It is a weekend of returns, rivalries and resurgences on Matchday 20 with no lack of star names set to entertain Bundesliga fans yet again.
bundesliga.com examines the biggest pre-match talking points ahead of the coming weekend...
Homecomings for star trio
A trio of Bundesliga stars are set to return to former haunts this weekend, chief among them VfL Wolfsburg's Julian Draxler. The Germany international, whose last appearance in an FC Schalke 04 shirt came against the Wolves on Matchday 3, returns to the city where he spent the first 14 years of his career. Adrian Ramos was a Hertha Berlin player for just five years, but those represented the first years of the Colombian's career in Europe before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2014. Ramos heads back to the Olympiastadion on Saturday to meet a club for whom he scored 32 goals in 92 appearances. Last but certainly not least, Arturo Vidal (l.) returns to Leverkusen on Saturday evening, to face the club who gave him his first chance in Europe in 2007. "I'm still extremely grateful to Leverkusen," he said prior to their Matchday 3 meeting at the Allianz Arena. Now, the Chilean heads back to his former BayArena home.
Chicharito vs Lewandowski
The BayArena is the venue of Saturday evening's big match which pits together two of the most exciting strikers in world football. With 45 per cent of his side's goals so far this season, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez's contribution to Die Werkself's campaign has been substantial. "We’re delighted how it’s panned out, that much is certain," Leverkusen managing director Michael Schade told bundesliga.com. "Chicharito is scoring so consistently. It was a wonderful transfer - others definitely envy us. There’s a real buzz around him." No less can be said about FC Bayern München's Robert Lewandowski, who has 19 goals in 18 games this season, including four in the first two fixtures of 2016. The Pole drew a rare blank in the Matchday 3 meeting between these two sides, however, and will be keen to avenge that as he continues the pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the scoring chart.
Pulisic set to start?
Having made his first appearance in a black and yellow shirt on the Bundesliga stage last weekend, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic (l.) could go one better when Borussia Dortmund travel to the capital to face Hertha Berlin. The youngster impressed so much after being invited to Dortmund's mid-season training camp in Dubai, he has also been etched onto the Westphalian club's squad list for their upcoming UEFA Europa League knockout-stage matches, while USA coach Jürgen Klinsmann is keen on getting a closer look of him too.
Gladbach need late-summer repeat
Out-of-sorts Borussia Mönchengladbach are desperate to bring a halt to their recent poor run of form when they host SV Werder Bremen on Friday night. After losing their first five games of the season, Andre Schubert's (r.) arrival sparked a dramatic turnaround in the Foals' form with a ten-game unbeaten run lifting them from the foot of the table into the top four. Having slumped to back-to-back defeats in the Bundesliga, though, some more of that Schubert magic is now needed to get Gladbach back in contention for a UEFA Champions League berth next season, but Bremen and a certain Claudio Pizarro may have something to say about that this weekend.
Stuttgart's resurgence to continue?
VfB Stuttgart are one of the Bundesliga's resurgent clubs right now, with three wins in a row (following back-to-back draws) giving Jürgen Kramny a proud record that he will look to extend at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. The form of Daniel Didavi and Filip Kostic coupled with the astute winter signings of Kevin Großkreutz and Artem Kravets have transformed the Swabians and seen them rise from the foot of the table to seven points clear of an automatic relegation berth. A win on Matchday 20 would secure their highest league position of the season, and shed a few more of those relegation fears.