It's a big week in Germany as the Bundesliga title race starts to ramp up. Most teams will play three games in about a week-long stretch as the recently resumed 2019-20 season nears its end. Teams have seven or eight games remaining to decide how their season ends.
This week, we will have our first midweek matches since play resumed earlier this month. On the slate is the biggest Bundesliga game of them all: Der Klassiker. Second-place Borussia Dortmund welcomes first-place Bayern Munich on Tuesday with huge ramifications for both sides.
We have more on that matchup and other things to watch this week below.
1. Der Klassiker
It won't get any bigger than Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund the rest of the way. Bayern Munich enters with a four-point lead atop the table despite a couple not-so-convincing performances since the season restarted. A win would put Bayern seven points clear with six games to go and might effectively end the title race. On Dortmund's side, if Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and company can win, they will move within a point of Bayern Munich and blow the title race wide open. There is a rich history between the two, and don't discount revenge for Dortmund. The club fell 4-0 to Bayern earlier this season. The season hangs in the balance during 90 minutes on Tuesday. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. ET -- stream it on fuboTV (Try for free).
2. Leverkusen's big chance
Bayer Leverkusen has been sharp since play returned, and the club was even looking good before that. The team is unbeaten in seven matches, and since play returned Leverkusen has taken six points from six with seven goals scored. Kai Havertz is as good as they get in Germany, and he has made all the difference with four goals in those two games as the club has real hopes of Champions League qualification. With a one-point lead for fourth place, Leverkusen has a tricky schedule the rest of the way with games against Wolfsburg, Bayern and Hertha, among others. Hosting Wolfsburg on Tuesday, a win would put them in a fantastic position for at least a Europa League spot, but the aim is higher.
3. Cunha with something to prove?
Matheus Cunha is in superb form for Hertha Berlin with goals in four straight games, dating back to before the league hiatus. But how motivated will he be on Wednesday? The answer should be very. Hertha takes on RB Leipzig, the team he left in January in search of minutes. Do you think Cunha wants to shut RB Leipzig up and show his former team what it sold? You bet. Expect the talented Brazilian to be sharp. But it will be all about containing emotions, which he has trouble doing at times. He's a rising star in the league, and scoring in five straight games would be an impressive feat for a player who may get his chance with the Brazilian national team before long.