After more than two months without top-class football, the Bundesliga’s return on May 16 will offer fans some much-needed action.
The German top flight resumes in an exciting position, with just six points covering the top four teams with nine games still to play.
Bayern Munich are favourites to win the title, although Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach will be eager to overhaul them on the run-in. Read on as we assess the title race.
Bayern face tough tests
Bayern’s early season form was a little patchy, but an 11-game unbeaten run has cranked up the pressure on their main title rivals.
However, their remaining fixtures are certainly not easy, with five of their last nine games against teams currently in the top eight in the table.
Bayern must also travel to face Dortmund on May 26 for a match that could ultimately determine the destination of this season’s title.
Fans across Europe are likely to be clamouring to access Bundesliga live stream services to watch a fixture that could be an absolute blockbuster.
Haaland the key to Dortmund’s hopes
Dortmund’s signing of Erling Braut Haaland during the January transfer window has undoubtedly boosted their hopes of beating Bayern to the title.
The 19-year-old has been in phenomenal form, scoring 12 goals in 11 appearances since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg.
With Jadon Sancho also playing a leading role for the club, Dortmund possess the firepower to keep themselves firmly in the title mix.
A victory over Bayern at the end of May is crucial if they are to win the league, but it would be a brave move to back against them achieving the feat.
Three into two won’t go
Bayern and Dortmund look nailed on to claim two of the four Champions League qualification spots, but who will join them in the competition next season is less clear.
Leipzig are currently third in the table, one point ahead of Monchengladbach with Bayer Leverkusen a further two points adrift in fifth place.
With a favourable run-in Leipzig should finish in the top four, leaving the other two teams to battle for the other spot.
Monchengladbach host Leverkusen on May 23 and whichever team wins that game would be favourites to secure a top four place.
Four-way fight for the Europa League
Whichever team misses out on the Champions League will have the safety net of Europa League qualification to fall back on.
However, there are still four other teams in with a genuine chance of finishing sixth and also qualifying for UEFA’s secondary competition next term.
Just two points separate Schalke, Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Hoffenheim with nine games to play and the battle is simply too close to call.
Schalke’s final two games this term are against Wolfsburg (H) and Freiburg (A) and could be the deciding factor in what should be an epic fight for sixth place.