Bayern Munich travels to Hannover, Wolfsburg to Augsburg in Bundesliga



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FRANKFURT, Germany — Bayern Munich is not only winning easily in the Bundesliga again, it is also scoring at will.

Bayern has scored 18 goals in its last three matches, while conceding only one. On Saturday, Bayern travels to Hannover, which is still winless in six matches since the season resumed.

Hannover is 11th but only five points above the relegation zone.

Wolfsburg, eight points behind Bayern but 10 points ahead of Borussia Moenchengladbach, travels to Augsburg, which has not won in its last four matches and is trying to hold onto a place in the Europa League next season.

Here are some things to know about the Bundesliga this weekend:


LAST CHANCE?

Stuttgart's home match against Hertha Berlin on Friday may be its last chance to make up some ground in the battle against relegation.

Stuttgart is last, three points behind Freiburg. Hertha improved its situation with last week's 1-0 win over Augsburg but is only two points away from the drop zone.

It remains to be seen whether Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens will use striker Vedad Ibisevic, who has five goals in his last six matches against Berlin but has not found the target in a year.

Hertha is without injured striker Julian Schieber.


WOLFSBURG'S RUN

Wolfsburg is unbeaten in 11 matches and is cruising to a place in the Champions League. Striker Bas Dost has 13 goals and Kevin de Bruyne had added eight goals and a league-high 15 assists.

With 53 goals scored, Wolfsburg is only 10 behind Bayern.

Augsburg long looked like a candidate for the Champions League but the Europa League appears a more realistic target.


DORTMUND REVIVAL

Borussia Dortmund's four-match winning streak has been linked to the form of forward Marco Reus, who has four goals in those four wins.

But Reus got a knock on his thigh in the German Cup win over Dresden and it is still unclear if he will be able to play.

Dortmund may be eyeing a place in a European competition, but it is still closer to the relegation zone than the Europa League.

Dortmund's trip to Hamburg could be a tricky one. Hamburg has dropped down to 15th and needs a win to get back on track. Several players are coming back from injuries.


SCHALKE WOES

Schalke is winless in four matches, but it's the 3-0 loss in the Ruhr derby against Borussia Dortmund is the one that hurts the most. Schalke was thoroughly outplayed and looked harmless.

Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a hat trick against Hoffenheim last season and needs to regain his scoring touch.

Hoffenheim has won two of its last three and will overtake fifth-place Schalke in case of victory.

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