Bavarians ready to roar as the Bundesliga re-enters the scene

Bavarians ready to roar as the Bundesliga re-enters the scene

Bavarians ready to roar as the Bundesliga re-enters the scene

After a five-week hiatus that saw the big kahunas traverse the continent, from Doha to Dubai, from Florida to the Turkish resort of Belek, the Bundesliga is back from its winter break, and the teams are ready for battle.

Tonight will see league leaders FC Bayern Munich attempt to increase its 8-point cushion over second placed Borussia Dortmund and be the first side to win four Bundesliga titles in a row, when Pep Guardiola’s head to 10th placed Hamburger SV, a team that the Bavarians defeated 5-0 at the Allianz Arena this season.

The Spanish gaffer has claimed that the Bundesliga winter break is long and boring unlike the congested fixture list that is English football. It is yet to be seen whether the star-studded and 25-time league champions, oozing with goal scoring machines like Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, will have lost their competitive edge.

For Borussia Dortmund, it will not be an easy start to the second round. The Black and Yellows may have rebounded from last season’s turmoil, but a tricky trip to fourth placed Borussia Monchengladbach will certainly be a banana peel. 

Die Borussen will need to win at the Borussia-Park, if they are to prevent Bayern opening daylight on them, and will be relying on the league’s top scorer, African Player of the Year and Gabon international, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for success.

As for Monchengladbach, they cannot afford to lose, what with a battle for fourth place heating up. The side is only two points ahead of rivals Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04. Leverkusen will hope Man United castaway, Javier Hernandez, who has seen a revival in the Bundesliga, will rock bottom side TSG Hoffenheim's boat when Bayer visit. Schalke, meanwhile, will have a tricky home fixture against relegation threatened, Werder Bremen.

Hertha Berlin is third on the grid and a home tie against FC Augsburg may enable them to claw back on the six-point deficit that Dortmund have over them, while FC Koln and VfB Stuttgart face off at Koln’s RheinEnergieStadion, and Eintracht Frankfurt entertain VfL Wolfsburg.

You can catch the Bundesliga LIVE on StarTimesSports

Friday 22nd January

10:30pm               Hamburger SV – FC Bayern Munich, ST World Football Channel 254

Saturday 23rd January

5:30pm                 1.FC Koln – VfB Stuttgart, Sports Premium channel 254

5:30pm                 Hertha Berlin – FC Augsburg, Sports Life channel 253

5:30pm                 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – Bayer Leverkusen, Sports Arena channel 251

8:30pm                 Borussian Monchengladbach – Borussia Dortmund, World Football channel 254

Sunday 24th January

5:30pm                 Eintracht Frankfurt – VfL Wolfsburg, Sports Arena channel 251

7:30pm                 FC Schalke 04 – Werder Bremen, World Football channel 254

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