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Hertha Berlin moved into the top six in the Bundesliga on Friday night thanks to a 3-2 triumph over Werder Bremen.
Fear is rising in northern Germany that Hamburg will be on a hiding to nothing this weekend when they travel to face a Bayern Munich side wounded by Manchester City in midweek.
Wolfsburg leapt above Schalke into fifth place in the Bundesliga on Sunday night with a 3-0 win at Freiburg which leaves Christian Streich's men inside the bottom three.
Hertha Berlin moved up to seventh with a 2-0 win at Eintracht Braunschweig, thanks to superb display from Ronny.
Bayern Munich gave a fearsome demonstration of the breathtaking array of attacking talent at their disposal as they thrashed Werder Bremen 7-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Werder Bremen will on Saturday become the latest side trying to end Bayern Munich's record unbeaten run in the Bundesliga when they go head to head with the European champions at the Weserstadion.
Arjen Robben maintained Bayern Munich's blistering pace at the top of the Bundesliga with both goals in a 2-0 win over bottom-placed Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.
Hertha Berlin and Augsburg split the spoils in a goalless draw that lacked any real highlights in the Bundesliga.
The contrasting fortunes in northern Germany move into focus at the weekend, with one club currently towering over the rest and keen to assert their authority on Friday night.
Bayer Leverkusen maintained the pressure on Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win at Hertha Berlin.
Bayer Leverkusen maintained the pressure on the teams at the top of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win at Hertha Berlin.
There can be no denying which fixture is the biggest in the Bundesliga this weekend as Borussia Dortmund host Bayern Munich in a game which is becoming more and more like Spain's El Clasico.
Hertha Berlin coach Jos Luhukay has hinted the club will look to sign on-loan midfielder Tolga Cigerci on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Hamburg have dismissed speculation that Pierre-Michel Lasogga is wanted by Atletico Madrid, while midfielder Tomas Eduardo Rincon is not ruling out staying with the club.
Adrian Ramos scored two goals and set up a third as Hertha Berlin gave up a two-goal lead but still won 3-2 at Hoffenheim.
Bayern Munich pulled four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and set a new record of 37 games unbeaten into the bargain thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Augsburg on Saturday.
Hertha Berlin coach Jos Luhukay will make a decision on the long-term future of Pierre-Michel Lasogga at the end of the striker's loan spell at Hamburg.
Bayern Munich can set a new record for consecutive unbeaten games in the Bundesliga when they host Augsburg in a Bavarian derby this weekend.
Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Thomas Kraft is keen to open contract negotiations during the forthcoming winter break.
Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Bundesliga but they had to come from behind before sealing a league record of 36 consecutive games without defeat after edging out to a 2-1 victory at Hoffenheim.