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Bundesliga: Late Bayer Storm Blows BVB Away

Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund missed a chance to draw level with FC Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga tonight after losing a seven-goal thriller to Bayer Leverkusen.

The visitors were ahead twice and led 2-3 with less than 10 minutes to go, but a late double strike by the hosts put a big dent in Dortmund’s title challenge. But the win has lifted Bayer up to fifth, five points off the top and just two behind BVB.

 

Highlights of the game

Leverkusen started the game brightly and had the first attempt as early as the third minute when forward Moussa Diaby had a shot blocked.

Kai Havertz then met a Nadiem Amiri cross with a header from close range, so BVB keeper Roman Burki had to get down quickly to save in the bottom-right corner.

Borussia Dortmund have gradually become a more dangerous side this season and the addition of Erling Braut Haaland has given the Dortmunders a threatening presence in attack.

He linked up well with Jadon Sancho and unleashed a well-directed shot which Lukas Hradecky saved low to his left. And from the resulting corner, Sancho blasted a shot wide.

And then the match burst into life with a flurry of goals.

Kevin Volland has been Leverkusen’s main man this season with seven goals and six assists, and he made it eight on 20 minutes. He took a pass from the busy Amiri and planted his shot low into the bottom corner to give Burki no chance.

But Dortmund roared back and were level within two minutes. Hradecky did well to divert a Julian Brandt shot away from a corner. But Sancho’s delivery was perfect and Mats Hummels thumped his header into the top left corner.

Ten minutes later, the visitors were ahead. New signing Emre Can, on loan from Juventus, hit a beauty from outside the penalty area and into the top right corner to turn the game on its head.

Bayer weren’t finished, though, and were level before the break. Hummels conceded a corner, which Volland got on the end of as he fired his ninth goal of the season low into the corner to make it 2-2.

After a breathless end to the first half, Sancho thought he’d put BVB ahead again early in the second, but his effort was ruled out by VAR. And then the young England star fed Giovanni Reyna, but his shot was saved by Hradecky low to his right.

The third for BVB arrived on 64 minutes when Achraf Hakimi found Raphael Guerreiro on the left side of the penalty area, and he hammered his shot across Hradecky and into the opposite corner.

Borussia Dortmund players look upset after failing to beat Bayer Leverkusen in Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund players are dejected after losing to Bayer Levekusen, 4-3, in recent Bundesliga clash held at BayArena

The visitors looked to be comfortable and simply playing the game out until Bayer hit them with a vicious one-two.

Lars Bender planted a header home on 82 minutes, and sixty seconds later Leon Bailey found the time and space in the penalty area to shoot low into the bottom right corner.

Quick as a flash 2-3 became 4-3 to spark wild celebrations at the BayArena, but the away fans could hardly believe their eyes.

 

Key statistics

In a pulsating first half, the hosts shaded the possession, and while shots were at a premium, the accuracy was highly impressive. BVB were ahead in the shot count by six to four, and four to three on target.

That trend continued in the second half with the visitors eventually winning the shots on target count by six to five, but four of Bayer’s shots hit the net!

It’s very tight at the top of the Bundesliga table and this was a blow to BVB’s title hopes.

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What’s next?

After this disappointment, BVB will keep a close eye on tomorrow’s Bundesliga 2020 updates, particularly from the Allianz Arena, where FC Bayern take on RB Leipzig. Rest assured, the SBOBET team will be there to bring you the match highlights hot off the press.

Next up, Dortmund have two huge games on home turf when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the league, and then they host Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash.

Meanwhile, Bayer will make the trip to the capital city to take on mid-table FC Union Berlin.

 

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Bundesliga: Leipzig Show Their Mettle

Bayern Munich 0-0 RB Leipzig

It’s tight at the top in the Bundesliga, and while this eagerly anticipated top of the table clash may not quite have lived up to its billing, here was further proof that RB Leipzig may just be genuine challengers who can push champions Bayern Munich all the way this term.

In years gone by, would-be challengers have arrived at the Allianz Arena and struggled when it mattered most against the Bavarians.

Not so Leipzig so far in 2019/20.

They may have lost their place at the summit last weekend, but they remain intriguingly placed and well worth a closer look with the SBOBET Bundesliga 2020 betting odds.

 

Highlights of the game

Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig played an entertaining 0-0 draw in Bundesliga
Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller in action with RB Leipzig's Marcel Halstenberg

This match had been billed by some as a showdown with prolific goalscorers Robert Lewandowski and Timo Werner going toe-to-toe. The defending champions were hosting their challengers to the throne – a factor which made the final result even more of a surprise.

Bayern have been in supreme form in 2020, scoring 16 goals in four matches in all competitions so far. They returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 win at Mainz last week and followed that up with a 4-3 victory over Hoffenheim in midweek to reach the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals.

Lewandowski scored twice in that game, meaning that the Pole has 35 across all competitions for the season. With him spearheading the home attack, it was little surprise that they began the exchanges on top.

Thiago had the first chance as Hansi Flick’s men dominated, but his curling shot from the edge of the area was tipped over by Peter Gulacsi, who again produced an impressive showing.

The shot-stopper also denied Leon Goretzka, while Werner (with 20 league goals, only two behind Lewandowski in the scoring charts), could also have scored but side-footed wide.

If Bayern were the better team in the first half, Leipzig were on top for much of the second. They looked more threatening with Marcel Sabizter blazing one of their best chances over the bar while unmarked just 10 yards out.

Bayern were awarded a penalty after Lewandowski was tripped by Dayot Upamecan, Leipzig’s defensive lynchpin who has been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks. But the decision was revoked for offside in the build-up following consultation with VAR.

Bayern also could have grabbed a late winner when Lewandowski slipped Goretzka through, but again, Gulacsi made a superb save to tip his shot around the post and secure his side a well-deserved share of the points.

Yet Leipzig – who included Spanish left-back Angelino in their starting line-up after he joined on loan from Manchester City on the last day of the January transfer window – had their moments too and Werner was twice off-target when well-placed.

The 23-year-old made his debut for Julian Nagelsmann’s side in their 3-1 cup defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt in midweek.

So no goals but still Bundesliga 2020 highlights, although it came as a surprise to some that Bayern interim coach Flick dropped Philippe Coutinho to the bench – he had previously backed him to rediscover his best form following a run of six competitive games without a goal.

Bayern retain a one-point lead at the summit, but it’s still close, with just four points separating the top four.

The question now is: can Leipzig really stay on Bayern’s heels?



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Key statistics

Lewandowski and Werner are the first two players since Franz Brungs and Johannes Lohr (1967/68) to be on at least 20 goals after 20 matches.

Leipzig have only won one of their seven games this season against teams in the top six of the standings.

Nagelsmann’s side have taken 21 points from a possible 33 on the road this season – one more than Bayern – but have only won one of 10 competitive meetings with the Bavarians.

Konrad Laimer made his 100th competitive appearance for Leipzig.

Lucas Hernandez (four months out) and Kingsley Coman (two months) both made their Bundesliga comebacks after sustaining long-term injuries last year.

Joshua Kimmich made his professional debut for Leipzig in the third division.

 

What’s next?

Bayern have a week off now before travel to Koln a week today (February 16). They then host Paderborn in the top flight before returning to Champions League action against Chelsea on February 25.

Leipzig are in Champions League action a week before their counterparts. They also face English opposition as they travel to Spurs on February 19, following next weekend’s home game against Werder Bremen.

 

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Bundesliga Rumour Analysis: Why Firmino Is Not a Great Fit at Bayern

The transfer window may have just closed a few weeks ago, but the speculation surrounding the futures of some of the biggest stars in the world continues to rumble on. One of the biggest rumours to come out recently is undoubtedly the one linking Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino to Bayern Munich on a £75m move in the summer.

Firmino has been an integral part of the Premier League champions-elect's unbelievable season thus far, so it isn't surprising that he's garnered interest from one of the biggest teams in the world. However, it is a bit curious to see him linked with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, which doesn't appear to be the most ideal destination for him considering their current situation.

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Firmino a world-class talent

First of all, it's important to reiterate that Firmino is a fantastic talent. Despite being criticised during his first few years in the Premier League for not being a "pure" goalscorer, he has gradually proven his worth as one of the best forwards in the league.

While his stats (8 goals, 7 assists in 25 league appearances this season) aren't all that impressive for a top striker, he has still been so valuable as the focal point of Liverpool's attack. He supplied three assists in Liverpool's routine 4-0 win over Southampton.

Firmino's ability to link the play between himself, fellow forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and the rest of the team has been absolutely crucial to the team's success over the past few seasons. With this unique skill set, Firmino is among Liverpool's most important players.

 

Firmino not a perfect fit at Bayern

Given all his positive attributes, it's not hard to see why Bayern might have interest in Firmino. The Brazilian also spent five seasons at Hoffenheim before his move to the Premier League, so adjusting to the Bundesliga should not be an issue. Although, there are some questions as to what Firmino's role in Bayern might be.

The German champions already have their own talismanic No. 9 in Robert Lewandowski.  Even at 31, Lewandowski is having one of the best seasons of his career. He's still banging in the goals and has already scored 22 goals in 21 appearances, which is a big reason why Bayern are once again the main title favourites according to the Bundesliga 2020 odds.

Firmino, 28, is only three years younger than Lewandowski, so he doesn't exactly fit the bill as a long-term replacement. So unless Bayern plan to move on from Lewandowski soon -- which seems unlikely given his fine form this season -- Firmino could find himself sitting on the Bayern bench for the foreseeable future. For someone in the prime years of his career, that's not ideal.

Moreover, getting Firmino as the main Lewandowski replacement would have its own issues. For all of his talents, Firmino is not the man you'd want to succeed such a prolific striker like Lewandowski. His strike rate at Hoffenheim (38 goals in 140 appearances) wasn't great, and that hasn't improved in the Premier League (56 goals in 162 appearances).

Bayern are once again the main title favourites according to the Bundesliga 2020 odds
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the DFB-Pokal match against TSG Hoffenheim

As mentioned earlier, he works best in Liverpool as a facilitator while playing alongside goalscoring wide forwards like Salah and Mane. Firmino contributes with his share of goals, but expecting him, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, and Kingsley Coman to make up for Lewandowski's goals might be too big of an ask.

Of course, it's not a stretch to see Firmino playing alongside Lewandowski. He could line up behind the Pole, who has limited his link-up play as he's gotten older and has transitioned into more of an exclusive goalscoring centre-forward.

But it remains to be seen whether Firmino can be quite as effective playing in that role, which won't have quite as much fluidity due to Lewandowski's declining mobility.

 

Would Liverpool really sell Firmino?

There is a strong, logical case to be made for Liverpool moving on from Firmino in the summer. He is the oldest of their front three, which has been together for some time now. His transfer value is unlikely to be much higher than it is right now, so if Liverpool plan to refresh their squad, cashing in on Firmino would be a good way to finance a move for another top striker such as Leipzig's Timo Werner.

And as integral as Firmino has been to Liverpool's style of play, manager Jurgen Klopp also deserves credit for designing that system to Firmino's strengths. If they were to move on from the Brazilian, Klopp would simply do the same with his replacement.

 However, there is an equally strong, primarily sentimental case to keep this squad intact, especially after what has been a historic -- and likely title-winning -- campaign.

But as Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, reminded Boston Red Sox fans when they traded away their superstar player Mookie Betts primarily for financial reasons, sports is a business and there is little room for sentiment. As great a servant as Firmino has been to Liverpool, everyone is still expendable at the end of the day.

If Bayern want Firmino badly enough and are willing to meet Liverpool's price, they may very well get their man. But if they do, it's not a complete certainty that Firmino can be the same game-changing force he's been at Liverpool.

 

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Bundesliga: Leipzig to Put Werder Out of Their Misery

RB Leipzig vs Werder Bremen

RB Leipzig continue their journey at the top of the Bundesliga table as they face Werder Bremen this Saturday at the Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls prevented the Bavarians from breaking away as they held them to a goalless draw last time, showing everyone that they are indeed a legitimate title contender this season.

As it stands now, Bayern Munich hold a slim edge over RB Leipzig. Trailing behind are the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Monchengladbach who both have 39 points apiece.

 At the same time, the Julian Nagelsmann-mentored squad will be very busy as they prepare for the Champions League to which they’ll face Tottenham in the Final 16 knockout phase.

They will face a relegation candidate in Werder Bremen, who have been on a downward trajectory as of late. Die Werderaner are currently 17th at the table with only 17 points and they have lost four of their last five fixtures.

After an odd month of October to which they have gathered some points despite not winning or losing, Werder Bremen are still in search for a breakthrough as they continuously fight for survival in top-flight.

This match means a lot more to the Red Bulls, believe it or not. So a win here is in order for them to go up and take the lead once more in the Bundesliga table.

 

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Red Bulls aiming to take charge

SBOBET fans have witnessed the rise of RB Leipzig to one of Bundesliga’s elite this season.

After a torrid start in the first few match days, the Red Bulls have been steady in the top three despite other teams like Bayern, Gladbach, and Dortmund playing tug-of-war in the other top two spots.

However, they’ve had their share of inconsistencies too, as they were dealt with a reality check with humiliating losses from Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt. They also had a hard time against the defending champions in Bayern Munich as they can’t get past them in their last two matches.

But with all of that in the past now, RB Leipzig will be keen on leading the pack once more as the season winds down. They will continue to rely on the likes of Timo Werner, Marcel Sabitzer, Patrik Schick, and Yussuf Poulsen to create attacking opportunities plus some Bundesliga 2020 highlights.

They are third overall in goals scored this season at 53, and we can expect that trend to continue especially in this upcoming game. Their defence is underrated too as they are second overall in goals conceded with only 25 so far.

Bundesliga: Julian Nagelsmann's RB Leipzig is now at the second spot of German Bundesliga
RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann coaching his team from the touchline

Since taking over at the helm, Julian Nagelsmann has been a godsend for the Red Bulls. He also led them to their first-ever Final 16 appearance in the Champions League.

As long their “inexperience” doesn’t get in the way, who knows? Maybe they will be the ones dethroning the Bavarians once and for all.

Werder Bremen on a downward spiral

Die Werderaner have hit a new low by sinking into the relegation zone and a large part of that is due to their porous defence.

Werder Bremen have conceded the league-worst 48 goals already this term, including seven in their last four games.

Their attack doesn’t seem to be a problem as they could keep up with the best of them at times. In their wins, Werder have scored at least three goals, but it is a difficult feat to achieve consistently since victories are hard to come by.

 


 

 

Milot Rashica continues to be the main man for Die Werderaner, contributing seven goals and three assists already. Right behind him are the likes of Yuya Osako and Davy Klaassen, who are responsible for recording seven goals and four assists combined.

But besides those three, there aren’t many contributors from their roster. The Eggenstein brothers failed to live up to expectations since they haven’t done much to save their team.

Team manager Florian Kohfeldt will have the daunting task of guiding his squad to avoid relegation, but it will be much easier said than done.

 

History

These two sides have only met each other nine times. RB Leipzig won in five while Werder Bremen won in three along with three draws.

RB Leipzig dominated Werder Bremen in their reverse fixture despite having only 10 men to finish the game. Konrad Laimer was sent off via a red card but they still scored a comfortable 3-0 victory.

The Red Bulls have only lost once in their last 17 home matches. Werder Bremen have yet to win in their three road games against RB Leipzig.

 

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RB Leipzig vs Werder Bremen RB Leipzig Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.72
February 15, 22:30 (GMT+8)

The Red Bulls are the clear favourites in our Bundesliga 2020 odds as they’re placed at 1.27 while Werder Bremen are at 8.75 in the 1x2 market. This is to be expected given the disparity of these two sides in terms of overall quality.

If goals are your thing, a safe bet could be Total Goal 2-3 at 2.36 since that has been the pattern in their last few encounters. Total Goal 4-6 is placed at 2.15, but for me it sounds a tad unrealistic.

Either way, football fans can expect a cracker in this one. But the bulk of the goals scored are expected to be supplied by RB Leipzig.

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Bundesliga: Pressure at Both Ends

Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Two teams at either end of the Bundesliga meet in Dusseldorf on Saturday, and it’s a crucial match for both.

Fortuna Dusseldorf entertains Borussia Monchengladbach at the 54,000 capacity Merkur Spiel-Arena, desperate for a win to ease their relegation fears, while Die Fohlen are trying to keep pace with the leaders at the top of the table.

Marco Rose’s attacking side led the league table early in the season, but while they remain well in the hunt, the latest Bundesliga 2020 betting odds don’t give Monchengladbach much chance. FC Bayern, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund all sit above Die Fohlen, though only four points separate the four teams, and Monchengladbach has a game in hand.

Die Fohlen have drifted out to fourth favourites at 41.00 to lift the title, and if they can win on Saturday and their game in hand, those odds will fall quickly.

Fortuna fans would prefer not to look at the chances on them taking the dreaded drop, they are odds-on.

 

Talking Points

Plea suspended

Monchengladbach head to Dusseldorf without their top scorer and, should they fail to win all three points, Rose will be mightily unimpressed.

Alassane Plea saw red in the 2-2 draw away to RB Leipzig, a match which slipped away from Die Fohlen after they led 0-2. Plea scored his eighth league goal of the season to put his side in front, but after Jonas Hoffman had doubled the lead with his first of the season, Red Bull roared back, Christopher Nkunku scoring a late stunner to share the spoils.

As the match began to unravel for Die Fohlen, Plea lost his head and picked up two bookings within seven seconds, both for dissent!

Can Marco Rose guide Borussia Monchengladbach to qualify for European competition?
Borussia Monchengladbach manager Marco Rose reacts during their match against RB Leipzig

Fellow Frenchman Marcus Thuram has six goals to his name and has been in fine form, while Swiss striker Breel Embolo, also with six, is likely to make a start.

It’s so tight at the top but the Bundesliga 2020 results from this weekend may open things up a little.

Leipzig are at home to Werder Bremen, another side in the midst of a relegation battle, Bayern are away to 13th placed Cologne, though their hosts are the league’s form side with five wins in six, and BVB is at home to ninth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.

FC Bayern and BVB are also embroiled in a Champions League campaign, so Red Bull and Die Fohlen will hope the fixture schedule is on their side.

Dusseldorf battling for survival

Die Fortunen are in deep trouble, down in 16th place and at 1.48 with SBOBET to finish in the bottom two, and after a tenth-placed finish last season that would be a disaster.

Former Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler was appointed head coach in January, his first job in the Bundesliga. But he arrives after a successful two seasons at Malmo and has brought his high pressing style to Dusseldorf. The back-to-back league draws sandwiched a cup win, so with three games unbeaten, it looks like Die Fortunen are starting to battle at the right time.

An in-form goal-scorer is always a huge advantage for teams at the bottom and in former Burnley striker Rouwen Hennings; Rosler might just have his man. He has 11 to his name and only three strikers have scored more than Hennings in the Bundesliga this season, Robert Lewandowski, Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho.

Midfield man Erik Thommy has made a good contribution with five assists while scoring two, and he gives more hope to Fortuna’s fans.

Dusseldorf are still in the DFB Pokal Cup and available at odds of 21.00 to win it for the first time since 1980, when they completed back to back Cup wins.

 

History

In the 13 meetings since 1993, Fortuna have won six to Monchengladbach’s five and there have been two draws.

Monchengladbach won their home fixture against Fortuna by 2-1, back in September, thanks to a second-half brace from Marcus Thuram after Kasim Nuhu had given Dusseldorf an early lead.

But Dusseldorf won here at the Merkur Spiel-Arena by 3-1 in March last year, and Monchengladbach haven’t won in their last five away matches.

 

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Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Borussia Monchengladbach Double Chance Fortuna Dusseldorf or Draw @ 1.89
February 16, 01:30 (GMT+8)

Fortuna are at 3.85 to win, with the draw at 3.70 and Monchengladbach at 1.85 to grab a priceless away win and Die Fohlen certainly have the quality in their side.

But Rosler has given Fortuna purpose, and with Plea missing he will hope his struggling side can give the high-flyers a nasty shock.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Aiming to Stop Streaking Koln

Koln vs Bayern Munich

Two streaking teams in the Bundesliga will face off at the RheinEnergieStadion on Sunday night as FC Koln and Bayern Munich will look to boost their respective campaigns.

Bayern Munich have put the entire league on notice as they rose to the top of the standings with 43 points. They are aiming to continue their rampant run in order to break away from the others once and for all.

On the other hand, Koln have been making a run as well as they fight off relegation. They are currently placed 13th at the table with 23 points and will look to build more momentum gunning for their fifth win in their last six fixtures.

The Bavarians have the upper hand versus the Billy Goats in their head-to-head matchups so it’s no surprise that they are heavily favoured in our Bundesliga 2020 odds. But as they say in football, anything is possible.

With the way Koln have been playing as of late, they might make this more interesting as it looks for our SBOBET football fans.

 


 

 

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Bayern Munich getting contributions from everyone

The Bavarians had to go through adversity in the first half of the season, as they hover around the third and fourth spot after suffering some uncharacteristic losses.

With their players getting injured plus being busy playing in the DFB Pokal and in the Champions League, Bayern Munich had its bouts with inconsistency, paving an opening for the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig to be the league leaders momentarily.

Something needed to change at the time, and they made Niko Kovac the main casualty. They replaced him with a heady mentor in Hansi Flick who has put the club back on track by stringing some important wins.

When the calendar turned to 2020, Bayern simply flipped the switch. They dominated their opponents in Hertha BSC, Schalke, and Mainz by scoring a whopping average of 4.0 goals per game.

While Robert Lewandowski gets the majority of the praise, let’s not forget their other players in Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, and Thiago Alcantara. The Bayern trio at the midfield looked to have fresher legs and they play with more fire under Flick, leading to numerous Bundesliga 2020 highlights.

Their defence has been in sync as well as they’ve only conceded one goal in their past few outings. Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, and Manuel Neuer have formed an impenetrable wall at the back while their fans have also witnessed the massive improvement of Alphonso Davies.

The 19-year-old offers huge upside on both ends for the Bavarians. Davies has shown glimpses of his playmaking ability and his youth serves him well in terms of preventing attackers from getting their way.

It also helps that Bayern are entering the easier part of their schedule since they won’t be facing any top-four teams in the next few weeks, so that should give them more opportunities to run away with the lead at the top.

Markus Gisdol making his mark for Koln

The Billy Goats have had an up-and-down campaign for the most part, which is why it’s refreshing to see them gain some rhythm in their last few fixtures.

After losing eight out of their first 11 games this term, Koln were in danger to be relegated and a change was needed to be done.

They started off by firing Achim Beierlorzer at the start of November, as the club was coming from losses against Fortuna, Hoffenheim, and Saarbrucken in the DFB Pokal.  They replaced him with the less-heralded Markus Gisdol, to which most fans had doubts at the start.

Markus Gisdol eyes Koln's seventh Bundesliga win in a clash against Bayern Munich
FC Cologne manager Markus Gisdol looks on during match against Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park

Gisdol has worked wonders since he arrived in the scene. Although they endured a rough beating against RB Leipzig on his first appearance, Gisdol drew out more production from his top players.

Jhon Cordoba is one of those beneficiaries as he’s recorded seven goals already this season, while defender Sebastiaan Bornauw emerged as their second leading scorer with four so far.

Tactics-wise, Koln didn’t make any drastic changes. Gisdol simply made Koln play with more inspiration and assertiveness particularly on the defencive end.

This time, they will face a daunting task on stopping the Bavarians. And perhaps, this will be the perfect way to gauge themselves against the league’s elite.

 

History

Bayern Munich (19) and Koln (15) have taken more points across the last seven matchdays than any other sides in the league. That goes to show their respective forms prior to this match.

Koln have been dying to get a win against Bayern Munich as they failed to do so in their last 11 Bundesliga fixtures.

The Billy Goats have been invincible at home, winning their last four games there as they are still unbeaten under the Markus Gisdol era.

 

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Koln vs. Bayern Munich Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.75 @ 1.73
February 16, 10:30(GMT+8)

As mentioned, Bayern Munich are the hot favourites placed at 1.22, while Koln are at 9.50, and chances of a draw are at 6.80, based on the 1x2 market.

If checking goals is your thing, Total Goal 2-3 looks to be the safest bet given the quality of our strikers in this game. However, Total Goal 4-6 appears to be probable as well, especially if Robert Lewandowski goes on fire.

The defending champions are on a roll right now after enduring a grueling test for the first half of the season. And with their lineup having fully recovered from injuries, it’s expected that they’ll be on a rampage once more on the road.

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Bundesliga Roundup: Title Chasers Take Care of Business

The Bundesliga title race continues to be a tight one. There was no change at the top, but while the top four title contenders all dropped points last time out -- the top two of Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig played out a closely contested draw -- they all recorded convincing wins this weekend to hold their ground.

RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund both had dominant home victories, while Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach were impressive in big away wins.

Here's a quick breakdown of all the high-scoring action involving the Bundesliga's big guns over the weekend.

 

Bayern Munich blitz Koln in 4-1 win

Bayern Munich needed all of 12 minutes to secure all three points away to Koln. A fine Thomas Muller pass released Robert Lewandowski, who struck with his league-leading 23rd league goal of the season after just three minutes to get the Bavarians going.

And just two minutes later, Kingsley Coman -- who made his first start since returning from a two-month injury layoff -- doubled their lead. Muller again provided the assist as the Frenchman produced a fine finish from around the penalty spot.

The game was basically over at that point, but Serge Gnabry made sure of it on 12 minutes as he got Bayern's third. The German did well to create space for himself off a corner as he found the bottom corner with a pinpoint strike.

Gnabry should've had a second on the half-hour mark as he rounded Koln keeper Timo Horn and had an open goal to aim at. However, he conspired to hit the crossbar. But Gnabry did eventually get his brace on 66 minutes with a beautiful curling effort that gave Horn no chance.

Koln did get their consolation goal four minutes later as Mark Uth tapped in from close range after a well-worked attacking move.

 But aside from that one lapse, it was another impressive performance from Bayern, who continue to show just why the Bundesliga 2020 odds have them as favourites once again to win the title.

 

Haaland strikes again as Dortmund destroy Frankfurt

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland has emerged as a rising fast-star this Bundesliga season
Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt came into their match against Dortmund on the back of some impressive Bundesliga 2020 results. They picked up back-to-back victories over RB Leipzig and thrashed Augsburg 5-0 last weekend. However, they were simply no match for Dortmund, who hit them for four goals at Signal Iduna Park.

Reigning Bundesliga Player of the Month Erling Braut Haaland once again got on the scoresheet to help Dortmund bounce back from a 4-3 defeat at Leverkusen. Haaland has improved his incredible scoring record at Dortmund to nine goals in just 349 minutes.

Fellow teenage hotshot Jadon Sancho also continued his blistering run of form with a goal. The young English star now has 13 goals and 13 assists this season.

Dortmund are in action this midweek as they host Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League round of 16 first leg. They will be without captain Marco Reus for the first leg, and the SBOBET odds have them as slight 2.84 underdogs at home. But with Haaland and Sancho in such amazing form, they still stand a decent chance of grabbing an early advantage.

 



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Leipzig pick up routine win at struggling Bremen

After a couple of disappointing performances against Frankfurt and Gladbach, RB Leipzig appear to be right back on track. They followed up their decent draw against Bayern with a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Werder Bremen.

Lukas Klostermann gave the Red Bulls the lead after 17 minutes. The centre-back was at the right place at the right time to tap home from point-blank range after a well-worked free-kick.

Leipzig doubled their lead six minutes before the break through Patrik Schick. The towering Czech striker rose high to head home from a corner.

And the Red Bulls secured the points just a minute after half-time. Wing-back Nordi Mukiele got on the end of a long pass from Konrad Laimer and produced a fine finish to score his third goal of the season.

All in all, it was a promising showing from Leipzig, which should give them confidence ahead of their huge round of 16 first-leg matchup against Tottenham in the Champions League in midweek.

 

Gladbach fire four past Fortuna Dusseldorf

Borussia Monchengladbach are still very much in the title race. Despite missing suspended top scorer Alassane Plea, Gladbach still scored four goals in a 4-1 away win at Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Lars Stindl bagged a second-half brace to break the 1-1 tie and Florian Neuhaus added a fourth to secure the points.

Gladbach are currently in fourth, tied with Dortmund on 42 points. However, they still have a game in hand and could go into a tie with second-place Leipzig if they win.

