Borussia Dortmund will be looking to go one step further than last season after finishing second behind Bayern Munich in an incredible title race. Starting at home to Augsburg and ending at home to Hoffenheim, huge fixtures and pivotal moments in the 10 months in-between will shape another classic campaign.
bundesliga.com highlights the key fixtures and dates of Dortmund’s 2019/20 season…
For the second season in a row, Dortmund kick off in the welcome surrounds of their Signal Iduna Park. Overcoming RB Leipzig on the opening day of 2018/19 provided the foundation for BVB's 15-match unbeaten start to the campaign.
Lucien Favre and his side will be looking to enjoy the same result this time around when they host Augsburg, and if the previous rendition is anything to go by, neutral fans will be in for a treat. Paco Alcacer’s second-half hat-trick from the bench was sealed with a 94th-minute direct free-kick, which gave Dortmund a 4-3 win.
Watch: Highlights of Alcacer's remarkable 34-minute hat-trick against Augsburg
The season kicks into gear for Dortmund as they face two away matches on the bounce – the second of those being in Berlin, against the newest kid on the block, Union.
Home games against Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach follow - two fixtures against top-four candidates, whom BVB took maximum points off last season.
Then comes a crunch two weeks in the first half of Dortmund’s season. In the space of just 14 days, the Black-Yellows take on Revierderby rivals Schalke at the Veltins Arena, before travelling to Munich to lock horns with defending champions Bayern at the Allianz Arena.
Watch: Jadon Sancho was Dortmund's derby hero in Gelsenkirchen last season
It’s a far-from-simple end to the Hinrunde for last season’s runners-up as they host Leipzig on the penultimate Matchday, before travelling to bogey side Hoffenheim in their final game of 2019. Dortmund have failed to win their last three meetings with the Sinsheim club.
MD21: Bayer Leverkusen (away)
MD25: Borussia Mönchengladbach (away)
MD26: Schalke (home)
MD28: Bayern Munich (home)
MD33: RB Leipzig (away)
MD34: Hoffenheim (home)
Dortmund’s start to 2020 is a touch quieter, with trips to Leverkusen and Gladbach on Matchdays 21 and 25 respectively the first major hurdles - at least on paper - of the year.
Then comes the reverse fixtures against derby rivals Schalke and record champions Bayern. With both games again falling in a mouth-watering two-week spell, Dortmund fans might even contemplate setting up camp in front of the Yellow Wall until the action is over.
And if Dortmund should win their first Bundesliga title since 2012, it could be done on the back of a very difficult run-in. Away games don't come much tougher than Leipzig on the penultimate weekend, while Dortmund's final match of the season takes them back home to face Hoffenheim.
BVB led 3-0 in last term's corresponding fixture, before shipping three second-half goals in an unlikely draw that had serious consequences for their title aspirations. Suffice to say they'll be praying lightning does not strike twice, if indeed they're in contention for top honours on the final matchday.