Excitement abounds at both ends of the Bundesliga spectrum and everywhere in between on Matchday 16.
bundesliga.com picks out a handful of the weekend's hot topics...
Fresh from their 3-1 win over defending champions FC Bayern München, Borussia Mönchengladbach make the short trip to Bayer 04 Leverkusen's BayArena on Saturday. The Foals are unbeaten in ten Bundesliga matches since Andre Schubert took charge, with USMNT international Fabian Johnson enjoying a particularly fruitful spell in front of goal. Topsy-turvy Leverkusen sit five points adrift of third-placed Gladbach, although the deficit might have been greater were it not for prolific Bundesliga Idol candidate Javier Chicharito Hernandez.
Beware of wounded Bavarians
If David vs Goliath encounters are more your sort of thing, look no further than FC Ingolstadt 04's 80-kilometre jaunt to FC Bayern's Allianz Arena. With the promoted Schanzer looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation zone for the first time, it is not exactly the most opportune time to be facing the defending champions, themselves smarting from their maiden Bundesliga defeat of the campaign in Gladbach last weekend.
VfL Wolfsburg also have some making up to do after defeat to Borussia Dortmund brought an end to their 29-match unbeaten Bundesliga run at the Volkswagen Arena and cast them out of the coveted UEFA Champions League places for the first time since Matchday 8. Hamburger SV are the visitors on Saturday, the Red Shorts with a useful penchant for picking up points on the road (13 so far this season).
Europa League heroes
FC Augsburg penned the story of the week by recording the 3-1 win needed to progress to the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League in Belgrade on Thursday. Die Fuggerstädter have only recently begun to play with the courage and conviction of their European selves in the Bundesliga, though, and remain firmly in the thick of things at the wrong end of the table. For their part, Schalke were also victorious in the Europa League in midweek and could move back into the top four with victory at the WWK Arena.
Dortmund aiming for the top
Dortmund's win over Wolfsburg combined with Bayern's defeat in Gladbach breathed new life into the title race, but it will not count for much unless Thomas Tuchel's men can press on with another three points against Eintracht Frankfurt. BVB have only failed to score twice in all competitions this season - Thursday's 1-0 Europa League loss to PAOK included - while Frankfurt's five-match winless run has seen them slip to within a point of the bottom three.