The eyes of the world will be trained on FC Bayern München's Matchday 8 meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach. - © © gettyimages
The eyes of the world will be trained on FC Bayern München's Matchday 8 meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach. - © © gettyimages

Five things to look out for on Matchday 8

From FC Bayern München's headline clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach to Valerien Ismael's debut as VfL Wolfsburg head coach and everything in-between: you would be stark raving bonkers to miss a single second of the action on Bundesliga Matchday 8. explains why...

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Bayern face 'bogey team' Gladbach

It is not often a team travels to Bayern's Allianz Arena with an unbeaten record against the record Bundesliga champions to uphold, but that is the situation Gladbach find themselves in this weekend. The Foals are unbeaten in their last four against Bayern, with current head coach Andre Schubert overseeing a 3-1 home win and a 1-1 draw in Munich last term. Bayern have also drawn their last two in the Bundesliga, so it could be a great time to play Carlo Ancelotti's charges, even if they were victorious against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. Gladbach's only real sticking point is their dreadful away form: one point from three on the road this season and only one win in their last 14 Bundesliga assignments away from the comforts of BORUSSIA-PARK.

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Surprise title contenders

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There is every chance Bayern will have been usurped at the top of the standings by the time the Saturday evening game kicks off, depending on the result of the earlier clash between surprise packages Hertha Berlin and 1. FC Köln. Hosts Hertha would move up to second with a win, while second-placed Köln, one of four teams yet to taste defeat in the Bundesliga this season, will go top - temporarily at least - with victory at the Olympiastadion. The Wild West-style shoot-out between Torjägerkanone frontrunners Vedad Ibisevic and Anthony Modeste only adds to the top-of-the-table intrigue.

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The Aubameyang factor

Also knocking on the door towards the Bundesliga summit are Borussia Dortmund. Thomas Tuchel's men have been unable to take full advantage of Bayern's recent slip-ups, but remain firmly in contention for a first title since 2012 - presently just four points off the pace after seven matches. Next up BVB face rock-bottom FC Ingolstadt 04, one of only two clubs still without a Bundesliga win this season and a particularly favourable opponent for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In two appearances against the Bavarian outfit, the Bundesliga's all-time leading African marksman has helped himself to three goals.

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Volland's old flame

Kevin Volland continues his search for his first Bundesliga goal in a Bayer 04 Leverkusen shirt against former club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday afternoon. The 24-year-old struck 34 times in the Bundesliga over the course of four seasons in Sinsheim, but only has the one assist to show for his first six top-flight outings in Leverkusen colours. "It's going to be a special game," he said in an exclusive interview with "The goals will come eventually."

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Watch: Volland's strike partner Javier 'Chicharito' Hernadez is in line to make his 50th Bundesliga appearance this weekend:

Fresh start for Wolfsburg

Much like Volland, VfL Wolfsburg will be hoping the old adage that 'good things comes to those who wait' rings true on Matchday 8. The Wolves have failed to win since the opening weekend - a run of form that cost head coach Dieter Hecking his job at the start of the week. Former SV Werder Bremen, Bayern and Hannover 96 defender Valerien Ismael - a two-time Bundesliga champion - has been brought in on an interim basis to reignite Wolfsburg's faltering campaign, starting with a trip to 15th-in-the-table SV Darmstadt 98.

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