German Bundesliga Betting Guide for the UK Audience 2020

Football fans rejoice! After what seems like an eternity, this weekend finally sees the return of top-flight football. Germany’s top two divisions resume their seasons, albeit behind closed doors but with the eyes of the watching it! With this in mind, we wanted to bring you up to speed with the situation in the Bundesliga. Give you an overview of all the clubs in the top division, players to watch, betting markets to consider and much more.

While we already have one of the best guides to Bundesliga betting already on our pages, this article will concentrate on this season. So, If you are looking for a team to adopt (even if for just a while), or are looking to get some hints on what to bet on, you’ll love what we have planned for you.

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What is the Current Situation in the Bundesliga?

The majority of the teams in the Bundesliga have played 25 games (24 for Eintracht Frankfurt & Werder Bremen) which leaves nine or ten games left to play.

League leaders Bayern München (55 pts) have a four-point cushion over Borussia Dortmund in second. The gap between Borussia Dortmund (51 pts) in second and Bayer Leverkusen (47 pts) in fifth is small with just four points between them. Sandwiched between 2nd and 5th is RB Leipzig (50 pts) and Borussia M’gladbach (49 pts).

Things are also finely balanced at the bottom of the table as well. Fortuna Duesseldorf currently lie in 16th place which is the relegation play-off spot, in the unlikely event that they win all their remaining games, it would give them a tally of 55 pts, the same number that leaders Bayern Munich have. It’s an almost impossible scenario (1000/1 at William Hill for Bayern to be relegated) but it does highlight just how much is to still play for.

More realistic relegation contenders are Paderborn (1/20), Werder Bremen (4/9), Fortuna Dusseldorf (8/11), Mainz 05 (7/2) and Augsburg (10/1). Bundesliga Players – Five to Watch

Bundesliga Players – Five to Watch

If you, like us, have spent the last six weeks pressing refresh on the BBC football page, you’ll be well aware that there are a few players in the Bundesliga who are rumoured to be considering a move to the Premier League. Therefore, we can all act as scouts for our ‘usual’ clubs. Luckily, the German top division is not short of a superstar or two!

Jadon Sancho, Right Winger – Borussia Dortmund England national Jadon Sancho needs no introduction and is well known to football fans in England. The former Watford and Manchester City player took a big gamble and joined Borussia Dortmund in a £7.05m deal. Since then the twenty year old’s stock has skyrocketed and is considered to be one of the most talented youngsters in Europe. Alleged £105m target (pre-virus of course) for a host of clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and just about every other top club. Bundesliga: Played 23, 14 goals and 16 assists. – A great choice for the goalscorer market.

Robert Lewandowski, Centre Forward – Bayern Munich Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has a reputation of being one of the most feared players in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The 31-year old joined from bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund for whom Lewandowski played for between 2010-2014. In that time he played 131 games and scored 74 goals. His tally for Munich is even more startling 153 goals in 182 appearances. When you consider Lewandowski’s 68 goals that he scored at stints at Znicz Pruszków (2006-2008) and Lech Poznań (2008 – 2010) – he is a living goalscoring legend! Bundesliga: Played 23, 25 goals and 3 assists. – A great choice for the first goalscorer market.

Timo Werner, Centre Forward – RB Leipzig The love affair between Timo Werner and Liverpool has had the subtlety of love-making alley cats with both parties publicly courting over the last few months. It’s easy to see why, like Lewandowski, Werner knows how to find the net. His stats this season are incredible, 27 goals in 36 games and providing 12 assists. One of the great things about Werner is that he is a streak striker, ‘once he pops, he doesn’t stop’, therefore if he’s in form, goals are almost guaranteed. It will be interesting to see if Liverpool do pay Werner’s rather modest £52m release fee. The Merseysiders came under fire when they announced they had furloughed staff, stung by that criticism they may hold off. A shock signing for Newcastle United perhaps? Bundesliga: Played 25, 21 goals and 7 assists. – A streak striker, if he scores in one game, he’ll probably score in the next.

Erling Haaland, Centre Forward – Borussia Dortmund Perhaps inspired by Jadon Sancho’s move to Borussia Dortmund, Haaland rejected advances by Manchester United to join the German club. The 19-year Norwegian is one of the most prolific forwards on the planet. He has only played 39 games in his fledgeling career but has already found the net 53 times. He can do it on the big stage as well, his two goals against PSG secured his team a 2-1 win against a team containing Mbappé, Neymar, Ángel Di María and Verratti. Bundesliga: Played 5 (3), nine goals and 1 assist. – One of the most exciting players on the planet.