 

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Bundesliga: Gladbach Gear up for Hoffenheim Test

Borussia Monchengladbach vs TSG Hoffenheim

Borussia Monchengladbach are still very much in the Bundesliga title race. Die Fohlen currently sit fourth in the table after last weekend, where the three other teams above them also won in convincing fashion. Although, they are tied at 42 points with Borussia Dortmund and still have a game in hand.

Gladbach will be eager to keep pace with the other title contenders as they host a Hoffenheim side which will not be in the best of form heading into this match.

 The Bundesliga 2020 odds have the home side as significant favourites, although Hoffenheim have been no pushovers away from home this season and will give Gladbach all they can handle.

 

Talking Points

Gladbach get back star man Plea

Borussia Monchengladbach appear to be other their worst slump of the season to date. After winning just one in five matches (three losses, one draw) from the end of 2019 to the start of 2020, they have gone unbeaten in their last three, with wins over Mainz (3-1) and away to Fortuna Dusseldorf (1-4).

And in the one game they didn't win -- their 2-2 draw at Leipzig -- they went two goals up away from home against the then-leaders. Unfortunately, they failed to hold on when Alassane Plea was sent off after a rather harsh sending off.

Bundesliga: Alassane Plea will return in Borussia Monchengladbach squad after serving one match-ban
Alassane Plea celebrates scoring their first goal vs RB Leipzig

Plea will be back for Gladbach after serving out his one-match ban against Dusseldorf, which should be a huge boost to their attack. Plea is having a fine season for Die Fohlen, scoring a team-leading eight goals with five assists. After going off the boil in December, he's bounced back with three goals in his last two appearances.

However, Marco Rose's men hardly missed Plea against Dusseldorf, in large part due to the excellent play of fellow Frenchman Marcus Thuram. The son of legendary defender Lilian Thuram, Marcus has already produced a number of Bundesliga 2020 highlights in his debut campaign at Gladbach. He has six goals with seven assists, with two assists coming in the win at Dusseldorf.

Gladbach will certainly be glad to have Plea back at home, where they have been outstanding this season. Die Fohlen have an impressive record of eight wins, one draw, and one defeat in 10 home matches this season. They've won eight in a row since failing to win their first two home games of the season against Schalke and Leipzig.

Hoffenheim having some hiccups

Hoffenheim will head into their match against Gladbach on the back of their first three-match losing streak of the season. After losing to Bayern in the DFB-Pokal, they subsequently lost 1-0 away at Freiburg and lost 2-3 at home to Wolfsburg.

Their loss to Freiburg was especially surprising given how impressive they've been away from home this season. Prior to that defeat, they had lost just two of their nine away matches, including five wins in their last six. That run began with a shock 1-2 win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

Hoffenheim's defence overall has been middle of the road; they've conceded 35 goals in 22 matches. But for some reason, they have been much more impressive away from home, where they have conceded just 10 goals, which is the fewest in the league.

 


 

 

They have been nowhere near the same offensive force they were under Julian Nagelsmann, but luckily, Andrej Kramaric is starting to regain his top form. The Croatian, who is the team's top scorer with seven goals, has three goals and two assists in his last five Bundesliga matches.

 

History

Hoffenheim have had a slight edge over Gladbach in their historical head-to-heads. Since 2007, they've played 27 times, with Hoffenheim winning 10 times and Gladbach coming out on top in seven, with 10 draws.

Although, Gladbach have had the upper hand over Hoffenheim in the last few years. Die Fohlen have lost to Hoffenheim just once in their last 12 meetings and have picked up five wins with six draws.

Gladbach came out on top in their most recent meeting at Hoffenheim. Plea and Thuram both scored to lead Gladbach to a comfortable 3-0 win.

Gladbach are unbeaten in their last seven home league games against Hoffenheim, although they have drawn each of the last three. Those matches have been high scoring affairs, with four or more goals in five of the last six at Borussia-Park.

 

Betting Tip

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs TSG Hoffenheim Under 3.25 Goals @ 1.83
February 22, 22:30 (GMT+8)

Gladbach have been outstanding at home, which is why it's no surprise that SBOBET odds have them priced as significant 1.68 favourites to get all three points. Hoffenheim are only 4.30 to get a big upset, with the draw at 4.20.

But while I'm reasonably confident in Gladbach's chances of winning this match, there is more value in the over under market, particularly the under.

There have been a lot of goals in these two sides' recent meetings at Borussia-Park, but this season is a little different. Gladbach have one of the best defences in the entire league, while Hoffenheim have also been hard to break down away from home.

I foresee a low-scoring affair between these two this time around, so take the total goals to go under 3.25. This means that even if the total reaches three goals, you still win half your bet and if it stays at two and below, you win it entirely.

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Bundesliga: Schalke, RB Leipzig Featured in Another Heavyweight Clash

Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig

It will be a very busy weekend once more here in the Bundesliga, and one of the games to look out for is between Schalke and RB Leipzig for their reverse fixture.

These two sides have already met last September where Schalke shocked RB Leipzig with a 3-1 tally, preventing them to fully break away from the pack. But a lot has changed since then.

RB Leipzig along with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Bayer Leverkusen are currently on a tight five-way race for the Bundesliga championship, while Schalke are clinging on to the final Europa League spot as they are the sixth-seeded team.

At this juncture of the Bundesliga season, anything can happen. So this match will be crucial for both of these sides as they try to gain more traction in the standings.

In today’s preview, let’s examine some talking points to get a glimpse on how they would fare this Sunday.

 


 

 

Talking points

Schalke have been underwhelming

Die Knappen sank to the sixth spot at the table because of a couple of lacklustre performances lately. Since the end of January, Schalke were hammered by Bayern Munich and they failed to put away the likes of Hertha BSC, Paderborn, and Mainz.

Scoring goals had been a problem for Schalke since they’ve only registered one goal in their last four matches. At the same time, their goal keeper problems previously didn’t help either.

Good thing for them that Alexander Nubel is back in the lineup after serving his suspension and their top guns in Amine Harit, Benito Raman, and Suat Serdar should find their attacking form.

The trio has accounted for 17 goals and seven assists for Schalke so far this season, so it’s fair to say that they have ample firepower out front.

Moreover, their defence needs to step up more than ever in order to prevent the Red Bulls from getting their away all night. They are currently third overall on that end as they’ve given up only 27 goals so far this term.

Jonjoe Kenny, Ozan Kabak, and Weston McKennie will be the captains at the back for David Wagner, while Daniel Caligiuri and Bastian Oczipka are versatile full-backs that can help either at the back or sometimes at the attack when the opportunity presents itself.

The Royal Blues are one of the teams who have beaten the streaking Red Bulls this season, and they may need to watch the film of their previous matchup in order to find what worked and use it this weekend.

 

RB Leipzig faces a tough stretch

The Red Bulls will continue their travails facing some of the top teams in Europe over these next few weeks.

They started off February drawing level against the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich. Then they survived a close match against Tottenham in the ongoing Champions League just yesterday.

After Schalke this weekend, RB Leipzig will face another elite club in Bayer Leverkusen before clashing with Tottenham once more.

Timo Werner continues to carry the load for RB Leipzig in their campaign. The 23-year-old sensation has already produced a handful of Bundesliga 2020 highlights by accounting for 38-per cent of the team’s 56 Bundesliga goals this season, and that trend won’t change any time soon.

Alexander Nubel returns after suspension ahead of Schalke 04's Bundesliga clash against RB Leipzig
Schalke 04's Alexander Nubel reacts during Bundesliga match against Hertha BSC at the Olympiastadion

He fits very well to Julian Nagelsmann’s full-throttle attack. Werner has formed a strong partnership with the likes of Marcel Sabitzer, Christopher Nkunku and Patrik Schick, making them one of the more dangerous attacking combos in the league.

RB Leipzig are by no means infallible, as they’ve struggled against some bottom-tier teams in the Bundesliga. They experienced defeats against Eintracht Frankfurt for some reason, while they survived quite a scare against Paderborn in their November matchup.

With Bayern Munich creeping up to the top, RB Leipzig could not afford any slip-ups if they plan on winning it all this season. This tough stretch that they’re currently on should be the perfect gauge on whether they are contenders or pretenders.

 

History

RB Leipzig hold a slim edge in their head-to-head matchups against Schalke. They have won thrice while Schalke have won twice along with two draws.

The David Wagner-mentored squad is on a four-game winless run and they are aching to finally get a win. Only Fortuna Dusseldorf and Werder Bremen are in the same boat as them as of this writing.

Schalke have been undefeated in their last 10 Bundesliga home matches (W5, D5).

 

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Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.98
February 23, 1:30(GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2020 odds have RB Leipzig as the victors at 1.82. Schalke are at 3.80 while a draw is placed at 3.90 in the 1x2 market.

This fixture has the potential to be a high-scoring showdown so Total Goals 2-3 @1.98 is a great possibility for SBOBET bettors, especially with Werner and Harit on the field at the same time.

This figures to be a classic chess match between David Wagner and Julian Nagelsmann. Schalke may have gotten the upper hand in the first go-around, but we will see come Sunday if RB Leipzig can exact their revenge.

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Bundesliga: Brilliant Bayern to Blow Hoffenheim Away

TSG Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich

It's all going Bayern Munich's way at the moment. Not only are they top of the Bundesliga thanks to an impressive unbeaten run, but they are also in control of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Chelsea after a dominant 3-0 first-leg win.

But for the time being, it's back to Bundesliga action for the Bavarians, who will pay a visit to Hoffenheim on the weekend.

Die Kraichgauer have been involved in some headlines off the pitch in recent weeks, while their form on the pitch has dipped.

And as the Bundesliga 2020 odds for this match point out, Hoffenheim's chances of getting back to winning ways against the champions aren't great.

 

Talking Points

Hoffenheim involved in headlines

Hoffenheim have been in the headlines of late, but not for ideal reasons. First, Borussia Dortmund fans were banned for two years from travelling to Hoffenheim away matches due to their abusive chants directed at Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp.

As a reaction to that ruling, some Borussia Monchengladbach fans then unfurled a banner of Hopp in crosshairs during their most recent match at Hoffenheim.

 


 

 

Hoffenheim ended up drawing that match, which finally stopped the side's recent three-match losing skid. That run began with a 4-3 defeat to Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal.

After going behind early, Bayern battled back to score four unanswered goals. But Hoffenheim's Munas Dabbur bagged a late brace to keep the score more respectable.

The PreZero Arena has not offered much of an advantage for Hoffenheim this season. They've won just five of their 12 home matches, with six defeats and a draw. Their defence has been especially suspect in front of their home fans. They've conceded 25 goals at home compared to just 11 in 11 away matches.

Hoffenheim have already conceded three or more goals at home five times this season, while Bayern have scored three or more in seven of their last eight away games in all competitions.

Bayern back to the best

Bayern Munich have had quite an impressive last couple of months. Since losing back-to-back games at home to Bayer Leverkusen and at Borussia Monchengladbach, Hansi Flick's side have reeled off a run of 12 matches unbeaten in all competitions, with 11 wins.

Their lone setback of sorts was a goalless draw at home against top title challengers RB Leipzig, which was a perfectly acceptable result.

To illustrate just how dominant Bayern have been during that time, 10 of their 11 wins have come by two or more goals. The only game they didn't win more comfortably was a 3-2 home victory over Paderborn last time out in the league.

Can Hansi Flick guide Bayern Munich to win another Bundesliga title?
Bayern Munich interim manager Hansi Flick before the DFB-Pokal match against Hoffenheim

Bayern were surprisingly given a tough fight by the Bundesliga's bottom club, who came from behind twice in the match before Robert Lewandowski broke their hearts with a late winner.

Perhaps that was just complacency creeping in ahead of their big Champions League clash against Chelsea. Bayern were well and truly locked in for that match as they blew the doors off the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Serge Gnabry, who famously smashed four past Tottenham the last time he visited London in the Champions League, was at it again as he bagged a brace. The German international has been creating multiple Bundesliga 2020 highlights of late as he's scored five goals and assisted two more over his last three games.

Not to be outdone, Lewandowski was also brilliant against Chelsea as he scored the third goal and set up Gnabry for the first two. The Polish striker is now up to an astonishing 25 league goals in 23 Bundesliga games, with 11 more goals in the Champions League -- the most in this year's tournament.

 

History

Like many other Bundesliga sides, Hoffenheim have historically not had a great deal of success against Bayern. In 25 meetings since 2008, Hoffenheim have won just three times to Bayern's 17, with five draws.

However, all three of those wins have come in their last six meetings. That includes a huge 2-1 win over Bayern at the Allianz Arena thanks to a brace by Sargis Adamyan.

Unfortunately, though, the architect of those famous victories -- manager Julian Nagelsmann -- is no longer around, so Hoffenheim will find it much tougher to topple the champions this time around.

 

Betting Tip

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TSG Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 2.09
February 29, 22:30 (GMT+8)

The SBOBET odds have Bayern as significant 1.42 favourites, with Hoffenheim priced at just 6.20 to pick up the home win.

But the Asian Handicap offers much more value, which is why it is my ideal bet. The combination of Bayern's recent dominance on the road coupled with Hoffenheim's poor home form can't go wrong.

Even if Bayern make a few changes to their side following their Champions League travels, they have more than enough depth and quality to score a comfortable win of at least two goals at Hoffenheim.

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Bundesliga: Depleted Bayer Face Hard-Charging Red Bulls

RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen

The Red Bulls take a quick breather from their Champions League stint as they host Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday in the Bundesliga.

After winning against Tottenham last week, RB Leipzig thrashed Schalke with a 5-0 tally to further boost their Bundesliga 2020 odds of winning their maiden title.

As of this writing, Bayern Munich still lead the pack with 49 points but the likes of RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are still within reach with 48 and 45 respectively. Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, have 43 apiece.

Bayer Leverkusen have done well in taking care of business feasting against lowly opponents. Other than their wins against Mainz, Paderborn, Fortuna, and Union Berlin, Die Werkself notched a huge victory against Borussia Dortmund to keep themselves in the hunt.

Every game matters now especially since we are reaching the latter stages of the 2019/20 season, so tune in here at SBOBET to get your daily dose of your Bundesliga action.

 

Talking Points

RB Leipzig’s strength in numbers

While Timo Werner has been at the forefront in majority of our Bundesliga 2020 news due to his superb scoring and playmaking, let’s not forget to give credit to his contributing teammates as well.

The 23-year-old wunderkind already tallied a league-leading total of 25 goals along with eight assists while he’s been supported by the likes of Marcel Sabitzer, Emil Forsberg, Patrik Schick, and Christopher Nkunku who have provided 24 goals and 12 assists.

In a recent interview with the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi heaped praise to his teammates who have been holding it together as they try to dethrone Bayern Munich to win it all for the first time.

“Our strength in depth sets us apart from the rest of the Bundesliga. Even the guys who have not played as often come onto the pitch with the right mentality,” said Gulacsi.

 


 

 

“You do everything for this team. This is a strength that we want to maintain until the end of the season. That can still make us very, very successful,” he added.

Furthermore, their defence has been a key reason to their strong run as well. The Red Bulls have yet to concede a goal for their last four games and they lead the league on that regard with only 25 so far this term.

“The defensive stability is the key (for us) to being successful. We’ve shown this at Tottenham, also at Bayern, and again at Schalke,” noted Gulacsi.

Led by the effervescent Julian Nagelsmann, the Red Bulls are as dangerous as they come. And I won’t be surprised if they can overcome the tough stretch that they’re currently in and pass with flying colours.

Bayer missing their key piece

Bayer Leverkusen will be coming in as the underdogs in this one when they learned that Kevin Volland will be out for the rest of the season.

The 27-year-old striker suffered a torn ankle ligament in their Europa League match against Porto and he went under the knife right away in order to fast track his recovery.

This is a big blow for Peter Bosz’s side that isn’t exactly known for their depth. Besides Volland, who is their top scorer with 10 goals along with seven assists this term, there haven’t been much reliable sources for their attack.

Die Werkself will now have to draw out more production from their other players in Kai Havertz, Lucas Alario, Moussa Diaby, and Leon Bailey in order to stay afloat for the remainder of the Bundesliga season.

Bayer Leverkusen's Lucas Alario is the Bundesliga club’s only out and out striker
Bayer Leverkusen's Lucas Alario reacts to scoring a goal before it is disallowed by VAR

It is also up for team boss Peter Bosz to find a suitable scheme for the team moving forward. They have been doing well in their 3-4-3 formation that has given them three wins with Lucas Alario at the front.

The Argentinean forward is the second leading scorer for Bayer Leverkusen with seven goals along with an assist.

On the other hand, Moussa Diaby has been a pleasant surprise for Peter Bosz. The 20-year-old French international emerged as a viable attacking option for Bayer and he is primed to be a key cog for the squad for years to come.

Their backline needs some work too as they’ve conceded an average of 2.0 goals per game in their last three Bundesliga fixtures. They will need to do much better than that especially against RB Leipzig.

 

History

RB Leipzig have lost just one of their seven encounters against Bayer Leverkusen. They have also won six of their last seven Bundesliga home games too.

The Red Bulls’ defence is a huge problem if you’re Die Werkself, as they have yet to concede a single goal in their last four matches.

Interestingly, RB Leipzig are undefeated in 11 Bundesliga games scheduled on a Sunday since losing to Borussia Dortmund last term.

 

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RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen RB Leipzig Asian Handicap -1.00 @1.77
March 01, 22:30 (GMT+8)

Betting on RB Leipzig to win is a safe proposition as they’re placed at 1.48, while Bayer Leverkusen are at 5.40, and chances for a draw are at 4.80 in the 1x2 market.

With so many options at the attack, expect the Red Bulls to go guns ablaze in this one, and it will be hard to envision Bayer Leverkusen’s defence stopping them.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Extend Lead as Leipzig Slip Up

Bayern Munich's control over the Bundesliga title race keeps getting stronger. The Bavarians continued their dominant run of form of late with a 6-0 demolition of Hoffenheim this weekend.

The defending champions' lead at the top of the table is now up to three points as RB Leipzig lost further ground following a 1-1 draw at home against Bayer Leverkusen.

That result has also allowed Borussia Dortmund to close the gap on Leipzig for second as Jadon Sancho's strike gave the BVB a narrow win over Freiburg.

 

Bayern Munich smash six past Hoffenheim

Bayern Munich just can't be stopped at the moment. They picked up another impressive away victory as they humiliated Hoffenheim 6-0 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Bayern made very short work of their hosts as they were up 3-0 after just 15 minutes. Serge Gnabry got his sixth goal in his last four games after just two minutes, while goals from Joshua Kimmich and teenager Joshua Zirkzee -- who started in place of the injured Robert Lewandowski -- effectively ended the match as a contest.

Philippe Coutinho also got into the act as he scored his first two goals of 2020 either side of half-time.

However, the match was marred by visiting Bayern fans, who unveiled an offensive banner directed at Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp in the 79th minute. The referee stopped the match for 20 minutes as a result, and when it was restarted, the two teams simply passed the ball between themselves for the last 13 minutes.

Hopp was also targeted by Borussia Monchengladbach fans last weekend and by Dortmund fans in their home match at Freiburg.

As for Bayern, the win pushed their undefeated run in all competitions to 13 matches, with 12 victories. They will now set their sights on making the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal when they take on a struggling Schalke side in midweek.

 

RB Leipzig lose ground after 1-1 draw with Leverkusen

RB Leipzig might not be ready to be legitimate championship contenders after all. The Red Bulls' Bundesliga 2020 odds of winning the title took another significant hit over the weekend as they could only draw at home against Bayer Leverkusen.

Patrik Schick equalised for Leipzig just three minutes after Leon Bailey had given the visitors a first-half lead. However, the hosts were unable to find a winner as Leverkusen bossed the match at the Red Bull Arena. They controlled 63 per cent of possession and outshot Leipzig, 15-10 (6-2 on target).

Leipzig's Bundesliga 2020 results have fallen off significantly since the winter break, where they've lost two and drawn three of their last nine games.

They appeared to have turned a corner as they held Bayern Munich to a draw at the Allianz Arena and won three games on the bounce, including a 5-0 demolition of Schalke.

Manager Julian Nagelsmann hopes for RB Leipzig's dominance in their next games to overtake Bayern on top of Bundesliga
RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann looks focused ahead of their match against Shalke 04 in Bundesliga

But Julian Nagelsmann's side has been unable to match the consistency of the champions, which is why they are now three points adrift.

Leipzig's next match will be away to Wolfsburg. Then, they host Tottenham for the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, where they hold a 1-0 lead after the first leg.

 

Jadon Sancho scores in close Dortmund win

For just the second time in his nine-game Dortmund career, Erling Braut Haaland was unable to find the back of the net against Freiburg. The young Norwegian only started on the bench and came on for the final half-hour, where he didn't score.

Luckily for Dortmund, their other teen phenom, Jadon Sancho, was on target as he scored the lone goal in a 1-0 home win for BVB. That goal was Sancho's 14th of the Bundesliga season to go along with 14 assists, which is second in the league behind Bayern's Thomas Muller (16).

Similar to the Bayern match, Dortmund's match was halted as the home fans protested against Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp.

Dortmund have now won four matches on the bounce after losing back-to-back away games against Werder Bremen in the cup and Leverkusen in the league. They are just one point behind RB Leipzig for second place and four behind leaders Bayern.

Up next, Dortmund will have a difficult match away to fourth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, which will come before their huge round of 16 second leg against PSG in the Champions League. They are 2-1 up after Erling Braut Haaland's brilliant brace in the first leg, although SBOBET odds only have them priced at 2.05 to progress to the next round, with PSG at 1.85.

 

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Bundesliga: Now or Never For RB Leipzig

VfL Wolfsburg vs RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig may be running out of time trying to get their maiden Bundesliga title, which is why they would need to take care of business in the next few weeks.

The Red Bulls will be facing the easier part of their schedule as they’ll lock horns with a couple of bottom seeded teams at the table, which should improve their Bundesliga 2020 odds of getting back on top.

First up, RB Leipzig are set to visit Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena this weekend.

RB Leipzig are still sitting second behind Bayern Munich who have 52 points already. Other contenders such as Borussia Dortmund and Monchengladbach are within striking distance, so they can’t afford any slip-ups.

On the other hand, after experiencing a tough stretch in the latter part of December last year, the Wolves have seen substantial improvement on their form.

They have only lost once since January and they improved to the seventh spot at the standings. Wolfsburg now have 35 points and they can overtake Schalke for the Europa League qualifiers spot if they win this Saturday.

Today, SBOBET gives you the preview of this match.

 


 

 

Talking Points

Wolves are on the prowl

Oliver Glasner’s men have started the month of February on a positive note as they rose to the seventh spot in the Bundesliga standings.

After losing their match against Koln and Hertha BSC in mid-January, the Wolves notched quality wins against Paderborn, Hoffenheim, and Mainz while they moved on to the Round of 16 in the Europa League after dominating Malmo twice.

Most recently, Wolfsburg almost lost against Union Berlin but Yannick Gerhardt and Wout Weghorst mounted a strong comeback in order to draw level in the end.

Speaking of Weghorst, he has been the main man for the Wolves as he leads them in scoring with 13 goals along with five assists. He is supported by topnotch midfielders in Josip Brekalo and Maximilian Arnold who have contributed 10 goals and 14 assists.

Other than their improving attack, Wolfsburg have taken their defence to a whole new level. Oliver Glasner’s men have veered away from their 4-1-4-1 to a 4-4-2 formation to make life harder for their opponents. All in all, they’ve only conceded 30 goals this season which is good for fourth overall.

 The Wolves have the potential to be an up-and-coming contender in the Bundesliga. However, they would need to provide ample support for Weghorst at the front. Besides Berkalo and Arnold, I’m looking for Yannick Gerhardt to shoulder more load since he’s only got three goals this term.

Wolfsburg's Wout Weghorst ( 11) enters the top five scorers in Bundesliga this season
Wolfsburg's Wout Weghorst goes for a header during the Europa League round of 32 first leg soccer match against Malmo FF

RB Leipzig’s window of opportunity

Julian Nagelsmann and his men would need to take advantage of their next few matchdays in order to stay toe-to-toe with the defending champions in Bayern Munich.

At the same time, they have to learn how to close out games in order to consider themselves a worthy championship contender.

The Red Bulls had a great opportunity to narrow the gap with Bayern Munich last weekend but they were held to a draw by Bayer Leverkusen. Leon Bailey gave the visitors a first-half lead and it took a Patrik Schick equaliser just to salvage a point.

Other than their trouble closing out games, the Red Bulls would have to deal with multiple rumours surrounding their star player Timo Werner since he has been linked to Liverpool for quite some time now, as per our Bundesliga 2020 news.

These challenges continue to pile up for RB Leipzig as the season winds down. But they shouldn’t let those bother them as they try to win their first Bundesliga championship. Now is the perfect opportunity to show everyone what they’re made of.

 

History

The Wolves and the Red Bulls have faced each other 11 times. RB Leipzig won in six matches while Wolfsburg won in three along with two draws.

Goals are hard to come by when these two lock horns at the Volkswagen Arena. In their three previous meetings, they haven’t scored more than two goals there.

The Wolves have just won two of their last eight Bundesliga home matches. But they are undefeated in their last seven matches across all competitions.

 

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VfL Wolfsburg vs RB Leipzig RB Leipzig Asian Handicap -0.50 @1.90
March 07, 22:30 (GMT+8)

Our 1x2 market odds have RB Leipzig as the favourites at 1.90, while Wolfsburg’s chances to win and chances for a draw are both at 3.70.

The Red Bulls have the advantage because they have better quality overall than the Wolves, but the Oliver Glasner-managed squad are more than capable to pull off any upset. After all, they were able to do so against Gladbach last December.

This is expected to be a classic slugfest with the way these two teams are defending. But if there’s one team who can score goals this game, it’s the Red Bulls.

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Bundesliga: Gladbach Host Dortmund in Battle of Borussias

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund

Title aspirations are on the line as two Bundesliga giants in Gladbach and Dortmund battle it out on Sunday at the Borussia Park.

These two sides are in a tight four-way race to the Bundesliga championship with teams such as Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig leading the way with 52 and 49 points respectively.

After experiencing new heights by leading the table in the earlier parts of the season, the Foals were overtaken after a couple of slip-ups. However, they remain steady in the hunt as they’ve won three of their last five matches.

Meanwhile, Dortmund are back to their high-scoring ways after experiencing a miserable Christmas and they are keen on maintaining their roll to take care of business.

In their reverse fixture last October, it was BVB who came away with a close 1-0 victory, but a lot has changed since then.

Can the Foals exact revenge on their Borussia rivals? Or will we see the same result again this weekend? Tune in here at SBOBET for your daily dose of the Bundesliga!



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Gladbach regaining their rhythm

The Foals bounced back nicely after a wobbly start to the 2020 calendar year. After being held goalless in their loss against Schalke, Gladbach went on to grab some favourable Bundesliga 2020 results over these past few weeks.

Gladbach took care of business against bottom feeders in Mainz and Fortuna while they held a resurgent RB Leipzig squad to a draw in a very heated affair. Most recently, they defeated Augsburg in a high-scoring game a week after failing to close out Hoffenheim in what was a winnable match.

For a while, it appeared that Gladbach were on its way to sink further to the table because of their slump, but Alassane Plea’s return has surely boosted the Foals’ campaign this season.

The Frenchman is leading the team in scoring this season. Plea has already recorded eight goals and six assists this term while his fellow forwards in Marcus Thuram, Lars Stindl, and Breel Embolo helped their cause as well by contributing 21 goals and 14 assists.

Surprisingly, they haven’t scored a lot of goals than expected as they’ve only netted 46 goals this term. However, it’s their defence that has been keeping them afloat by conceding only 27 so far.

Marco Rose has a stacked deck at the back with the likes of Ramy Bensebaini, Matthias Ginter, Nico Elvedi, and Yann Sommer manning the goalpost and they will be tasked to take on the challenge on stopping BVB from scoring this Sunday.

Doing it against a team like Dortmund will be easier said than done. But the Bundesliga 2020 odds will tilt to the Foals’ favour should they be able to achieve it.

Haaland and Sancho make an exciting pair

Bundesliga: Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland has been a performing great as a duo in Borussia Dortmund
Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland playing for Borussia Dortmund against Bayer Leverkusen[/caption

The elephant in the room is that Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho will be the key to BVB’s success moving forward.

These two youngsters have been phenomenal for Dortmund ever since they linked up as they would supply the goals needed - and it comes in bunches thanks to their mix of youth, speed, and versatility.

Sancho leads BVB in goals scored with 16 along with 16 assists while Haaland continues to make his presence felt by pumping in 11 goals since his arrival towards the end of December 2019.

