sport news BUNDESLIGA PREVIEW: Leipzig look to reclaim top spot

Bundesliga action resumes this weekend as tantalising ties are served up at both ends of the table.

The increasingly exciting RB Leipzig have a prime opportunity to retake their place at the summit as they go up against strugglers Werder Bremen a day ahead of title rivals Bayern Munich facing Cologne.

Schalke have the opportunity to display their aspirations for a European place, while must overcome an in-form Eintracht Frankfurt if they are to avoid falling further off the pace. Sportsmail takes a look at the action ahead...

Friday

vs Eintracht - 7.30pm (BT Sport 3)

Lucien Favre's side get the weekend's action under way, knowing they must produce a win in order to remain in contention and on the tails of the leading pack.

The men in yellow will be relying on Erling Haaland, who has made a blistering start to life in Germany after racking up seven league goals already. He failed to hit the back of the net during the recent 4-3 thriller with Bayer Leverkusen, so will be looking to get straight back on the trail.

Erling Haaland has been scoring goals for fun since his transfer from Salzburg

Erling Haaland has been scoring goals for fun since his transfer from Salzburg

Emre Can will hope to follow up on a highly impressive debut, while opponents Frankfurt have started the year in strong form with three wins and a draw from four Bundesliga games. 

Bast Dos returns for the visitors after recovering from a stomach bug, though AC Milan loanee Andre Silva is still set to lead the line.

Saturday

RB Leipzig vs Werder Bremen - 2.30pm

Timo Werner has been a man on fire for Leipzig this season, though is without a goal in four competitive games. In that time, they have failed to win.

It's cause for slight concern, though Leipzig know victory in this one would put them back ahead of Bayern - who play on Sunday - at the top of the pile.

Timo Werner has 20 goals to his name this season but has not found the net in the last four

Timo Werner has 20 goals to his name this season but has not found the net in the last four

Tyler Adams has torn his calf muscle and could be replaced by Nordi Mukiele on the right. A return to a back four could cost Manchester City loanee Angelino his wing-back role on the other side at the Red Bull Arena.

Exciting American talent Josh Sargent is in line to return to the Bremen starting XI, while right-back Theodor Gebre Selassie is also expected to return after missing six games with a hamstring injury. 

Augsburg vs Freiburg - 2.30pm

Augsburg's Florian Niederlechner is enjoying the best scoring season of his Bundesliga career and here he will face the club he left in the summer, Freiburg.

Niederlechner’s 11 goals this season already equals his best-ever haul from an entire Bundesliga season, and he'll be on the hunt to haunt his former employers.

The home side, currently sitting in 12th, are doing all they can to retain their top-flight standing this season, but have just one win from the last five.

Freiburg's nine wins so far is already one more than they managed in the whole of 2018-19 as they enjoy their third-best Bundesliga campaign to date. They sit in eighth. 

Florian Niederlechner will be a man on a mission to inflict misery on his former employers

Florian Niederlechner will be a man on a mission to inflict misery on his former employers

Hoffenheim vs Wolfsburg - 2.30pm

Hoffenheim enter this after a slog of a German Cup clash with Bayern Munich, in which they laboured to a 4-3 defeat, and a loss to Freiburg.

Depending on results this weekend, Alfred Schreuder's side could climb above Schalke - who travel to Mainz on Sunday - into sixth. Former Arsenal man Havard Nordveit is being tipped to return in defence at the expense of Ermin Bicakcic.

Christoph Baumgartner is pushing for a start in midfield and Hoffenheim will be boosted by the return of No 1 goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.

Wolfsburg have just one win from their last five and look out of sorts. Worryingly, the side have also gone nine games without a clean sheet, while seven-goal top scorer Wout Weghorst - who started the Fortuna stalemate on the bench - has not scored in seven matches.

Paderborn vs Hertha Berlin - 2.30pm

New boy Krzysztof Piatek is expected to lead the line for the visitors, who have taken just five points from the last 15 available.

Steffen Baumgart's Paderborn side are fighting tooth and nail to avoid an immediate return to the second division and recently picked up a morale-boosting draw against Schalke.

The hosts could climb off the foot of the table, above Werder Bremen and into the relegation play-off spot currently occupied by

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