The Bundesliga resumed last week and was back with a bang as new arrival Erling Haaland announced himself on the scene with a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund came from behind to win 5-3 against Augsburg.
That eight-goal thriller was among many exciting games last weekend, as teams came out of the blocks fully refreshed following the winter break.
The second-half of the season always brings fresh narratives and new heroes and this season promises to be no different!
Match of the Weekend – Eintracht Frankfurt vs RB Leipzig
Whatever happens this weekend, RB Leipzig will still be top of the Bundesliga table. But with a tricky trip to Eintracht Frakfurt, they could find their lead cut at the top to just one point.
Frankfurt have won just one of seven Bundesliga meetings with Leipzig, but returned to form last weekend as they ended a seven-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim.
Rest of the Weekend
Bayern Munich are the team looking to close the gap on leaders Leipzig, after moving up to second last weekend. They host Schalke in Saturday’s late game in what will be the 100th Bundesliga match between the two sides. Robert Lewandowski has scored in each of his last eight games against Schalke, and is neck-and-neck with Timo Werner at the top of the goalscorer charts in 2019-20. Both players have 20 goals in 18 games this season and will go level with Gerd Müller for the best start to a season if they score this weekend (21 in 19).
Werder Bremen have struggled with injuries all season and that trend has continued despite the time off over December and January. Seven players are confirmed out for their game with Hoffenheim, while new signing Kevin Vogt is already a doubt due to concussion. US international Josh Sargent is likely to start up front again, while Hoffenheim could hand a first start to their winter signing Munas Dabbur, who impressed in the Europa League for Sevilla but never really had a chance to show his talents in La Liga.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Düsseldorf is the final game of the weekend but should be yet another high-scoring game as Peter Bosz’s side love to attack. Kai Havertz ended his goalless run last weekend and was back to his best with a goal and an assist. Last season he was also far more impressive in the second-half of the season and the goal against Paderborn last weekend now means he has twice as many career goals in the Rückrunde (18) as he does in games before the winter break (9).
Bundesliga Player to Watch: Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund – £4.77
Erling Haaland came off the bench last weekend to score the quickest hat-trick by a Bundesliga debutant, netting three goals in 21 minutes for Borussia Dortmund.
He should be handed his first start on Friday against Köln and continue his brilliant scoring streak (now 31 goals in 23 games in all competitions for Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund). His price shot up on the Index after the hat-trick, but actually peaked higher in December when he was the subject of a lot of transfer speculation.
He can be one of the best forwards in Europe and Dortmund will give him every opportunity to become even deadlier in front of goal.