Haaland in particular has been the key piece to BVB’s puzzle as he took the league by storm and became the first player in league history to score nine goals in his first six Bundesliga appearances. Gladbach boss Marco Rose is fully aware of what he can do especially since he’s coached him before at Red Bull Salzburg.

Haaland, along with Sancho, is expected to carry the load once more as they try to beat Gladbach on their home field. They will be also supported on that end by the likes of Marco Reus, Achraf Hakimi, and Paco Alcacer.

 

History

Matches between Dortmund and Gladbach have been entertaining as they’ve averaged 3.6 goals per game in their last 10 meetings.

BVB were the one who dealt Gladbach’s first-ever Bundesliga defeat in 1966 in a thrilling 5-4 win. The Foals later recorded the largest victory in Bundesliga history when they demolished Dortmund, 12-0, in 1978.

Dortmund have won their last four visits at the Borussia Park. However, Gladbach have never lost five straight Bundesliga matches at home to an opponent.

 

Betting Tip

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 2.14
March 8, 01:30 (GMT+8)

The Black-Yellows are slightly favoured at 2.13 while the Foals are pegged at 2.98. Chances of a draw appear to be unlikely at 3.75 based on the 1x2 market.

This match between Gladbach and Dortmund should be the must-watch fixture for the upcoming Bundesliga weekend due to its ramifications.

With names such as Haaland, Sancho, Plea, and Embolo in the mix, football fans can expect a handful of goals on this one.

 If checking for total goals are your thing, betting on Total Goals 2-3 @ 2.16 is the most probable outcome while Total Goals 4-6 @ 2.47 is also plausible if you’re swinging for the fences.

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Bundesliga Review: Dortmund Snatch Second from Slumping Leipzig

The Bundesliga title race has taken another significant turn this weekend as Borussia Dortmund jumped back up to second place in the table after a 2-1 victory away to Borussia Monchengladbach.

The BVB were aided by the fact that RB Leipzig slipped up for the second week in a row after they were held to a goalless draw away to Wolfsburg.

Dortmund are now just a point behind leaders Bayern Munich, who will be in action against Augsburg on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen further improved their Bundesliga 2020 odds to finish in the top four following a dominant victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

 

Dortmund edge out Gladbach in Battle of the Borussias

Borussia Dortmund are once again looking like Bayern Munich's biggest title challengers. The BVB moved to second in the table as they passed a tricky away test at Borussia Monchengladbach, 2-1.

The visitors got off to a flying start as Thorgan Hazard gave them the lead after just eight minutes. The Belgian unleashed a brilliant left-footed strike to score against his former team.

Lars Stindl got the hosts back on level terms five minutes after the break. The Gladbach captain ghosted his way in front of the Dortmund goal and redirected an Alassane Plea shot into the net.

Hazard very nearly got his second goal just after the hour mark, but he was denied by a brilliant save by Yan Sommer.

However, Dortmund would get their winning goal on 71 minutes. Achraf Hakimi got in behind the Gladbach defence and slotted the ball between Sommer's legs.

For the first time in his Dortmund career, Erling Braut Haaland has failed to score in back-to-back games. Although, he played just 27 minutes against Freiburg. He was also credited with an assist for Hazard's opener, his first in 10 games for Dortmund.

Dortmund will need their young star striker to rediscover his scoring touch in midweek as they take on Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League round-of-16 second leg.

 

Leipzig held to goalless draw by Wolfsburg

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is upset after falling to the third spot in Bundesliga table
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann looks disappointed during their Bundesliga clash against VfL Wolfsburg

Dortmund were able to go back up to second after RB Leipzig could only draw away to Wolfsburg. Leipzig have drawn in back-to-back weeks as they were also held by Bayer Leverkusen.

The Red Bulls' Bundesliga 2020 results have not been impressive at all; they've now drawn four of their seven games since the winter break, with two wins and one defeat.

With their huge Champions League second leg against Tottenham coming up, Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann opted not to start star striker Timo Werner.

Leipzig struggled to produce that cutting edge in front of goal without their leading scorer. Werner came on for the final half hour, but Leipzig were still unable to break Wolfsburg down.

Despite controlling 61 per cent of possession, Leipzig were still outshot by Wolfsburg, 16-14, and the two teams were even at 4-4 in terms of shots on target. Werner was unable to get a shot away in his 30 minutes of action.

With that draw, Wolfsburg are now unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions and are up to eighth in the table.

As for Leipzig, their next assignment will be at home against Tottenham in their Champions League round-of-16 second leg.

Luckily for Leipzig, Spurs have been in disastrous form of late, which is why SBOBET odds have the Germans -- who have a 1-0 aggregate lead -- as favourites to move on to the quarter-finals.



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Leverkusen fire four past Eintracht Frankfurt

Bayer Leverkusen continued their impressive run of late with a 4-0 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Kai Havertz and Karim Bellarabi struck early, while teenager Paulinho bagged a brace in the second half to seal the points.

Outside of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen have been the form team in the Bundesliga over the last few weeks. Leverkusen have won 10 of their 12 matches in all competitions in 2020 (one draw, one loss) and are unbeaten in their last nine.

They are also through to the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal and are in the round of 16 of the Europa League. They will travel to Glasgow to face Rangers in the first leg of their tie in midweek.

Eintracht Frankfurt could potentially face Leverkusen in the semis of the cup. However, the Eagles have struggled of late. After thrashing Augsburg 5-0, they've lost their last three league games in a row, two by 4-0 scorelines and the other at home to newly promoted Union Berlin.

 

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Young Bundesliga Talent is Catching the Eye

As it stands, it’s hard to know when or if the Bundesliga will resume.

When will we see Bundesliga highlights like this and like this?

When we will be able to place our next bet or enjoy a flutter, courtesy of the SBOBET Bundesliga betting odds?

Some say the latest set of results, which saw leaders Bayern Munich increase their lead at the summit, means that the title is theirs to lose.

And they are probably right.

But with nine (and in some cases 10) league matches remaining, if the campaign does resume, it’s still all to play for at both ends of the table.

One thing the enforced break won’t stop is the linking of players to and from German clubs over the next few months.

I didn’t realise that Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino had been linked with a move to the champions in a £75-million move in the summer, incidentally.

I do agree with my colleague, however, who suggested such a move would not suit the Bavarians.

One player, also plying his trade in England, who almost certainly would is one they wanted to sign last summer.

English champions Manchester City do not want to sell Leroy Sane.

Yet if he does not sign a new contract soon, they may have to cash in.

Any move last summer was put on hold when the talented winger suffered a serious knee injury in the curtain raiser to the new campaign in August.

That means Sane is yet to make a further competitive appearance this season and, with less than 18 months remaining on his contract, the Germany international remains a top target for Bayern. Add Media

Across the city, Manchester United are reportedly still interested in signing Erling Braut Haaland, despite reportedly missing out on a deal for the teenage striker during the January transfer window.

Erling Braut Haaland quickly made his presence felt in the Bundesliga upon his arrival to Dortmund
Erling Braut Haaland celebrates scoring Dortmund's second goal against Werder Bremen

The Red Devils were regarded as the favourites to sign Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January, but Borussia Dortmund instead completed a £17-million deal for the Norway international.

And how he has lit up the German top flight since.

So impressive has his form been since arriving at BVB, that he has found the back of the net on 12 occasions in 11 appearances, while he has also netted 10 Champions League goals in eight outings this term.

He has also just recorded back-to-back rookie player of the month awards in the Bundesliga, and his four goals in five leagues games making him an easy winner in February.

Dortmund will certainly not want to lose him so soon -- unlikely anyway -- nor will they be particularly happy at the departure of Morocco international Achraf Hakimi.

The 21-year-old has spent each of the last two seasons on loan, making 65 appearances for the German giants in all competitions.

His parent club, Real Madrid, reportedly have concerns when it comes to the future of Hakimi who is enjoying another impressive campaign with BVB as he scored seven times and registered 10 assists in 37 appearances.

As it stands, the defender is due to return to the Bernabeu this summer, but there is no obvious route into the first XI at Madrid.

Bayern themselves have their own loan issue to contend with.

In truth, Philippe Coutinho has endured an underwhelming time since his move to Barcelona just over two years ago but the 27-year-old has looked improved this term on loan at the German champions by scoring eight goals and six assists in 22 Bundesliga appearances.

Unlike Hakimi, one defender who could be an incoming arrival rather than a departee, is Ajax full-back Sergino Dest who recently revealed that he visited Bayern during a recent trip to Germany after learning of their interest in signing him.

The 19-year-old has established himself in the first team at the Johan Cruyff Arena this season, making 36 appearances across all competitions and directly contributing to eight goals.

Of course, it is not just the top two who will be linked with players in and out but, with the game currently on hold, some of the transfer rumours may abate for a while.

One thing’s for sure, though.

There are no shortage of admirers for Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly preparing to battle Chelsea for the signature of the 22 year-old, who has scored seven times in 22 appearances at club level during the 2019-20 campaign.

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria is another admired talent, while there continue to be strong reports linking England league leaders Liverpool with striker Timo Werner.

The RB Leipzig forward, who has scored 21 Bundesliga goals this season, would be a fine signing for any team. The question appears now is will he have a choice of clubs to opt for?

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How Should the DFL and DFB Finish the Bundesliga Season?

Now there’s a question. If only the answer was a straightforward one!

There is, in fact, no obvious answer, not a single option that any SBOBET Bundesliga betting odds could back even if such scenarios were on the table.

For we are in an unprecedented situation and football has been very much put on the backburner.

Today’s confirmation that the finals of both major European club competitions have been postponed merely confirm the uncertainty football, indeed the globe, is currently facing.

The dilemma facing the Bundesliga governing body, about both that competition and the German Cup, is, to an extent, out of their hands.

We don’t know when 2019/20 will resume, if at all, as mentioned last week.

We don’t know when the next tranche of Bundesliga highlights will arrive.

Containing the coronavirus is the highest priority in all areas of life. Of course, this also applies to Bundesliga 2.

In view of the very dynamic pace of events, the Ordinary Assembly of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga has been considering the effects with the focus on the possibilities for enabling sporting competition, as well as the economic basics, since the clubs and their subsidiaries employ around 56,000 people directly and indirectly.

One certainty at a time of such uncertainty is that the DFL does not expect that it will be possible to resume playing matches on the first weekend in April.

At the same time, clubs and the DFL are intensifying their already close exchange with the health authorities responsible for the respective venues of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, as well as the Federal Ministry of Health, to have the best possible assessment of the situation at all times.

Thousands will be affected if the Bundesliga will end prematurely
Bundesliga fans watching from the stands

So how should the season be concluded?

Well ideally, with competitive football. The Cup has reached the semi-finals stage with minnows Saarbrucken, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four. Three games, possibly behind closed doors, could ultimately complete that competition.

As for the league, that is not as straightforward.

The title race is far from over, although champions Bayern now have a four-point lead and are firm favourites to retain the prize.

The race for the Champions League qualification is, effectively, between five sides for four spots but the race for the Europa League is not as clear cut with anywhere up to about half a dozen sides still in contention.

Likewise, at the bottom of the table, apart from bottom club SC Paderborn, you can’t rule out either Fortuna Dusseldorf or Werder Bremen pulling clear of the danger zone. Each side has nine, in some cases, 10 league fixtures remaining.

So, what to do?

‘The league might have to make some unpopular decisions,’ were the words delivered by Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert earlier today.

‘One of those decisions could include finishing the season behind closed doors.’

I suggest that seems the best-case scenario right now. Certainly, there is little optimism that it can be concluded in front of fans.

Reports suggest finishing the season will be crucial for the league and that it stands to lose in the region of €770 million should it be cancelled. Most of the deficit would come from the loss of television money, which presents the foundation for the financial security of most clubs.

Some Bundesliga clubs would be able to hold out financially until the end of the year should there be no more football. Those clubs include the very smallest that have many players signed on loan and, as a result, do not have a significant wage budget.

Meanwhile, the leading clubs like Bayern and Borussia Dortmund expect to run a deficit but also have enough savings to survive for a significant period without football.

Other teams have big problems, however. At least two Bundesliga sides could face insolvency should the league not be concluded.

With this in mind, the Bundesliga has come up with an emergency plan to finish the season to guarantee that clubs will receive television money.

The DFL is even considering booking hotels at two to three locations in Germany where clubs would be quarantined and then driven directly to the stadium and back.

This way the league could play several games per day. Clubs would play every 48 hours, which would allow the league to finish the season – although hardly ideal and a big advantage for those with deep pockets and bigger squads.

Yet it is apparently one of three possible scenarios the league is currently considering.

Whatever happens, considering Bavaria was one of the first states to issue strict stay at home orders on Friday, it’s unlikely the Bundesliga will finish the league in normal fashion before the June 30 deadline. In what has become the new norm, these are far from normal times.

 

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How Should the DFL and DFB Finish the Bundesliga Season?

Now there’s a question. If only the answer was a straightforward one!

There is, in fact, no obvious answer, not a single option that any SBOBET Bundesliga betting odds could back even if such scenarios were on the table.

For we are in an unprecedented situation and football has been very much put on the backburner.

Today’s confirmation that the finals of both major European club competitions have been postponed merely confirm the uncertainty football, indeed the globe, is currently facing.

The dilemma facing the Bundesliga governing body, about both that competition and the German Cup, is, to an extent, out of their hands.

We don’t know when 2019/20 will resume, if at all, as mentioned last week.

We don’t know when the next tranche of Bundesliga highlights will arrive.

Containing the coronavirus is the highest priority in all areas of life. Of course, this also applies to Bundesliga 2.

In view of the very dynamic pace of events, the Ordinary Assembly of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga has been considering the effects with the focus on the possibilities for enabling sporting competition, as well as the economic basics, since the clubs and their subsidiaries employ around 56,000 people directly and indirectly.

One certainty at a time of such uncertainty is that the DFL does not expect that it will be possible to resume playing matches on the first weekend in April.

At the same time, clubs and the DFL are intensifying their already close exchange with the health authorities responsible for the respective venues of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, as well as the Federal Ministry of Health, to have the best possible assessment of the situation at all times.

Thousands will be affected if the Bundesliga will end prematurely
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So how should the season be concluded?

Well ideally, with competitive football. The Cup has reached the semi-finals stage with minnows Saarbrucken, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four. Three games, possibly behind closed doors, could ultimately complete that competition.

As for the league, that is not as straightforward.

The title race is far from over, although champions Bayern now have a four-point lead and are firm favourites to retain the prize.

The race for the Champions League qualification is, effectively, between five sides for four spots but the race for the Europa League is not as clear cut with anywhere up to about half a dozen sides still in contention.

Likewise, at the bottom of the table, apart from bottom club SC Paderborn, you can’t rule out either Fortuna Dusseldorf or Werder Bremen pulling clear of the danger zone. Each side has nine, in some cases, 10 league fixtures remaining.

So, what to do?

‘The league might have to make some unpopular decisions,’ were the words delivered by Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert earlier today.

‘One of those decisions could include finishing the season behind closed doors.’

I suggest that seems the best-case scenario right now. Certainly, there is little optimism that it can be concluded in front of fans.

Reports suggest finishing the season will be crucial for the league and that it stands to lose in the region of €770 million should it be cancelled. Most of the deficit would come from the loss of television money, which presents the foundation for the financial security of most clubs.

Some Bundesliga clubs would be able to hold out financially until the end of the year should there be no more football. Those clubs include the very smallest that have many players signed on loan and, as a result, do not have a significant wage budget.

Meanwhile, the leading clubs like Bayern and Borussia Dortmund expect to run a deficit but also have enough savings to survive for a significant period without football.

Other teams have big problems, however. At least two Bundesliga sides could face insolvency should the league not be concluded.

With this in mind, the Bundesliga has come up with an emergency plan to finish the season to guarantee that clubs will receive television money.

The DFL is even considering booking hotels at two to three locations in Germany where clubs would be quarantined and then driven directly to the stadium and back.

This way the league could play several games per day. Clubs would play every 48 hours, which would allow the league to finish the season – although hardly ideal and a big advantage for those with deep pockets and bigger squads.

Yet it is apparently one of three possible scenarios the league is currently considering.

Whatever happens, considering Bavaria was one of the first states to issue strict stay at home orders on Friday, it’s unlikely the Bundesliga will finish the league in normal fashion before the June 30 deadline. In what has become the new norm, these are far from normal times.

 

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Bundesliga: BVB’s Young Guns are Up for the Fight

The times are changing in the Bundesliga.

While in recent seasons Borussia Dortmund has been the sole genuine challenger to FC Bayern, the emergence of Red Bull Leipzig as a domestic and European force has not gone unnoticed in Dortmund.

Meanwhile, Marco Rose’s Borussia Monchengladbach lead the Bundesliga earlier in the season and Die Fohlen have an exciting array of attacking talent. So BVB have more than a battle with reigning champions Bayern to deal with, they need to hold off the new challengers.

Only two points separate these three teams in the Bundesliga table, with BVB in second on 51 points, four behind leaders Bayern, while Leipzig are on 50 and Die Fohlen on 49.

Dortmund had fallen a little off the pace but four wins on the bounce, including a 1-2 win away to Borussia Monchengladbach, last time out, fired Favre’s team back up to second place, and the latest Bundesliga 2020 betting odds pitch BVB as the biggest threat to Bayern once again.

 

Favre looks to youth

The Dortmund boss has many riches at his disposal and he has been more than happy to put faith in some of his youngest players, none more so than Jadon Sancho who turned 20 years old today.

Before the break, Sancho was the third top scorer in the league, with 14 goals, the last coming in a 1-0 victory over SC Freiburg. And the England winger has an extra-ordinary assists tally, registering 15. Only Bayern’s Thomas Muller, with 16, has made more. In 23 games Sancho has already surpassed his impressive performance last season when he exploded onto the football stage with 12 goals and 14 assists in 34 appearances.

Defenders have been bamboozled by his scintillating pace and masterful control of the ball, while BVB’s strikers are always awake to the opportunities when he is on a run. Since he moved from Manchester City to the Bundesliga he has become one of the most exciting players in Europe and has already broken into the senior England squad.

Favre may have a battle on his hands to keep his young star in the next transfer window, and Sancho is not the only one with a string of admirers.

19-year-old Erling Braut Haaland made the Bundesliga 2020 news headlines when he arrived at the Signal Iduna Park in January, after a spectacular start to his career at Red Bull Salzburg, where he scored 17 goals in 16 games during the first half of the season. And he’s carried on where he left off in Austria, plundering nine goals in his first eight games for Borussia. Real Madrid are looking for a forward to plug the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018, and their excellent relationship with BVB could help them to swing a 75m deal, ahead of Manchester United who would love to sign the striker.

Achraf Hakimi scored three Bundesliga goals for Borussia Dortmund this season
Borussia Dortmund's Achraf Hakimi kicks the ball during their match against SC Freiburg

Los Blancos have helped Dortmund out this season by loaning 21-year-old Achraf Hakimi to Favre; and he has been a livewire, making ten assists and recording the highest number of sprints in the Bundesliga at 841, ahead of second-placed Sancho who has 709. Meanwhile, Eden Hazard’s younger brother Thorgan has made ten assists too, and the more experienced players have been doing their bit as BVB made their charge to the top.

30-year-old skipper Marco Reus has weighed in with 11 goals, while midfield schemer Axel Witzel has the highest pass completion in the league, with 95 per cent successful passes in open play and, at the back, the redoubtable Mats Hummels has won 100 aerial duels.

This is a team which can battle and dazzle in equal measure.

 

Champions League exit

BVB won the first leg of their Round of 16 Champions League clash against Paris Saint Germain, thanks to two goals from Haaland, but Lucien Favre’s young guns conceded an away goal to Neymar and then fell short in Paris, succumbing 2-0, when the Brazilian was on target again.

But with their league form peaking just before the break, BVB remains the biggest threat to FC Bayern’s domination; and the two sides were scheduled to meet at the Signal Iduna Park on 4th April. If we can get that game on soon then the Yellow Wall will be as imposing as ever…

And, of course, you will be able to keep up with all the news and action from the Bundesliga right here with SBOBET.

 

 

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Bundesliga New Boys are Up to the Challenge

The postponement of Euro 2020, now rescheduled to 2021, has give Europe’s big leagues a hope of completing their competitions; and that would be welcome news in the Bundesliga where we have five teams jostling for places at the top, separated by eight points. FC Bayern are in the lead with 55 but Bayer Leverkusen in fifth, with 47 points, are well in the hunt for a Champions League place.

The Bundesliga 2020 betting odds back another title for FC Bayern, but the race is by no means over.

Meanwhile, at the bottom end of the table there are a couple of big names struggling for their lives to keep away from the spectre of relegation, and that means two of the newly promoted clubs are doing very nicely indeed.

 

FC Koln 10th

Three big Bundesliga 2020 results, just before the break have catapulted newly promoted Koln up the league table with safety pretty much in the bag. A trio of wins before a battling 2-1 defeat away to Borussia Monchengladbach were just what Markus Gisdol’s men needed.

Koln came back to the Bundesliga this season, at the first attempt, having been relegated in 2018, and despite sacking two managers in the last 12 months there is now a calm feel about the club. Reaching the Europa League in 2017, for the first time in a quarter of a century, the Cologne side struggled to balance European and domestic challenges and catastrophically took the drop to the second tier.

Markus Anfang was appointed head coach, and despite keeping the team in top spot for much of the season he was potted after a winless streak near the end of the season. Achim Beierlorzer was appointed at the start of this campaign, but he only lasted until November. Gisdol has been in the hot seat since then and has steadied the ship again.

A 0-5 win away to Hertha Berlin when Jhon Cordoba bagged a brace, a 3-0 home triumph against Europe chasing Schalke and a 1-2 win away to bottom club SC Paderborn lifted Koln up to tenth and ten points clear of trouble.

 

Union Berlin 11th

The passionate fans of FC Union Berlin had the time of their lives in May 2019 when their side reached the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, finishing third in the second division and beating VfB Stuttgart in the play-off.

Marvin Friedrich scored the winning goal in that tie and he was re-signed for the current season, along with defender Neven Subotic; and in their first ever season Die Eisernen have acquitted themselves well. Head coach Urs Fischer has guided them to recent wins over Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen and they sit handily just two points behind Koln.

 

Borussia Dortmund 2nd

Jadon Sancho's team Borussia Dortmund are currently sitting on the second place of Bundesliga table
Jadon Sancho during Borussia Dortmund's match against Borussia Monchengladbach

The overall performance of Dortmund, and their second position, is no great shock, but it is impressive how they have coped following the summer sale of Christian Pulisic to Chelsea.

The American attacking midfielder was BVB’s stand-out for much of the year before his switch to the Premier League but Lucien Favre’s side has adapted well and have looked just as strong. Here at SBOBET we took a look at Borussia Dortmund last week, and particularly how they have reacted to the new challenges set by the likes of RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach. Favre has relied on a combination of youth and experience with unerring faith in his young players, and why not? 20 year-old Jadon Sancho has been in scintillating form again, while 19 year old Erling Braut Haaland has continued his hot streak of scoring form since his move from Red Bull Salzburg.

Four points behind FC Bayern with nine games to play, a title bid is still on for this young side.

 

Werder Bremen 17th

At the other end of the league table and with just 18 points from 24 games Die Werderaner are a daunting eight points from safety. It’s a far cry from the heady days of the 2000s when Werder Bremen was one of the Bundesliga’s best sides, winning the league title in 2004 before being runners up in both 2006 and 2008.

The club has only dropped out of the Bundesliga once before, in 1981, and throughout this century they have never finished below 14th, landing eighth, 11th and eighth over the last three seasons.

Relegation would be a severe shock to their loyal fans.

 

Fortuna Dusseldorf 16th

With 22 points from 25 games, and four behind FSV Mainz in the coveted safety of 15th place, Fortuna are in a pickle too. After winning promotion in 2018, they finished a creditable tenth last term and fans at the 54,000 capacity Merkur Spiel Arena quickly became used to being in the top flight again.

A play-off looks likely against the third placed team in Bundesliga 2 and, if that’s the case, with the first leg played in Dusseldorf that will be a nerve wracking 180 minutes.

 

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Bundesliga: RB Leipzig …Contenders or Pretenders?

RB Leipzig aren’t the most popular club in the Bundesliga. In fact, they rival FC Bayern as the team which fans of the other 16 clubs most love to hate.

Antipathy towards Leipzig is borne out of the club’s image as a money-splashing corporation, whereas Bayern just annoy fans of rival teams by simply winning everything.

They are commonly derided as a ‘plastic club,’ but away from the rivalry and emotion, the latest Bundesliga league table tells us just how serious a contender Leipzig are, as the club holds third place and are third-top goalscorers in the league.

Before 32-year-old head coach Julian Nagelsmann took up the reins at the start of the season, he’d already spent three seasons at 1899 Hoffenheim as the league’s youngest manager. And now he leads an excellent side which has, in such a short space of time, attracted a passionate following to pack its 43,000-capacity stadium in the biggest city in Saxony.

This is a proper club.

 

The history

The club is only in its 11th season, founded by Red Bull GmbH in 2009 after the company bought the playing rights of SSV Markransaft. They started in the fifth tier of German football with a stated ambition of reaching the Bundesliga within eight years. Well, they did it with a year to spare as they were promoted to the elite league in May 2016 with a 2-0 victory over Karlsruher SC.

Remarkably, and while the rest of the Bundesliga stared on aghast, Leipzig were undefeated in their first 13 games in the top flight, a record for a newly promoted club, and topped the league after 11 matchdays.

Head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl resigned in 2018 to take up the position at Southampton in the Premier League and, after Ralf Rangnick guided Die Roten Bullen to third place in 2019, Nagelsmann took over at the start of this season.

They haven’t always been everyone’s favourite team but Leipzig are doing the right thing in the current crisis, as part of a group of four teams, along with FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, who are donating more than £18m to German rivals who are struggling.

 

The present

Leipzig Bull came into the enforced break in decent shape, yielding two draws and a 0-5 victory over Schalke in their last three Bundesliga 2020 results, and that after an impressive 3-0 home win against Spurs in the Champions League.

With 21 goals and seven assists from 24 starts, Timo Werner has become one of the best strikers in the league. Only FC Bayern’s goal machine Robert Lewandowski has more goals than Leipzig’s 24-year-old star.

Werner has time on his side and has plenty of energy; he’s completed 653 sprints so far this term. Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg has been in good form too, scoring late goals in the recent win over Schalke and in the Champions League tie against Spurs.

Bundesliga's Marcel Sabitzer helps eliminate Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League

Marcel Sabitzer celebrates scoring RB Leipzig’s first goal against Tottenham Hotspur at Red Bull Arena

Christopher Nkunku is the third-ranking player for assists in the Bundesliga. The 22-year-old former Paris Saint Germain midfielder is sandwiched between BVB duo Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi, and he has enforcer Konrad Laimer alongside him. The Austrian battler has won 286 duels, the fifth-most in the Bundesliga while committing an eye-catching 50 fouls.

And in defence, they have the sought-after Dayot Upamecano, the £50m-rated French star who’s admired by Barcelona and Arsenal.

This is a good side, no doubt about that.

Borussia Dortmund have been Bayern’s biggest rivals in recent years and currently sit in second place in the Bundesliga, but Lucien Favre’s side knows it has a battle on its hands with the rapid emergence of the Red Bulls, and a team so blessed with talent and steel.

And, of course, Leipzig are already through to the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier competition, having comfortably seen off Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 on aggregate. Marcel Sabitzer was on target twice in the home leg as Leipzig were far too good for last season’s Champions League finalists.

 

The future

There’s plenty for Die Roten Bullen to get their teeth into when the games resume, with a Champions League quarter-final and a Bundesliga title — or at least second place — to chase.

There are discussions ongoing in Europe’s top leagues around the possibility of restarting football sometime in May, possibly behind closed doors. As and when that happens in Germany, the Bundesliga 2020 betting odds will likely have only RB and BVB as the only two sides with a genuine chance of stopping FC Bayern.

And that, my SBOBET friends, makes Red Bull Leipzig a contender, and one which is here to stay.

 

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Bundesliga: Borussia Monchengladbach -Pretender or Contender?

They are having their best season for a generation and, as it stands, remained on the fringes of the Bundesliga title race when the season was brought to a dramatic halt.

Was this expected? Well, perhaps to a degree.

After all, the five-time Bundesliga champions narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification last term under Dieter Hecking.

On the other hand, this was a team which had finished the previous two campaigns in ninth place.

