardai press conference
Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai has been talking in the capital. Here is a summary of the things the Hungarian had to say...
...on his team's recent performances:
"We need to show a bit more composure on the ball, no matter how our opponents press us. We've got to become cleverer."
...on opponents Bayer 04 Leverkusen:
"Leverkusen are an internationally experienced club. We're hugely motivated to play them. If I could lose ten kilos, then I would be out there on the field too. But since I can’t, I'll just have to watch from the bench and the team will have to do it without me. I don't need any praise of myself, I think all of the praise should go to the team."
...on his team selection this Saturday:
"We have a very important block of players in the middle and [Fabian] Lustenberger's decisive for us in this respect. Playing Vedad [Ibisevic] together with [Salomon] Kalou is an option, but it depends on Mitch [Weiser] and other factors. Mitch has trained with us all week and we will decide tomorrow whether he can play, but we're not going to take any risks."
Peter Stöger press conference
Köln coach Peter Stöger is in the hotseat right now, answering reporters' questions ahead of his side's clash with FC Augsburg...
This weekend also marks the return of the Hesse derby between Eintracht Frankfurt and Darmstadt, for the first time in 33 years. Here's a nice tweet from the Eagles showing a ticket from that last meeting back in 1982:
Kicking off the weekend
First up are Schalke and Hannover on Friday night, with the Royal Blues craving a repeat of one of their recent meetings:
So what exactly is the Bundesliga fixture list regaling us with this weekend? Look no further than our Matchday 15 guide here. For a more in-depth look at Super Saturday, make this your first port of call. All indications certainly point to a terrific weekend of action in the Bundesliga, and we are here to guide you through it.