Bundesliga preview: Dortmund await stern test
Borussia Dortmund will be looking to return to winning ways in the Bundesliga, while European contenders Schalke and Hannover do battle.
Juergen Klopp's league-leading Dortmund side played out a thrilling 4-4 draw with Stuttgart last time out, as Bayern Munich closed their advantage to three points.
They travel to in-form mid-table outfit Wolfsburg on Saturday hoping to maintain the three-point gap over Bayern ahead of their meeting with the Bavarians on April 11.
Robert Lewandowski (17 league goals) and Shinji Kagawa (12) have been shining lights in a Dortmund team that has been dominant, unbeaten in 22 league matches.
Dortmund will need to contain striker Patrick Helmes, who has scored six goals in his last six matches to help Wolfsburg go on a four-match winning run.
Meanwhile, third-placed Schalke will host Hannover on Sunday as both continue their fight for a European place.
Huub Stevens' Schalke side look certain to claim a Champions League place, largely thanks to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (23 league goals).
Hannover are fifth but face a battle to finish in the top six with ninth-placed Wolfsburg just a point adrift of them.
Bayern Munich, who have been led by the excellent form of Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, welcome battling Augsburg to Allianz Arena as they look to stay in touch with Dortmund.
Jupp Heynckes' in-form team have won eight straight games in all competitions and advanced to the Champions League semi-finals with a victory over Marseille on Tuesday.
Stuttgart's chase for a European place continues when they take on Mainz at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday.
A superior goal difference sees Stuttgart sitting sixth, but the three teams below them are also on 40 points.
Bayer Leverkusen are one of those teams, and they will be looking to break a run of five straight losses when caretaker boss Sami Hyypia takes charge for the first time on their trip Hamburg on Sunday.
Elsewhere, fourth-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, who have lost three straight games, host Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Lowly Kaiserslautern take on Hoffenheim, while Werder Bremen will enter their meeting with Cologne as favourites.
Nuremberg and Freiburg will be keen to move further clear of the relegation zone when they do battle on Saturday.