It didn’t start well as new coach Marco Rose, who had never lost a home game in charge of a professional team, saw his new side draw 0-0 draw against Schalke and lose 3-1 RB Leipzig in the first two matches at Borussia-Park.

However, five wins from the opening seven games, in fact, saw Borussia Monchengladbach go top of the table and remain there for eight matchdays – their longest stint in first place since the club last won the title in 1976/77.

They’ve rarely looked back since and are on course for what sporting director Max Eberl said was the goal at the start of the season – to qualify for Europe.

Realistically, a top-four finish is the ultimate target with Rose, who had secured back-to-back titles in Austria, guiding them there until football was suspended three weeks ago.

So, could they be actual title contenders as opposed to pretenders?

The SBOBET Bundesliga betting odds suggests not.

They are currently six points behind leaders Bayern Munich and have just lost at home to Borussia Dortmund.

Yet they have already created plenty of Bundesliga highlights, beating the champions along the way so are certainly capable of causing a surprise.

Interestingly, that was the last time Munich were beaten and they have just announced the extension of head coach Hansi Flick’s contract today, a deal which ties him to the Bundesliga champions until June 2023.

In truth, ‘Gladbach can look back with pride at how they strengthened their attack and defence last summer as the foundations.

They made the short hop across the border to France for Marcus Thuram and left-back Ramy Bensebaini. Son of 1998 World Cup winner Lilian, the former joined from relegated Guingamp and has added another dimension to the Borussia frontline alongside fellow new forward Breel Embolo, who arrived from Bundesliga rivals Schalke. Together they have a combined 13 goals and 11 assists.

Marcus Thuram have provided Borussia Monchengladbach 6 goals and 8 assists in his first year in Bundesliga

Marcus Thuram fights for the ball against Koln’s Kinglsey Ehizibue

While Bensebaini stepped into the spotlight with a match-winning brace against Bayern, perhaps more crucial to the team’s defensive stability was the signing of right-back Stefan Lainer, who followed Rose from Red Bull Salzburg and has quietly gone about his business.

And then there’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer who seems to be inspired every time I cover a Monchengladbach game.

The Switzerland international has played every minute of the campaign and made more saves than any goalkeeper in the league. Those 97 stops represent 76 per cent of all shots he’s faced, which is also the best rate of all first-choice keepers (minimum 10 games) and helped form the base of the division’s third-best defence behind Bayern and Leipzig. That base has allowed the likes of Thuram and Alassane Plea to flourish at the other end.

Although he hasn’t featured over the past three months, Laszlo Benes is also worthy of mention.

The Slovakian international claimed a league-best four assists from free-kicks in his opening 10 appearances.

If play does resume a few months from now, a visit to Bayern is, on paper, the hardest task remaining for Rose’s side, as well as back-to-back games against Eintracht Frankfurt and Leverkusen.

Of their other six remaining matches, only two are against sides in the top half of the table so a surge beyond fourth spot is not out of the question.

Whether or not they can push up the table further (and I don’t think they can this term), even staying in fourth spot would be a fine achievement.

There will be some neutrals willing on The Foals and the respect has grown in recent weeks after they became the first professional club in Germany where players voluntarily offered to sacrifice part of their salary, with coach Rose and the club directors following suit – this in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Borussia Monchengladbach are, it seems, making the right noises both on and off the pitch.

 

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Bundesliga: Are You Saying There’s a Chance?

The 2019/20 Bundesliga season may be on hold for now, but recent developments suggest that the league might resume sooner than later.

Could it be true since the league has a huge dilemma on their hands amidst the coronavirus pandemic?

Well, several reports indicate that teams such as Bayern Munich have started to conduct practices over these past few days as they are still anticipating a return to the pitch sometime in May.

It can be noted that the top flight football league in Germany has been suspended since mid-March until at least at the end of April.

This is somewhat a welcome development especially since Germany has been really affected with COVID-19. As of this writing, Germany has around 103,000 confirmed cases along with 1,800 deaths and 36,081 recoveries.

If ever the season will resume soon, it is expected that the league will impose strict measures in the games – meaning that matches are to be played behind closed doors and players will be under observation at all times.

But how would the league look like assuming it will be back to regular programming come May? Together with SBOBET, let’s take a look at the current Bundesliga landscape.

 

Pretenders or contenders?

Two sides in Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig have been pleasant surprises this season as they took turns in leading the Bundesliga table, and that begs the question on whether they are championship pretenders or contenders this term.

My colleagues took time in analysing these two squads and eventually came up with the conclusion that RB Leipzig looks to be a contender while the same can’t be said for Borussia Monchengladbach.

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann aims to double his effort once the Bundesliga season resumes

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann gestures to his players during their Bundesliga clash against Schalke 04

For the Red Bulls, their youth movement under Julian Nagelsmann has done wonders with the likes of Timo Werner, Marcel Sabitzer, and Christopher Nkunku spearheading the attack. They have formed a lethal attacking combination that can produce a ton of Bundesliga 2020 highlights.

After a tough loss against Schalke to start the season, RB Leipzig found their form by leading the table in two separate occasions. And while they’ve been leapfrogged by Bayern Munich as of the moment, only five points separate between the two.

But perhaps a testament to RB Leipzig’s readiness is their participation in the Champions League. So far this term, the Red Bulls made history by advancing to as far as they’ve ever been when they knocked off Tottenham in the first round.

For the Foals, however, while they have done a good job too this season, inconsistency has haunted them in key stretches.

When faced against the big boys in Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig, Marco Rose’s side tend to falter. They still have more work to do in that regard, but a top-four finish is very likely for them this campaign.

 

How about the bottom feeders?

While Werder Bremen and Paderborn sure to be relegated after this season, the third relegation spot will have to be settled sooner or later should the league resume.

Fortuna currently hold the final relegation spot and for sure teams like Mainz and Augsburg aren’t too envious.

Augsburg in particular have had a troubling form prior to the league’s postponement since they have yet to win a single match since the start of February.

Mainz too experienced some tough times to start the year when they struggled to get wins, which is why their victories against Hertha BSC and Paderborn are probably the reasons why they’re still afloat.

Four points is only the difference between being relegated or staying in top flight, so anything can still happen for the remainder of the season.

 

Can Bayern Munich win it all once more?

After an up-and-down season, Bayern Munich found themselves at the top as they are touted to win the championship once more according to our Bundesliga 2020 odds.

They have been dominant for quite some time now – winning 12 of their last 13 – and they are peaking at the right time.

With opposing defences keying in on slowing down Robert Lewandowski, other players took on the challenge in supplying goals for the Bavarians.

In their match against Hoffenheim, five players have scored for Bayern Munich. Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Joshua Zirkzee, Leon Goretzka, and Philippe Coutinho have filled in well for the then-injured Robert Lewandowski.

At the same time, Bayern’s backline has been phenomenal as they didn’t concede a single goal in their past four matches in all competitions.

Replacing Niko Kovac with Hansi Flick has paid dividends as the latter has done a superb job in building relationships with his players. But more importantly, the club’s youngsters have been thriving under his tutelage.

His efforts have earned for himself a long-term deal with the club. And with the way they’re playing prior to the suspension, the Bavarians are primed to come out with their eighth straight crown.

That is, however, if the Bundesliga will be up and running again next month.

 

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Bundesliga: Top Clubs’ Biggest Issues Upon Return to Play

This season’s Bundesliga title race was shaping up to be the most exciting in recent years. While Bayern Munich made their charge back up to the top of the table, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are still within striking distance of the champions.

The Bundesliga now has plans to restart the season at the start of May, so the top sides are on the clock to get ready to play once again.

But what are the pressing issues the top title contenders could potentially face once they return from this extended break? SBOBET goes in-depth on those issues that could make or break those teams’ title chances.

 

Bayern Munich – Momentum

Everything was going so swimmingly for Bayern before the pause in play. The Bavarians had an 11-match unbeaten run (10 wins, one draw) going in the league. They even thrashed Hoffenheim 6-0 away despite missing star striker Robert Lewandowski.

Lewandowski was set to miss four weeks due to a knee injury, but he should be all ready to return once the season restarts. With Lewandowski back in the mix, it’s honestly tough to see what sort of issues Bayern might encounter upon their return.

The biggest challenge Bayern will likely face is getting that groove back after the extended break. They were playing their best football of the season as they got more familiar with manager Hansi Flick’s system, although it could take some time to rediscover that form.

But even if they aren’t demolishing opponents by five or six goals right away, they still have more than enough quality to continue grinding out results. Their defence has stabilised after some early-season issues due to some injuries.

Speaking of, Bayern could have centre-back Niklas Sule back after his knee injury, which is another hidden blessing of the break in play.

The Bundesliga 2020 odds have Bayern installed as major title favourites for a reason: they are a complete and experienced team with very few pressing issues, which is why it won’t be much of a surprise if they pick up where they left off.

Lucien Favre’s Borussia Dortmund sit 2nd in the Bundesliga table with 51 points

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre on the pitch before the match which will be played behind closed doors

Borussia Dortmund – Defence

Prior to the break in play, Dortmund had finally overtaken Leipzig for second spot on the back of four wins on the bounce.

Lucien Favre’s side kept a clean sheet in three of those matches, which was a promising sign considering their serious defensive issues.

The arrival of Emre Can helped significantly in terms of solidifying the midfield and providing extra protection for the defence.

The big question now is whether that was merely a blip or if Dortmund’s defensive issues have been well and truly solved.

If it’s the former, then Dortmund will need to continue to rely on their talented attack led by Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho to bail them out. After a sizzling start to his Dortmund career, Haaland’s goals slowly began to dry up. He went scoreless in his last three games before the break.

Luckily, though, captain Marco Reus should be set to return after injury. Reus missed the team’s last few games pre-break, including their second-leg defeat to PSG in the Champions League.

But if Dortmund can prove that their defence has made big progress, then BVB should be a legitimate challenger to Bayern’s title.

 

RB Leipzig – Confidence

Leipzig’s status as serious title contenders looked over after a disastrous stretch which saw them draw four of their last six Bundesliga matches. As a result, they’ve dropped all the way down to third in the table.

Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann’s main job now is to restore some confidence in his squad and get them playing with the swagger they had at the start of the season once again.

Nagelsmann will also need to concentrate his efforts on Timo Werner, whose dip in form was particularly concerning. The Red Bulls’ top scorer with 21 league goals saw his Bundesliga 2020 highlights dry up as he found the net just once in his previous seven league matches. Hopefully, this break was just what Werner needed to snap out of his slide.

But a side with the attacking talent that Leipzig have really shouldn’t be relying on Werner as much. The likes of Patrik Schick, Yussuf Poulsen, Christopher Nkunku, and Marcel Sabitzer are more than capable of carrying their share of the attacking load.

They didn’t do that in Leipzig’s last few games, though, which resulted in their slide down the standings. The spotlight will now be on Nagelsmann to show why he’s one of the top young managers in Europe and get the Red Bulls back to title contention.

 

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Bundesliga: The Cream of the Crop in Bavaria

Since their entry in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich – without a shadow of a doubt – have been the most successful club in the history of German football.

With 28 titles spread across six decades in Germany’s top flight, they have clearly dominated the competition in the domestic and also in the international settings, and much of their success can be owed to their star players.

The Bavarians right now are still the championship contenders that we have gotten used to. In fact, they currently own the highest Bundesliga 2020 odds of winning it all once more should the league resume soon.

But for now, as we continue to wait for more Bundesliga 2020 updates due to the coronavirus pandemic, allow SBOBET to take a look at some of the greatest players ever to represent Die Roten.

 

Arjen Robben

Cited by most as one of the iconic wingers ever in Europe, Arjen Robben spoiled us with his flair, speed, and ballhandling dexterity during at the peak of his powers.

In his prime, virtually no one can stop the Dutch international from scoring goals. Known as a born winner, Robben had stints with Chelsea and Real Madrid before heading over to the Allianz Arena where his career would change forever.

From the time he made his debut for Die Roten, Robben would make his impact felt right away as he would tow his team to as far as the semifinals in the 2010 Champions League.

Three years after his debut, he would finally get his crowning moment when he scored the winning goal over their rivals in Borussia Dortmund. He would eventually win eight Bundesliga titles and five DFB Pokals with Bayern Munich.

Robben would finally retire after the 2019 season after a fruitful decade playing for Die Roten. All in all, he has made 201 appearances for them, scoring 99 times.

 

Franck Ribery

A big part of Bayern Munich’s success for the better part of the decade is also because of Franck Ribery as he and Arjen Robben would form a successful attacking partnership.

After an up-and-down career that would see him jumping around clubs in France and Turkey, the French winger would finally find his home in Die Roten back in 2007.

Ribery enjoyed an illustrious career playing for the Bavarian juggernauts as he would record nine Bundesliga titles and six DFB Pokals.

Like Robben, Ribery is as creative as it gets thanks to his craftiness and high IQ on the pitch. He was once complimented by Zinedine Zidane as the jewel of French football.

 

In an era where Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were in their primes, it was remarkable that Franck Ribery won the distinctions of being the French and German player of the year in 2008 and UEFA’s Best Player in the Europe award back in 2013.

 

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is known for his greatness in Bundesliga

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge during a presentation before the match

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge may be known now as the chairman of Bayern Munich, but younger fans need to know that he’s had a great playing career for the team too.

In his 10 years playing for Die Roten, Rummenigge scored 162 goals in 310 appearances. At one point, he was the Bundesliga’s top-scorer in three occasions and even won the German Footballer of the Year award in 1980 as well as the European Footballer of the Year in 1981.

Kalle was one-half of the famous Breitnigge duo during the 80’s where he and Paul Breitner went on to win the Bundesliga title in 1980 and 1981, along with DFB Pokals in 1982 and 1984.

Known as a complete and versatile forward, Rummenigge was quick, decisive, and a consummate team player during his prime.

 

Paul Breitner

Bayern Munich’s success in the early 80’s would not happen if it weren’t for the leadership of Paul Breitner, who is one-half of the famous Breitnigge. He and Rummenigge would form a lethal duo that would wreak havoc against their opponents.

While Rummenigge was more attack-oriented, Breitner was more of an enforcer in the middle to support the backline.

With his strength and power, Breitner was a nightmare to deal with for opposing playmakers. Individually, he has earned for himself a German Footballer of the Year citation in 1981.

His spell with Bayern Munich was the best stretch of his career as he would win seven league titles along with a Champions Cup and a German Cup.

 

Gerd Muller

Known as Der Bomber, Gerd Muller was way ahead of his time. After all, Muller was the greatest marksman of his era, scoring a whopping total of 365 goals in just 427 Bundesliga matches.

He would be responsible, along with Sapp Maier and Franz Beckenbauer, in ushering a new era for the Bavarians in the early 60’s. When he joined the club in 1964, Muller would help catapult Bayern from the Regionalliga Sud to top-flight status for good.

Muller won the German Championship and DFB Pokal four times, along with three European Champions’ Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, and one European Winners’ Cup.

He is the league’s all-time leading scorer and he holds the single-season record for most goals in a season with 40 – a record that is still untouchable to this day.

 

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Bundesliga: Why Hansi Flick Is the Man For Bayern Munich

Since taking over the coaching reins for Bayern Munich last November 2019, Hansi Flick has steered his team back on top of the Bundesliga table, halfway into the Champions League quarterfinals, and into the DFB Pokal Final Four.

In fact, because of his success in just a short amount of time, the management decided to extend his deal up until 2023 since they have high Bundesliga 2020 odds of winning their eighth straight championship.

The Bavarians have been firing on all cylinders prior to this season’s suspension and the squad looks rejuvenated under his tutelage, winning the hearts of the fans in the process.

What has Flick done in order to be on the receiving end of adulation from fans and pundits alike? Today, SBOBET examines on why the German native has been a revelation for the club.

 

Cultivating and repairing relationships

Under Niko Kovac, for all the positives that he brought to the table, he had trouble maintaining the trust of his players. From his subtle jabs through the media to his clandestine attitude for most of his decisions, Kovac inevitably created some discontent in the dressing room.

Being a great manager involves exceptional interpersonal skills and Hansi Flick has shown the capability to build relationships with his players.

Under the 55-year-old, certain players have improved drastically this season. Thomas Muller in particular has enjoyed much success under Flick after he was guaranteed a place in the starting XI. The 30-year-old playmaker started in 18 contests for Die Roten and has registered eight goals along with 15 assists in that time.

It has been a while since Muller have played his best for the team, so count this one as a success story under the Flick effect.

 

Bayern Munich playing with more fire on both ends

While momentum is a concern for the Bavarians after the extended break, one can’t simply overlook their dominance over these past few months.

Bayern Munich, prior to the season’s postponement, notched 12 wins in their last 13 matches in all competitions, and a huge part of their success is because of their formidable backline.

Their defence has been a boon courtesy of some coaching expertise from Hansi Flick since he has put his men in a great position to succeed.

For instance, putting David Alaba and Alphonso Davies at centre-back and left-back was a genius move while Benjamin Pavard provides enough support at right-back. On the other hand, Jerome Boateng has never looked this better on defence for the past four years.

Bayern Munich are at their peak performance for Bundesliga with manager Hansi Flick at the helm

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski celebrates after a match against SC Paderborn at the Allianz Arena

Add along with a potent attack led by the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, Bayern Munich should continue to torch their opponents while adding to their collection of Bundesliga 2020 highlights.

 

A knack for developing young studs

Hansi Flick’s vision for the team has always been egalitarian by nature as he believes that playing minutes should be earned regardless of your tenure.

However, what makes him a great manager so far is his ability to take advantage of their youth. Being a rich club that can compete with the best is always great, but fine-tuning the young guns is arguably just as important for the future of the squad.

Flick is not afraid to mix it up when he feels the need to do so. As I mentioned earlier, putting Alaba and Davies together at the back has been a revelation for the Bavarians especially since Niklas Sule suffered an ACL injury last October.

Aside from Davies and Alaba, putting Joshua Zirksee in the first team has paid dividends as he played a key role off the bench.

Since his promotion last November, the 18-year-old Dutchman registered two goals in consecutive games before the winter break and he even responded well by scoring another goal in lieu of Robert Lewandowski’s absence during their fixture against Hoffenheim in matchday 24.

 

Flick is not afraid to speak up

From the time he was still being considered as the manager for the long haul, Hansi Flick has already shown the gravitas to build the future of the club.

During a full-length press conference last March, the grizzled mentor pushed to have ultimate control with the club to carry out his full plan.

He wanted to have veto power in terms of making roster decisions, but he is also open to suggestions assuming it’s for the betterment of the club.

While his transfer plans are yet to be revealed, it’s expected that he won’t be afraid to swing for the fences should the opportunity presents itself.

But either way, whether he will chase the big names or not, Bayern Munich is already in good shape with Hansi Flick at the helm. And zas we wait for the season to resume, signing him for a few more years should be considered a great move in itself.

 

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Top 5 Bundesliga Matches of 2020 So Far

The 2019-20 Bundesliga season to date has been a barn burner. From massive upsets to high-scoring shootouts, there were all sorts of great matches that entertained SBOBET Bundesliga fans.

Hopefully, there will be more top-quality matches coming soon now that the Bundesliga is slowly preparing to come back after the pause in play.

But before the Bundesliga kicks off once again, here’s a quick look back at the best games that have already taken place in Germany this season.

 

 

Union Berlin 3-1 Borussia Dortmund

Union Berlin had a rough start to their first-ever Bundesliga campaign. The newly promoted side picked up just one win in their first seven matches of the season, with five defeats.

However, that one win will go down in history as they defied the Bundesliga 2020 odds and beat none other than Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 3 to claim their first Bundesliga victory.

Union took an early lead through Marius Bulter, only to see Paco Alcacer equalise just minutes later. But Berlin battled in the second half and scored twice through Bulter and Sebastian Andersson to seal the famous win.

Dortmund would get their revenge by hammering Union Berlin 5-0 at home. But Union fans will always have that memory of beating the BVB in front of a delirious crowd at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

 

 

Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 Bayern Munich

Speaking of upsets, the entire Bundesliga was shaken to its very core after Eintracht Frankfurt pulled off a stunning 5-1 victory over reigning champions Bayern Munich.

Bayern were down to 10 men after just nine minutes as Jerome Boateng was sent off for a last-ditch challenge on Goncalo Paciencia.

Frankfurt took full advantage of that man advantage as they went up 2-0 just after the half hour mark. Robert Lewandowski pulled one back for Bayern before half-time, but that proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

Frankfurt found the net three more times in the second half as Bayern gradually faded as the match wore on.

That match gave many in Germany hope that this was clearly not a vintage Bayern side that would simply run away with the title. And they would be encouraged even further by another massive result.

 

 

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 Bayern Munich

Borussia Monchengladbach beat Bayern Munich, 2-1, during their Bundesliga clash

Borussia Monchengladbach players celebrate after beating Bayern Munich, 2-1, in their Bundesliga clash last December 2019

With Bayern struggling, Borussia Monchengladbach were the surprise leaders of the Bundesliga after 13 matches. Die Fohlen had impressed with their play under manager Marco Rose, and they would win more fans over after their dramatic 2-1 win over Bayern at Borussia-Park.

Bayern dominated most of the first half as Gladbach were fortunate to reach half-time still tied at 0-0. Eventually, though, Bayern broke the deadlock through Ivan Perisic.

But Gladbach did not break. They would bounce back and grab an equaliser on the hour mark through Ramy Bensebaini, who headed home from a corner.

The match would then go on to have one of the most dramatic endings in this Bundesliga season. On 90 minutes, Javi Martinez slid in and brought down Marcus Thuram in the penalty area. The referee pointed to the spot and sent Martinez off for a second yellow.

Bensebaini stepped up to take what was likely the most pressure-packed penalty of his entire career. But the Gladbach left-back kept his nerve and slotted past Manuel Neuer to hand the Foals a famous win.

 

 

Borussia Dortmund 3-3 RB Leipzig

Dortmund and Leipzig met for a big showdown of supposed title contenders just before the winter break. A home win for Dortmund would close the gap on leaders Leipzig to a single point, so there was a lot on the line.

Things were going according to plan for the home side as they went up 2-0 heading into half-time. However, two costly errors allowed Leipzig to claw their way back through Timo Werner.

Dortmund struck back immediately as Sancho put them back in the lead. But Leipzig made the last decisive blow in this heavyweight bout. Patrik Schick scored an equaliser as the two sides shared the spoils in a 3-3 thriller.

The two sides are set to meet again in the penultimate matchday of the season, which should provide more Bundesliga 2020 highlights.

 

 

Augsburg 3-5 Borussia Dortmund

There was a big buzz around Borussia Dortmund as they came back from the winter break with a new star: Erling Braut Haaland. BVB won the race to sign the highly rated 19-year-old striker, who made a debut for the ages against Augsburg.

Dortmund manager Lucien Favre decided not to go with Haaland at the start, but he had no choice but to bring the teenager on in the second half after Dortmund went down 3-1.

It took Haaland just four minutes to make his mark on his new side as he pulled a goal back. And after Jadon Sancho equalised a couple of minutes later, Haaland showed the Dortmund fans — and the Bundesliga as a whole — what he was capable of as he struck twice more to seal a spectacular debut hat-trick.

 

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The Bundesliga’s Elite Goal Getters

We all love a goal scorer; the guy who sets the pulses racing and blows the roof off the stadium as his pile driver or bullet header flies into the net. There’s nothing better!

Before the spread of Coronavirus halted the world’s football leagues the 2019/20 Bundesliga was shaping up to be one of the most exciting campaigns in recent years. FC Bayern was just starting to open up a gap and the reigning champions have two in-form strikers who currently make the top five goal scorers in the league.

But they are not alone, so let’s take a look at their top two hit men and those busting the nets for their rivals.

 

 

5: Serge Gnabry – FC Bayern (11)

There are six players on 11 goals; so Gnabry makes the list courtesy of his nine assists, which make him the all-round striker and a great partner to have upfront. The former Arsenal man has burst onto the international scene, scoring 13 goals in 13 appearances for Germany and he has a good ratio in the Bundesliga.

His goals have come at a rate of one every 148 minutes and he has a shot accuracy of 48 per cent, opening the scoring when Bayern handed out a recent 0-6 hammering to Hoffenheim

 

 

4: Robin Quaison – FSV Mainz (12)

Scoring a goal every 166 minutes with a shot accuracy of 57 per cent has made Quaison the main man for struggling Mainz this season.

Four of the five strikers on this list play for the top three sides in the Bundesliga table, with Quaison the sole outsider. Mainz 05 is in a relegation battle, sitting in 15th place and just four points above the relegation play-off spot, currently occupied by Fortuna Dusseldorf.

The Swedish striker opened the scoring in a crucial victory over bottom club SC Paderborn 07, just before the postponement of the campaign, and Mainz fans hope his goals will be enough to keep them in the top flight.

 

 

3: Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund (14)

Sancho makes more goals than he scores, with an impressive tally of 15 assists, and only

FC Bayern’s Thomas Muller has made mores assists with 16. But he also knows where the net is and, at a goal every 129 minutes with 62 per cent shots on target, no wonder he has become such a hot property in his second season in Dortmund.

Reports in the UK suggest he’s a summer target for Manchester United but the Red Devils will have to fight off some competition if they are to land the England starlet.

Just before the break he set up a goal for Achraf Hakimi and also hit the post in an all-action performance as BVB beat Borussia Monchengladbach in a top of the table clash.

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner attempted the most shots (35) in Bundesliga this season following a ball carry in open play

Timo Werner has 28 goal involvements in 21 Bundesliga games this season

 

2: Timo Werner – Red Bull Leipzig (21)

Leipzig’s 24-year old striker has been one of the big Bundesliga 2020 news stories and he looks destined for a long and successful career at domestic and international level. Werner has time on his side and plenty of energy, he’s completed 653 sprints so far this term and, along with inspirational head coach Julien Nagelsmann, he is one of the big reasons Red Bull Leipzig have been transformed into genuine title contenders.

With 21 goals from 24 games and seven assists, it’s no wonder Werner has attracted interest from the biggest clubs, including European Champions Liverpool.

 

 

1: Robert Lewandowski – FC Bayern (25)

Here in the SBOBET football team we recently took a look at the five most surprising sides in the Bundesliga this season, and you just can’t put FC Bayern on that list. Lewandowski is one compelling reason why not because the Poland scoring machine does the business for the Bavarians year after year.

Since his switch from Borussia Dortmund in 2014 he has scored 153 goals in 182 appearances for Bayern as they lift the league on an annual basis.

This season the lethal Pole has rained down a huge 92 shots on opposition goalkeepers, 60 per cent of them on target and he’s scored a goal every 82 minutes spent on the pitch; and that’s why he’s the leading foreign goal scorer in the history of the competition as well as being Poland’s top scorer of all time.

We’re sure to be back with more Bundesliga 2020 betting tips over the next few weeks, and the form of these five sharp shooters could decide where their club’s fortunes lie at either end of the table.

 

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Bundesliga Restart Plan Faces Pushback

The German Bundesliga has its sights set on being the first of the major football leagues to restart after the weeks-long coronavirus-induced pause in play.

But while several SBOBET Bundesliga fans will be happy to watch some exciting German football games again, not everyone seems to be on board with that plan.

Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert confirmed a few weeks ago that the league was planning to resume the season in early May and will hopefully conclude by the end of June.

However, German fan groups have voiced their displeasure at the league’s plans to start playing games again amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The ultras believe that using tests on players in order to play football would be a socially irresponsible use of resources during this time.

The “ghost game” between Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Koln — the final match before the break in play — was the first-ever Bundesliga match played with no fans, and they are not keen on that being the norm moving forward.

“Quarantine for football, ghost games are no solution,” a statement published on several ultra groups’ websites said on Thursday. “The restart of football is unacceptable in the current situation, especially not under the pretext of social responsibility.”

“A speedy continuation of the season would be a mockery of the rest of society.”

Christian Strohdiek, captain of Bundesliga side Paderborn, also expressed his reservations about playing football again in these difficult times.

“Schools are closed and so many people stay at home, and [yet we are talking about starting] to play football,” he said. “We want to play football and we want to finish the season but in this moment it’s very difficult to believe we can start to play.

“It’s a strange situation because we love this game – but it’s a game. If someone is sick, it is more important that they get the testing.”

Teams have already been training for the past couple of weeks but only in smaller groups while also upholding strict hygiene protocols to avoid infections.

Bayern Munich players celebrate during one of their Bundesliga games this season

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal

Germany is easing social distancing restrictions and slowly opening the country back up starting this week. But it has extended the ban on large public events, which includes football matches, until August 31.

