Volkswagen Arena

Next Game

Wolfsburg v Bay Munich

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 14:30

German Bundesliga

Last Game

Mainz 1 - 2 Bay Munich

Friday, 19 December 2014, 19:30

German Bundesliga

Bundesliga weekend preview

The 143rd Revierderby takes pride of place in the Bundesliga this weekend with Schalke and Borussia Dortmund meeting in Saturday's eagerly anticipated encounter.

Last Updated: 25/10/13 at 09:05 Post Comment

Jurgen Klopp: Will face Schalke this weekend

Jurgen Klopp: Will face Schalke this weekend

Schalke did the double over local rivals Dortmund last season, but that is not the only reason Jurgen Klopp's side want to come out on top on Saturday.

"When you sign here, you know that you have 32 games and two derbies," Klopp said at a press conference. "These are the most special games of the season."

The form coming into the game counts for nothing. Dortmund would otherwise be regarded as favourites after beating Arsenal 2-1 while Schalke lost 3-0 at home to Chelsea in the Champions League.

"Schalke is a different game and there will be a different atmosphere with even more importance," Klopp added.

Schalke coach Jens Keller was singing from the same songsheet.

"There is no other game in Germany which electrifies the masses as much as this derby," he said.

"Every player knows what is at stake. A derby win means as much to the players as it does to the fans."

While the Westphalian rivals will be searching for superiority in the Ruhr district, overall dominance is what Bayern Munich will be looking to defend when they host Hertha Berlin - a side they beat 6-0 and 4-0 in their last two meetings.

Bayer Leverkusen, who like Bayern were successful in the Champions League on Wednesday, are also eyeing top spot when they host Augsburg with a gap already opening up between the top three and the rest.

At the bottom of the table, Freiburg and Nurnberg are still searching for their first wins of the campaign.

Freiburg host Hamburg on Sunday while Nurnberg play their first game under the guidance of new coach Gertjan Verbeek on Friday night against a Stuttgart side who have already experienced a positive reaction to their own change in coach this season, avoiding defeat since Thomas Schneider took charge.

Elsewhere, Hannover host Hoffenheim, Mainz take on Eintracht Braunschweig and Werder Bremen pay their former director of sport Klaus Allofs a visit in Wolfsburg.

Sunday's other game sees Eintracht Frankfurt travel to Borussia Monchengladbach.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR.

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky give 10-man Arsenal 2-1 win over QPR

Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over QPR despite Olivier Giroud's second-half sending off.

Premier League: Manchester City respond to Chelsea's victory by winning at West Brom

Manchester City won 3-1 at West Brom to reduce the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League back to three points.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property