The winter hiatus is over and the 2016/17 Bundesliga is back. Last season's Bundesliga 2 champions SC Freiburg got the action underway against their top-flight counterparts FC Bayern München on Friday evening in a game symptomatic of what is shaping up to be the most unpredictable campaign in years.
Bayern starting the year in pole position may equate to business as usual but it's all change when it comes to the teams queuing up behind them – not least in the form of second-place RB Leipzig, just three points adrift of the record champions at the midway stage of their maiden Bundesliga campaign. But what are the chances of the new boys from Saxony maintaining that role as Bayern's biggest rivals through to the finish?
“Leipzig have done very well so far and every respect to them for that. But the team I'm most concerned about, without a doubt, are Borussia Dortmund,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge noted at the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga New Year reception: “We can only be happy they're twelve points behind us at the moment. They've been a bit unfortunate with injuries.”