That means if the Bundesliga pushes through with its plan to resume in May, it will play matches with no fans in the stadiums.

It might come as a surprise that the supposedly “hardcore” ultras are against having football back, but their concerns about the Bundesliga’s plans to return are certainly warranted.

While Germany has handled the coronavirus crisis better than most countries in Europe, it would make more sense to try and get the rest of society back to normal instead of diverting valuable medical resources toward restarting the Bundesliga.

However, some fans may not realise the serious financial pressures German clubs face to restart the season.

German newspaper Bild had big Bundesliga 2020 news claiming broadcaster Sky Deutschland had paid the fourth and final payment of €304 million to the clubs for the television rights this season. However, the German Football League denied that a deal had already been struck.

“The DFL is in talks with all media partners,” the DFL said in a tweet. “There is still no contractual agreement with Sky.”

A recent report from Kicker magazine claims that 13 of the 36 Bundesliga and second division clubs are in danger of bankruptcy due to the coronavirus pandemic if they do not receive that final TV rights payment.

The DFL is set to hold a virtual general assembly on April 23, which should shed more light into the Bundesliga’s proposed restart plans.

Like many other domestic football leagues, the Bundesliga is in a difficult spot as it faces an unprecedented situation at the moment. They must weigh the financial situations of their clubs with the backlash of playing football amid a pandemic.

The fans have already made their feelings about the issue heard. But with so much money on the line, the Bundesliga 2020 odds are more likely to favour the league resuming sooner rather than later.

 

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Bundesliga Restart Plan Faces Pushback

The German Bundesliga has its sights set on being the first of the major football leagues to restart after the weeks-long coronavirus-induced pause in play.

But while several SBOBET Bundesliga fans will be happy to watch some exciting German football games again, not everyone seems to be on board with that plan.

Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert confirmed a few weeks ago that the league was planning to resume the season in early May and will hopefully conclude by the end of June.

However, German fan groups have voiced their displeasure at the league’s plans to start playing games again amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The ultras believe that using tests on players in order to play football would be a socially irresponsible use of resources during this time.

The “ghost game” between Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Koln — the final match before the break in play — was the first-ever Bundesliga match played with no fans, and they are not keen on that being the norm moving forward.

“Quarantine for football, ghost games are no solution,” a statement published on several ultra groups’ websites said on Thursday. “The restart of football is unacceptable in the current situation, especially not under the pretext of social responsibility.”

“A speedy continuation of the season would be a mockery of the rest of society.”

Christian Strohdiek, captain of Bundesliga side Paderborn, also expressed his reservations about playing football again in these difficult times.

“Schools are closed and so many people stay at home, and [yet we are talking about starting] to play football,” he said. “We want to play football and we want to finish the season but in this moment it’s very difficult to believe we can start to play.

“It’s a strange situation because we love this game – but it’s a game. If someone is sick, it is more important that they get the testing.”

Teams have already been training for the past couple of weeks but only in smaller groups while also upholding strict hygiene protocols to avoid infections.

Bayern Munich players celebrate during one of their Bundesliga games this season

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal

Germany is easing social distancing restrictions and slowly opening the country back up starting this week. But it has extended the ban on large public events, which includes football matches, until August 31.

That means if the Bundesliga pushes through with its plan to resume in May, it will play matches with no fans in the stadiums.

It might come as a surprise that the supposedly “hardcore” ultras are against having football back, but their concerns about the Bundesliga’s plans to return are certainly warranted.

While Germany has handled the coronavirus crisis better than most countries in Europe, it would make more sense to try and get the rest of society back to normal instead of diverting valuable medical resources toward restarting the Bundesliga.

However, some fans may not realise the serious financial pressures German clubs face to restart the season.

German newspaper Bild had big Bundesliga 2020 news claiming broadcaster Sky Deutschland had paid the fourth and final payment of €304 million to the clubs for the television rights this season. However, the German Football League denied that a deal had already been struck.

“The DFL is in talks with all media partners,” the DFL said in a tweet. “There is still no contractual agreement with Sky.”

A recent report from Kicker magazine claims that 13 of the 36 Bundesliga and second division clubs are in danger of bankruptcy due to the coronavirus pandemic if they do not receive that final TV rights payment.

The DFL is set to hold a virtual general assembly on April 23, which should shed more light into the Bundesliga’s proposed restart plans.

Like many other domestic football leagues, the Bundesliga is in a difficult spot as it faces an unprecedented situation at the moment. They must weigh the financial situations of their clubs with the backlash of playing football amid a pandemic.

The fans have already made their feelings about the issue heard. But with so much money on the line, the Bundesliga 2020 odds are more likely to favour the league resuming sooner rather than later.

 

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Bundesliga Leading Race to Resume Play

The German Bundesliga is on course to become the first major sports league to restart its season after the weeks-long pause in play due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The league is slated to restart on May 9 pending final government approval and already has guidelines in place to prevent the spread of the disease.

Despite continued opposition from some sectors, the Bundesliga looks prepared to push through with its plans to resume the season amid serious financial concerns.

Once again, SBOBET is here to break down all of the major Bundesliga 2020 news about the league’s plans to resume play.

 

German FA give guidelines for Bundesliga return

A task force led by the German national team physician has come out with guidelines for how Bundesliga clubs can return to action and play games behind closed doors.

It estimates that a maximum of 322 people — this includes the coaches, team officials, medical personnel, broadcasting employees and security staff members — will be needed for each game, and all will be regularly tested.

Stadiums will be separated into three defined zones: inside the stadium, in the stands and outside the stadium. Only about 100 people are allowed in each zone.

The DFL estimates that 20,000 tests will be needed for games to resume, which is just a fraction of the over 600,000 tests Germany has available each week.

Pre-game rituals such as handshakes and team photos will be forgone, while post-match press conferences will be held virtually.

Aside from these, players also have also been handed guidelines for how to behave off the pitch in order to minimise the possibility of infection.

Curiously, though, the task force recommends not automatically reporting a positive coronavirus case to the press, since “disease verification” and “clear documentation of suspected transmission routes take priority.”

Moreover, the task force also believes the entire squad doesn’t need to be automatically quarantined if a player is infected. Instead, it recommends “ensuring a sufficiently large squad in the season’s run-in at an early stage.”

 

Bundesliga restart faces more backlash

The Bundesliga’s plan to bring back the season has not gone over well with everyone. Fan groups previously sent out a public statement condemning the decision to resume play amid the global pandemic.

And now, a German virologist has come out and warned that the risks to restarting the season are still significant.

Leipzig-based Prof. Uwe G. Liebert believes that the Bundesliga’s guidelines and safety measures, which include playing without fans and constant testing and monitoring of players, aren’t enough to guarantee their safety.

“We don’t know about the long-term effects of an illness with COVID-19,” Liebert said per the Associated Press. “It’s possible to get very sick or die from the virus at a young age.”

Liebert also notes how football players have such close contact with each other during games, so in case a player tests positive for the virus, everyone — possibly even the opposing team — would have to go in quarantine.

Meanwhile, Jorg Radek, a senior official of the German Police Trade Union, is also against restarting the league behind closed doors and believes it would pose a risk to public health.

Radek warns that some fans could still decide to go just outside stadiums in support of their clubs and form large crowds in the process.

Preventing those sorts of incidents would require a significant amount of police presence, which would add to the burden on the police.

 

Dortmund CEO warns Bundesliga won’t survive if it stays suspended

Borussia Dortmund still have a chance to win the Bundesliga should football resume

Borussia Dortmund squad celebrate post game

But while there are some who oppose the Bundesliga’s plans to restart play, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke warns that the Bundesliga risks bankruptcy if it doesn’t resume play soon.

“If we don’t play in the next few months, all of Bundesliga will go under and then there wouldn’t be a league in the way we know it,” Watzke told Sky TV.

“Of course, many fans say: ‘There’s no desire for it, it’s not on television’, that is perfectly clear, but it’s about saving football!”

Watzke’s Dortmund are currently second in the table behind Bayern Munich. But despite being just four points behind, the Bundesliga 2020 betting odds still see the BVB as significant title underdogs as Bayern have much fewer issues surrounding them.

The league is hoping to finish the remaining nine rounds left in the season and collect the final payment on their television contract. If the clubs are unable to get that TV money, a number of them face the prospect of going broke, the DFL claims.

However, the decision to restart the season still rests on the German government. They will meet again on April 30, where they could potentially make a final decision on whether to give the Bundesliga the green light.

 

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Is Bundesliga Ready to Return?

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is a big day in the world of elite football, as all eyes are on Germany’s decision on how far to go in releasing its national lockdown.

The Bundesliga looked set to be the first major league to recommence after the outbreak of coronavirus put a halt to world sport, but last week the decision was delayed until Tuesday 6th, with a restart date of 9th May not entirely out of the question.

Germany’s neighbours in the Netherlands and France have already abandoned their leagues, but the big four in England, Spain and Italy, along with the Bundesliga haven’t yet given up hope. The Premier League has a restart plan but there are suggestions that the six teams in danger of relegation are stalling, so the UK and rest of Europe will be watching the Bundesliga 2020 news avidly.

Two weeks ago May 9th was suggested as a start date but nothing was confirmed as the league, quite rightly, decided to wait for government guidance. Cash flow is becoming more stretched every day of the crisis but last Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said any decision on when sport can recommence will be made on the 6th. The German interior minister Horst Seehofer has backed a restart for the Bundesliga, behind closed doors, after clubs have started training again in small groups.

Bundesliga are eyeing for an early restart of the 2019-20 season

German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the news conference in Berlin on the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic

The German Football League has issued guidelines for regular testing of players and Seehofer has indicated he’s in favour of full team quarantine in case of positive tests, saying: “I find the time frame of the German Football League plausible and I support a restart in May. There should be no extra privileges for the league but I am in favour of trying to play again.”

 

Bayern’s Title to Lose

If we are heading for an imminent restart then FC Bayern will begin in pole position to win their eighth title in as many years, with a four-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga 2020 betting odds here at SBOBET are backing the Bavarians to see the job through, and their top striker Robert Lewandowski will be primed for action.

Polish sharpshooter Lewandowski looks set to pick up another Golden Boot with a four-goal lead over Red Bull Leipzig’s Timo Werner. Already on 25 goals, he’ll back himself to reach 30, beating his 29 from 2018 and in the process making it three Golden Boots on the run.

Dortmund are second-favourites to win the 2020 title, but Red Bull Leipzig will be keen to make a resumption too. 32-year-old head coach Julien Nagelsmann took over at the start of the season and he’s made an immediate impact in Leipzig, giving his side a genuine, if slim, chance to pull off a shock title win. Red Bull is one of five teams within eight points of the top spot, down to Bayer Leverkusen in fifth place, and in Werner they have the firepower of their own. The Saxony team is already through to the last eight of the Champions League, having brushed aside last season’s finalists Spurs.

At the bottom end of the table, Werder Bremen and SC Paderborn occupy the relegation spots with Fortuna Dusseldorf in the play-off place in 16th. Four teams, up to Eintracht Frankfurt in 12th are looking over their shoulders, so there’s plenty to play for at both ends of the table when the restart happens.

 

Positive tests in Cologne

One of the key strategies for a return to action is the constant testing of players to, as near as possible, avoid any risk of a player picking up the virus during a match. FC Koln has reported that three people have tested positive for COVID 19, but the club is continuing to train ahead of the league’s return.

There has been no confirmation whether or not players were among the positive cases at the club, but the three are now in quarantine while training continues. The club statement said: “FC Koln had the entire team and coaching staff, along with the backroom staff, tested on Thursday for COVID 19. Three people tested positive, all are symptom-free.”

We wish them and all positive cases a quick recovery and hope for a safe return to football in Germany before long. Let’s see what the Chancellor says tomorrow…

 

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Bundesliga: Young Stars Coveted by Rival Clubs

The Bundesliga is reportedly on track for a much-awaited return on the field, which means that we might be able to see our favourite players and teams go at it for the title.

Bayern Munich still stand atop of the league table with 55 points and they own the highest Bundesliga 2020 odds of bringing home another trophy, while fellow contenders in Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and Borussia Monchengladbach aren’t far behind.

But while everything is still up in the air, the transfer rumour mill is still running in full steam as teams plan try to reload for a late season push.

Several young stars in particular have been in numerous transfer talks – namely Kai Havertz, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner, and Jadon Sancho.

These standouts have performed well for their respective teams this season, which is why it’s understandable that they are some of hottest commodities in European football as of the moment.

As always, SBOBET is here to give you a roundup of the Bundesliga 2020 news.

 

Kai Havertz sought after by Premier League clubs

As expected, Kai Havertz has been a revelation for Bayer Leverkusen this season. The German midfielder has been one of their top playmakers as he notched nine goals and seven assists.

His performance has garnered significant interest from various teams. According to a recent  report, the 20-year-old has been eyed by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.

The said Premier League clubs have quality already at the midfield. The Blues recently added a key piece in Hakim Ziyech while the Red Devils already have Bruno Fernandes in there, but that isn’t going to stop them from having a bidding war for the young stalwart.

Havertz is a graduate from Bayer Leverkusen’s academy. While he will be keen on staying with the team, it’s expected that Havertz will test his value over the summer and he is open to move away from Germany as long as it is with the right club.

 

Leroy Sane signs multi-year deal with Bayern Munich

Just a few hours ago, it was confirmed that Bayern Munich has signed Leroy Sane for a multi-year deal.

The winger has been a long-term target for the Bavarians for as early as last summer only for him to suffer a torn ACL during the Community Shield. He has yet to play since that injury, but he was seen in training right before the COVID-19 shutdown.

This signing might turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Bayern Munich as they were able to sign him for only €40-M, which is significantly less than what they earmarked for him last summer.

With Kevin de Bruyne playing very well for Manchester City, Leroy Sane was deemed as expendable which paved the way for the defending champions to swoop in with this cost-efficient deal.

 

Liverpool bide their time on Timo Werner

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is delighted after a Bundesliga match

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner celebrates after a Bundesliga win

Timo Werner has been long linked to Liverpool. And while his fit there is still left to be imagined, that will not stop the Premier League champions-elect to be going after the high-scoring forward.

His release clause with RB Leipzig is valued at roughly €60-M. Liverpool may opt to pay the said price right away to get him, but they reportedly told Werner’s representatives that they need more time to decide on their formal offer.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the transfer market is about to be distorted this summer. Player values are expected to dip so it’s expected that Liverpool will practice prudence on this particular move.

Werner and Klopp have expressed their admiration for one another prior to the shutdown. However, the 24-year-old is open to listen to other clubs’ pitches as well – namely Inter, AC Milan, Juventus, and Barcelona.

 

Borussia Dortmund in search for a possible Jadon Sancho replacement

With the arrival of Erling Haaland, perhaps that would soften the blow should Jadon Sancho leave over the summer. The young English international, in fact, has been heavily linked to Manchester United.

The Red Devils are expected to break the bank for Sancho while Chelsea and Liverpool are monitoring this situation.

With that said, BVB have turned their sights to possibly acquire Milot Rashica as Sancho’s replacement. The Werder Bremen striker has impressed this season with seven goals and four assists in 20 matches this term.

Signing the Kosovo international would be a huge bargain for Dortmund as he is currently valued only at around €31-M.

 

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Bundesliga: 5 Key Moments in Borussia Dortmund History

Borussia Dortmund are one of the most storied clubs in the Bundesliga. Their history is full of unforgettable moments, both domestically and in Europe, that have helped the club become what it is today.

SBOBET is here to take a look back at all of those major moments in BVB history and the significance of those great achievements on the club.

 

1. 1966 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup win over Liverpool

When it comes to European success, Bayern Munich are clearly German football’s standard-bearers. The Bavarians claimed a hat-trick of European Cup titles in the ‘70s and made three more Champions League finals during the 2010s.

However, Bayern were not the first German club to taste European success. That distinction goes to Dortmund, who became the first Bundesliga side to take home European silverware when they won the 1966 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

Unlike their dramatic Europa League quarter-final tie in 2016, Dortmund came out on top over English giants Liverpool in the final.

BVB took the lead through Sigfried Held just after the hour mark. But the Reds equalised through Roger Hunt seven minutes later. The match went into extra-time, and that was when Reinhard Libuda popped up with the winner for the Germans.

It would be decades before Dortmund would taste European success again, but that victory at Hampden Park would forever put them in the history books as Germany’s first European champions.

 

2. 1994-95 Bundesliga title on the last day

The 1994-95 season had one of, if not the most exciting ending to a Bundesliga campaign ever.

Dortmund had yet to win the Bundesliga and hadn’t claimed the German Championship since 1963, but they were so close to ending that decades-long drought.

They were only a point behind defending champions and leaders Werder Bremen heading into the final game of the season. Back then, a win was worth two points instead of three.

A draw would be enough for Bremen to secure the title, while Dortmund had to defeat Hamburg and hope Bremen would lose to Bayern Munich.

And as luck would have it, Dortmund’s great rivals did them a massive favour as they beat Bremen, 3-1.

Meanwhile, Dortmund held up their end of the bargain. Andi Möller and Lars Ricken both scored as they beat Hamburg 2-0 to claim their first Bundesliga title in dramatic fashion.

Dortmund would go on to successfully defend that title the following season and sealed their status as the top club in Germany.

 

3. 1997 Champions League final win over Juventus

Dortmund fell short of securing a hat-trick of league titles in the 1996-97 season. But that season was still a massive success as they claimed a much bigger prize: the Champions League.

Dortmund breezed through the knockout stage. They won both legs against Auxerre in the quarter-finals and did the same to Manchester United in the semis.

They were through to the final to face defending champions Juventus, who had thrashed Ajax 6-2 on aggregate in their semi-final tie.

But despite a star-studded attack featuring the likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Christian Vieri, and Alen Boksic, Dortmund stunned the Italians with a 3-1 victory.

Karl-Heinz Riedle’s two set-piece goals in the first half sent Dortmund on their way, while substitute Lars Ricken’s audacious chip on Angelo Peruzzi — with his first touch of the game — would make Bundesliga 2020 highlights if it happened today.

The fact that Dortmund became the first German winners of the Champions League at the Olympic Stadium, home of bitter rivals Bayern, made that victory all the sweeter.

 

4. 1998 Champions League quarter-final win over Bayern

The following season, Dortmund would face bitter rivals Bayern in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. It marked the first Der Klassiker ever in Europe’s top club competition.

The clubs played to a stalemate over the first 180 minutes, which meant extra time. And on the 19th minute of extra time, Dortmund striker Stephane Chapuisat scored the decisive goal with a beautiful volley to break Bayern hearts.

Bayern would get their revenge during their next meeting in the Champions League, which came in the 2013 final.

But despite that painful defeat, Dortmund can still cling on to that first triumph over their rivals back in 1998.

 

5. 2012 DFB Pokal win over Bayern

Much like in recent years, the Bundesliga 2020 odds have tilted toward Bayern Munich. But back in 2012, Dortmund had regained the upper hand over their rivals.

With Jurgen Klopp at the helm, Dortmund secured a second consecutive Bundesliga title with a then-record 81-point tally.

 

Jurgen Klopp-led Borussia Dortmund have reached greater heights in the Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek pours beer over manager Jurgen Klopp to celebrate their Bundesliga title victory

They also reached the final of the DFB Pokal, a competition they hadn’t won since 1989 and were set to meet rivals Bayern.

That final turned out to be the defining match in Klopp’s Dortmund reign. Thanks to a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick, Dortmund dominated their rivals en route to a 5-2 victory, sealing their first-ever league and cup double in the process.

As Klopp said after the match, “That evening in Berlin was one of the moments in the 103-year history of our club.”

Dortmund haven’t quite been able to reach those great heights since, but with bright young stars Erling Braut Haaland, Jadon Sancho, and Giovanni Reyna leading the charge, success may be just around the corner for the Yellow Wall.

 

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Bundesliga’s Hidden Gems

Football is on its way back, and it’s Germany leading the way after the announcement that the Bundesliga is set to restart next weekend on the 16th May.

It’s great news for football fans, and if the German League can get back up and running safely then the other big leagues will have greater confidence to follow.

It’s been several weeks since we’ve seen top European football but world-class stars such as Robert Lewandowski and Jadon Sancho are getting set for the big kick-off. And there will be plenty of other players ready to impress as teams try to finish the job that was postponed when the COVID-19 virus took hold.

So let’s take a look at five top players who haven’t hit the headlines every week, but have made a big contribution to their team’s campaigns.

These players aren’t out of sight and mind at their own clubs, revered by fans who know them so well, but elsewhere in the Bundesliga they can sometimes go under the radar.

 

Benjamin Pavard – Bayern Munich

With both Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski in the top five scorers in the Bundesliga, the league leaders are laden with attacking talent, but one defender at the club has proved he can show the strikers how to do it.

After impressing for three seasons at Stuttgart, Pavard arrived at Bayern at the start on this season, aged 23, and he’s been a key player in the Bavarians’ back-line.

France fans will recall his finest moment at the Russia 2018 World Cup when he hit a stunning strike to help Les Bleus beat Argentina. His arrowed shot flew into the top corner and was voted the best goal of the tournament on the FIFA website.

The wing-back said: “I didn’t think about it. I just tried to get over it and keep it down. The ball bounced up as it came to me. I was trying to hit it in the direction it came from, which is what strikers always tell me.”

Lewandowski would have been proud!

 

Achraf Hakimi – Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund sit in second place, four points behind FC Bayern in the Bundesliga table. They have a chance to close the gap on Saturday when they meet Schalke in the Ruhr derby before Bayern face Union Berlin on 17 May.

Achraf Hakimi is one of the best right-back in the Bundesliga at the moment

Borussia Dortmund right-back Achraf Hakimiin action against Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe in the Champions League

The Bundesliga 2020 betting markets are weighed heavily in favour of FC Bayern but the fans in the Yellow Wall haven’t given up hope just yet. Sancho is having an amazing season, which has somewhat overshadowed the contribution made by Hakimi, on loan from Real Madrid.

He arrived as a quick dynamic full-back but BVB have used him in a more advanced position. He has rewarded the club with ten assists and he scored the crucial winner in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-2 league win over Monchengladbach just before the break.

 

Wout Weghorst – Wolfsburg

Die Wolfe haven’t been as heavily featured by SBOBET football and other media outlets, but they are on the tails of their more illustrious rivals. They currently sit seventh in the league, a point behind the Europa League spot currently held by Schalke.

At 6 feet 6 inches, Weghorst is an absolute beast of a player. The Netherlands striker has bagged 11 goals this season and has 28 in 58 games for Wolfsburg since his 2018 transfer from AZ Alkmaar. He scored a typical poacher’s goal with a point-blank header to hand Die Wolfe three points against Union Berlin last time out.

 

Kevin Volland – Bayer Leverkusen

In his fourth season at Leverkusen, Volland is a reliable source of goals; he has nine this season and 43 in 110 games since he arrived from Bundesliga rivals 1899 Hoffenheim.

Fellow wide man Leon Bailey has been in the news recently, attracting interest from the Premier League, with Arsenal and Chelsea watching him, but Volland has also been monitored by the Gunners. He’s a full international, scoring for Germany in the 8-0 destruction of San Marino in 2018, and is a key player in Leverkusen’s top-four push.

 

Alassane Plea – Borussia Monchengladbach

Die Fohlen are in that race too, currently in fourth place and two points ahead of Leverkusen. Plea has made a big impact on their campaign, with eight goals and seven assists.

The French striker arrived in a £25m euros switch from Ligue 1 side Nice in 2018, signing a five-year contract. He was Nice’s top scorer in 2017 with 11 Ligue 1 goals, and he’s shown he can make the step up to one of Europe’s big four leagues.

While we continue to fight the Coronavirus, as the first major league to restart, the Bundesliga will lead the way. We’ll be ready and raring to bring you the Bundesliga 2020 news, highlights and results as they happen, so keep a lookout for these five players.

 

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Bundesliga: 5 Most Exciting Title Races in History

With the Bundesliga set to resume this weekend, one of the more competitive title races in recent history is all set to resume.

While Bayern may have a four-point lead over Borussia Dortmund in the standings and have the superior Bundesliga 2020 odds, only six points separate the top four teams, so it’s still anyone’s title for the taking.

If a few Bundesliga 2020 results go a certain way, this 2019-20 season might end up making the list of the most exciting title run-ins in history.

There have been so many great ones through the years that it was hard to narrow it down to just a handful of seasons, but here are SBOBET’s selection of the five best Bundesliga title chases.

 

5. 1999-2000 – Leverkusen let title slip on the last day

Bayer Leverkusen are known as the “Eternal Bridesmaids” and “Bayer Neverkusen” for a reason. From 1996-2002, Die Werkself finished runners-up in the league four times. But by far the most painful of those four failures was in 1999-2000.

After returning from the winter break, Leverkusen went on a torrid run which saw them win 12 of their next 15 matches to go three points clear of second-place Bayern Munich heading into the last day of the season.

All they needed to clinch their first-ever title was a draw away to Unterhaching, who effectively had nothing left to play for.

But Leverkusen bottled it. Star midfielder Michael Ballack scored an own-goal in the 20th minute and were caught on the counterattack as they lost, 2-0. Meanwhile, Bayern took care of business and won 3-1 at Werder Bremen to steal the title from under Leverkusen’s nose on goal difference.

 

4. 2018-19 – Bayern chase down rivals Dortmund

Despite being the most famous rivalry in German football, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have not had many memorable title battles.

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Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho reacts after a Bundesliga match

Perhaps their most competitive championship fight came to date in the 2018-19 season. A young Dortmund side led by the phenomenal Jadon Sancho took the league by storm and were on top for most of the season as Bayern struggled for the first half of the campaign under new manager Niko Kovac.

However, Dortmund began to falter coming out of the winter break. Meanwhile, Bayern finally found their footing and began winning almost every game.

BVB were still on top ahead of Der Klassiker at Bayern on Matchday 28, but they surrendered the lead as Bayern blew them out of the water, 5-0. Dortmund’s title dreams were dashed.

Despite dropping five more points, Dortmund still had a chance to steal the title on the final day of the season. But Bayern beat Eintracht Frankfurt to win their 28th Bundesliga title.

 

3. 2001-02 – Dortmund edge out three-horse race

Prior to 2018-19, Dortmund and Bayern also contested a very tight three-horse title race in 2001-02 along with Bayer Leverkusen.

Leverkusen, who were on course for a historic treble, saw those dreams take a major blow on the second-to-last game of the season. They lost 1-0 loss to Nurnberg, which knocked them off the top of the table.

Dortmund were now one point ahead of Leverkusen and two up on Bayern heading into the final game of the season. But after both Leverkusen and Bayern won their last matches, it was up to Dortmund to come through.

Dortmund had a history of winning the league in the final game of the season as they claimed their first Bundesliga crown in 1994-95 in thrilling fashion. It didn’t look as if history would repeat itself, though, as they went behind early to Werder Bremen.

But after Jan Koller equalised, Ewerthon came through with the winner 16 minutes from time to deliver a dramatic title triumph.

 

2. 1983-84 – Stuttgart come out on top in epic three-way tie

When it comes to title races, they don’t get much tighter than in 1983-84, which saw the top five clubs separated by a mere three points and the top three all finish tied at 48 points.

Reigning Bundesliga and European champions Hamburg had a golden opportunity to pull ahead of the pack on the penultimate round of the season. However, they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to lowly Eintracht Frankfurt, which meant that Stuttgart were now top on goal difference.

Stuttgart then defeated Werder Bremen in their last match of the season to go two points clear of Hamburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Hamburg and Gladbach would both win their final matches to pull level with Stuttgart, but the Swabians claimed the tightest title chase in German history thanks to a superior goal difference.

 

1. 1991-92 – Stuttgart claim title with late goal

Shockingly, Stuttgart would win the Bundesliga on goal difference after another tight three-way battle just eight years later.

The 1992 Bundesliga title was Eintracht Frankfurt’s to lose. They were in a three-way tie along with Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart heading into the final game of the season. However, they had the superior goal difference and a relatively easy final fixture — away to second-bottom Hansa Rostock.

But Frankfurt failed to get that win as an 89th-minute Rostock winner opened the door for both Dortmund and Stuttgart to snatch the title.

Dortmund were leading their match, and with Stuttgart drawing with Leverkusen, BVB looked on course for their first Bundesliga crown.

Four minutes from time, though, Guido Buchwald headed home the golden goal for Stuttgart, who won the title on goal difference yet again.

