We have Olympic Qualifying games coming up, the SheBelieves Cup and the Algarve Cup. But before that, we'll take a closer look at Frauen-Bundesliga matchday 15 before some of the girls go on international duty to represent the crests of their country.
Freiburg eager to draw level with Wolfsburg
This week's top game will display VfL Wolfsburg once again, as they go one-and-one with the Hinrunde's shock side, SC Freiburg. DFB-tv will broadcast the game live tomorrow, February 28, at 11am local time.
Wolfsburg managed to force a draw against reigning champions Bayern Munich last weekend after Tessa Wullaert's late equalizer saved them a point. The Wolves must win to stay in race for the second place in the table after rivals Frankfurt beat Potsdam to claim second place for the time being. Freiburg shall not be an easy task for them.
Freiburg have become one of the strongest teams in Germany and are constantly developing on their way to the top. They exposed Wolfsburg's weaknesses on gameday four back in October. The treble winners of 2013 were up 2-0 but Lena Petermann and Clara Schöne scored within three minutes in added time and left the Wolves speechless.
It will be interesting to see if there will be a winner in this game. Freiburg will do whatever it takes to overtake Wolfsburg in third place. But the Wolves are still hungry and want to make the best out of the season, with head coach Ralf Kellermann stating several times already that the Wolves want to at least finish the season in second. A win against Freiburg is a must for them.
Vanessa Bernauer will be available against after missing the last game. Freiburg will have to compensate quite a few players. Lina Magull remains questionable for the game while Anja-Maike Hegenauer, Juliane Maier, Verena Aschauer and Cinzia Zehnder are definitely out.
Sand welcome weakening Potsdam
The aspiring girls from SC Sand will welcome Bundesliga legends Turbine Potsdam on Sunday. Potsdam suffered another devastating 3-4 loss last weekend against 1. FFC Frankfurt and are looking to regain some confidence. Sand have beaten TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2-3 in an impressive away win and will most likely not fear Potsdam.
Sand have started their successful run against Potsdam back in October on matchday four, where they dominated Bernd Schröder's team to win 2-0. It's obvious that Potsdam's defence need to step up their game if they want to stand a chance against Sand, whose forwards are on fire. If everything works out in Sand's favour, the young team could even climb up to third place. That's motivating enough to beat die Turbinen again, isn't it?
Jena face Essen
FF USV Jena and SGS Essen are both in the middle of the table with a comfortable 19 points. Both teams could possibly climb even further in the table if they manage to collect three points. Jena are in good shape and confident after last week's win against Werder Bremen, while Essen will want to make up for last week's loss against Bayer Leverkusen.
Köln travel to Frankfurt
It seems like an impossible task for the Bundesliga newcomers 1. FC Köln. The young team has to travel to Frankfurt on matchday 15 to face off with current Champions League winners FFC Frankfurt. It looks like it's going to be a comfortable game for Frankfurt, who are currently second in the table. They could strengthen their place with a win over Köln. The Billy Goats are still one of the weakest teams in the league and are one step closer to relegation.
Bayern without Leupolz and Iwabuchi
The title holders Bayern Munich will fight the other Bundesliga newcomers, Werder Bremen this matchday. Just like Frankfurt, this also seems like an easy task for Bayern, who will be without Leupolz and Iwabuchi. Melanie Leupolz suffered an injury, while Mana Iwabuchi is already off to join her national team for the Olympic qualifiers.
Werder Bremen head coach Steffen Rau doesn't want to give up hope though and says that his team has to play with "devotion." He also points out that Werder Bremen played Bayern twice this season and always managed to defend well. It's true; in both games Bayern had trouble breaking through Bremen's defence. Will the newcomers be able to frustrate the leaders one more time?
Leverkusen want to start winning-streak against Hoffenheim
Bayer Leverkusen finally collected an important three points against SGS Essen last weekend. As we mentioned in our last preview, Leverkusen's squad features tonnes of talent, it just needs to be unleashed. Maybe the win against Essen will be the start of a winning streak? Who knows. Leverkusen are now tenth in the table and could strengthen their position with a win. It must be the club's aim to avoid relegation.
TSG Hoffenheim are way ahead of them on a comfortable 18 points, and could climb up to sixth place with a win.