The most important game on Matchday 26

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Before the first international break of 2021, Matchday 26 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season is on the agenda this weekend. Defending champions FC Bayern extended their lead over rivals RB Leipzig last week with a commanding 3-1 victory at Werder Bremen. The gap between the two sides in the title fight is now four points, while third-placed VfL Wolfsburg are ten points behind the record champions and are unlikely to make major headway in the title chase. Read more about Leipzig's game here!

DSC Arminia Bielefeld vs. RB Leipzig

KO: Friday, 19.03.2021, 20:30CET

The lowdown: Bayern's title rivals RB Leipzig kick-off the 26th Bundesliga matchday with an away game at promoted Arminia Bielefeld on Friday evening. After a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt last time out, the Saxons' gap between themselves and the record champions is up to four points. A win is therefore a must, especially since their next game after the international break (3 April, 18:30 pm CET) is a match-up with the side one place above them in the league. In their last league fixture, Arminia celebrated their first win in the second half of the season with a 2-1 success at Bayer Leverkusen; their first victory under new coach Frank Kramer. For the first time since MD18, Bielefeld are out of the bottom three.

Stats corner: Going into the match in Bielefeld, everything seems in favour of Leipzig, who are unbeaten in seven matches (six wins, one draw) and haven't lost to a promoted team since their promotion to the Bundesliga (15 wins, three draws). With nine wins and two draws, RB have the best record of all Bundesliga teams when playing on a Friday. In addition, the men from Saxony have won each of their last three away games 3-0.

The 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt last week left RB Leipzig two important points further adrift in the title fight.

Matchday 26: the overview

Friday, 19.03.2021 | 20:30 (all times CET)
DSC Arminia Bielefeld vs. RB Leipzig

Saturday, 20.03.2021 | 15:30
FC Bayern vs. VfB Stuttgart
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. 1. FC Union Berlin
1. FC Köln vs. Borussia Dortmund
SV Werder Bremen vs. VfL Wolfsburg

Saturday, 20.03.2021 | 18:30
FC Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

Sunday, 21.03.2021 | 13:30
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. 1. FSV Mainz 05

Sunday, 21.03.2021 | 15:30
Hertha BSC vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Sunday, 21.03.2021 | 18:00
SC Freiburg vs. FC Augsburg

The Bayern view is a feature from the former digital Matchday magazine Pack ma's.

With his goal last time out in the league against Werder Bremen, Robert Lewandowski drew level with Klaus Fischer in the all-time Bundesliga goalscoring chart.

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