Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Bayer Leverkusen host Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday evening - © © gettyimages / Ronny Hartmann
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Bayer Leverkusen host Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday evening - © © gettyimages / Ronny Hartmann

Matchday 16: The build-up

The Bundesliga is serving up a veritable football feast on Matchday 16, including the the Rhine derby between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach for main course.

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Matchday 16 fixtures (kick-off at 15:30CET/14:30GMT, unless stated otherwise)

Friday, 11 December

1. FSV Mainz 05 0-0 VfB Stuttgart

Saturday, 12 December

FC Bayern München vs FC Ingolstadt

SV Darmstadt 98 vs Hertha Berlin

SV Werder Bremen vs 1. FC Köln

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs Hannover 96

VfL Wolfsburg vs Hamburger SV

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Borussia Mönchengladbach (kick-off: 18:30CET/17:30GMT)

Sunday, 13 December

FC Augsburg vs FC Schalke 04

Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt (kick-off: 17:30CET/16:30GMT)

Friday 11 December

Böllenfalltor board games

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Why not give a loved one the official SV Darmstadt 98 Monopoly game?

Goalless draw in Mainz

It ended 0-0 in Mainz, so a slow start to Matchday 16. Stuttgart will be delighted with a very solid defensive performance though. Read the full match report here.

See you soon!

Kick off is approaching in Mainz. We'll be back with all the reaction after the game!

Ready to go!

The Stuttgart squad are heading out onto the pitch for the pre-game warm up.

Starting line-ups: Mainz v Stuttgart

The starting line-ups are in! Stuttgart are without the injured Daniel Didavi, who has problems with his hip. No Didavi, no Ginczek, no Harnik. Jürgen Kramny will be hoping his makeshift front line can do the business this evening!

One hour to go!

The Mainz players have arrived at the stadium.

Two hours to go!

Just two hours until Mainz and Stuttgart kick off to open the matchday. The Coface-Arena is looking Christmassy!

Five in a row

Bayern are looking to secure a fifth consecutive Herbstmeisterschafttomorrow.

Heroes return

FC Augsburg are on the flight back home from Belgrade after their miraculous Europa League escapades last night.

Mulled wine

Darmstadt are getting into the Christmas spirit ahead of their clash with Hertha Berlin tomorrow. The club are currently holding a Christmas market just outside their stadium.

Perfect record

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are holding their final training session ahead of tomorrow's clash with Hannover 96. The omens are good - Hoffenheim have never lost at home to Hannover!

Gladbach press conference

Borussia Mönchengladbach boss Andre Schubert has said that his side are "determined to win" against Bayer Leverkusen this weekend, despite the fixture being "untimely". He also told reporters that Fabian Johnson is in doubt for the game after sustaining a few knocks against Manchester City.

And then there were three

Don't forget to vote for your Bundesliga Idol! Attacking superstars Robert Lewandowski, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa are all still in the running.

The eagle is flying again!

Good news for Hamburger SV fans. Goalkeeper Rene Adler is leaping about between the goalposts again after missing last week's defeat to Mainz with a muscle injury.


Schalke have announced that some players will be stopping over in Munich rather than heading all the way back to Gelsenkirchen, so as to be as rested as possible ahead of the clash against FC Augsburg on Sunday.

For the good cause

Bayern München will be showing their support of Sternstundenin their meeting with Ingolstadt tomorrow, a charity campaign dedicated to helping children in need.

Bremen gearing up

The Green-Whites have just kicked off their final training session ahead of tomorrow's home game against Köln at the Weserstadion.

Bundesliga idol

Mexican star Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has been welcomed into the Bundesliga family with open arms since joining Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the summer, but is he your Bundesliga idol? Vote here.

Strong on the road

13 of Hamburger SV's 21 points so far this season have come away from home, reads this tweet, making the Red Shorts the current campaign's third best travellers. Tomorrow they face a VfL Wolfsburg side that, until last weekend's defeat to Borussia Dortmund, were unbeaten in their last 29 Bundesliga matches at the Volkswagen Arena.

Destination Gelsenkirchen

Schalke are heading back to Gelsenkirchen, via Düsseldorf, following last night's four-star display in the UEFA Europa League against Greek side Asteras Tripolis. The Royal Blues visit Augsburg on Sunday afternoon - a game you can listen to live on Bundesliga radio.

Callsen-Bracker sidelined

FC Augburg's dramatic win in Belgrade that took them into the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League last night was overshadowed by a horror challenge on defender Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker. The 31-year-old suffered a fractured fibular and left the Serbian capital on crutches. He will now have to undergo tests to determine if there was any damage to his ankle.

Pep Guardiola press conference

Bayern's head honcho on personnel problems and tomorrow's Bavarian derby at home to promoted Ingolstadt...

Ingolstadt's mission impossible?

Gladbach proved Bayern are fallible with a comprehensive 3-1 win over the defending champions on Matchday 15, but that does not make Ingolstadt's task any easier this weekend, according to Schanzer head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl. Click here for highlights of the 48-year-old's pre-match press conference.

"I make it my job to find weaknesses in the opposition. That's not so easy where Bayern are concerned."

Dieter Hecking press conference

Wolfsburg's head coach has been talking to the media ahead of the Wolves' clash with Hamburger SV.

Höjbjerg on a high

FC Bayern loanee Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg was delighted with Schalke's group-topping efforts in the UEFA Europa League last night. FC Augsburg are next on the agenda for Die Knappen, who could finish the weekend in the top four if results go their way. Höjbjerg knows it will be far from easy, however, the Dane having spent the second half of last season on loan with Die Fuggerstädter.

Have a Fab day!

You wouldn't bet against Gladbach's US flier Fabian Johnson capping his Birthday week with a goal or two against Leverkusen, the form he's been in of late. Many happy returns, old sport!

Injury blow for Bayern

FC Bayern duo Franck Ribery and Medhi Benatia will be hoping for better luck on the injury front in the new year, after picking up muscle strains in the midweek UEFA Champions League win over Zagreb. Both players have been beset by injury complaints in 2015, with Ribery only returning to action last weekend following 269 days on the sidelines.

Selection headache

Mainz boss Martin Schmidt, meanwhile, has tough decisions to make when picking his first XI to face Stuttgart, with Leon Balogun and Elkin Soto the only players unavailable. "It's great to have so many options," Schmidt said.

Kramny keen

Stuttgart's interim coach Jürgen Kramny will be hoping for a first Bundesliga win when he takes on former club Mainz in today's Matchday 16 opener (kick-off: 20:30CET/19:30GMT). "I lived there for 15 years," the 44-year-old explained. "I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a very special game for me," admitted Kramny at VfB's pre-match press conference. "Mainz are in good form. [...] We want to be active and go into the game in positive spirits. The lads will have to give it their all. We need to believe in ourselves."