 

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BVB Really Can Win the Bundesliga

As the first major European League to return to action, the Bundesliga will be the centre attention this weekend, and the race for the title is well and truly back on.

And there is a good case to put forward that Borussia Dortmund can win the 2020 competition.

Lucien Favre’s team sits in second place in the league table, four points behind FC Bayern. The latest Bundesliga 2020 betting odds here at SBOBET offer 5.80 on BVB to win the title, with Bayern at 1.21 and RB Leipzig still in the race at 11.00.

But there are three good reasons for Borussia fans to believe that this really could be their year.

 

Favre’s team now goes toe to toe with Bayern

The Bavarians have dominated the Bundesliga, winning the last seven campaigns since Dortmund won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. But the gap has been narrowing of late.

Borussia dominated for much of last season and at one point were seven points clear of the Bavarians, only to lose the title on the final day of the campaign.

That could have been a crushing blow to Dortmund, but Favre’s men have responded superbly this season. They got off to a confidence-boosting start by beating Bayern 2-0 in the DFL Supercup, the German season’s curtain-raiser.

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Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho celebrates after scoring a goal during their Bundesliga clash against SC Freiburg

England winger Jadon Sancho stole the show, making one goal and scoring a second as BVB ran out comfortable winners to set down a useful marker.

The leaders hold no fear for the chasers and I expect this season to go to the wire again.

 

Dortmund’s attacking options

Favre has made some impressive moves in the transfer market after losing Christian Pulisic to Chelsea last summer. Centre-back Mats Hummels returned to the club to shore up the defence and he appears in the Bundesliga’s top five list for headed duels won.

Bringing Hummels back to the Signal Iduna Park was a shrewd move by the head coach, as was the capture of attacking midfielder Thorgan Hazard from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Sancho remains the most exciting attacking talent at the club, though Achraf Hakimi, who arrived on loan from Real Madrid in 2018, has been highly impressive this term. The speedy wing-back has already made ten assists in the current campaign.

Die Schwarzgelben arguably have the most exciting forward options in the league this season. In the January window, Favre moved to bring in Erling Braut Haaland, and the 6ft 4in Norwegian striker has started in spectacular form, scoring nine goals in eight games.

This is an attacking line-up which can carve any defence into shreds with three players,  Sancho, Hazard and Hakimi in the top five assist makers in the league, with 45 between them!

Favre will want to keep this team together and the club expects to keep Sancho in Dortmund for at least another season.

 

The fixtures are in BVB’s favour

With four points to make up on the leaders and nine games remaining, Dortmund need to hit the ground running. But the fixture list, running through to the climax at the end of June, looks favourable for Favre’s men.

What better way to get the Yellow Wall bouncing by starting with the mother of all derbies, at home to Schalke where Die Scwarzgelben start as hot favourites to win at odds of 1.54 here at SBOBET?

Win that match and the gap will be down to a single point before FC Bayern heads to Union Berlin on Sunday. That little bit of pressure might just have an impact on the Bavarians as this will feel like the first game of the season.

Then the tough games come thick and fast for Bayern, with an away match against BVB on 26th May, followed by a trip to fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen and a home clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Dortmund has a big game away to Red Bull Leipzig, but all their other games look winnable.

As the Bundesliga 2020 results begin to roll back in again, the next couple of weeks could turn the tide, particularly if Favre’s team comes out on top in that epic clash with Bayern on 26th May.

Then, if Dortmund is neck and neck with the Champions on the last day of the season, they host Hoffenheim while Bayern makes a difficult trip to Wolfsburg.

It’s about to get interesting!

 

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Bundesliga: Why the 2020 Title Is Bayern’s to Lose Once Again

Bayern Munich have won seven straight Bundesliga titles and are well on course for No. 8. With nine games remaining in the season, they are on top of the table, four points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund.

The Bundesliga 2020 odds have the Bavarians as overwhelming favourites to claim another championship, and it’s not hard to see why.

SBOBET is here to lay out the three key reasons as to why the Bundesliga title is headed back to Bayern this season.

 

1. Flick of the switch

Hansi Flick had a bit of a rocky start as Bayern boss. After winning his first four matches in charge by a total score of 16-0, Bayern suddenly lost back-to-back games at home to Bayer Leverkusen and at Borussia Monchengladbach.

But that turned out to be the only blip in his tenure as he’s gotten the German giants back to their best in a relatively short amount of time.

Since those back-to-back defeats, Bayern’s Bundesliga 2020 results have been immaculate. They have gone undefeated in their last 11 league matches, winning 10 of them. Their unbeaten run in all competitions is currently at 15 matches, with 14 wins.

With that impressive record, it was no surprise that Bayern finally decided to make Flick their manager permanently.

The days of Bayern looking wobbly under Niko Kovac look to be behind them thanks to Flick, who has flicked the switch to turn Bayern back into a juggernaut.

And based on how they were playing before the break in play, it seems highly unlikely that Bayern will end up throwing away their four-point lead at the top.

 

2. Experience factor

Flick may not have too much experience when it comes to managing at the top level, but luckily for him, Bayern have tons of experience up and down the squad.

Bayern captain Manuel Neuer will lead the Bundesliga powerhouse to another title

Manuel Neuer fantastically saves a shot during a match against FC Koln

From captain Manuel Neuer all the way down to Robert Lewandowski, this Bayern side is stocked with veteran players who have been there and done that. Many of them have been part of most, if not all of their seven consecutive championship campaigns, so they know how to win.

The pressure will be at its highest level during the last nine games of the season. Each game is so crucial and any mistake from the top four contenders could be catastrophic.

But Bayern are not like Dortmund, RB Leipzig, or Borussia Monchengladbach. For one, they have a four-point cushion at the top of the table, so they have at least some margin for error.

And even if they do slip up, they are less likely to succumb to the pressure. Just look at last year’s exciting title race, which saw a youthful Dortmund side that led for most of the season start to unravel late after a few bad results, allowing Bayern to swoop in.

There are simply cooler heads at Bayern, ones that should prevail in handling the heat when it comes late in the year.

 

3. Squad quality and strength in depth

But apart from the manager and the experience, the fact of the matter is that Bayern’s squad is simply better than their challengers.

Obviously, there’s world-class talent in abundance with leading scorer Lewandowski, top assist man Thomas Muller, as well as Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Thiago, and David Alaba, who are among the very best at their respective positions.

Dortmund and Leipzig possess top-quality talent as well with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner, but they are still short of Bayern’s sheer quantity of star-calibre players.

Perhaps more importantly, there doesn’t appear to be a glaring weakness in Bayern’s squad. The defence was a bit of an issue earlier in the season due to injuries, but with Niklas Sule set to return, that should be less of a concern moving forward.

Benjamin Pavard — one of the hidden gems of the Bundesliga — has settled in nicely in his first season at the club, while Alphonso Davies has been one of the breakout stars of the campaign at left-back.

The likes of Dortmund and Leipzig can only dream of calling on the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Perisic, and Javi Martinez from their bench like Bayern can.

With all the options at their disposal, Bayern have a squad that’s capable of adjusting to any situation that might come their way, which makes them so dangerous and difficult to beat for the title.

 

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Bundesliga Big Guns Compete for Players

The return to action of the Bundesliga this weekend has ignited enthusiasm in the football world. Safety is the top priority and we all hope the German league makes a full recovery. Maybe the rest of Europe can follow on after.

In the meantime, there is a return to normal service in Germany and the Bundesliga 2020 betting odds tell us that the title will be decided between FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig. And all three of these giants are at the centre of transfer speculation, with possible incomings and outgoings in the news.

 

Is Sane finally set for Bayern?

FC Bayern are bullish about the prospect of bringing Manchester City’s unsettled winger Leroy Sane to the Allianz Arena. The 24-year-old Germany international came close to the move last summer, but he suffered a nasty knee injury in pre-season and that put an end to the switch.

Reports now suggest the Bavarians are preparing to table a knockdown £35m bid to seal the deal and, at that price, if Sane can stay fit, he would be a steal. He is big friends with Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka and that could swing the deal in the Bavarian’s favour.

But Manchester City are reported to be unimpressed by the £35m suggested fee and there’s clearly more work to be done.

 

BVB searching for Sancho Mark 2

Dortmund have a fighting chance to win the Bundesliga this season, but if they do fall short they will be keen to hold on to their prize asset.

England winger Jadon Sancho has been in sparkling form in his second full season at Signal Iduna Stadium, scoring 14 goals at 129 minutes per strike, and making 15 assists.

Speculation around the future of the 20-year-old is likely to reach fever pitch before long! His current contract at Dortmund expires in 2020, though the club expects him to stay for another season.

Sancho has been tracked by Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Dortmund have said they will only sell if the deal works for both the club and player, with a price tag likely to be in excess of £100m.

The BVB board is already planning for the future, though, and reports have emerged that they are considering a move for Chelsea starlet Charlie Webster. The 16-year-old midfielder is an England youth player and Chelsea Under-18s, and Dortmund have an eye on him as an eventual replacement for Sancho.

Webster emerged as the most promising player in the Blues’ academy and received a spectacular endorsement from Kevin De Bruyne when he impressed in the KDP Cup last year, competing with young stars from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

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Leipzig’s fight to hang on to Timo

Former BVB boss Jurgen Klopp will be watching the Bundesliga closely this weekend to see how the resumption progresses. His Liverpool side is desperate to complete the Premier League season and win a first title in 30 years.

But he’ll also have an eye on some of the German league’s top talents, including RB Leipzig hot shot Timo Werner.

The 24-year-old German international has scored 21 goals this season, bettered only by Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, and he is the club’ most valuable asset. Klopp has been a long-time admirer of Werner and the Merseyside club is in the market for fresh blood up front, and reports have emerged that he could be available for £43m.

Leipzig are fighting to keep their star though, apparently using the example of Naby Keita’s move to Anfield to discourage Werner. The Guinean midfield enforcer moved to Liverpool in a £53m deal back in 2018, but he has struggled to make an impact, used as a squad player appearing in cup competitions.

But Red Bull boss Ralf Rangnick has said a move to Liverpool might suit Werner so there may be some mileage in this one.

The eyes of the world will be on the German League this weekend, and Werner will surely be in the spotlight. Leipzig are at home to SC Freiburg and, here at SBOBETwe’re offering 2.01 on a home win with a -1.50 goal handicap.

And rest assured; we’re all set for the big kick-off on Saturday and will be right here with all the Bundesliga 2020 updates and results as they roll in.

 

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Bundesliga: The Best of the Best in 2020

The Bundesliga is heading into the home stretch with just nine games left in the season. But for the first 25 games of the campaign, a select group of players separated themselves from the rest with their outstanding performances.

So as the season begins to wind down, SBOBET takes a closer look at these standout players for each position and find out why they deserve to be considered the best of the best this season.

 

Best Goalkeeper – Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach)

With Manuel Neuer showing signs of decline at age 34, Sommer has swooped in to take the title of best keeper in the league this season. The Swiss shot-stopper has been brilliant for Gladbach this year. He is currently second in the league in saves (81) and first in save percentage (73.7%)

Thanks to Sommer’s efforts, Gladbach are tied for the third-best defensive record in the league with just 30 goals conceded and are still in striking distance for the title.

 

Best Centre-Back – Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)

Upamecano is one of the most in-demand young central defenders at the moment, and with good reason. The 21-year-old has been a rock at the heart of RB Leipzig’s top-class defence this year. Leipzig have given up just 26 goals, tied with Bayern for the best defensive record in the league.

Upamecano seemingly has all the tools to be an elite centre-back: pace, passing ability, and keen defensive instincts. He’s even shown some leadership capabilities, which have been much needed with captain Willi Orban’s absence due to injury.

 

Best Full-Back – Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund)

Hakimi is a hidden gem no more as he’s produced several eye-catching performances for Dortmund all season. He may not even be technically a full-back anymore, with Dortmund boss Lucien Favre playing Hakimi all around the park to take full advantage of his great attacking skills.

Following his superb displays, BVB's Achraf Hakimi is being considered the best full-back this season in Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi in action against PSG’s Kylian Mbappe during their Champions League round of 16 clash in February 2020

Those amazing attacking instincts have resulted in 10 assists and several more Bundesliga 2020 highlights thus far. Hakimi is likely to add a few more before the end of the season as Dortmund look to overtake Bayern for the title.

Bayern’s teenager Alphonso Davies also deserves a special mention. The 19-year-old has been a revelation as he’s made that left-back spot his own despite not having much experience playing the position. It seems like just a matter of time before the title of the best full-back in the league is his.

 

Best Central Midfielder – Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)

Despite his undoubted talents, Thiago remains criminally underappreciated as his contributions at Bayern often go unnoticed.

The fact of the matter is that the Spanish maestro makes Bayern tick. He rarely gives the ball away, and when he’s given a chance, he can carve an opposing defence apart with his incisive passing. And despite his diminutive stature, he does his fair share of defensive work.

Thiago figures to be right in the middle of Bayern’s late-season charge once again as they close in on an eighth consecutive championship.

 

Best Winger – Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Sancho has proven this season that his magnificent 2018-19 campaign was no fluke. The English ace is not only second in the league with 15 assists (one behind Thomas Muller), but he’s also third in the goalscoring charts with 14 goals.

Without a shadow of a doubt, he has once again been the best winger in Germany this season. There’s also a good case to be made that he’s been the best winger in all of Europe and even the world.

Sancho will play a crucial role in Dortmund’s dreams of overtaking Bayern for the title over the last nine games of the season.

The Bundesliga 2020 odds don’t like Dortmund’s chances, but the 20-year-old has shown time and again that despite his young age, he is capable of stepping up to the task.

 

 

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Best Striker – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Even at age 31, Lewandowski is showing no signs of slowing down as the Bundesliga’s premier goal-getter. In fact, the prolific Pole was in the midst of one of his best-ever seasons as he scored in each of Bayern’s first 11 Bundesliga matches.

That run fell just one game short of matching the all-time league record for consecutive games with a goal — which he also holds.

Lewandowski is currently at 25 goals and remains well on course to lead the Bundesliga in scoring for the fifth time in his career.

Timo Werner deserves a special mention for his terrific season as well. The Leipzig star had a brilliant start under new manager Julian Nagelsmann, so much so that he had a legitimate argument for being the league’s best striker ahead of Lewandowski.

However, Werner has cooled off significantly in 2020 — he has just three league goals this calendar year — so unless he heats up again in the final nine games, Lewandowski will remain comfortably in the lead.

 

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Bundesliga: Why the Red Bulls Can Make a Run For the Title

RB Leipzig have been a pleasant surprise in this Bundesliga season. They may be not as popular as their counterparts like Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, but they’ve earned their place in the league’s upper echelon with their fine play.

The Red Bulls are currently third in the table with 50 points – trailing only by a few behind Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. These three clubs are expected to fight until the end in what will be a tight three-way race for the championship when the league is expected to resume a few weeks from now.

My fellow SBOBET colleague sees RB Leipzig as a perennial title contender in the Bundesliga for the foreseeable future and I agree since I’ve looked into their Bundesliga 2020 odds. But can they bring home the bacon as early as this term?

If there’s one team that can unseat Bayern Munich on the throne, it would definitely be Die Roten Bullen and I wouldn’t be surprised if they will go all-in moving forward.

Today, let’s take a look at the three main reasons as to why RB Leipzig are primed to take over the Bundesliga this campaign.

 

1. Julian Nagelsmann has the Midas touch

From the time he was appointed as the team boss for the Red Bulls, Julian Nagelsmann made it clear that his team will do whatever they can to compete at the highest level.

“I’m certain we’ll have a good season. We’d all be happy if we could win something in the next three years. We’d obviously have nothing against it happening sooner, but four years would also be okay. It would be great if we could achieve it. That’s our aim,” said Nagelsmann during an interview in the preseason.

And while he inherited a relatively young roster to work with, their inexperience was a non-factor given what they achieved so far this season.

They were able to secure the top spot in several matchdays back in November and they were threatening the break away from the pack at the time.

Moreover, Nagelsmann guided the Red Bulls to an auspicious start in the UEFA Champions League when they brushed aside Tottenham to move on to the Final 8.

The young German manager seems to have the golden touch everywhere he goes. Prior to joining RB Leipzig, Nagelsmann became the youngest permanent manager in league history when he took charge of Hoffenheim at age 28.

His work on the touchline for Hoffenheim is undeniable, especially when he led the U19 squad to the U19 Bundesliga title in 2014. Upon leading the senior team, Nagelsmann somehow saved them from relegation before guiding them to back-to-back top-four finishes.

Julian Nagelsmann has worked wonder for the Red Bulls as they are performing well this Bundesliga season

Julian Nagelsmann celebrates after Leipzig’s Champions League clash against Tottenham

With a winning pedigree like that, it is clear that Julian Nagelsmann is the right man for RB Leipzig. And so far, the players under him have responded very well under his tutelage.

 

2. Defence wins championships

As the old cliche goes, having a formidable defence is often the foundation upon which successful title runs are built, and RB Leipzig have excelled on that regard this term.

Die Roten Bullen have only conceded 26 goals so far. They have notched clean sheets against the likes of Union Berlin, Werder Bremen, Mainz, and Fortuna Dusseldorf, while they only conceded one goal in their matches against Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg, and Bayer Leverkusen.

They have the necessary pieces at the backline with the likes of Peter Gulacsi, Lukas Klostermann, Marcel Halstenberg, Dayot Upamecano, and Ibrahima Konate. All of them are still young, athletic, and offer a whole lot of quality to go up against the best strikers out there. Just ask Robert Lewandowski.

“Leipzig have two very good centre-backs in Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate. Overall, the Bundesliga is very tight this year and it’s going to be a very interesting season,” said the Polish striker.

 

3. They have enough firepower to contend

 

 

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Other than their strong defence, they also have shown the capability to pour in goals when needed. With Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen, and Marcel Sabitzer spearheading the attack, Die Roten Bullen are one of the league’s best offences by having 62 goals already this term.

Timo Werner is on course to be on his best campaign yet, having already found the back of the net 21 times along with seven assists. Because of his superb form, the 23-year-old has been sought after by multiple top clubs across Europe.

Marcel Sabitzer, Yussuf Poulsen, and even Emil Forsberg offer the much-needed versatility as well since they can score goals while creating numerous Bundesliga 2020 highlights.

RB Leipzig is one of the most complete squads here in the Bundesliga. And if they can keep up their brilliant form for the remainder of this campaign, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ll get to lift the trophy for the first time ever at season’s end.

 

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Bundesliga’s Biggest Rivalry Kicks Off Again in Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04

It’s known as the ‘mother of all derbies’ and every Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 fan knows exactly why.

The Revierderby between these two sides is one of the most fiercely fought in world football, with only 20 miles separating Dortmund from Gelsenkirken, the Ruhr region comes alive when Bundesliga BVB vs Schalke is on the horizon.

And after a two month lay-off there will be no shortage of passion when David Wagner brings Schalke to the Signal Iduna Stadium. His side currently sits in sixth place in the Bundesliga table, but ten points behind fifth place Bayer Leverkusen, so a Europa League spot is the target, though many Konigsblauen fans would happily sacrifice that for a win on Saturday.

That outcome would be a disaster for Borussia Dortmund, who return with big ambitions to make an assault on the title and the nightmare scenario would be a repeat of Schalke’s win here last year which derailed their 2019 title charge.

 

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Can BVB pick up where they left off?

Bundesliga: Jadon Sancho is on doubt to play for Revierderby due to injury

Jadon Sancho celebrates with Borussia Dortmund during their match against FC Koln

A defeat to PSG in the Champions League ended a run of five wins for Die Schwarzgelben, four in the league, and that strong form has lifted Lucien Favre’s team up into second place and four points behind leaders FC Bayern.

The latest SBOBET odds pitch BVB at 5.80 to lift the 2020 Bundesliga trophy and if they make a good start in the derby on Saturday they’ll be in with a good shout. The fixtures in the run-in favour Dortmund over FC Bayern and the clash between the two leaders at the Signal Iduna Park on 26th May could well be crucial.

Favre has an exciting attacking group to pick from but he does have some injury concerns going into this match. Marco Reus is out, while Jadon Sancho and Axel Witsel are doubtful. Sancho in particular would be a loss, but Dortmund still have plenty of firepower at their disposal. Winter recruit Erling Braut Haaland has started his career in Dortmund in stunning style, scoring nine goals in eight games, while Thorgan Hazard and Achraf Hakimi have made ten assists each this season.

 

Schalke hope to benefit from the break

Head coach David Wagner has done a fine job at Schalke, in his first appointment since leaving Huddersfield Town. This time last season Die Konigsblauen were down in 14th place, with just 23 points, and they were in a relegation fight. So to find themselves up in sixth place is some achievement. They had an impressive first half of the season and were as high as third in December, but they haven’t won in seven Bundesliga matches dating back to 17th January.

Schalke have been struggling for goals, relying on midfield players Suat Serdar who has seven goals and Amie Harit who has contributed six goals and four assists.

The visitors have suffered some big losses of late, losing 3-0 away to Cologne and they were on the end of a 0-5 thumping at home to Red Bull Leipzig. They will surely hope that recent form, which usually counts for plenty, may not be so important.

The visitors will need to cut off the supply from BVB’s creative duo Hakimi and Hazard if they are to have any chance. And they will hope an empty Signal Iduna Stadium will be easier to cope with than the noise generated by an 80,000 crowd and the 25,000 Yellow Wall.

 

History

These two Ruhr rivals played out a 0-0 draw in Gelsenkirken back in October, and the underdogs stunned Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park last season with a 2-4 victory, which severely dented their hosts’ 2019 title hopes. Schalke’s Daniel Caligiuri scored twice while BVB’s Marco Reus and Marius Wolf were sent off for poor tackles on Suat Serdar.

Schalke have had the better of the Revierderby since 1992, winning 19 to BVB’s 14 while there have been 23 draws. While the head to head BVB vs Schalke results give the visitors cause for optimism, the two sides’ form before the shutdown doesn’t. After a strong first half of the campaign die Konigsblauen haven’t won in six games while Dortmund are unbeaten at home, winning nine and drawing three at home.

 

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Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04 Borussia Dortmund Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.95
May 16, 21:30 (GMT+8)

The pre-match BVB vs Schalke betting odds suggest die Schwarzgelben will be able to cope well enough behind closed doors. A home win is available at odds of 1.55 with the draw at 4.30, and Schalke at 5.20 to win the local bragging rights.

Dortmund will be desperate to restart with a victory and while Schalke’s goal against Hoffenheim was their first in four games, they will be keen to upset their hosts.

For an alternative bet, Over 2.75 goals is available at 1.92 and for a correct score, 2-1 is the most likely at 7.00.

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Bundesliga: The Red Bulls’ Challenge Starts Here

RB Leipzig vs SC Freiburg

Football returns to the Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon when Leipzig hosts Freiburg in one of the big matches of the weekend.

Bundesliga: RB Leipzig vs SC Freiburg is a game we’ll be covering on Saturday to see how one of the three teams with a realistic chance of winning this season’s title restarts its campaign. Julian Nagelsmann’s Red Bulls sit in third place, a point behind Borussia Dortmund and five behind FC Bayern.

Borussia Monchengladbach fans would argue their case, but with a point further back in fourth place and with three giants of the game to chase down, I think it will be a step too far for Die Fohlen.

The RB Leipzig vs  SC Freiburg betting odds point to a home win, with the hosts at 1.33 to win, SC Freiburg at 8.50 and the draw at 5.00. But no-one would say this opening fixture will be a walkover for die Roten Bullen.

The visitors have plenty to play for as they are chasing a Europa League spot. They are currently in eighth place in the Bundesliga table and a single point behind sixth place Schalke, who face BVB on Saturday.

 

Talking Points

Werner can fire Red Bull to glory

He’s one of the hottest properties in European football with clubs from the Premier League queuing up to tempt him to England, but Timo Werner has one thing in mind at the moment – to score the goals the Red Bulls need to mount a serious challenge.

He’s already bagged 21 in the league and is in a two-man race for the Golden Boot with FC Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.

The 24-year-old has benefited from the outstanding form of Christopher Nkunku. The French midfielder has provided 13 assists and at 22 years of age, he too has many admirers.

Nkunku played alongside Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain and has a magical array of skills which he uses to terrify opposing defences.

So after a rapid rise to the top of the German football pyramid and with players like these, RB Leipzig have a genuine chance of winning the title with SBOBET odds of 11.00 to win their first Bundesliga.

They come into this game on the back of two league draws with tough games against Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg. And just before the break, Leipzig advanced into to quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Austrian forward Marcel Sabitzer scored a brace as they charged into the last eight with a 4-0 aggregate win over Premier League club Spurs.

Marcel Sabitzer is set to render his services as RB Leipzig hosts SC Freiburg for their Bundesliga match-up

RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer celebrates scoring their first goal against Tottenham Hotspur at the Red Bull Arena

Can Freiburg rediscover their form?

Head coach Christian Streich has led Freiburg to the brink of European qualification, but they have been dogged by inconsistency of late with two wins, two defeats, and a draw from the last five games. In fact, they had won just three and lost six of their last 11 Bundesliga matches.

Some of the defeats were hard fought against top sides, including a 1-0 reversal away to Borussia Dortmund on the last day of February. But they were slammed 4-0 by Cologne at the beginning of the month.

The visitors will rely on striker Nils Petersen to stretch the Leipzig defence, while left back Christopher Gunter is a key man in both defence and attack where he has made six assists. However, he is carrying an injury and Streich is sweating on his fitness.

 

History

The head-to-head RB Leipzig vs SC Freiburg results make decent reading for the underdogs with four wins each and a draw in the nine previous meetings.

But while Freiburg’s recent form has been patchy, Nagelsmann’s team is unbeaten in six in the league, losing just once in the last 16 league games since their last meeting with Freiburg.

Streich’s team won that return fixture in October by a 2-1 score line, with top scorer Petersen striking in the 90th minute. But the Red Bulls won by the same score in this fixture last April and have not lost in four at home to Freiburg.

The visitors have struggled badly on the road, winning just one of their last ten away league games.

 

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RB Leipzig vs SC Freiburg 2-3 goals @ 2.09
May 16, 21:30 (GMT+8)

It’s difficult to predict how games behind closed doors will go, but the pre-break form of both these sides lead us to believe this will be a home win.

For an alternative bet, Red Bull Leipzig to win -1.50 @ 1.98 looks to be good value, but I’m hedging on the number of goals.

I don’t think there will be a handful and Leipzig have conceded just one in the last six games, so my pick for a score-line would be 2-0 at odds of 6.40.

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The Bundesliga is Back Baby!

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach

It was in mid-March (exactly two months ago) when I last sat down in anticipation of an exciting live football clash.

Borussia Dortmund versus Schalke was my Saturday afternoon staple until, just a short time before kick-off, I found out the match, and that of all others across most European football leagues, had been called off.

You can imagine my disappointment. Not only was I looking forward to it but it meant that, instead, my dearly beloved handed me a list of tasks to fill the time!

Since then the wardrobe has been tidied, the fence painted and every shrub and bush in the garden manicured to within an inch of its life!

Oh welcome back football. Or as they say in Germany, Willkommen zurück Fußball – it’s good to see you again!

 

Talking Points

So, this contest is 12th versus fourth and one which will probably be watched by more people than normal – on television.

For as well as regular Bundesliga fans, there will be plenty of new viewers with other major leagues not commencing for a few weeks at least.

That’s because the Bundesliga becomes the world’s first major football league to get back under way during the coronavirus pandemic this weekend.

It’s been some time in the planning – dubbed Operation Task Force – but we are ready to go.

As football returns, the onus is very much on Borussia Monchengladbach.

They are within six points of the champions, who they have already beaten this term, and in Yann Sommer and Marcus Thuram have some of the contenders for player of the season.

Monchengladbach, who also have a 21 year-old English attacking midfielder in Keanan Bennetts (signed for Spurs in January) in their ranks and waiting to make his debut, are quietly hopeful of continuing their charge for a top-four berth.

The 2-1 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund shortly before football was halted was a blow, but the Foals bounced back with a 2-1 victory over local rivals Cologne.

As well as talent, they also have one of the more innovative schemes across the football world in place by offering cardboard cut-outs to their supporters to make sure they are still supported in ‘person’ at home games.

It will be interesting to see if any make it to Frankfurt. Certainly, the Foals have allowed for fans of other teams to order a cut-out which will be placed in the away end at their own ground, Borussia Park.

This is because there will only be a total of 213 people allowed in the stadium – 98 around the pitch (including players, coaches, ball boys and photographers) and another 115 in the stands (including officials and media). There will be fewer than 100 other people allowed just outside the stadium for occupational reasons.

