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Bundesliga MD 26 roundup

Bundesliga MD 26 Round-up: Haaland steals show; 5 other stats and facts as Bundesliga roars back to life

May 18, 2020 By Michelle Bonsu
The Bundesliga is back with a bang as this weekend did not disappoint. Live Soccer TV takes a look at what took place, as well as provides a quick preview of Monday's upcoming clash featuring Werder Bremen and Leverkusen.

After a seemingly endless wait, European football finally returned to action with the Bundesliga this past weekend, and it certainly did not disappoint.

Even people who do not regularly follow German football found themselves tuning in as they have all been starved of top quality football for months due to COVID-19 disrupting life for everyone worldwide since the virus first broke out in Wuhan, China sometime in 2019. Plenty of goals were scored in eight matches on Saturday and Sunday, and with one more game to be played on Monday, there certainly will be more goals added by the time that match ends, that's for certain.

So, without further ado, here are five main talking points from matchday 26 of the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season.

1. Haaland continues to steal the show

Two months without regular football has not caused the young Norwegian talent to go rusty, not by any means, as he was at his very best for Dortmund during the Ruhr derby on Saturday. Die Schwarzgelben cruised to a very comfortable 4-0 win over Schalke to maintain their grip on second place, and continues to really make his mark:

2. Dortmund set a club record with resounding derby win

Four different players grabbed a goal during Dortmund's rout of Schalke, and not only did die Schwarzgelben re-start their Bundesliga campaign with a confidence-boosting win but they also achieved something that they have never done in their club history:

3. Mr. Consistency

Hertha Berlin's Vedad Ibisevic may not exactly be a household name per se, but one thing that he does have going for him is that he's pretty consistent when it comes to scoring goals.

On Saturday, the Bosnian attacker achieved something no other Bundesliga player has done just yet:

Pretty impressive.

4. Bayern's Neuer continues to be a solid pair of hands between the posts

He's had his ups and downs recently - but veteran shot-stopper Manuel Neuer was back to his very best for die Roten as they eased to a 2-0 win over Union Berlin on Sunday. And in doing so, he also set a personal milestone which will surely boost his confidence as well:

5. Taking advantage of the rules under the "new normal"

As a result of COVID-19, teams are now allowed five subs instead of the normal three. Many have long advocated for more subs in football, and it is indeed a shame that it took a global pandemic for this change to be made, but in any case, it has finally happened.

On Saturday, Schalke became the first team in the Bundesliga to take advantage of this modification. Unfortunately for them, it made little difference, as they still ended up losing 4-0 to Dortmund in the Ruhr derby, but it will be interesting to see how other teams use the new five-sub rule to their advantage in the not-too-distant future.

Moving onto other matters,

Here's how the top scorers look as of now:

And how the table looks (ahead of the Werder Bremen-Bayer Leverkusen match):

Preview: Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen

This will be the final game to wrap up matchday 26, and as things stand, Leverkusen find themselves in fifth spot. Regardless of the outcome, Leverkusen will not move up or down in the league table, but a win could help them apply major pressure on fourth-placed Leipzig. For Werder Bremen, however, things are a lot more dire. They currently sit in a worrying 17th place and are six points away from 16th, which at least would guarantee them a spot in the play-offs.

The hosts come into this game having picked up just one point from their last five games and have lost four of those. Leverkusen, by contrast, have won four of their last five matches and naturally will be fancying their chances at heaping misery on a team who have already conceded a whopping 55 goals so far - the most of any team featuring in the top flight. Yes, Mainz has also conceded 55, but they have played 26 games. Werder Bremen have played 24 - and very likely will concede more after today's match.

Where to watch Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen live on May 18, 2020

Kick off at 11:30 PST/14:30 EST/19:30 BST/20:30 CET

USA: fubo TV, Sling TV, FOX Soccer Match Pass, Fox Sports GO, Foxsports.com, Fox Sports 2 USA

Australia: beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports Connect, Kayo Sports

Canada: Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet World Now, Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet World

France: beIN Sports 1, Free, beIN SPORTS CONNECT

Germany: DAZN

UK: BTSport.com, BT Sport 1, BT Sport App

Live elsewhere? Here's where to watch Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen in your location:

 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

Werder Bremen 1 - 4 Bayer Leverkusen

May 18, 2020 2:30pmwohninvest WESERSTADION (Bremen)

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