Thomas Mueller, Bayern Munich
Thomas Mueller and Bayern Munich have some ground to make up as the Bundesliga returns from the winter break. Photo by Philipp Guelland.

The Bundesliga has returned from nearly a month away as Schalke defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 in Friday's first fixture of the new year. Schalke have moved to fourth in the table, within shouting distance of Monchengladbach, who are second on 35 points.

A tight race at the top of the table should make for a dramatic second half of the season, as a mere 7 points separates leaders RB Leipzig from fifth-place Borussia Dortmund.

RB Leipzig open 2020 against Union Berlin, who are currently 11th in the table. The club is relying on striker Timo Werner to continue adding to his second-best 18 goals in the league. There is also hope that the return of a fully fit Tyler Adams, who has only appeared in one match after suffering a nagging groin injury at the end of last season, will help to shore up their defensive work rate in the midfield.

Dortmund will take on Augsburg on Saturday morning, and will assuredly trot out a new line-up given the arrival of Erling Haaland and departure of Julian Weigl. The Yellow and Blacks haven't lifted the Bundesliga trophy since the 2011-12 season, and have been inconsistent this year after just barely losing out to rivals Bayern Munich for the title last season.

Bayern, meanwhile, will face Hertha Berlin on Sunday morning at 9:30am ET/3:30pm CET. The Bavarian side are currently residing in third after a disappointing end to 2019. They'll be happy to have their talisman, Robert Lewandowski, back, after the target-man underwent surgery for a groin injury over the winter break. The 31-year-old is just above Werner in the Bundesliga scoring charts, having knocked in 19 league goals to go along with 10 in the Champions League.