The eyes of the footballing world will be on Germany this weekend as the 2019/20 Bundesliga season gets back underway.
The Bundesliga is the first major European competition to resume following the suspension of top-class sport and the games are sure to attract plenty of interest.
Each team has nine or ten league matches remaining and there is still plenty to play for at both ends of the table. Read on as we assess what fans can look forward to when the Bundesliga returns.
A new way of watching
The Bundesliga will resume with fixtures played at the home team’s stadium, but with fans barred from attending in person.
The action will be screened via the usual broadcast channels, while Bundesliga live stream services are expected to see a huge spike in visitors.
Interest in the league will be huge, particularly with none of the other major European competitions likely to resume their seasons until early June.
With a lucrative new US broadcast deal in place for next season, these are undoubtedly exciting times for the Bundesliga.
Bayern favourites to make it eight-in-a-row
Bayern Munich have been the dominant force in German football in recent years and are once again in pole position to win the league for an eighth successive year.
They currently have a four-point lead over Borussia Dortmund with nine games remaining and will fancy their chances of completing the job.
However, the two sides are scheduled to meet in Dortmund on May 26 and that game could be pivotal in the title race.
Dortmund were the last team other than Bayern to win the Bundesliga back in 2012 and they will be desperate to end their dominance this term.
All to play for in the battle for Europe
Bayern and Dortmund look well-placed to secure two of the four Champions League qualification spots, but who will join them in the competition is less clear.
RB Leipzig are currently third in the standings, one point ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach with Bayern Leverkusen a further two points adrift in fifth.
The latter two clubs are due to meet on May 23 and that fixture could be crucial in determining who finishes in the top four.
Just two points covers Schalke, Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Hoffenheim in the race for the Europa League and it would be no surprise to see that race go down to the final weekend.
Paderborn and Werder Bremen look doomed
Paderborn and Werder Bremen currently occupy the two automatic relegation spots and both appear to lack the quality needed to get themselves out of trouble.
However, with the team finishing third from bottom facing a two-legged relegation/promotion play-off against the third-placed team in Bundesliga 2, there is still time for things to change.
Fortuna Dusseldorf currently occupy that position, although they will head into the resumption of play riding a three-game unbeaten streak.
They are four points behind Mainz and five adrift of Augsburg, but the latter named side are in freefall having collected just four points from their last nine matches.