LEIPZIG boss Julian Nagelsmann faces his former club for the first time on Saturday when Hoffenheim head to the Red Bull Arena.
The 32-year-old hasn't been looking back in anger since his summer job switch, with Leipzig sitting second – just a point off the top – while Hoffenheim are eighth.
The hosts are on a fantastic run of form with six wins and a draw in their last seven outings across three competitions. And with a Champions League last-16 spot already in the bag with a game to spare, they can focus fully on their title tilt in the Bundesliga.
Hoffenheim are having a decent campaign under Nagelsmann's successor, Alfred Schreuder, and have won four successive away games.
However, they go into this one after back-to-back home slip-ups – including a 5-1 thumping by Mainz – and it's a tough ask to halt the Leipzig juggernaut, with a home win and over 1.5 goals paying 6-10 with Coral.
In Spain, joint leaders Real Madrid are beginning to hit their stride under Zinedine Zidane with 16 points from the last 18. They entertain second-bottom Espanyol who look in big bother with four La Liga defeats in five.
Real have won by at least two goals in four of their last five Bernabeu fixtures and are again worth backing on the -1 handicap at 4-7 with Ladbrokes.
The final stop is France where Monaco are recovering from their early-season struggles by rising up the table with some solid home showings.
It's now five straight wins for Leo Jardim's men in their own manor and they can make it six against poor travellers Amiens at 12-25 with Marathonbet.
The visitors have suffered back-to-back away defeats, failing to win in five on the road where they've mustered just one victory in 18 matches.
- Real Madrid -1 (12pm)
- Leipzig win & over 1.5 goals (2.30pm)
- Monaco (7pm)
- (13-5, Coral)