Second-placed RB Leipzig will hope to snap a two-game losing streak when bottom club SV Darmstadt 98 visit on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/14:30BST).
The international break perhaps came at a good time for Leipzig as a run of three matches without a win has seen them slip 13 points behind leaders Bayern Munich. A 1-0 defeat at home to Wolfsburg was followed by a 3-0 loss at Werder Bremen on Matchday 25, so Ralph Hasenhüttl will be keen to see his side bounce back against Darmstadt. Marcel Sabitzer got both goals in Leipzig’s 2-0 win in the reverse fixture in October.
Only nine games remain for Darmstadt to make up a 12-point gap to third bottom Hamburg , so it is imperative that Torsten Frings’ side finally pick up some points on the road. The Lilies lost 1-0 at Wolfsburg on Matchday 25 but covered more ground – 123.6 kilometres – than in any other match since they were promoted in 2015. A repeat of that kind of workrate – plus a little more luck at both ends of the pitch – could be required if they are to claim just their fifth win of the campaign.