Bundesliga promotion will be resumed this weekend as tempting bands are served on both sides of the table.
The increasingly exciting RB Leipzig has an excellent opportunity to take their place at the top again as they compete against the Werder Bremen wrestlers one day before title rivals Bayern Munich versus Cologne.
Schalke has the ability to show their ambitions for a European place, while Borussia Dortmund must overcome an in-form Eintracht Frankfurt if they want to prevent them from falling further off the pace. Sportsmail takes a look at the coming action …
Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht – 7.30 p.m. (BT Sport 3)
On the side of Lucien Favre, the action of the weekend is set in motion, knowing that they have to win to stay in the fight and stay at the top of the leading pack.
The men in yellow will trust Erling Haaland, who has made a crazy start in life after achieving seven competition goals. He failed to hit the back of the net during the recent 4-3 thriller with Bayer Leverkusen, so he will try to get back on the path right away.
Erling Haaland has already scored for his pleasure since his transfer from Salzburg
Emre Can hopes for a very impressive debut, while opponents Frankfurt started the year well with three wins and a draw from four Bundesliga games.
Bast Dos returns for visitors after recovering from a stomach virus, although AC Milan borrower Andre Silva is still ready to take the lead.
RB Leipzig vs Werder Bremen – 2.30 p.m.
Timo Werner has been a man on fire for Leipzig this season, but has no goal in four competitive games. They didn’t win in that time.
It is cause for slight concern, although Leipzig knows that the win would place them Bayern – who plays on Sunday – at the top of the pile.
Timo Werner has 20 goals to his name this season, but has just not found it in the last four
Tyler Adams has torn his calf muscle and can be replaced on the right by Nordi Mukiele. A return to a back four could cost Manchester City borrower Angelino his wing role on the other side in the Red Bull Arena.
Exciting American talent Josh Sargent is in line to return to the Bremen from XI, while right back Theodor Gebre Selassie is also expected to return after missing six games with a hamstring injury.
Augsburg versus Freiburg – 2.30 p.m.
Florian Niederlechner from Augsburg enjoys the best scoring season of his Bundesliga career and here he faces the club he left in the summer, Freiburg.
Niederlechner’s 11 goals this season are already equal to his best performance ever in an entire Bundesliga season, and he will pursue his former employers.
The home team, currently in 12th place, is making every effort to maintain its top flight this season, but has only one win of the last five.
The nine wins of Freiburg so far are one more than they have achieved in the whole of 2018-19, while enjoying their third best Bundesliga campaign to date. They are in eighth place.
Florian Niederlechner will be a man on a mission to inflict misery on his former employers
Hoffenheim vs Wolfsburg – 2.30 p.m.
Hoffenheim entered this after a slog of a German cup conflict with Bayern Munich, in which they worked on a 4-3 defeat and a loss for Freiburg.
Depending on the results this weekend, Alfred Schreuder’s side would climb above Schalke – who travels to Mainz on Sunday – to sixth place. Former Arsenal man Havard Nordveit is tipped to return to defense at the expense of Ermin Bicakcic.
Christoph Baumgartner insists on a start in midfield and Hoffenheim will be stimulated by the return of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.
Wolfsburg achieves only one win of their last five and looks different. Worryingly, the game also went nine games without zero, while top scorer Wout Weghorst with seven goals – which started the Fortuna stalemate on the bench – did not score in seven games.
Paderborn vs Hertha Berlin – 2.30 p.m.
It is expected that the new boy Krzysztof Piatek will take the lead for the visitors, who only achieved five points out of the last 15 available.
The Paderborn side of Steffen Baumgart is fighting with a nail and a nail to prevent an immediate return to the second division and has recently received a morale-raising draw against Schalke.
The hosts were able to climb from the foot of the table, above Werder Bremen and to the relegation play-off spot currently occupied by Fortuna Dusseldorf, with a win in this one.
Gerrit Holtmann is missing due to suspension for Paderborn, while Hertha plays their first game since Jurgen Klinsmann stepped down as boss.
