After the long-awaited return to action last week, the Bundesliga is ready for further campaigns this weekend. On Matchday 26 there were some great games to mark the return of the game, including a Revierderby game in which Bayern Munich returned to winning ways and much more.
After all 18 teams have returned to the field, the formalities are completed as the fighting at the table is resumed. It's going to be another big weekend with some notable clashes, though there are a few smaller stories to resume this week.
Before matchday 27, 90 minutes watch some of the subplots to watch out for this weekend in the Bundesliga.
Erling Haaland's rise to the top scorer list
Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
Saying that Erling Haaland has been on fire this season doesn't give him the recognition he deserves. The Borussia Dortmund striker has been blooming since his change this year and is continuing his good form by opening the goal last Saturday in the 4-0 win against Schalke.
Haaland's goal in the revier derby was his 13th goal in 12 games for BVB, as he achieved ten double-digit numbers in the league alone. The Norwegian currently occupies 11th place in the league's top scorer lists, but could rise again with a good performance this weekend.
His next goal would put him in fifth place on the charts. In fact, a two-pack would take him to fourth place on Saturday, and crazy four goals would make him the league's third top scorer. Would that be impossible? Not for Haaland.
Bayern want to achieve the longest winning run this season
FC Bayern Munich celebrates the goal against Union Berlin.
League leaders Bayern Munich had to get started straight away, and that with a routine 2-0 win at Union Berlin. Robert Lewandowski and Benjamin Pavard's goals gave The Reds a four point lead, although the job is far from over.
The win in the German capital was Bavaria's fifth Bundesliga win this season with an incredible 11 in the last 12 league games. Although it is of course primarily about maintaining the championship, the FCB could equate a season record with a win against Eintracht Frankfurt.
When Bayern beat Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena for the sixth time in a row, it will be the longest victory of the season that is currently being held jointly by them and the title challenger RB Leipzig. Bayern could make it a record seven during the week, but it won't be easy in the classic against Dortmund.
Christoph Kramer stands in front of the former outfit
Borussia Mönchengladbach's Christoph Kramer plays for Bayer Leverkusen.
Borussia Mönchengladbach welcomes Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday as third in fifth place in a decisive battle at the top of the table. It will be an important game for both sides in Borussia Park, although it will have a slightly different meaning for a player.
Christoph Kramer from Mönchengladbach is preparing to face his former team again, with whom he worked for a long time before signing for Die Fohlen. The German spent eight years at Leverkusen and rose to the first team before leaving in 2016.
This season Kramer has played 20 games for Marco Rose's team, which is six points ahead. He will definitely want to end the double against his former club this weekend after playing the full 90 minutes in November's 2-1 win in the second leg.
Wolfsburg want to make eight unbeaten
VfL Wolfsburg celebrates a goal.
Wolfsburg was one of the surprise packages of the season, as they are in sixth place in the competition for a European place. Oliver Glasner's team has performed excellently throughout the season and is hoping for another one when it receives Dortmund.
The wolves are currently unbeaten in the last seven Bundesliga games and want to reach these eight by visiting the black and yellow team. They would achieve their nine unbeaten run since the beginning of the season, which Dortmund ended with a 0-3 defeat.
The hosts are not far from their own Bundesliga record for most unbeaten games, which they will surely have in sight. Wolfsburg was undefeated eleven games between November 2014 and March 2015 and hopes to get one step closer on Saturday.
Achim Beierlorzer is home to former employers
FSV Mainz 05 Manager Achim Beierlorzer.
Title contenders RB Leipzig travel to Mainz on Sunday. Both teams have played their last games against Freiburg and Cologne. There will be a reunion in the OPEL Arena, as Mainz manager Achim Beierlorzer welcomes the former RB again.
Beierlorzer only came to Mainz last November, but will meet The Red Bulls again this weekend. The German trainer became interim manager in Leipzig in 2015 and switched from the U17 side to the successor to the recently resigned Alexander Zorniger.
He then became deputy manager at Ralf Rangnick before becoming manager of German second division club Jahn Regensburg. Now in Mainz, Beierlorzer hopes for a successful rendezvous with his former employers when they meet each other this weekend.
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