Bundesliga Matchday 20: Three things to look out for 
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With the dust settled on a action-packed Matchday 19, it's time to look towards another weekend in Germany's top flight. 

The fixtures kick-off on Friday night as Bayern Munich travel to the capital to take on Hertha Berlin, with the most eye-catching matches on Saturday featuring Bayer Leverkusen taking on VfB Stuttgart and SC Freiburg welcoming Borussia Dortmund to the Schwarzwald-Stadion.  This weekend's Topspiel is the Rhine-Derby between Borussia-Mönchengladbach and 1. FC Köln, though.

Here's a closer look at three crucial things to look out for across the Bundesliga in Matchday 20. 

The Rhine-Derby to be one full of passion

Many outside of Germany would be forgiven for not appreciating the magnitude of the Rhine-Derby between Gladbach and Köln. With just over 30 miles separating the two clubs, it is one of the Bundesliga's most ferocious and historic rivalries; one which had its grudge-match status confirmed by the 1973 DFB-Pokal final. 

This meeting between the two sides has less on the line then it did back then, but it will be no less hotly contested with crucial points available for both sides. The Billy Goats come into the fixture off the back of their first league win since the restart following their 3-1 victory against Arminia Bielefeld. However, being thrown out of the cup by second division Jahn Regensburg midweek will have dampened the mood. There's arguably no better match for Markus Gisdol's side to bounce back with than the big game against their local rivals. 

Die Fohlen come into the match full of confidence having not lost since before Christmas as they continue their ascent up the table. They will be looking to move into the top four with a win on Saturday night, which would take them another step closer to securing European football once again next season.  

Freiburg to be a stern test for Dortmund 

Dortmund's win last weekend against FC Augsburg signalled something rare for the Schwarzgelben: a win against lowly opposition. This week, they face a much tougher task against a Freiburg side which, despite recent woes, have proven to be a very capable threat to teams at the top half of the Bundesliga standings.

Edin Terzic will take confidence from the fact his side won the reverse fixture 4-0, but with inconsistency plaguing Dortmund all season and a very fragile defensive unit, it is imperative they find a way to pave over the cracks on Saturday if they are to have any chance of getting the job done.  

They will look to in-form Jadon Sancho as well as the ever-reliable Erling Haaland to get them across the line and keep them in the fight for the top four, at the very least. 

Leverkusen and Stuttgart to be a match of high attacking quality 

Saturday afternoon's matchup of Bayer Leverkusen and Stuttgart features two of the league's most exciting attacks - it promises to be a contest full of flair, excitement, and in all probability, goals. 

Starting with Leverkusen, their attacking trio of Leon BaileyLucas Alario, and Moussa Diaby will be looking to use their speed and skill to play in behind the Stuttgart defence. In front of a very competent midfield pulling the strings, Pellegrino Matarazzo will need his team to be well drilled to keep them out.

After a flurry of exceptional performances, including an 80-yard goal-scoring run last week against Mainz 05Silas Wamangituka is the name on everyone's lips in the Bundesliga. The 21 year-old has been one of the breakout stars of this season with 11 goals already this term, and there's every chance he can add to his tally this weekend. Leverkusen's defence has been the bedrock of the team for most of the campaign, so it will take something special to get the better of them. Luckily for Stuttgart, that's something they'll feel they have in Wamangituka. 

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