Eintracht Frankfurt is currently sitting on 12th spot in Bundesliga table

Eintracht Frankfurt players arrive at Commerzbank-Arena ahead of their match against Borussia Monchengladbach

Every Bundesliga team has been in quarantine, just going from a hotel to their training ground for the week leading up to these games, and players will be regularly tested for coronavirus.

On the pitch, handshakes are banned, there will be no team photos and there will be no child mascots.

It will certainly be an indicator of how things will operate if the final nine rounds of games are to be completed, as hoped, over the next six weeks with the aim of finishing the season before June 30.

As for Frankfurt, the break may have come at a good time for them.

They began 2020 in blistering form, earning 10 points from their first four Bundesliga outings, but Adi Hütter’s men then stumbled, losing to Dortmund, Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen in their three most recent league assignments.

That form contrasts sharply with results in cup competitions, where the Eagles have progressed to the semi-finals of the DFB Cup – probably their most likely route if they are to secure a third successive season of European football

Replacing the strike power of Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic – who accounted for 41 of Frankfurt’s 60 Bundesliga goals last season – was always going to be tough.

The trio ensured Frankfurt were knocking at the door of the Champions League places right until the final day of 2018/19, and fired them all the way to the Europa League semi-finals.

Despite those departures, don’t think this will be an away banker though.

Although Frankfurt were a man to the good for almost 80 minutes, they thrashed Bayern Munich 5-1 at the Commerzbank-Arena earlier this term and can still turn on the style – undoubtedly one of the matches of the season unless you are a Bavarian.

 

History

The two Bundesliga giants share a long history and have shared the football pitch in professional matches 93 times since 1965.

The head-to-head score is pretty close.

Frankfurt currently hold the lead with their 35 wins. Monchengladbach are not that far behind with 32 triumphs, while the remaining 26 clashes were draws. You have to go back to 2015 for the last time Monchengladbach won in Frankfurt.

On that occasion, they ran out 5-1 winners, courtesy of goals from Raffael (two), André Hahn (two) and Mahmoud Dahoud.

Frankfurt have only recorded more wins against Werder Bremen (35) than they have in meetings with the Foals (34).

However, Borussia are unbeaten in their last three away games, taking seven points from a possible nine.

 

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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach Over 2.75 goals @ 1.93
May 17, 00:30 (GMT+8)

I’m going to opt for a few goals to mark football’s resumption.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Set Their Eyes on Their Eighth

Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich

When the Bundesliga restarts this weekend, FC Bayern will be the team everybody wants to beat, and on Sunday it’s the turn of Union Berlin to take a shot.

Die Bayern are hunting for an eighth consecutive league title and a 30th in total, and head coach Hansi Flick will expect a fast start in Berlin to keep the chasing pack at bay.

The most likely team to upset Bayern’s plans is Borussia Dortmund who are four points behind in the league table and with a favourable run-in, including a home game against Die Bayern.

Weekend hosts Union Berlin are in a relatively comfortable mid-table position, so an empty Stadion An de Alten Forsterei shouldn’t present too much menace for the Bavarians.

 

Talking Points

Flick is the man for Bayern

Even before Berlin and Bayern step out onto the pitch, the Bundesliga 2020 results will already have begun rolling in again with a packed schedule on Saturday. But at 1.21 to lift the title, Bayern Munich are the team in charge.

During the enforced break, the Bavarians have rewarded Hansi Flick with a contract after he guided his team to 18 wins from 21 competitive games since his arrival.

The league leaders have taken 31 points from their last 11 Bundesliga matches and they have the best attacking and defensive records in the league, scoring 73 goals and conceding 26 and keeping six clean sheets in the last 11 games.

Flying wing back Benjamin Pavard is a key part of Bayern’s defence but can also impress at the other end of the pitch, as shown when he scored a brilliant half-volley when Bayern beat Union Berlin earlier in the season.

Bayern’s Benjamin Pavard scored brilliant half-volley in victory over Union Berlin earlier in the Bundesliga season

Bayern’s Benjamin Pavard and Robert Lewandowski celebrate after scoring their side’s goal during the DFB Pokal match in Munich

He did blot his copybook later in the game, giving away a penalty to bring Berlin back into the game, but the France international remains a quality player.

 

Lewandowski fit again

The break in football due to the coronavirus pandemic has worked to the advantage of Bayern in terms of player fitness. While BVB have a few injury concerns, Bayern will only be missing Philippe Coutinho on Sunday after he had undergone surgery on his injured ankle.

The two-month hiatus came just as Bayern’s red hot striker Robert Lewandowski was suffering from a shin injury, but he’s fully fit again and ready for action.

One side issue to keep SBOBET fans entertained is the two-man race for the Golden Boot. Robert Lewandowski, who has 25, is four goals ahead of Red Bulls striker Timo Werner.

 

Berlin sweating on Sebastian

In their first season in the top flight Union Berlin have won many fans with their fearless style and attacking intent and head coach Urs Fischer will be more than happy with their 11th position, currently eight points clear of the bottom three.

The newcomers’ success has been down to two things. At home, they have won five of their last eight home Bundesliga fixtures, and they have enjoyed the contribution of  striker Sebastian Andersson who has 11 goals this term.

The 6-foot-3 Swede is in his second season in Berlin — instantly becoming a hero last term when his goals fired Union up to the top flight — and he has shown how comfortable he is at this level.

There is a slight doubt over his fitness but Fischer hopes he will start in a front two, alongside Marius Butler, who has seven goals this campaign.

 

History

While Bayern has dominated German football for decades, Union Berlin has a more modest history, playing in the Bundesliga for the first time after they beat Stuttgart in a stunning play-off last season.

They drew the away leg 2-2 against the side which finished 16th in the top division, then won promotion courtesy of away goals after they played out a 0-0 draw at home.

That result was a good indication of their readiness as the Stuttgart side featured Pavard, as well as former Bayern striker Mario Gomez.

In the only previous meeting between these two teams, Die Bayern triumphed in the return fixture with a 2-1 score during that hard fought match back in October.

 

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Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich Union Berlin Asian Handicap + 1.75 @ 2.19
May 17, 5:00 (GMT+8)

The pre-match Union Berlin vs FC Bayern betting odds say anything other than a Bayern win would be a major shock, with the champions at 1.20 to triumph, the draw at 6.80 and Union Berlin way out there at 11.00.

But I don’t think it will be a walk in the park for the favourites and I expect both sides to score. Union Berlin’s previous five games all yielded over 2.50 goals, as did four of Bayern’s last six, and Fischer’s side has scored ten goals in the last six games.

For an alternative bet, over 3.00 goals is available at 1.79, but I’m backing Berlin to settle quickly in their own stadium and push Bayern all the way.

I’m going to opt for a few goals to mark football’s resumption.

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Bundesliga: Hoffenheim and Hertha Aiming to Snap Losing Streaks

TSG Hoffenheim vs Hertha BSC

Both Hoffenheim and Hertha will be looking to end their winless runs as they lock horns when the Bundesliga returns this weekend.

Prior to the mandated break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hoffenheim stand at the ninth spot at the Bundesliga table with 35 points while Hertha BSC are at 13th with 28 points.

Die Kraichgauer are still eyeing for the coveted Europa League spot since it is still within reach and their Bundesliga 2020 odds of getting it are still decent since they only trail two points behind the sixth-placed Schalke team.

On the other hand, Hertha BSC cannot afford any slip-ups if they want to stay out of the relegation zone. After a poor run of form prior to the suspension, Jurgen Klinsmann stepped down and was replaced by Bruno Labbadia as an attempt to turn their fortunes around.

Don’t expect this match to be filled with a lot of Bundesliga 2020 highlights. However, this one should be a tight affair since both clubs are entering the crucial stretch of this season.

 

Talking Points

Can Hoffenheim overcome their injury woes?

Die Kraichgauer will be coming into this game carrying some bad news given their injuries to their key players.

Andrej Kramaric’s goals will be sorely missed by his team this weekend since he is nursing an ankle injury. The Croatian striker leads them in scoring with seven goals along with two assists.

In addition, his fellow attackers in Sargis Adamyan and Ishak Belfodil also have injuries of their own which should leave a gaping hole out front for Hoffenheim.

With three of them unexpected to play, the attacking burden will rest on the shoulders of Christoph Baumgartner and Ihlas Bebou who have accounted for seven goals and one assist total for this campaign. Munas Dabbur and Jacob Bruun Larsen can also help at the attack when needed as well.

It’s a good thing for Hoffenheim that they are facing the lighter part of their schedule in the next few matchdays. After facing Hertha BSC, Die Kraichgauer will clash with bottom-tier teams such as Paderborn, FC Koln, Mainz, and Fortuna, so that will give them enough time for their injured players to fully recover.

In the last few timeouts, Hoffenheim suffered a brutal beating against Bayern Munich with a 6-0 tally. However, they somehow made up for it by registering a 1-1 draw against Schalke through a late goal by Christoph Baumgartner.

 

Will the new regime work wonders for Hertha?

Jurgen Klinsmann’s stint with Hertha BSC was short-lived and ill-fated, which is why their fans are probably happy now that he is no longer with the club.

However, SBOBET fans would need to manage their expectations with their new manager Bruno Labbadia since their form is still a work in progress.

After losing badly against FC Koln with a 5-0 score in his first game as head coach, Labbadia was able to draw level against Fortuna and Werder Bremen right before the suspension.

There were some signs of encouragement for the Old Lady particularly in their last game against Werder Bremen. After facing a 2-0 deficit early in the first half, they were able to score two goals care of Niklas Stark and Matheus Cunha to salvage a point in the end.

Bundesliga: Hoffenheim and Hertha Aiming to Snap Losing Streaks

Krzysztof Piatek celebrates scoring a goal

Labaddia will have his work cut out for him to fully integrate his players into his system. Krzysztof Piatek and Mattheus Cunha will spearhead their attack while Marko Grujic will play a big role in the midfield.

Like Hoffenheim, the Old Lady will miss key players too as Vladimir Darida and Salomon Kalou are suspended.

 

History

Hoffenheim have a terrible form at home so far this term as they have lost seven of their 13 matches there. Their five-game winless streak is the longest under team boss Alfred Schreuder.

Meanwhile, Hertha BSC are unbeaten in their last five away matches but they have won only once in their last 12 matches against Hoffenheim.

They last faced each other in Berlin last October where Bundesliga fans witnessed a five-goal thriller in which Hoffenheim came out on top since Hertha BSC were reduced to 10 men.

 

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TSG Hoffenheim vs Hertha BSC TSG Hoffenheim Asian Handicap -0.25 @1.96
May 16, 21:30 (GMT+8)

This game had the makings of another goal-scoring fest. But since most key players are out, this might turn into a defencive slugfest.

It is also worth considering that both of these teams aren’t exactly in their peak shape, so expect a lot of excitement and rust from them come Saturday.

I would have to give the advantage to Hoffenheim in this one due to their dominance over the Old Lady in their last few encounters. However, I won’t be surprised either if Hertha BSC can prove me wrong somehow.

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Bundesliga: Depleted Hosts Desperate for Points

Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen

A late game on Tuesday night will pit two clubs on different sides of the Bundesliga table against each other as Werder Bremen host Bayer Leverkusen at Weserstadion.

It’s a match where relegation strugglers will meet the Champions League chasers and both are looking to start on a good note upon the league’s resumption after a lengthy  mandated break due to COVID-19.

Die Werderaner stand at the dreaded 17th spot at the table with only 18 points while Die Werkself are in a much better position at the fifth spot with 47 points.

 

 

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Our Bundesliga 2020 odds obviously favour Bayer Leverkusen in the 1×2 market. They are placed at 1.74 while Werder Bremen are at 4.50 and a draw is at 3.70.

It can be remembered, however, that their previous encounter last October ended up in a four-goal thriller where Bayer Leverkusen came roaring back to draw level after trailing for the most part.

A win will be very important for both sides since there are only a few matches left in this 2019/20 season. But by the looks of it, it is clear that the home team will be playing with a bigger sense of urgency since their top-flight status is on the line.

Today, SBOBET examines on how these two teams will match up next week.

 

Talking Points

 

Can Werder Bremen get out of the relegation zone?

Werder Bremen are in a downward spiral right now as they are the second-worst team in the league sitting at 17th place.

Florian Kohfeldt’s men have yet to win since mid-January when they won against Fortuna with a 1-0 tally.

In the last six matches, the team suffered five straight losses before drawing level against Hertha BSC before the break. In the said stretch, they have conceded an average of 1.5 goals per match.

They are the league’s worst defence right now as they’ve given up 55 goals overall, and their chances of staying in top-flight are looking bleak as each day passes by.

It doesn’t help either that they will be missing some key players in this upcoming match.

Their second top scorer in Davy Klaassen, who currently has four goals and three assists, is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card prior to the break. On the other hand, they will be missing another reliable presence in Claudio Pizarro as he is struggling with a thigh injury.

Die Werderaner’s already horrid backline will suffer even more with the likes of Omer Toprak and Kevin Mohwald listed as doubtful.

This leaves their star player in Milot Rashica in an unenviable position as he will face the daunting task of trying to lift his team out of the dirt again.

With their backs pushed against the wall, Werder Bremen should come into this game playing like they’ve got nothing to lose.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz will be one to watch for in the Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen

Kai Havertz has had a direct hand in more goals for Bayer Leverkusen than any other player this season

Die Werkself looking to sneak in

Bayer Leverkusen are in prime position for at least an Europa League spot. But for sure they will try to punch above their weight as they aim to secure a Champions League spot.

In order to do so, they would need to leapfrog Borussia Monchengladbach, and that will be easier said than done.

Peter Bosz’s side were in fantastic form prior to the season suspension. They have won eight of their last 10 since last December.

Save for their loss against Hoffenheim and draw against RB Leipzig, Die Werkself has found the back of the net at least twice in every victory during the said stretch.

They are led by their young star in Kai Havertz, who’s registered nine goals and seven assists this term along with some Bundesliga 2020 highlights. Although they’ve missed the services of his running mate in Kevin Volland, the 20-year-old forward has shown great poise in leading the squad.

Bayer Leverkusen will field in a more complete squad compared to Werder Bremen, so that should be a clear indicator on who is more likely to win this Tuesday.

 

History

These two proud clubs share quite a history as they’ve faced each other 47 times already, with Werder Bremen winning in 18 and Bayer Leverkusen winning in 16 along with 13 draws.

While Die Werkself weren’t able to grab a victory against Die Werderaner in the previous two occasions, they were able to dominate them two years ago with a 6-2 tally.

Matches between them are typically high-scoring by nature as they’ve tallied an average of 3.30 goals per match historically.

 

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Neither side has played competitive football in the past two months, so fitness and rust will be the things to lookout for just like in all upcoming matches in the Bundesliga for the next few days.

It’s hard to imagine a depleted Werder Bremen squad stopping Bayer Leverkusen’s fluidity on the attack, so I expect the road team to make quick work of Florian Kohfeldt’s side.

I’m going to opt for a few goals to mark football’s resumption.

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Bundesliga: Red Bull Frustrated by Stubborn Freiburg

Red Bull Leipzig 1-1 SC Freiburg

High flying Leipzig could only settle for a draw against Freiburg at the Red Bull Arena today after dominating the match from start to finish.

Bundesliga; Red Bull Leipzig vs SC Freiburg was a cracking fixture to return to football with, and there was no lack of entertainment for television fans as the hosts chased the game after falling behind to a shock Manuel Gulde goal late in the first half.

Die Roten Bullen roared back and eventually drew level when captain Yussuf Poulsen headed home, but they couldn’t find a winner and had VAR to thank when a late Freiburg goal was ruled out.

The draw left Leipzig in third place in the Bundesliga table, and with Borussia Dortmund hammering Schalke 4-0, Freiburg moved up to seventh.

 

Highlights of the game

Freiburg keeper Alexander Schwolow knew he was in for a busy afternoon when Red Bull flew out of the blocks quickly, Konrad Laimer coming very close in the second minute with an effort from just outside the penalty area. And the hosts’ French midfielder Christopher Nkunku, who has been in outstanding form this season, had a long-range effort heading towards the bottom right corner but Schwolow got down well to save.

Leipzig top scorer Timo Werner then tested the Freiburg stopper and wing back Laimer had another effort saved. When Marcus Halstenberg headed on a corner Tyler Adams came so close to putting Red Bull ahead but his shot flew narrowly wide.

But then after piling on the pressure for half an hour die Roten Bullen were hit by a sucker punch. Highly regarded defender Dayot Upamecano was absent from the hosts’ rearguard, having picked up a fifth yellow card in the last game before the break, and there was an alarming hole in Red Bull’s defence when Vincenzo Grifo swung over a corner and Gulde pounced to poke the ball home.

Bundesliga: Freiburg goes 1-0 up after Manuel Gulde’s goal

Freiburg celebrates after Manuel Gulde score with a naughty backheel from a corner

Leipzig fought back and Nkunku had a shot blocked, but then, just before the break Freiburg almost doubled their lead when Jonathan Schmid’s pile driver flew just past the top left corner.

Red Bull coach Julien Nagelsmann reacted at the break by bringing on striker Ademola Lookman to replace Nordi Mukiele, and the former Everton man was in the thick of the action early in the second half. First, he teed up Poulsen but his right foot shot was narrowly wide, then Lookman came close, arrowing a shot just past the same post.

Schwolow was on hand again to keep out an effort from Nkunku, and then, as Red Bull upped the tempo Kevin Kampl had a shot blocked. Skipper Poulsen met a cross from Werner but his header was off target, then he fired on over after receiving a clever ball from Nkunku.

Lookman came close again after Poulsen put him in and then, finally, on 77 minutes, Red Bull broke through. Kampl fired a cross into the danger area and Poulsen rose to plant a firm header into the bottom left corner.

Die Roten Bullen probed for a winner, but then came the VAR drama we have missed so much! Lucas Holer met a ball which was launched into the Red Bull penalty area and he flicked a header on for Robin Koch to fire home from point-blank range. Freiburg celebrated, but then Leipzig breathed a sigh of relief when the goal was ruled offside.

 

Key statistics

In the first half Red Bull dominated possession and won the shot count by eight to two, with three to one on target. And the second half was totally one-way traffic as the hosts finished with 67 per cent possession, 23 shots to six and eight to one on target.

The underdogs have a pretty impressive record in the head to head Red Bull vs DC Freiburg resultslosing only four of ten meetings, and this was a particularly impressive result as they have struggled badly on the road, with just one win from 11.

 

 
 
 
 

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What’s next?

At pre-match Red Bull vs SC Freiburg betting odds of 5.00, a draw was a long shot and, of course, a better result for the visitors.

There’s another huge game at the top of the Bundesliga tomorrow when Union Berlin host FC Bayern and a win for the league leaders would leave Red Bull seven points off the pace.

But, here at SBOBETwe’ll be previewing the next round of Bundesliga fixtures next week and Red Bull have a chance to get their challenge back on track with a trip to struggling Mainz

Meanwhile, SC Freiburg can strengthen their Europa League ambitions in a home match against relegation-threatened Werder Bremen.

 

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Bundesliga: Borussia Back with a Bang!

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-3 Borussia Monchengladbach

Now that is a way to make a statement!

To win on your Bundesliga return is one thing, to do so by scoring two goals inside seven minutes is quite another.

That’s exactly what Borussia Monchengladbach did as Bundesliga highlights returned with a bang in the Commerzbank-Arena.

 

Highlights of the game

Just 37 seconds had elapsed when Alassane Plea found the back of the net before Marcus Thuram made it two six minutes later.

Already there was a good omen for Monchengladbach fans as whenever Thuram has scored this term, they have gone onto win.

This was no different.

The SBOBET Bundesliga betting odds had predicted a close encounter before kick-off.

Frankfurt, last season’s Europa League semi-finalists, may have been on a poor run pre-hiatus but have done reasonably well this season considering they lost their front three last summer of Sébastien Haller (now West Ham), Luka Jovic (Real Madrid) and Ante Rebic (Milan).

 

 

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Gladbach were actually the league’s pre-Christmas pacesetters and still just about in the title race with Thuram, son of World Cup legend Lilian, making a huge impact up front in his debut Bundesliga campaign.

He would have approved as his side made a ruthless start as Plea played a neat one-two with Jonas Hofmann and fired the ball beyond the reach of Kevin Trapp.

Then, with little time for the shellshocked home team to respond, Thuram doubled the visitors’ advantage.

Ramy Bensebaini showed good footwork down the left before delivering a cross into the box where the perfectly placed Thuram tapped home and led a Fortnite-style celebration which, presumably, he has been practising for two months! (yes, complete with social distancing!)

Filip Kostic stung the hands of Yann Sommer but that was as close as the home side got during the opening 45 minutes as Monchengladbach were only sporadically stretched without ever suggesting they would be pegged back.

As the game wore on, it was clear that Frankfurt’s best intentions were not leading to anything of substance in attack and, even when Thuram limped off midway through the second half, it was Monchengladbach who came closest to scoring.

In fact, only the width of a post prevented Plea from grabbing his second with a superb strike from the edge of the box.

The coup de grace was applied moments later when Evan N’Dicka tripped Breel Embolo in the penalty area and Algerian Bensebaini rifled home the spot-kick under the body of the unfortunate Trapp.

Frankfurt, without their injured seven-goal joint-top scorer this season, Goncalo Pacienca, did manage to pull one back when Andre Silva, on loan from Milan, fired home after a pass from substitute Sebastian Rode with nine minutes remaining.

Yet it was only a consolation and it took a fine goal line clearance from Martin Hinteregger to deny Hofmann a fourth goal.

Trapp also kept out Plea again and sub Patrick Herrmann went close as the visitors finished strongly and easily held on for a deserved win.

Eintracht Frankfurt have lost four straight Bundesliga games this season

Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Monchengladbach played at Commerzbank-Arena behind closed doors

A good day for them; a good day for the Bundesliga as the first major European league to make a cautious return to play in light of the global coronavirus pandemic.

One pre-requisite of the return was the playing of matches behind closed doors, with no more than 213 people in a stadium, players or staff.

The footballing world was watching. Mission accomplished and, hopefully, a safe return for all concerned.

 

Key statistics

Plea’s opener was the second fastest goal in the Bundesliga this season. The record belongs to Augsburg’s Marco Richter who netted against Bayern Munich after just 29 seconds.

It was also the club’s second quickest ever goal in the German top flight behind only Oscar Wendt versus Borussia Dortmund in 2015 (also 29 seconds).

Eintracht took 10 points from their first four matches in 2020, but have lost their last four, conceding 13 and scoring just twice.

Monchengladbach are unbeaten in their last four away games, taking 10 points from a possible 12.

They have now won 52 points since Marco Rose took charge; the most after the first 26 games of any manager in the club’s history.

 

What’s next?

Things don’t get easier for Frankfurt who travel to the champions Bayern next weekend – albeit they enjoyed their most recent meeting with them, while Bayern, one suspects, will have revenge on their minds.

Monchengladbach will return to the home comforts of Borussia Park and see some familiar faces in the crowd – albeit the next best thing – as they host Bayer Leverkusen.

With the home stands filling up nicely – more than 4,500 cut-outs are in place and another 12,000 or so have been ordered – it could be a fun occasion!

 

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Bundesliga: Havertz, Leverkusen Blow Bremen Away

Werder Bremen 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen marked their return to Bundesliga action with a brilliant 4-1 victory away at relegation-threatened Werder Bremen.

German wunderkind Kai Havertz led the Leverkusen attack as a false nine, and he flourished in the role as he scored twice in the first half.

The win sends Leverkusen just one point behind RB Leipzig, who dropped down to fourth place after a disappointing home draw against Freiburg.

As for Bremen, their Bundesliga 2020 results have now seen them lose six of their last seven matches as they look destined for the drop.

 

Highlights of the game

Despite the long break in play, Leverkusen were still without captain and top scorer Kevin Volland due to a serious ankle injury. In his absence, Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz decided to line up with Havertz at the tip of the attack.

That decision paid off just before the half-hour mark as Havertz opened the scoring for the away side.

Moussa Diaby blew by Bremen’s defence and delivered a brilliant cross from the right wing, and Havertz was on hand to score a classic-centre forward’s goal with a fine header.

Kai Havertz continues his prolific Bundesliga form this 2020 campaign

Kai Havertz talks to the media after scoring a brace in their win against Bremen

But Leverkusen’s lead was short-lived as Werder Bremen hit back almost immediately. From a corner, defender Theodor Gebre Selassie’s deft touch with the back of his heel guided the ball past Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky.

However, Havertz would reestablish Leverkusen’s lead just three minutes later. The 20-year-old took advantage of some poor Bremen defending from a free-kick as he once again headed the ball past keeper Jiri Pavlenka.

Bremen had a brilliant chance to equalise once again on 39 minutes. Milos Veljkovic found Leonardo Bittencourt with a fine through ball, but the Bremen midfielder lost his composure at the crucial moment and skied his shot well over the goal.

Leverkusen would effectively seal their win just after the hour mark. Diaby got his second assist of the game as right-back Mitchell Weiser made it all the way to the six-yard box to meet Diaby’s cross and head home Leverkusen’s third goal.

Again, though, he was aided by some woeful Werder Bremen defending as no one got up to pick up Weiser and contest his header.

Bremen almost caught Leverkusen out again immediately after the goal. Davie Selke set up Maximilian Eggstein for a shot right at the edge of the box, but the Bremen midfielder couldn’t even get his weak attempt on target.

Havertz came close to a hat-trick after his attempt on 69 minutes was deflected and went just wide of the goal.

But Leverkusen would eventually add a fourth goal to wrap up their big win as Kerem Demirbay coolly chipped over Pavlenka.

 

Key statistics

The Bundesliga 2020 odds have Leverkusen pegged as significant favourites for this match, and they looked every bit as dominant as the 4-1 scoreline suggests. The controlled 63 per cent of possession and had a 6-1 edge in terms of shots on target.

 

 

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Havertz’s brace now puts him at eight league goals for the season, one behind Volland for the team lead.

The long break has not slowed down the 20-year-old’s sizzling form in 2020. He’s now scored seven goals with five assists over his last nine matches in all competitions.

If Havertz can keep up that high level of play for the rest of the season, he might be set for a big-money move to one of the top European clubs in the summer.

Meanwhile, Bremen’s disastrous form continues. They have gone winless in their last seven Bundesliga matches (six losses, one draw) and have won just once in their last 12 (10 losses, one draw).

 

What’s next?

Werder Bremen will look to finally put an end to that long winless run when they visit Freiburg next week. Although, it will not be easy. Freiburg are coming off a strong performance against RB Leipzig as they held the Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw at Leipzig.

Meanwhile, Leverkusen will have a much tougher next assignment as they square off against third-place Borussia Monchengladbach at Borussia Park. Without a doubt, that will be one of the matchups to watch.

Gladbach made short work of Eintracht Frankfurt on their return to action. They won 3-1 and were already up 2-0 within the first seven minutes.

The SBOBET odds for that match will likely tilt slightly toward Gladbach, but with Havertz in such fine form, Leverkusen could cause the Foals’ defence some problems.

 

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Bundesliga Brings Renewed Hope To Football Fans

Well, what a joy it is to be talking about transfer news again, rather than if and when football might resume.

For the Bundesliga came back with a bang at the weekend and, while it may not have pleased everyone, it was certainly something which boosted football fans in the country and made many people smile again.

It is only a start and there may yet be a reaction; a negative health response to the return would surely hold up competitive action in its tracks once more and, as far as 2019/20 is concerned, probably for good.

Indeed, the coming week will present new challenges, as the players return to their homes and families before the next fixtures.

But for now, at least, we have some form of football.

In Italy, the news did not go down well with one club owner.

In fact, the man who holds the purse strings at Serie A outfit Udinese, Giampaolo Pozzo, has accused the league of ‘starting off in the worst possible way’ and ‘marketing it as a success’.

Yes, the Bundesliga became the first major European league to resume with much of the football world tuning in and upholding the Germans as the example to follow.

However, Pozzo pointed to ‘eight injuries in the first six games’ as a reason why it should not have come back so soon.

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General view of Signal Iduna Park during Borussia Dortmund’s match against Schalke 04

‘It’s proof that if you don’t prepare properly, you pay the price. This is all with one game a week, when we should make two, so it would take a squad of 30 players to get to the end of the season, just to cushion all the blows.

‘I think it’s an insult to our intelligence. After two-and-a-half months of non-training at home, players need more time, at least a month, to get back into shape and feel assured.’

