Gladbach left it late to get their second win of the season after looking like they’d let maximum points slip at Freiburg on Tuesday evening, before Nils Petersen nodded home a stoppage time winner to lift them off the bottom of the table. They were replaced by Hannover who lost at Schalke, with the hosts becoming one of three sides atop the table on 28 points ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.
Highlight of those has to be Dortmund hosting Bayern on Saturday evening, though the weekend gets underway tomorrow night with Gladbach playing Hertha in an early-season relegation six-pointer.
Schalke are the only team in the top five playing away from home this weekend, and they’ll be without the impressive Julian Draxler after he was stretchered off early on Wednesday night with a hamstring injury. Several clubs across Europe may surely be readjusting their new year shopping lists.
TUE 25 NOVEMBER HERTHA BERLIN 0-1 HAMBURGER SV Ndlovu 6 SC FREIBURG 1-2 BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH Putsila 77 Vieirinha 2 Petersen 90+1 WED 26 NOVEMBER EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 1-1 BAYER LEVERKUSEN Occéan 74 Kießling 77 FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF 1-0 FC NÜRNBERG Funk (pen) 45+1 SCHALKE 04 3-0 HANNOVER 96 Neustädter 42 Huntelaar 80 Obasi 88 VFL WOLFSBURG 4-2 VFB STUTTGART Ortigoza (pen) 30, (pen) 53 Rogne 3 Dost 57 Ibisevic 27 Rogne (og) 90+1 (Gentneer s/o 52)
FRI 28 NOVEMBER BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH v HERTHA BERLIN SAT 29 NOVEMBER HAMBURG v AUGSBURG HANNOVER v FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF HOFFENHEIM v MAINZ NÜRNBERG v EINTRACHT FRANKFURT WOLFSBURG v WERDER BREMEN (EVE) BORUSSIA DORTMUND v BAYERN MUNICH SUN 30 NOVEMBER BAYER LEVERKUSEN v FREIBURG STUTTGART v SCHALKE WED 03 DECEMBER BAYERN MUNICH v HOFFENHEIM WERDER BREMEN v MAINZ