The Bundesliga is back from its winter break and has picked up almost exactly where it left off. It was only Monchengladbach that dropped points in the first January game, losing crucial ground and a place in the table on league-leaders Leipzig.
This week, it could get even better for the Red Bulls with second-placed Bayern facing a tough match at home to Schalke. Make sure you know how to watch a Bundesliga live stream, so as not to miss the Muller/Lewandowksi goal machine crank-up through the gears.
Elsewhere, Gladbach have a chance to regain composure at home to Mainz and Dortmund have a similarly easy-ish game against Koln back at the Signal Iduna Park. Will the Yellow Wall be welcoming Emre Can by then?
At the other end of the table, the bottom two take on sixth and seventh away from home desperate for something to keep them in touch with the rest of the division. If 18th-placed Werder Bremen can manage a win at home to Hoffenheim, that could open up a very tricky five-point gap - quite the chasm given that last-placed Paderborn have only grossed 12 points all season.
It's headed for a terrific finish in Germany in 2020, possibly topping last season when Bayern just managed to edge Dortmund to the title on the final day.
The Bavarian side have strengthened since then with the signings of Lucas Hernandez, Ivan Perisic and, most recently, Philippe Coutinho. Despite patch early season form – costing Robert Kovac his job – Bayern are chasing down league leaders Leipzig. Leipzig finished third last season and brought in 32-year-old manager Julian Nagelsmann from Hoffenheim to bring them the title.
Lucien Favre has paid big money to bring Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz to Dortmund who are still just about in the running, while the return of Mats Hummels from Bayern will offer added edge to the title race.
And what of Mönchengladbach? They've won 11 of their 18 matches so far this season - only one less than Leipzig - with former Red Bull Salzburg coach Marco Rose already proving his worth in his first season in charge in the Bundesliga.
If there's European league where the title race often comes second to the on-pitch entertainment and stadium atmospheres, it's this one.
Below we have all the information on how to catch the action throughout the campaign, whether you want it on your TV, laptop, smartphone or tablet. So scroll down and enjoy one of the most exciting leagues in world football.
Watch live Bundesliga matches from outside your country by using a VPN
You can scroll down to find out how to access Bundesliga live streams in the UK and USA, but if you're trying to access the match from outside your country – if you're on holiday or working abroad, for example – this is still going to be a problem. Streams from abroad will be geo-blocked, meaning the service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a national of that country.
So, you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to help you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
VPNs are as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. So, whether you want to watch live football, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then they’re well worth considering.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service and would recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a full list of the world's broadcasters with rights to show live Bundesliga football here.
Watch live Bundesliga matches in the UK
Rights to show German top flight matches in the UK belong to BT Sport, whose long-term deal to broadcast all matches from UEFA club competitions means you'll also be able to catch last season's top seven as they take on the rest of Europe.
New BT broadband and TV customers will gain access to the coverage free of charge, while it costs £6 each month for existing customers. For 4K via BT TV, you need the Max 4K package, which will cost you £20 a month to add to existing BT broadband, or £49.99 for the full shebang.
Sky TV users can also add BT Sport to their existing package from £25 a month, though that won't include the Ultra HD channel.
All of the packages also grant access to streams via the BT website and BT Sport app, so you can watch on the move within the UK or from abroad, using a VPN.
Watch live Bundesliga matches in the USA
Those in the USA wishing to see their growing number of compatriots compete in this season's Bundesliga will need access to Fox Sports, which will show as many six live games across its channels each match week.
Those with cable can buy the network in to watch at home on their TV, online or on the Fox Go app for smartphone and tablet.
Alternatively, you can subscribe to one of the sports steaming sites listed below to gain access to Fox Sports alongside a range of other channels, ideal for those seeking coverage of multiple leagues.
- FuboTV $44.99 for the first month
- Hulu with Live TV $44.99 per month
- DirecTV Now $50 per month
- Sling TV starting at $15 per month
- YouTube TV $49.99 per month
Bundesliga on TV
All fixtures shown in GMT. Games shown live by BT Sport unless otherwise stated.
Borussia Dortmund v FC Cologne, 7.30pm – Friday 24th
Bayern Munich v Schalke 04, 5.30pm – Saturday 25th
Werder Bremen v Hoffenheim, 2.30pm - Sunday 26th
Bayer Leverkusen v Fortuna Dusseldorf, 5pm - Sunday 26th
Hertha Berlin v Schalke 04, 7.30pm - Friday 31st