The Bundesliga is set to return this weekend, with football fans all around the world expected to tune in.
Borussia Dortmund and Schalke will kick off the action on Saturday afternoon. Five more games will follow, with two on Sunday and a final fixture on Monday evening.
After the Revierderby, it’s Augsburg vs Wolfsburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf vs SC Paderborn, Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig vs SC Freiburg. Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach completes the action for Saturday.
Leaders Bayern are in action on Sunday at Union Berlin. And that comes after Mainz at Cologne. Werder Bremen then host Bayer Leverkusen on Monday evening.
All sides will be looking to make their mark immediately. But hitting the ground running with a win after such a long break certainly won’t be easy.
It’s a highly-anticipated return given the absence of football worldwide. And that will only cause a further increase in the stakes involved.
While the likes of the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga will have to wait a little longer, millions of supporters could become avid fans of the German top-flight.
It has been a long wait since mid-March, but Saturday’s Revierderby could be the biggest in years. Much more than football is important.
But while there is reason for excitement, it must be remembered that no fans will actually be there watching. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the fixtures will be played behind closed doors.
Those circumstances look set to continue for the foreseeable future. And that will undoubtedly be the same case for English, Italian and Spanish football should it return.
But in the Bundesliga, there is major excitement. And Paddy Power have offered their latest power prices ahead of the return of the league.
It’s currently 22/1 for all 12 teams to score on Saturday. It’s 2/1 for over 1.5 goals in each of the Saturday fixtures. And it’s 25/1 for over 2.5 goals in each of the fixtures that day.
A win for both Frankfurt and Augsburg is available at 11/1. And it’s currently 6/1 for both Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg to pick up three points each.
Victories for Dortmund, Leipzig and Hoffenheim can be backed at 7/2.
It’s currently 4/1 for Munich, Leverkusen, Leipzig and Dortmund to get back to winning ways immediately. Wins for Hoffenheim, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt is currently 16/1.
And it’s currently 17/10 for both Bayern and Cologne to win on Sunday.