The stakes are high once again this Matchday 26, with the end of the season in sight. - © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
The stakes are high once again this Matchday 26, with the end of the season in sight. - © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Bundesliga

The Guide: Matchday 26

We are down into single figures for the number of remaining Matchdays in the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, and that can only mean the first decisions are around the corner.

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Let bundesliga.com explain how Matchday 26 could make a few situations a little bit clearer…

Kovac's confident return

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Niko Kovac (r.) is no stranger to the Bundesliga, but fans will have to get used to seeing him on the touchline rather than on the field when he takes his coaching bow with Eintracht Frankfurt. The former Croatia coach has been drafted in by the strugglers, together with his brother Robert, following the dismissal of Armin Veh. He has nine games to give the Eagles flight away from the relegation zone, starting with Saturday's trip to Borussia Mönchengladbach. "I am a child of the Bundesliga and I am convinced that we can stay up, and that we will stay up," Kovac said on his presentation on Tuesday. "I'm delighted to have this chance. It's not an easy situation, but then what situation is?" Frankfurt head to Gladbach occupying the relegation play-off berth, with a three-point cushion over the automatic relegation zone.

Top four clash in the capital

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