The 2017-18 season is less than two months away and the Bundesliga revealed the fixtures for the upcoming campaign earlier today.
All the action will begin on Friday, August 18, when defending champions Bayern Munich host Bayer Leverkusen. On Saturday, the remaining 16 clubs will all be in action.
The season will come to close on May 12, 2018. With the World Cup being played next June, the season ends a little sooner than usual.
Bayern look to defend title
It will be a manageable schedule for Bayern this season. Perhaps their toughest stretch of the season will come when they must face RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund back-to-back twice. The first back-to-back fixtures against the two German giants will come on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, with the second set of meetings taking place on March 16 and April 1.
Can RB Leipzig stay consistent?
The surprise club of the 2016-17 season will look to repeat their success in the German top flight this season. With Champions League football to deal with, it will be interesting to see how Leipzig can perform with the new addition to their schedule.
As far as the Bundesliga is concerned, Leipzig have to face FC Köln and Dortmund back-to-back in September and then once again in late February and March. Both of those clubs contain offensive weapons and will be hard to deal with in two consecutive weeks.
Leipzig begins their season with an away fixture against Schalke on August 19.
Dortmund will try to contend
A third place finish in the 2016-17 season was not exactly what supporters had expected from their club. Additionally, the potential loss of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could greatly impact the optimism heading into this season’s campaign. Regardless, Dortmund will have a reasonable schedule in the Bundesliga. They never face any of the top five clubs from the 2016-17 season on a back-to-back basis.