The return of professional football for women starts in Germany this Friday May 29 14:00. Vfl Wolfsburg, currently occupying the top of the table, take on 1.FC Köln, who are currently at the bottom of the table and aiming to stay up in the Frauen Bundesliga.
Before football was shut down all over the world due to the Covid-19 crisis, Vfl Wolfsburg played FF USV Jena. With a 6-0 win, Vfl Wolfsburg secured their spot at the top of the table giving the German giants an eight-point lead in the Frauen Bundesliga.
All eyes on Germany
With other professional leagues for women around the world ending, cutting their seasons short, the German football federation, DFB, has decided to start up again to finish the 2019/2020 campaign with six rounds left to play in the Frauen Bundesliga.
Since May 15, VfL Wolfsburg have been training as usual. Not only being the favourites due to obvious reasons, this gives them the upper hand in more than one way for the return of Frauen Bundesliga. Irish 1.FC Köln striker Amber Barrett told BBC Sport that "We are going from 0 to 60mph in the space of a week - we've won't be back a week in full team training until Wednesday and then we play a game on Friday."
Stable season for the top of the league team
VfL Wolfsburg, with Sweden's National goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, have only conceded 7 goals so far but have managed to find the back of the opponents net 74 times this season. VfL Wolfsburg have won 15 games out of 16, only losing points in the game vs FC Bayern Munich where the two top teams shared them after the result of 1-1.
Players to look out for
In a team full of world-class players there are many to look out for at Vfl Wolfsburg. But with what seems to be her best season ever in terms of individual result, the stage is set for the Danish top scorer, Pernille Harder to add more goals to that list. Harder is currently the top scorer in Frauen Bundesliga with 22 goals scored so far compared with Eunice Beckmann, German striker in 1.FC Köln, who has netted three times so far this season.
1.FC Köln got promoted to the Frauen Bundesliga for the season 2019/2020 and will surely fight hard for their chance to stay for the next campaign. Playing Vfl Wolfsburg at home, during the first half of the season, the newcomers from Köln lost 5-0.
Back then, 1.FC Köln managed to keep VfL Wolfsburg from scoring until the 11th minute of the game when Wolfsburg's Icelandic midfielder Sara Björk Gunnarsdottír found the back of the net. Will 1.FC Köln manage to keep the top team away from scoring at all when they come to visit AOK Stadion in Wolfsburg this time around?
Kick off is at 13:00 pm CET on Friday, May 29.