Union Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen – 2.30 p.m.
Leverkusen are flying and have serious intentions to enter the Champions League this season. The recent win over Dortmund, in a thriller with seven goals, has done trust a world of good.
The young midfielder Kai Havertz has been the leading figure for Leverkusen so far this season and seems to be playing a leading role again. It could be a milestone evening for the starlet.
Kai Havertz (left) was able to record his 50th victory in the Bundesliga and thereby join a unique group
Havertz was able to achieve his 50th Bundesliga victory in his 107th game at the age of 20 years and 249 days. Only Julian Draxler (20 years, 232 days) and Christian Pulisic (20 years, 235 days) have reached that milestone at a younger age.
Maruis Butler is one of the goals for Union and is on track to keep his place for this collision. The admission of defender Marvin Friedrich – available after suspension – could be the only change in the game that got better from Werder Bremen.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Mönchengladbach – 5.30 pm (BT Sport 2)
American keeper Zack Steffen was able to return his injury in the meeting of Fortuna Dusseldorf with Rhineland-rivals Borussia Monchengladbach in the late kick-off of Saturday.
Fortuna was without a win during the American’s absence, albeit unbeaten in their last two games after holding Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg to 1-1 stalemates.
Defenders Kaan Ayhan and Andre Hoffmann miss an injury and a suspension respectively, while Nana Ampomah is preferred over Bernard Tekpetey in an attack after a change of staff.
Gladbach was one of the surprise packages this season and went fourth in the weekend, just four points behind Bayern Munich.
The side is well equipped and now holds a competition in hand after last week’s Rhine derby with Cologne was canceled due to bad weather.
Marcus Thuram, Breel Embolo and Patrick Herrmann will play offensive tasks in the absence of leading scorer Alassane Plea, who recently scored against Leipzig in a 2-2 tie, but was also sent off in the same game.
Cologne versus Bayern Munich – 2.30 p.m. (BT Sport 3)
Jhon Cordoba can be in a blistering form, although he will stop his work by trying to beat the league scorer Robert Lewandowski as host of Cologne Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Cologne enters the band well rested after their recent competition cancellation due to storms.
Bayern Munich has a slim lead of one point at the top after their draw with Leipzig
Cordoba becomes the most important market in Cologne. The attacker scored in six consecutive games at home, including goals in the wins at Freiburg (4-0), Wolfsburg (3-1), Werder Bremen (1-0) and Bayer Leverkusen (2-0). Thomas Kessler is the only one absent for the hosts.
Prior to this collision, Bayern had recently started an eight-game winning streak (all competitions), before a scoreless draw with Leipzig placed a speed bump in the road.
That draw kept Bayern one point ahead of Leipzig contenders and therefore closely on the table. Barcelona borrower Philippe Coutinho will probably start for the fourth time in a row while Ivan Perisic misses an injury.
Defender Niklas Sule remains absent for a long time and Javi Martinez can be seen unexpectedly, despite the fact that he recently started training again.
Mainz vs Schalke – 5 p.m. (BT Sport 3)
Mainz recently came out of a terrible rut with a much needed victory over Hertha Berlin prior to this. A series of four consecutive defeats had indeed made their situation very gloomy.
However, the home team remains four points away from the relegation zone and he will be confident that he can at least grab one point from a Schalke game that has drawn their last two games.
Alexander Hack could return after having eliminated the previous two games. Stefan Bell and Edimilson Fernandez remain sidelined due to an injury.
Schalke has European ambitions, but has not traveled well this season
The Schalke side of David Wagner has been excellent at home and has not tasted defeat on their own patch since they lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the second weekend of the season. On the road, however, it is a different story (four wins, three draws, three defeats).
Daniel Caligiuri, Salif Sane, Markus Schubert and Benjamin Stambouli remain absent in the event of injuries.
Depending on the results, the victory for Schalke could propel them ahead of rivals Leverkusen in the fifth.