One of the most exciting leagues across Europe is the Bundesliga, with their shaky defences complimenting the clinical offenses well, this league always points to goals. With plenty of teams contesting their top four/six spot battles, it really does have excitement all through the table. The league newbies FC Koln, Paderborn and Union Berlin will be keen to impress and cement their places in this league for future seasons. One of my favourite things about the league is the number of teams battling for certain positions (top 6, above relegation), it always seems higher than other major leagues like the English Premier League, where the top 6 is far more defined.
The obvious place to start is the league winner, with only a fairly small number of teams having a likelihood of winning it. For that reason, I’m just going review Bayern Munich, Dortmund & RB Leipzig. Bayer Leverkusen & Hoffenheim are next in the betting @ 34.00 & 101.00 respectively.
The imperial Bavarian club are massive favourites to repeat the same feat that they have for seven consecutive seasons. Last season’s finish was one of the closest in comparison to the previous years, with a final day victory getting Bayern over the line by two points. They have delved into the transfer market bringing in defenders Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard for a combined £100m. However, they’ve been linked with some of Europe’s biggest stars with the likes of Gareth Bale, Marco Reus, Ivan Perisic and Leroy Sane, with just a horrible ligament injury ruling out Sane from returning to his homeland.
There have been some substantial players heading in the other direction, with senior players including Mats Hummels, Arjen Robben & Franck Ribery leaving the club. However, you’d be foolish to overlook the plethora of talent that Niko Kovac has it his disposal, with attacking options such as Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski & Kingsley Coman still providing more than enough firepower. My only worry would be the large responsibility placed on players like Robert Lewandowski to provide the goals with a lot of creativity being lost in the summer. The Bavarian outfit are currently priced up @ 1.25 to win their 8th consecutive title, with such low odds available, the risk looks like it outweighs the rewards with Dortmund closing the gap year on year.
After falling at the final hurdle last season, there’s no doubt they’ll be challenging again. Lucien Favre’s Dortmund will definitely be the main contender for the title with some incredible signings coming through the door such as ex defensive stalwart Mats Hummels,
tricky winger Thorgan Hazard, electric wing-back Nico Schulz & creative forward Julian Brandt. This coupled up with the fact they’ve been able to hold onto many of their stars ahead of the new season, with only Christian Pulisic, Abdou Diallo & Maximillian Phillip leaving from their key list of players.
As I said, they really will challenge Bayern again this season. Keeping hold of their talisman Marco Reus seems like incredible business year on year, with Bayern sniffing around as they do most seasons. Their attacking brand of football really does make all their matches interesting, with a phenomenal attack coupled with a shaky defence. The return of their German star Mats Hummels is a fantastic acquisition, his leadership & sentinel attitude will be much needed for the coming season. Will the Dortmund icon help them snatch their first title in 8 years, you can get them to complete the feat @ 5.50, that looks an incredible price given how close the title race was last year. I’d even recommend backing this each-way as the chances of them not finishing in the top 2 seem slim.
They’ve been improving year on year and with their ability to hold onto key players such as Timo Werner & Dayot Upamecano, they really do have a chance of winning the title. Getting them @ 15.00 looks great and I’d be looking to get behind them each-way, with the small gulf between them and the other two mentioned above closing coupled with their gap from the rest of the league growing.
Another bet on these lines that I really like is RB Leipzig to finish in the top four @ 1.72, this price looks great given their current situation and ambitions this season.
In my opinion, they are such an underrated side, with young German superstar Kai Havertz creative flair complimenting Kevin Volland’s striking capability, they could be a dark horse this season. They’re well-endowed with a tough defence with another young German star Jonathan Tah providing the solidity and strength in such an important position. The acquisition of Kerem Demirbay from rivals Hoffenheim, really does look like a cracking bit of business, essentially taking a team’s star and slotting him straight into yours.
The free scoring Hoffenheim will definitely be challenging for the top four this season, after a hectic season last time out, they’ll be looking to cement that final Champions League spot. With the likes of Andrej Kramaric, Florian Grillistch and Pavel Kederabak shining this season, their price @ 3.00 looks like a great outside shot for the final top 4 spot.
As expected the favourites for relegation are two of the promoted sides in Union Berlin & Paderborn with both priced up at 1.57 to take the drop back to 2. Bundesliga. With both
these teams maybe feeling the heat of being in the top tier of German football, it could be a tough season for them to retain their Bundesliga status.
The other promoted side FC Koln currently sit @ 3.50 to get relegated with strugglers Augsburg sitting in the middle @ 2.75. After scanning through the market, the bet I like the look of due to its great value is Mainz to get relegated @ 7.00. The price itself might sound high but given their struggles and inconsistencies they could get dragged into a relegation battle.