Last week, officials in Germany announced that the Bundesliga would make a welcome return from its enforced lockdown on Saturday 16th March and the bookmakers have quick off the mark pricing up odds on the opening round of fixtures. Six matches have been scheduled for 2:30pm kick-offs (local time) on Saturday afternoon with the highlight being Borussia Dortmund (8/15) v FC Schalke 04 (19/4), a draw priced at 16/5.
Elsewhere in the German top flight, third-placed RB Leipzig (3/10) come up against FC Freiburg (8/1) with a draw best odds of 17/4. Other games include Augsburg (2/1) v Wolfsburg (5/1), Fortuna Dusseldorf (11/10) v Paderborn (11/5), Hoffenheim (21/20) v Hertha Berlin (23/10) and Eintracht Frankfurt (9/5) v Borussia Monchengladbach (11/8).
The weekend action from the German top flight continues on Sunday when FC Koln (Evens) face Mainz 05 (23/10) and Union Berlin (12/1) entertain leaders Bayern Munich (1/5), then the line-up is complete when Werder Bremen (16/5) host Bayer Leverkusen (8/11) on Monday evening.
The German title race is set to be a three way battle with just four points separating current leaders Bayern Munich from second-placed Borussia Dortmund and a single point separating the latter from third-placed RB Leipzig after 27 matches.
The eyes of the world will certainly be on the German top flight when the action returns this weekend and the bookies are gearing themselves up for a very busy return to business.
Weekend Bundesliga Matches
Saturday 16th May
14:30 Augsburg v Wolfsburg
14:30 Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04
14:30 Fortuna Dusseldorf v Paderborn
14:30 Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin
14:30 RB Leipzig v Freiburg
17:30 Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Sunday 17th May
14:30 FC Koln v Mainz 05
17:00 Union Berlin v Bayern Munich
Monday 18th May
19:30 Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen