The German Bundesliga looks set to be the first of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic after the federal government gave the go-ahead earlier this month. German chancellor Angela Merkel told regional authorities that competition could restart in the second half of May.
Bundesliga 2020/21 resumes from tomorrow, with the league heavyweights Borussia Dortmund taking on Schalke 04 in its first game on return. Borussia Dortmund will play host to Schalke in Germany’s biggest football stadium without the fans.
International Football Association Board (IFAB) has permitted Five substitutes per team when the Bundesliga returns tomorrow.
OFFICIAL: Five substitutes option temporarily allowed to competition organisers ⚽️
— The IFAB (@TheIFAB) May 8, 2020
Probable line-up: Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre confirmed that both Axel Witsel and Emre Can would join Marco Reus, Nico Schulz and Dan-Axel Zagadou on the absentee list.
Dortmund XI: Bürki – Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji – Hakimi, Brandt, Delaney, Guerreiro – Sancho, Haaland, Hazard
Probable line-up: Schalke
A trio of defensive stalwarts will miss the Revierderby for Schalke with Ozan Kabak, Benjamin Stambouli and Omar Mascarell all unavailable for when head coach David Wagner chooses his 11.
Schalke XI: Schubert – Kenny, Todibo, Nastasic, Oczipka – Caligiuri, McKennie, Serdar – Harit – Burgstaller, Raman
Here’s where you can watch the match live(IST):-
7:00 PM: Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04 – Star Sports Select 2/HD 2; Hotstar
7:00 PM: RB Leipzig vs Freiburg – Star Sports Select 2/HD 2; Hotstar
7:00 PM: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach – Star Sports Select 2/HD 2; Hotstar
7:00 PM: FC Koln vs Mainz – Star Sports Select 2/HD 2; Hotstar
10:30 PM: Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich – Star Sports Select 2/HD 2; Hotstar
12:00 AM: Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen – Star Sports Select 2/HD 2; Hotstar