Friday's match in the Bundesliga between Eintracht Braunschweig and Borussia Dortmund is very important for both sides. For Braunschweig, every point is critical from this point forward as they sit on the bottom of the table. They could find themselves off of the bottom of the table if certain things go their way. Dortmund could end up in sixth place if things went bad this weekend, and three points would go a long way to reestablishing their confidence after last week's disappointing draw with Augsburg.
The big match on Saturday is in Gelsenkirchen when Schalke hosts Wolfsburg. Die Königsblauen are coming off of a huge win over Hamburg to start the Rückrunde, while Die Wölfe put together one incredibly disappointing performance in their loss to Hannover. Schalke leapfrogged Wolfsburg in the table, and both are likely going to be in the race for a Champions League spot until the very end of the season.
It's kind of strange to say that the team in second place need a win, but Bayer Leverkusen really need a win when Stuttgart visits the Bay Arena on Saturday. They've now lost three league matches in a row, and the teams that they had a big advantage on are now creeping up on them. The real question heading into this match is if Stuttgart will be up for it after their midweek loss to Bayern, or if Thiago Alcantara's wondergoal will still have them reeling.
Bayern Munich will push for their 44th straight unbeaten match in the Bundesliga when they host Eintracht Frankfurt. Wednesday, in the match against Stuttgart, it looked like the Bavarians' unbeaten run was coming to an end, but with fifteen minutes remaining, they kicked things into gear. Two goals later, Bayern were celebrating a victory and looking to their next Bundesliga match.
Friday, January 31
Eintracht Braunschweig vs Borussia Dortmund
Saturday, February 1
Hoffenheim vs Hamburg
Bayer Leverkusen vs Stuttgart
Schalke vs Wolfsburg
Augsburg vs Werder Bremen
Mainz vs Freiburg
Hannover vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
Sunday, February 2
Hertha Berlin vs Nürnberg
Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt