The race for Champions League places will be the story in the Bundesliga this weekend when Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt play on Friday.
The two Cinderella teams in Germany this season sit fourth (Eintracht) and fifth (Freiburg) in the league and are very much in the running for one of the Bundesliga’s four Champions League places for next season.
This time last year Eintracht were in the second division in Germany, the third time in the past decade they had dropped out of the Bundesliga.
But having finished runners-up in the second tier, Eintracht were promoted to the Bundesliga for this season and started with a six-game unbeaten run. Armin Veh’s team have not looked back and could take a firm grip on the Champions League playoff position in Germany if they knock off Freiburg this week.
If Freiburg win at their Mage Solar Stadion they will replace Eintracht in fourth position on goal difference, but if the visitors triumph they could open up a six-point gap, as long as sixth-placed Hamburg lose to Hannover on Saturday.
Hamburg will start their short trip south to take on Hannover knowing victory will be a tough ask as their northern rivals are in fine form at home. Hannover have only lost two games at home this season across all competitions and have won their past four matches at the AWD-Arena.
Bundesliga-leaders Bayern Munich will also play on Saturday when they host Werder Bremen, while Nuremburg will travel to Stuttgart, Mainz are up against Wolfsburg, Augsburg face Hoffenheim and Schalke are set to play Fortuna Dusseldorf.
In Sunday’s matches, second-placed Borussia Dortmund will travel south-west to face Borussia Moenchengladbach and bottom club Greuther Furth host Bayer Leverkusen.