Updated: Feb 11, 2021
Bundesliga poised to return
After successful negotiations with the government this week, the DFL announced that the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga will return on 16th May.
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Whilst clubs have been in training for a number of weeks, the news comes somewhat as a surprise, as clubs including Köln and Dynamo Dresden still have cases of the virus across their playing and non-playing staff.
As expected, the matches will go ahead as ‘ghost games’, with crowds prohibited in Germany until October. But after only 10 positive tests across top two leagues, matches will go ahead despite the presence of Coronavirus.
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German clubs are now rushing to be ready for next week’s restart, with the title challengers separated by just a few points. Borussia Dortmund trail leaders Bayern Munich by just four points and will face Schalke in Saturday’s standout fixture.
Bayern themselves will travel to the capital in a match up with Union Berlin, who are enjoying are strong season back in the top flight.
At the other end of the table, basement team Paderborn and Fortuna Dusseldorf will pay in a relegation ‘6-pointer’, with both sides in desperate need of a good result.
17th place Werder Bremen host the impressive Bayer Leverkusen on Monday.