Matchday 23 will provide something very special indeed for Bundesliga addicts this Sunday: For the first time this season four games will be contested instead of the usual two, with some of the league's biggest names on show!
The change of schedule has arisen with no fewer than four teams on UEFA Europa League duty in the Round of 32 this week, leaving FC Schalke 04, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg more time to recover after their involvement in the competition this Thursday.
28 February kick-offs at a glance:
15:30CET/14:30GMT: FC Augsburg - Borussia Mönchengladbach
17:30CET/16:30GMT: Borussia Dortmund - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
17:30CET/16:30GMT: 1. FSV Mainz 05 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen
19:30CET/18:30GMT: Eintracht Frankfurt - FC Schalke 04
Never before have two sides faced off so late on a Sunday evening, with Frankfurt taking on Schalke two hours later than the usual kick-off time for a matchday curtain closer.
Just kick back and enjoy some of the season's star performers this Sunday! With Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action, two of the Bundesliga's on-fire goal scorers are on show, while new Dortmund gem Christian Pulisic will be hoping to earn his second league start and Mexico star Marco Fabian entertains Schalke with Frankfurt in the weekend's final game.
Gladbach kicking it off at Augsburg
Alongside Chicharito and Pulisic, there will be further American interest in Mönchengladbach's visit to Augsburg, with versatile US international Fabian Johnson set to feature for the visitors. The first of the versatile Foals player's five goals this season came when Borussia enjoyed a return to winning ways after a frenetic 4-2 triumph over the same opposition in the reverse fixture. For Gladbach, that victory brought their first points of the campaign. They have since climbed up to fifth, while for Augsburg, this match is not just an opportunity to pull further clear of the relegation zone, but also a chance for revenge.
Chicharito back to where it all began
Chicharito will have happy memories when Leverkusen meet Mainz this Sunday, the previous meeting between the clubs turning out one to remember for Bayer's summer signing. Not only did Leverkusen prevail 1-0, but the Mexican striker also bagged his first Bundesliga goal. The former Manchester United FC and Real Madrid CF man, who is expected to return from injury, now boasts a whopping 13 strikes, making him fourth in the list of top scorers.
Pulisic keen for more at Dortmund
Aubameyang struck Dortmund's winner over Leverkusen last weekend with his 50th Bundesliga goal, but that will not satiate the African Footballer of the Year's appetite for scoring. Second only to FC Bayern München's Robert Lewandowski in the scorers list, Aubameyang rescued a 1-1 draw when BVB last went face-to-face with Hoffenheim. 17-year-old USA gem Pulisic (l.) is also likely to feature for the five-time champions. The attacking midfielder very much impressed on his first full start last weekend after becoming the eighth-youngest Bundesliga debutant of all-time on Matchday 19.
Fabian and Frankfurt hoping to bounce back
Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, will be hoping to prove a sterner test to sixth-placed Schalke than their lowly position in the table would suggest. Mexico star Fabian has looked impressive since signing from CD Guadalajara in December, assisting Szabolcs Huszti's consolation against VfB Stuttgart last month, and his eye for the killer pass could be key as Armin Veh's side look to move clear of the drop zone.