The German Bundesliga becomes Europe’s first major league to resume after a two-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s right, football returns for the first time since mid-March and it’s back with a Bundesliga bang as Borussia Dortmund host Schalke in a so-called ‘ghost game’ which will provide a strange atmosphere for the biggest derby in Germany.
There won’t be any fans in attendance at Signal Iduna Park and it’s the same throughout the country with all this season’s remaining matches across the top two divisions to be played behind closed doors.
Players have been told not to spit, celebrate in groups or even touch hands with teammates.
It’s not ideal, but after a two-month absence from the beautiful game, it is arguably better than nothing.
Borussia Dortmund v Schalke: Saturday, KO 13:30 GMT
Dortmund: 2nd – P25 W15 D6 L4 PTS 51 – Form: WLWWWW
Schalke: 6th – P25 W9 D10 L6 PTS 37 – Form: DDDLLD
Schalke make the 20-mile journey from Gelsenkirchen to Dortmund on Saturday looking to put a major dent in their rival’s hopes of claiming a first Bundesliga title since 2012.
Dortmund, however, currently boast two of Europe’s most exciting talents in England winger Jadon Sancho and Norweigan wonderkid Erling Halaand — who has 12 goals in his first 11 games for the club.
Schalke, coached by former Huddersfield boss David Wagner, can call on ex-Manchester City player Matija Nastasic and Rabbi Matondo — a Wales international — as well as Everton loanee Jonjoe Kenny.
The rest of Saturday’s action
Augsburg v Wolfsburg
Augsburg: 14th – P25 W7 D6 L12 – PTS 27 – Form: WLDLLL
Wolfsburg: 7th – P25 W9 D9 L7 – PTS 36 – Form: WDWWDD
Dusseldorf v Paderborn
Dusseldorf: 16th – P25 W5 D7 L13 – PTS 22 – Form: DDLWDD
Paderborn: 18th – P25 W4 D4 L17 – PTS 16 – Form: LDLLLL
Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin
Hoffenheim: 9th – P25 W10 D5 L10 – PTS 35 – Form: WLLDLD
Hertha Berlin: 13th – P25 W7 D7 L11 – PTS 28 – Form: DLWLDD
RP Leipzig v SC Freiburg
RB Leipzig: 3rd – P25 W14 D8 L3 – PTS – Form: DDWWDD
Freiburg: 8th – P25 W10 D6 L9 – PTS 36 – Form: LWDLLW
Frankfurt v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Frankfurt: 12th – P24 W8 D4 L12 – PTS 28 – Form: WDWLLL
Borussia Mönchengladbach: 4th – P25 W15 D4 L6 – PTS 49 – Form: DWDWLW