There are two more Bundesliga matches Sunday, as the German top-flight continues to take center stage in the soccer world.
The 2019-20 season restart saw six matches take place Saturday, with a Revierderby blowout and a Gladbach warning shot to its fellow titles chasers. Here are the thoughts of our editor Joe Prince-Wright on the first day of sometimes eerie, sometimes electric entertainment.
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The Billy Goats of Koln host Mainz at 9:30 a.m. ET before eight-time title-defending Bayern Munich takes the stage at Noon against hungry and surprising Union Berlin.
The only thing you’d feel comfortable betting on in Koln is goals as the 10th-place Billy Goats and 15th-place 05ers have struggled to keep clean sheets this season.
As for Bayern’s trip to Berlin, Union has beaten Dortmund and Gladbach at home this season, and the underdog battlers will hope to catch the leaders rusty. Bayern entered the coronavirus pause on a 11-match unbeaten league run with 10 wins, winning their three other games across all competitions and boasting a 46-9 combined score line. It’s a tall ask for Union.
Matchweek 26 in the Bundesliga will of course see games played in empty stadiums, which is the plan for the rest of the season and beyond. If you’re new to Germany’s top-flight, here’s a guide to help you pick a club to support.