Almost solely now with their sights set on securing another Champions League finish, Borussia Dortmund will host a revitalized Hertha Berlin behind closed doors on Saturday evening.
Making an empathic return to winning ways last week with a thumping 6-1 victory against rock-bottom Paderborn, BVB have won seven of their last eight Bundesliga outings, even if their 1-0 loss against Bayern last month may have brought an end to their title charge.
On the flip side, continuing to send shockwaves across Germany following their return from the enforced break, Dortmund are not the only side with a European spot on their agenda.
Picking up a 2-0 win over Augsburg and continuing to mount a serious charge up the Bundesliga table, the Old Lady are unbeaten in their four matches since returning to action, collecting 10 points and with the mood in their camp at a season-high.
However, you might be interested to know, including a 2-1 win earlier in the season, Dortmund have landed back-to-back victories against Hertha and another BVB win this weekend can be found priced at 4/11 with William Hill.
Sancho steals the show
Although Borussia Dortmund may have seen their Bundesliga title ambitions take what could be a critical blow against the defending champions last month, Lucien Farve’s men put in what was a rampant second-half display last weekend.
Putting six past relegation scrappers Paderborn on the road, there is no doubt that fans around rural Germany would have been hugely excited to see Jadon Sancho make a clinical return to the BVB starting XI after returning from the enforced break.
While Farve might have confirmed that attacking talisman Erling Haaland suffered a knee injury in their 1-0 loss against Bayern Munich, the one-time Manchester City starlet really stole the show at the Benteler-Arena.
Appearing to find his best after struggling to reach match fitness following Dortmund’s return to action, the England international bagged a hat-trick against Paderborn last week and has enjoyed a scintillating campaign at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Heavily linked with a potential move to Manchester United this summer, Sancho has bagged 22 goals across all competitions this season and will once again lead the Dortmund charge this weekend.
You might be interested to know that the 20-year-old can be found priced at 8/13 with Bet365 to extend on his tally this week.
Hertha on the rise
Breezing past Augsburg in Berlin last weekend and really starting to shine following their return from the enforced break, the mood in Bruno Labbadia’s camp only continues to skyrocket.
Collecting 10 points out of a possible 12 since returning to action, a run that was highlighted by a stunning 4-0 romp against bitter rivals Union Berlin, Saturday’s guests suddenly find themselves in the Europa League race and quietly dreaming of an upset in rural Germany.
While January arrival Matheus Cunha might be continuing to steal the headlines since making a £15million switch from RB Leipzig, many around Berlin are glad to see Krzysztof Piatek once again catch the eye last weekend.
Once again finding the net against Augsburg last time out, the Polish striker has found the net in back-to-back Bundesliga outings and will play a huge part in Hertha’s shock European charge.
Enjoying his brightest run for the Old Lady since moving from AC Milan at the start of the year, Piatek can be found priced at 2/1 with Paddy Power to make it three in three this weekend.