The Bundesliga is back after a shorter winter break than usual, with just two points separating the top three and Borussia Dortmund surprisingly sitting outside the Champions League spots.
The second half of the season in Germany is usually more exciting and unpredictable than the first, so football fans should be in for a treat as top-flight action returns.
Bundesliga Game of the Weekend: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen
Frankfurt are looking at offensive reinforcements in January, including Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirkzee and an unlikely loan for former striker Luka Jovic, but will have to rely on Silva alone against Leverkusen.
Peter Bosz’s visitors have more options up front as the Leverkusen coach must choose between Patrik Schick or Lucas Alario in attack with Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby on the flanks. Expect plenty of action at both ends of the pitch after the winter break.
Rest of the Weekend
Borussia Dortmund’s Michael Zorc has demanded improvement from the team and they may welcome superstar striker Erling Haaland back on Sunday against Wolfsburg. Teenage forward Youssoufa Moukoko is injured, so Haaland may play from the start and not be eased back into action slowly. Three points are essential for BVB as they currently sit eight points off the summit.
Bayern Munich are the team in the lead at the moment, but only two points separate them and both Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig. Bayern end the weekend so may no longer be top by the time they play on Sunday evening, but have an appealing home game against Mainz. Leroy Sané may start with Kingsley Coman a doubt and needs to prove himself after an inconsistent start to life in Munich.
RB Leipzig travel to this year’s surprise package Stuttgart in what should be an open, entertaining game. The Red Bulls will look to Emil Forsberg to provide the spark up front as well as Angelino out wide, who has been one of the Bundesliga’s best players since joining from Manchester City.
Bundesliga Player to Watch: Alassane Plea – Borussia Mönchengladbach – £0.78
French forward Alassane Plea could be in for a busy 2021 as Gladbach play in the Champions League knockout stage and he looks to do enough to win a place in France’s European Championship squad.
Plea has not been at his best in the Bundesliga this season, but scored five goals in the Champions League and has a ‘get-right game’ against Arminia Bielefeld this weekend.