Robin Quaison, Midfielder / Forward – Mainz 05 Valued at £9.45m, Robin Quaison is unlikely to top many people’s Fantasy Football teams but the Swedish 26-year-old is worthy of keeping an eye on, due to the difference he makes to his club, Mainz 05. A goal and an assist secured a 2-0 win against Paderborn. Hattricks against Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen were also memorable. Admittedly he does blow hot and cold, but when he’s hot, he’s hot! Bundesliga: Played 23 (1), 12 goals and 2 assist. – Should offer good odds in the ‘to score anytime’ market.

Notable Mentions; Surgery to remove loose fragments from his right ankle has meant that Bayern Munich midfielder Philippe Coutinho will miss this weekend’s action. The former Liverpool player is on a season-long loan from Barcelona and has scored eight goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern. He is expected to be out for two to three weeks. Other names to look out for are; Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg), Serge Gnabry (Bayern) and Sebastian Andersson (Union Berlin), all of which have been top contributors to their teams.

Bundesliga: The Teams at a Glance

There are plenty of teams that play in the Bundesliga that you will be well aware of such as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. You may not be so aware of others like Hertha Berlin and Paderborn. To rectify that, we’ll give a quick overview of the eighteen teams in the Bundesliga.

FC Köln: FC Cologne is well known to Arsenal fans as the two teams met in the Europa League in 2017. Both teams won a game each but the ties will be better remembered for crowd trouble that caused the delay of the game at the Emirates stadium for an hour. They play in the 50,000 capacity Müngersdorfer Stadion and have won the Bundesliga in the 1963–64, 1977–78 seasons. They won promotion from 2. Bundesliga by topping the league in 2019.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 3000/1
  • Current Standing: 10th
  • Current Form: WLWWWL
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Jhon Córdoba

FC Union Berlin: Union Berlin is in mid-table position, and in all likelihood they will end the season there. An inconsistent side who can pull off an upset (the 3-1 win at home against Borussia Dortmund) but are just as likely to be disappointing (two 3-1 defeats in the last two games).

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 4000/1
  • Current Standing: 11th
  • Current Form: LWLWDL
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Sebastian Andersson

FSV Mainz 05: Mainz are in a relegation dog fight mainly to terrible form in December with just one win in seven games. Form before the break-in fixtures was a bit better with win against bottom club Paderborn (2-0) and a draw (1-1 v Fortuna Duesseldorf).

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: N/A
  • Current Standing: 15th
  • Current Form: LWDLWD
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Robin Quaison

Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Steven Gerrard’s Rangers were beaten 3-1 at home in the Europa League knock-out stage 1st leg just before European football was halted. Domestically they are in 5th place, just two points away from the last Champions League spot. Betting wise, Leverkusen average 1.8 goals per game making the over 2.5 goals market very attractive.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 150/1
  • Current Standing: 5th
  • Current Form: LWWWDW
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Kevin Volland

Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund have a dream front line with Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Marco Reus at their disposal. In 25 games in the Bundesliga, Dortmund have scored 68 goals. Their defence can be their undoing but are still expected to be the main challengers to Bayern for the title.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 11/2
  • Current Standing: 2nd
  • Current Form: WLWWWW
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Jadon Sancho

Borussia Mönchengladbach: A player to keep an eye on for Mönchengladbach is Marcus Thuram, son of the legendary Lilian Thuram. The 22-year-old has consistently been their best player, scoring six goals and assisting eight more. Always a good team to back in the both teams to score and over 2.5 markets.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 100/1
  • Current Standing: 4th
  • Current Form: DWDWLW
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Alassane Pléa

Eintracht Frankfurt: A fan forum comment describes this team well, ‘Life is like a box of Frankfurt, you never know what you gonna get’. Frankfurt beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates with two Daichi Kamada goals securing the win in November. After that historic victory, they went on a seven-game winless streak.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 5000/1
  • Current Standing: 12th
  • Current Form: WDWLLL
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Gonçalo Paciência

FC Augsburg: Augsburg are just five points away from the relegation play-off spot and nine from the relegation places and on current form their fans should be very worried. The team are relying heavily on Florian Niederlechner, his 11 goals is 31% of the team’s overall goal tally. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 20 of Augsburg’s last 22 home games

