For German football fans the long wait is over as champions Bayern Munich host Leverkusen. It looks like a daunting prospect for the visitors, who narrowly avoided relegation. But their new coach believes they are able to give Bayern a scare.
The final matchday of the year delivered a flurry of goals and plenty of drama, leaving the Bundesliga table looking very tight at the halfway stage. Here is all you need to know from Matchday 17.
Bayer Leverkusen have extended their unbeaten run in the Bundesliga and are now in the top four with one game to go in 2017. Salomon Kalou has also had a strong week, and Stuttgart may be in trouble.
Christmas nears and the winter break beckons, to the envy of players in England and much of Europe. Here's your one-stop shop for the Bundesliga's weekend results, including Cologne's first win of the season.
In the busy world of football, Bayern Munich's 3-1 win against Hannover on Matchday 14 won't go down as one of the great games but according to Jonathan Harding, it was a reminder of why Bayern win titles.
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