The Bundesliga is set to become the first major European league to resume play after the government gave it the green light this week.
The German football authorities put together a plan that will allow for the final nine gameweeks to be played behind closed doors, with regular testing in place for players and staff.
Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday that the league will be allowed to return in the second-half of May, with the German FA confirming that the season will continue on Saturday May 16.
Bayern Munich have ruled Germany for the past seven seasons, but the 2019/20 campaign sees them under pressure from four other teams.
Just eight points separates Bayern in first and Bayer Leverkusen in fifth, whereas the Premier League sees a 25-point gap between first and second while nine points separates first and third in LaLiga.
The German top-flight boasts the most exciting title race among Europe's elite leagues. Bayern are the favourites to retain their crown, but those in the chasing pack have demonstrated their potential to de-throne the Bavarian giants.
At the other end, Paderborn and Werder Bremen will be hoping to drag themselves out of relegation trouble, although the bottom club have a ten-point gap between themselves and the safety of 15th.
With nine sets of fixtures remaining, the league table could completely change with a number of teams still having something to play for.
With that in mind, Tom Carnduff looks at each of the gameweeks and picks out the key fixture with its potential impact on the standings.
We also make our predictions for the outcome of each game. A bold move at this point as form changes, but it gives an indication of how both teams look at this current time.
A fantastic fixture to mark the return of German top-flight football.
Bitter rivals Dortmund and Schalke meet in a Revierderby at the Signal Iduna Park; their 156th contest since the first in 1925.
The reverse fixture in October saw them play out a 0-0 draw but circumstances change and we should expect a contest with goals this time around.
It all points to a home win and bragging rights for Dortmund. They remain in the title race while Schalke's form since the winter break has been poor, although their season as a whole can be viewed as a positive.
A key fixture in the race for Champions League football, although both remain in the title race at this point of the campaign.
Monchengladbach and Leverkusen are huge outsiders to finish in first but mathematically it's still possible. The focus will be on nailing down a spot in the top-four.
Marcus Thuram netted the winner in a 2-1 victory for Monchengladbach at the beginning of November and they will hold confidence that they can secure a similar outcome this time around.
Leverkusen are no pushovers though and they've seen a lot of points since mid-January. This is set to be a highly-entertaining contest.
Little more needs to be said about the importance of this fixture at this stage in the campaign.
Bayern Munich have been the dominant force in German football but Borussia Dortmund are back and have built a side who look capable of seriously challenging for the title over the next few seasons.
We'll have a better picture of the table when this game comes, given how four points separates the two teams, yet we can mark this game down now as a crucial one in the battle for top spot.
Der Klassiker never fails to entertain; the last six Bundesliga meetings have seen at least four goals scored in each.
A draw in the meeting between Dortmund and Bayern might suit Leipzig perfectly as they closely follow the current duo leading the way at the top.
A trip to Koln is not what any side will be wanting given their form since the winter break though. Only Bayern, Dortmund and Leverkusen can boast more points over the last ten games.
The positive for Leipzig is their away form puts them in a good place here. 25 points picked up from 13 trips on the road leaves them second in the away standings.
Koln are our outside fancy for securing a top-six spot which sets this up to be a fascinating fixture that could go either way.
There's a good chance that Leverkusen's position in the title race will be gone by the time this game arrives but they'll still have a lot to play for as they aim for a top-four finish.
Leverkusen's recent form against Bayern has actually been quite good following years of convincing defeats. They won 3-1 in their home meeting with the current champions last season while a Leon Bailey double gave them victory at the Allianz Arena in November.
Add in their current form at the time of writing and it's set to be another tough afternoon for the Bavarian giants, who are locked in a title race with Dortmund and Leipzig.
This is a game not to be missed and, despite the odds being likely to significantly favour Bayern, Leverkusen will hold confidence that they can get something.
Much of the discussion has been about the title race but there's a key game at the bottom of the division as Paderborn welcome Werder Bremen.
Both sides have had poor campaigns and look certainties to be involved in relegation in one way or another. The key battle for them will be in ensuring that they have a second chance through the relegation play-off.
Weirdly, these two have both picked up more points away than they have at home. It's unusual for a side at the bottom end of the table to struggle so much in front of their own supporters but enjoy some success away.
Paderborn and Bremen have combined for a total of eleven points over their last ten games each. It's not set up to be a classic, but it is a game that will be vitally important at this point in the season.
A key game with both sides battling for European places, although Monchengladbach are targeting the Champions League while Wolfsburg will have to settle for the Europa League.
Wolfsburg were successful when these two sides met in December thanks to Maximilian Arnold's 91st minute winner but it'll be a big ask for them to get another three points here.
Like Leverkusen, Monchengladbach's tiny chance of the title will be long gone by this point but they should still firmly be in the race for a top-four finish.
Home games like this will be crucial and they'll fancy their chances of picking up the win.
Could this huge clash on the penultimate round of the season end up being a title decider?
Well, we'd need a collapse of sorts from Bayern Munich, alongside Borussia Dortmund beating them in their earlier meeting while also overtaking them in the standings.
There's a real possibility this game could have an impact on the title. We're backing it to go down to the wire, so both sides will be desperate for victory to keep themselves in contention.
Whatever happens, this is set to be a highly-entertaining game and one of the highlights of the remaining rounds of fixtures to be played.
There's no major fixture that stands out on final day although we're sticking with Bayern Munich given how they are expected to win the title.
A tough game at Wolfsburg awaits, although they will be boasted by the fact that Leipzig and Dortmund would have played each other the week before.
This fixture to watch out for could change, dependant on how the table stands at the time, but given Dortmund's clash with Hoffenheim and Leipzig's trip to Augsburg, Bayern have the toughest final fixture of the title race trio.
It might not be a straightforward victory either. Bayern may have another Bundesliga trophy in sight but Wolfsburg have European aspirations of their own and will be really up for the fixture if top-six remains a possibility.
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