Schalke are ahead of Dortmund in the Bundesliga table for the first time since May 2015. Are the Royal Blues the new Bayern-Jäger? Is a power shift taking place in the region? Here's why Schalke will beat Dortmund in Saturday's Ruhrderby.
If last season is anything to go by, the upcoming derby between league leaders Borussia Dortmund and struggling rivals Schalke should be a thriller. This could prove Dortmund's sternest test since Bayern visited.
Can Borussia Dortmund's young guns sustain their title challenge? Should Bayern learn from others? And can Domenico Tedesco find some goals from somewhere? DW examines the big issues ahead of the Bundesliga's return.
A classy strike from English teenager Jadon Sancho settled the 177th Revierderby in Borussia Dortmund's favor. The still unbeaten visitors had to overcome adversity against struggling rivals Schalke.
Niko Kovac has received public support from his Bayern Munich players – but talk is cheap. The Bavarians need to step up when they travel to Bremen. Elsewhere, Dortmund welcome Freiburg while Gladbach travel to Leipzig.
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