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: N/A
  • Current Standing: 14th
  • Current Form: WLDLLL
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Florian Niederlechner

FC Bayern München: A surprising 0-0 draw with free-scoring RasenBallsport Leipzig is the only blot in an otherwise perfect run of form for the 29-time German championship winners. The bookies expect this to become 30 by the end of the season, it’s hard to argue against them. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Bayern’s last 10 away games.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 11/50
  • Current Standing: 1st
  • Current Form: WDWWWW
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Robert Lewandowski

Fortuna Düsseldorf Currently occupying the relegation play-off spot, Düsseldorf faces an uphill struggle to keep their Bundesliga hopes alive. Four points away from the safety spot but also only four points away from a relegation place, this is going to be a tense time for Fortuna Düsseldorf fans. A good choice for both teams to score as they often score a consolation goal or two.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: N/A
  • Current Standing: 16th
  • Current Form: DDLWDD
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Rouwen Hennings

Freiburg: Freiburg has been wonderfully consistently inconsistent this season, last winning two games in a row in September. Since then a win is often followed by a couple of defeats in quick succession. It’s quite a telling stat that that the two highest-rated players are Mark Flekken and Niclas Thiede, who are both goalkeepers.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 1000/1
  • Current Standing: 8th
  • Current Form: LWDLLW
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Nils Petersen

Hertha Berlin: Hertha Berlin sit six points away from the relegation play-off spot and sit in a group of six teams who are separated by only six points. Plenty of goals are scored in fixtures involving Hertha Berlin, usually by the opposition making these good for the over 2.5 goals market.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 5000/1
  • Current Standing: 13th
  • Current Form: DLWLDD
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Dodi Lukébakio

RB Leipzig: RasenBallsport Leipzig stunned Tottenham in the Champions League knock-out round, winning 1-0 in England and a comprehensive 3-0 win in Germany. In the league, they are also flying, just five points behind the leaders. An attacking team, averaging 16.3 shots per game. Timo Werner has 21 goals in the league so far this season.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 8/1
  • Current Standing: 3rd
  • Current Form: DDWWDD
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Timo Werner

SC Paderborn 07: The bottom-placed club is on an awful run of form with just four victories in their last twenty games, Paderborn look almost certain to be relegated this season. A betting tip is that they often get a consolation goal so the both teams to score market is worth considering when they play.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: N/A
  • Current Standing: 18th
  • Current Form: LDLLLL
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Streli Mamba

Schalke 04: Schalke’s hopes of staying in a Europa League spot are hanging by a thread based on their current form. A decent run in November took them into sixth but a miserable Christmas period run has seen them win just two in ten. 1.3 goals per game makes the both teams to score no market a sensible choice.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 1000/1
  • Current Standing: 6th
  • Current Form: DDDLLD
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Suat Serdar

SV Werder Bremen: Werder Bremen are in trouble, they occupy a relegation spot and are eight points away from the safety of 15th. Current form is ominous, just a 0-0 draw with Hertha Berlin giving any points out of the last six Bundesliga games. In Bremen’s last ten games, they have scored in only three of them.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: N/A
  • Current Standing: 17th
  • Current Form: LLLLLD
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Milot Rashica

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Sitting in 9th place, Hoffenheim are well positioned in the chasing pack to challenge for 6th place and the Europa League qualification that it brings. Just two points separate Hoffenheim, Freiburg, Wolfsburg and Schalke 04. However, recent form isn’t great with no wins in the last five.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 1000/1
  • Current Standing: 9th
  • Current Form: WLLDLD
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Andrej Kramaric

VfL Wolfsburg: If a team does take 6th spot away from Schalke 04, that team is likely to be Wolfsburg based on form. The team lost three games in a row in December / January but are unbeaten in six Bundesliga games since then. They are however prone to let in goals, making them a good choice for the both teams to score market.

  • Odds of Winning Bundesliga Outright: 1000/1
  • Current Standing: 7th
  • Current Form: WDWWDD
  • Goal Scoring Threat: Wout Weghorst

Where and When Can I Watch Bundesliga Football?

BT Sport is showing every Bundesliga game for the rest of the season. On Saturday, three games start at 2 pm with a further 2 games kicking off at 2:30 pm. There is a late-game at 4:45 pm. Two games take place on Sunday (2:15 pm and 4:45 pm) and on Monday there is an evening game that starts at 7:15.

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