Perhaps he had a point. Yet the reality is that the Bundesliga didn’t rush towards a resumption. It was effectively at its return-to-training stage on April 8, returning to playing only 38 days later.

The fact we have more Bundesliga highlights to enjoy, after a two month hiatus, and can take a punt – using the SBOBET Bundesliga betting odds of course – will lift the spirits of many.

For beyond the wet-wiping of balls, electronic sensors to maintain a 1.5 metre distance between non-playing workers and the taking of journalists’ temperatures, this was a TV hit.

“Gedämpfte Freude” – muffled joy – was how the headline in Monday’s edition of Kicker put it, set across a photo of Borussia Dortmund’s players saluting a cavernous, empty Südtribune after their emphatic 4-0 Revierderby win over Schalke on Saturday afternoon.

The threat of matches being immediately abandoned if fans turn up en masse outside the ground also seemed to act as a deterrent.

Supporters, as much as anyone, know that if they don’t follow guidelines they will only be harming the product they love.

Beyond the hygiene protocol, the long-term health of the Bundesliga will remain under close scrutiny as it continues to spread its wings like never before.

 

 

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What’s more, if football is back, it means so will be the transfer rumours.

Aside from the usual speculation linking Jadon Sancho with a move to Manchester United and Tino Werner with a transfer to Liverpool, there are some new rumours.

Most notably 20 year-old Kai Havertz who is being linked with a move away from Bayer Leverkusen. He bagged another brace on Monday night in the 4-1 win over Werder Bremen, taking his total to eight goals for the campaign so far.

The future of Bayern Munich star Corentin Tolisso, whose time with the German champions has been seriously hampered by injury, is also much talked about.

A product of the Olympique Lyon youth academy, Tolisso is the second most expensive signing in the history of the club.

Yet, it’s not just outgoings.

Highly-rated Ajax right-back Sergino Dest is being linked with a move to a collection of top European clubs, including Bayern.

The 19 year-old is widely regarded as one of the best upcoming full-backs in European football after racking up a total of 35 appearances in all competitions for the Dutch giants this season.

And then there’s the renewed speculation surrounding Leroy Sane and a possible return to Germany.

Such a move would be a massive loss for Manchester City with Bayern reported to be preparing to launch a fresh £50 million bid.

For the moment though, it’s only rumours to whet your appetite.

That in itself, is more than we’ve had to feast on for some time and we should be grateful.

 

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Bundesliga: Bold Predictions for the End of 2020 Season

The Bundesliga is back underway and looks set to conclude the 2019-20 season. There are still eight matches remaining in the campaign, and a few more unexpected twists could be in store for SBOBET Bundesliga fans before the season comes to an end.

But with the finish line in sight, one can’t help but look ahead to the end of the season. So here are some bold predictions as to how the 2020 Bundesliga season will eventually unfold.

 

Champions – Bayern Munich

Bayern weren’t quite as impressive as Dortmund in their first game back as they only beat newly promoted Union Berlin 2-0. But all that matters is that they got all three points and maintained their four-point lead over their rivals.

Hansi Flick’s side still has some tricky tests left away to both Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, as well as at home to Gladbach.

But the title is Bayern’s to lose. With all the quality in their squad, coupled with that four-point cushion, it would be hard to go against the Bundesliga 2020 betting odds, which have Bayern established as the clear favourites to claim an eighth straight championship.

 

 

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Champions League qualifiers – Dortmund, Gladbach, Leverkusen

Dortmund, Gladbach, and Leverkusen all recorded impressive victories in their first matches back and look like the main contenders to finish behind Bayern.

Dortmund and Gladbach have been consistently strong for most of the season and it’s hard to see them falling off in the final eight games.

Meanwhile, Leverkusen are currently outside the Champions League places in fifth. But their 4-1 victory over Werder Bremen was an eye-opener.

Kai Havertz, who was playing his best football of the season before the break in play, was incredible while playing as a false nine as he bagged himself a brace.

The momentum is clearly on Leverkusen’s side, and with Havertz in top form, expect them to break into that top four.

 

Europa League qualifiers – RB Leipzig, Freiburg

Leverkusen’s rise would mean Leipzig’s fall down to fifth, and that is looking more and more likely. After a blistering start to the campaign, the Red Bulls’ Bundesliga 2020 results have dipped significantly.

Since returning from the winter break, Julian Nagelsmann’s side has won just three times in nine league matches, with five draws and one defeat. They dropped two more valuable points last weekend after drawing 1-1 with Freiburg despite dominating at home.

Star forward Timo Werner’s form has fallen off a cliff, and one has to wonder whether the constant rumours about a possible big-money move have affected his play.

Ultimately, I don’t see Leipzig turning things around in time to hold on to that Champions League place.

Meanwhile, I see Freiburg eventually overtaking sixth-placed Wolfsburg, who have a brutal schedule. The Wolves still have to face Dortmund, Leverkusen, Gladbach, and Bayern in four of their last eight games.

 

Relegated – Werder Bremen, Paderborn

The two automatic relegation places look all sewn up at this point, with Werder Bremen and Paderborn look set for the drop.

RB Leipzig have lost two valued points after 1-1 draw in Bundesliga match against Freiburg

Timo Werner fails to help RB Leipzig defeat Freiburg at the Red Bull Arena in their recent match

Bremen have been in particularly awful form with just one win in their last 12 matches. They still have a game in hand, but it’s tough to see them make up the five-point gap on Fortuna Dusseldorf for that relegation play-off spot, especially with an inferior goal difference.

 

Top Scorer – Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski was once again on the scoresheet in the win against Union Berlin as he upped his tally for the season to 26 goals. He’s now five goals clear of Werner, who doesn’t look likely to catch up as his goals have dried up.

Lewandowski looks set to become the Bundesliga top scorer for the fifth time in his career and the third time in a row. Meanwhile, he still has eight games to get five more goals, which would set a new personal best of 31 goals in a season.

 

Top Assists – Jadon Sancho

Sancho is currently one assist behind Bayern’s Thomas Muller (16) for the league lead, but the Dortmund star is more than capable of making up that ground.

Dortmund still have matches against Paderborn, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Mainz, and Hoffenheim, who are in the bottom half of the table in terms of defending.

Sancho will have ample opportunities to set up his team-mates in those matches and lead the league in assists for the second successive season.

 

Footballer of the Year – Robert Lewandowski

Incredibly, Lewandowski has yet to be crowned Footballer of the Year in Germany despite a decade of being among the Bundesliga’s best players. But that finally changes this year.

The Pole has been hands down the top performer in the league. Werner gave him a run for his money early in the season, and Sancho has also been sensational.

But Lewandowski’s amazing consistency in front of goal has been on another level, and he fully deserves to be named Germany’s Footballer of the Year at long last.

 

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Bundesliga: East Meets West in the Berlin Derby

Hertha BSC vs Union Berlin

History will be made in Berlin on Friday night when Hertha hosts its first-ever East-West derby in top-flight football.

Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin is all the more anticipated as in Union’s first season in the Bundesliga 1st Division, these two teams sit in 11th and 12th in the Bundesliga table – with Hertha a single point ahead.

There is a heady mix of football, history, and politics in this match in a city which was once deeply divided.

Following the Second World War and the emergence of Soviet control of Eastern Europe, the grand old City of Berlin was physically divided. Hertha landed on the West side of the wall and Union, which founded in 1966, was in the East.

Shortly after the euphoria of the wall coming down, we saw the first match between Union and Hertha in 28 years. On a celebratory night, over 50,000 fans packed into the Olympiastadion where Hertha and Union fans standing side by side.

On Friday, the stadium will be deserted except for the two squads and a couple of hundred support and medical staff.

However, there’s plenty at stake not least in terms of local bragging rights, and the latest SBOBET odds point to a tight game.

 

Talking Points

Hertha begin life without Klinsmann

Former Germany national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann had been in charge of Hertha Berlin for just over two months when he stunned the football world by walking out in February.

“I took over a suicide mission! From my understanding, a coach should have full sporting responsibility, just like the English model, and thus over all transfers. The last few weeks cost too much energy spent with side issues. I want to put all my energy into working with the squad,” said Klinsmann in a rather dramatic statement.

And with that, Klinsmann was off and he was unable to work with new signing Krzysztof Piatek who arrived from AC Milan in a record deal costing around 27-M Euros. The Polish striker came from Serie A with a big reputation but has started modestly with one goal from seven appearances.

Before the break, Hertha was on a winless streak of three games, which included a 0-5 home thumping at the hands of Cologne. And last week, an opening fixture away to Hoffenheim held some fears with their hosts in the hunt for a Europa League place.

But a 3-0 win through the goals from Vedad Ibisevic and Matheus Cunha and an own goal made a happy return for Hertha.

Former Wolfsburg boss Bruno Labbadia has stepped into coaching role and his first aim will be to improve on Hertha’s 11th place finish last season.

Seb is Union’s top man

home fixture against FC Bayern and in an empty stadium was an unforgiving return for Union Berlin, but they held out until a 40th minute penalty converted by Robert Lewandowski.

A late second courtesy of France international Benjamin Pavard made it a comfortable afternoon for the reigning champions. Head coach Urs Fischer had been cautious in his team selection leaving top scorer Sebastian Andersson on the bench until the 75th minute.

The 6-foot-3 Swede has already bagged 11 league goals and can be a real menace to defences, so Fischer maybe took the call to save him for the big derby.

Die Eisermen also have the younger brother of Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Felix, in their ranks. The midfielder has been a mainstay at Union Berlin since his arrival from Werder Bremen in 2016.

 

 

History

In the first-ever Bundesliga derby between East and West Berlin back in November, a 90th minute penalty converted by Sebastian Polter gave Union a win to spark wild celebrations.

Play was temporarily halted as flares were thrown onto the pitch, leading to ten minutes of injury time before the Union fans could celebrate again.

The head-to-head Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin results have a nice symmetry to them. The two teams have met six times since 2009, sharing two seasons in the 2nd Bundesliga, and have won two games each with two draws.

While this is Union Berlin’s first season in he top flight, Hertha have been regular members, though you have to look back to 1930 and 1931 to find the club’s two league triumphs.

 

 

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Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin Over +2.50 @ 2.02
May 23, 02:30 (GMT+8)

So here we go!

The pre-match Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin betting odds for this East-West conflict point to a hard-fought game, giving the hosts the edge in their empty stadium. Hertha are at 2.24 to win with Union at 3.07 and the draw is 3.07 too.

I expect Andersson to start for Union and we could see an end-to-end game, with plenty of goals between two well-matched sides.

Time to bring it on!

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Bundesliga: Dortmund Hunts Die Wolfe

VfL Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund

The race is back on at the top of the Bundesliga, and this Saturday second-placed Borussia Dortmund heads to Wolfsburg to continue an attack on the leaders.

BVB are chasing down Bayern Munich, who are in search of an eighth successive Bundesliga, and started with a victory over Union Berlin. But Lucien Favre’s side, which flirted with title glory last season, made a highly impressive restart to this campaign and he’ll hope for more of the same in Wolfsburg.

Die Wolfe are in sixth place and have aspirations to return to Europe, having competed in the Europa League this term, finishing second in Group A to make the Round of 16.

This will be another tough test for Dortmund but one they will relish.

 

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BVB quickly back in the groove

Dortmund’s attacking options give their fans hope that they can definitely win the title this year, having come agonisingly close last season. There’s a fascinating title chase in store for Sbobet Bundesliga fans, and with BVB preparing to host Bayern Munich next week, this could be a pivotal few days.

Only the league leaders have scored more than Dortmund’s 72 goals, three more in total, and Die Schwarzgelben have hit 13 in the last five games. Last week, at a deserted Signal Iduna Park, they made a stunning restart in the Revier Derby, thumping Schalke 04 by 4-0 with Raphael Guerreiro scoring a brace as the BVB strike force ran riot.

 

 

Erling Haaland has made the Bundesliga 2020 news headlines ever since his 17m Euro switch from Salzburg in January and his early strike, latching on to a superb ball from Thorgan Hazard before finishing coolly, was his tenth goal in nine league starts. His transfer fee looks like an absolute steal right now as Dortmund have picked up 24 points from the nine games since his arrival. Hazard was also on the mark, bagging his sixth goal of the season as well as making his 11th assist. With Jadon Sancho sidelined last week, and Marco Reus and Axel Witsel both out injured, Favre’s front men have shown he has strength in depth.

 

Wolfsburg’s Europa charge

Die Wolfe finished sixth in the 2018/19 Bundesliga and head coach Oliver Glasner has guided them to the same position this term, at the head of a group of four teams chasing the second guaranteed Europa League place.

Wolfsburg started with a handy 1-2 win away to Augsburg but it was a little less convincing than BVB’s return, Daniel Ginczek climbing off the bench to hit a dramatic injury-time winner. That win gave Die Wolfe a two-point cushion ahead of seventh-placed SC Freiburg, and they will hope to snatch a point against BVB to keep their momentum.

Bundesliga: Daniel Ginczek and VfL Wolfsburg will go up against Borussia Dortmund

Daniel Ginczek celebrates with his John Brooks after scoring VfL Wolfsburg’s second goal against Augsburg

Top scorer Wout Weghorst was out of the side last week, and if he doesn’t make the starting line-up on Saturday Glasner will be happy to rely on Renato Steffens, who scored in Augsburg with a deft header. The win kept Wolfsburg’s seven-match unbeaten run going so they will return home with some confidence.

Max Arnold is a key man, having made five assists this season, but his fellow midfielder Ignacio Camacho is injured, as is defender William.

 

History

BVB have won 27 of the 47 matches played between these two teams since 1997, with Wolfsburg winning ten and drawing ten

Dortmund have been dominant in the recent meetings, unbeaten in nine against their hosts and having won five of the last six games, drawing the other one. Three of those victories came by a 3-0 scoreline, the last a comfortable home win at the Signal Iduna Park. After a goalless first half, BVB ended Wolfsburg’s unbeaten run as Hazard scored his first goal for the club.

While Dortmund’s defence hasn’t always been as impressive as its attack, they have kept clean sheets in each of the last six meetings with Wolfsburg.

And the hosts have been hit and miss on home soil, winning four, drawing six and losing three in Wolfsburg.

 

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VfL Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund First Half 1X2 @ 2.39
May 23, 21:30 (GMT+8)

The latest Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund betting odds have Favre’s team well in front at odds of 1.72, with Wolfsburg at 4.26 and the draw at 3.59.

Die Wolfe are on a decent run, but Dortmund’s restart last week was so much more convincing and in Haaland, they have a striker who can bully defence and win a game on his own, though he is surrounded by players with attacking flair.

I just think they will have too much for their hosts and will be in front by the break.

And if you fancy a repeat of that regular score-line in this fixture, then you can get odds of 15.40 on a 0-3 result.

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Bundesliga’s Big Top Four Battle

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen

Borussia Park won’t be as noisy as usual when Bundesliga: Monchengladbach vs Bayer kicks off on Saturday, but fans around the country will be watching every second as two of the league’s best teams come head to head.

This is a mouth-watering clash between two sides which are vying for a Champions League place, and maybe even more. After the first round of results following the resumption in top-flight football, Monchengladbach leapfrogged Red Bull Leipzig into third place in the table, while Leverkusen is just two places and two points adrift in fifth.

Die Fohlen boss Marco Rose has built a team which attacks without fear, but they face a tough test against a side with one of the hottest properties in European football.

 

 

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Borussia hunt in a pack

Monchengladbach were back with a bang last week with a 1-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and that puts them in a good place as they try to nail down a Champions League spot. Die Fohlen’s style is not dissimilar to Premier League runaway leaders’ Liverpool’s, getting the ball forward quickly to a trio of speedy forwards, supported by over-lapping wing-backs and a progressive midfield.

Top scorer Alassane Plea has nine goals and is well supported by Breel Embolo (seven), Marcus Thuram (seven) and Lars Stindl (six), as Rose encourages his team to attack in numbers.

Marcus Thuram scored inside the first seven minutes during in Bundesliga game vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Borussia Monchengladbach win a hard-fought match in Leverkusen thanks to a Marcus Thuram winner

Havertz has the world at his feet

Leverkusen have one of the most exciting talents in world football in Kai Havertz, their 20-year-old attacking midfield star. He is the youngest player to reach 100 games in the Bundesliga and has been given the captain’s armband already.

Havertz scored twice as Bayer blew Werder Bremen away with a 1-4 victory last week to take his league tally up to eight, and just one behind striker Kevin Volland. He has been involved in seven goals in his last five Bundesliga matches, and before the lockdown halted football in Germany, he had scored five goals and made five assists in eight appearances.

That level of consistency makes Havertz a natural skipper and he leads by example, taking the game away from Werder Bremen last week with two well-placed headers. He’s already been linked with a host of top European clubs, including European champions Liverpool. But Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz will be keen to hold on to him, for another season at least.

Havertz is the complete player, good with both feet, quick off the mark, strong in the air and in the tackle. He’ll be the key attacking player for Die Werkself with main striker Volland likely to be out injured.

Midfield wiz kid Leon Bailey has also attracted attention from elsewhere, but having picked up two red cards this season has struggled to maintain momentum. He’s a handful when he’s on the pitch though.

 

History

In the 52 games played since 1992, Bayer have had the better of the Monchengladbach vs Leverkusen results, winning 23 to Die Fohlen’s 11 and there have been 18 draws.

Rose masterminded a 1-2 victory over Leverkusen in the return match in November, with Marcus Thuram grabbing the winner, but the last time the two sides met at Borussia Park, Bayer handed out a 0-5 thumping to their hosts in a 2018 DFB Pokal tie.

Both teams were bang in form before the break and started again where they left off. The hosts have lost only one of their last 11 home league matches, winning nine, while Bayer Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last nine games, including an impressive victory over Borussia Dortmund, and they are unbeaten in their last five away.

With so little to choose between the two sides, with some inevitability, the Monchengladbach vs Bayer betting odds are going to point to a hard-fought game.

 

 

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen 1X2 Draw @ 3.55
May 23, 21:30 (GMT+8)

The latest odds here at SBOBET have Monchengladbach marginal favourites at odds of 2.34 with Leverkusen at 2.63.

A win would take Leverkusen above their hosts. They have both lost six games this season but Borussia have won 16 to Die Werkself’s 15.

Leverkusen will go for the win and with Havertz in brilliant form they will cause Borussia problems; equally, the hosts will go on the attack from the off. The two teams have scored 101 league goals between them so we are unlikely to see a goalless draw.

For an alternative bet, 4-6 goals is available at 2.48, but I do think this game will finish in a high scoring draw; and for a score-line, 2-2 could turn out to be good value at 10.12.

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Bundesliga: Why The ‘New Normal’ Could Be The Same Old For Bayern

Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt

The champions are back at home and, while the ‘new normal’ may provide a very different backdrop from their last competitive action in the Allianz Arena, I expect the result and ultimate outcome will be a familiar one.

In the week goalkeeper Manuel Neuer extended his contract with Bayern Munich, signing a deal which ties him to club until 2023, they are on course for an eight successive title and, in Neuer’s case, an eighth in nine seasons.

As well as creating plenty of Bundesliga highlights, they have a four point lead over Borussia Dortmund at the summit of the German top-flight and are scoring for fun.

Read on and you’ll see why Eintracht Frankfurt can’t be looking forward to this one.

 

Talking Points

For a start, they showed no pressure under the spotlight to return to winning ways in their first competitive fixture since the coronavirus pandemic stopped play in March.

They notched their 49th and 50th Bundesliga goals under head coach Hansi Flick in their 2-0 win over Union Berlin to create league history last Sunday.

In his 16 games in charge in the league, Bayern have hit 50 goals at an average of 3.1 goals per game – the best ratio of any head coach in the league’s 57 year history.

Robert Lewandowski looks set to become the Bundesliga top scorer for the fifth time at the end of the season

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scored their first goal against Union Berlin

Inevitably, it was Robert Lewandowski who opened the scoring, slotting home from the penalty spot to reach 26 league goals for the season. The Pole has scored 12 of those 50 goals under Flick and with his goal, became only the second player in the league’s history, alongside Bayern legend Gerd Müller, to reach 26 goals from 26 matches in a single campaign.

Overall, it’s now 16 competitive matches unbeaten for Bayern, of which 12 have been in the Bundesliga (11 wins). And despite continuing their impressive streak, Bayern stars want it to be known that they can get even better.

On the team news front, Flick will be without Philippe Coutinho and Corentin Tolisso as they continue to nurse ankle injuries following their respective surgeries.

Niklas Sule is back in training following his recovery from a long-term knee injury but he’s unlikely to start. A decision will also need to be made about Javi Martinez’s fitness.

Frankfurt will be without Gonçalo Paciência – who impressed as a substitute last weekend – due to a thigh strain, while Dominik Kohr is suspended.

Andre Silva is set for a starting berth up top after coming off the bench to score last time out and this will likely see Bas Dost drop down to the bench.

Adi Hütter’s side are 13th in the table but only five points adrift of the relegation play-off place so are in desperate need of an upsurge in form and points as they head into what may well be a quick-fire conclusion to the campaign.

In their favour, Eintracht are one of only four teams to have beaten Bayern this season.

On the downside, the Eagles have the worst away record in the league, taking just seven points from a possible 36, and have lost their last 10 trips to Munich in a row.

So, who is your money on?

History

Until earlier this season, Frankfurt had been winless in their last 17 Bundesliga meetings with Bayern since beating the record champions 2-1 in March 2010. However, they have not won in Munich since November 2000.

There have been a total of 102 fixtures between the two sides and Bayern have been dominant.

The Bavarians have 53 wins and 22 draws in the Bundesliga, while Die Adler have come out on top on just 21 occasions.

Last season, this fixture was a party time for Bayern as they said auf wiedersehen with style as they clinched a seventh successive Bundesliga title.

 

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Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt Bayern Munich First Half Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.98
May 24, 00:30 (GMT+8)

Based on the first weekend back, this is a home banker if ever I saw one.

Bayern appeared to merely flex their muscles in their opening return last weekend, while Frankfurt were distinctly second best at home to Borussia Monchengladbach.

In truth, they never recovered from going two goals down inside the opening seven minutes.

I have to tip a home win here; even more so given that revenge will be on the minds of the home players after their thrashing at the same opponents earlier this season.

As you’d expect, they are heavily backed with the Bundesliga SBOBET betting odds with 1X2 Bayern @ 1.16, Asian Handicap -2.50 Bayern @ 2.14 and even plenty of goals (presumably for Bayern) – over 4.00 goals – offered @ 2.12.

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Bundesliga: Points On the Line at Opel Park

FSV Mainz 05 vs RB Leipzig

That both sides need a Bundesliga win for different reasons makes this a Sunday encounter to intrigue.

Mainz could do with building more of a buffer between themselves and 16th place – the automatic spot for a relegation play-off.

RB Leipzig need to stay in fourth spot if they are to hold onto a Champions League berth, not to mention maintain their outside hopes of a title challenge.

So, it’s with every optimism that I feel we could have Bundesliga highlights to look forward to at Opel Park.

 

Talking Points

The return to competitive football last week, following the hiatus caused by Covid-19, brought mixed results.

Mainz earned a creditable 2-2 draw at Köln having been 2-0 down before clawing themselves level through Taiwo Awoniyi and a fine solo goal from Pierre Kunde Malong.

Mainz are unbeaten in their last 2 home matches against RB Leipzig in Bundesliga

Mainz’s Pierre Kunde Malong celebrates scoring with his teammates

Leipzig also drew but they would have been disappointed by only securing a point at home to Freiburg. That could have been worse had Freiburg not seen a last-gasp goal denied for a marginal offside. On saying that, Freiburg netted with their only effort on target.

That result, coupled with Bayer Leverkusen’s dismantling of Werder Bremen as well as Borussia Monchengladbach’s quick-fire victory, means they slipped from third to fourth place and are just a point clear of Leverkusen.

Mainz will aim to make life more difficult this weekend and they have gone three matches unbeaten for the first time this season.

Likely to be without goalkeeper Robin Zentner for the rest of the season, Florian Müller is set to continue to deputise and striker Jean-Philippe Mateta is available again after suspension.

Injured for much of this campaign, Mateta looks to be playing for a move away, having confirmed his intentions to leave the club this summer. How the Frenchman could do with finding the form he showed when he first joined the club two summers ago. Then, he scored 13 goals in his debut season, a record for a Frenchman in the German top-flight – beating the likes of Jean-Pierre Pain and Franck Ribery.

One side which does not have a problem scoring is Leipzig who put eight past Mainz without reply when they met earlier in the campaign.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side have already scored as many goals as they managed across last season in its entirety (63), indeed four more would break their club-record 66-goal return of 2016/17.

The in-demand Timo Werner remains their star man, even if his goals have dried up a bit of late, perhaps because he has dropped further back to accommodate Czech Republic striker Patrik Schick, on loan from Roma.

Schick hit the ground running with seven goals in his 16 games, although he was on the bench last time out.

Dayot Upamecano missed last weekend’s draw with Freiburg last weekend due to suspension but is expected to return.

Leipzig’s form in 2020 has generally been excellent.

They are unbeaten since January, drew at leaders Bayern Munich in the league and comprehensively knocked Tottenham out of the Champions League with wins in both legs.

In those three games, they didn’t concede once.

Given the league run-in effectively starts now – with all fixtures confirmed for the remainder of 2019/20 – it’s important Leipzig claim all three points in this one if they are to match their ambition.

History

Leipzig have dominated this fixture since it was first played in 2016. The two sides have only ever faced each other in the Bundesliga, with Leipzig winning four of the seven meetings.

The most recent was far and away from the most convincing as the Red Bulls embarked on an 8-0 rout, a day last November when Werner led the way with a hat-trick.

Having also claimed two draws, Mainz’s only ever victory over Leipzig came in April 2018, when they dispatched the side then managed by Ralf Rangnick 3-0.

On that occasion, late goals from Alexandru Maxim and Bote Baku, following a Pablo de Blasis penalty, sealed the points.

The corresponding fixture last season was a six-goal thriller as Mainz fought back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to rescue a point.

 

Betting Tip

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FSV Mainz 05 vs RB Leipzig Total Goals 4-6 @ 2.44
May 24, 21:30 (GMT+8)

The SBOBET Bundesliga betting odds make the away side firm favourites.

You can back them 1X2 @ 1.46 with Mainz offered @ 6.40 and the draw @ 4.40.

With Asian Handicap odds, Leipzig -1.50 is available @ 2.28, in contrast to the hosts Mainz + 1.00 @ 2.25.

A repeat of last season’s 3-3 draw can be backed with correct score @ 65.00.

That won’t happen again but I do think Leipzig will return home with all three points in a high scoring encounter.

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Bundesliga: Hertha Thrashes Union In High-Scoring Fashion

Hertha BSC 4-0 Union Berlin

Hertha BSC scored their second straight victory since the resumption of the Bundesliga after an exemplary second-half performance which ended in a 4-0 tally over their city rivals Union Berlin last night.

After a goalless effort in the first half, Die Alte Dame picked up the pace and took advantage of their opponents’ porous defence by pumping in four goals in what was a spectacular outing from their marquee players.

Team captain Vedad Ibisevic inspired the team’s attack in the second half. After scoring the first goal of the match via a header, the Bosnian forward created more chances for his other teammates to add more goals on their tally.

Dodi Lukebakio and Matheus Cunha were beneficiaries of Vedad Ibisevic’s playmaking with goals of their own and Dedryck Boyata put the nail in the coffin with a late score after a corner kick.

This was supposed to be a hard-fought and exciting affair as per our Bundesliga 2020 odds since this was the first-ever East-West derby in German top-flight. But after watching this game, it’s clear that Union Berlin are still a work in progress compared to their nemesis.

SBOBET recaps yesterday’s set of Bundesliga 2020 highlights.

 

Highlights of the game

With the Old Lady desperate to accumulate points in order to avoid the dreaded relegation zone, a couple of fine performances were needed for them to do so.

Momentum was clearly on Hertha’s side prior to this match especially when they defeated Hoffenheim in a 3-0 clean sheet last Saturday on the road.

Meanwhile, Union Berlin were reeling after losing handily to league leaders Bayern Munich as they failed to match their quality, conceding two goals in the process.

From the start of the game, Hertha controlled the first half by dominating the possession and creating a ton of chances.

In the 17th minute, Dodi Lukebakio had a great chance when Union’s defence slipped and failed to clear the ball. It was a good thing for them that Rafal Gikiewicz was in the way to stop the Hertha speedster.

Union Berlin failed to score against Hertha in their Bundesliga match

Christopher Trimmel looks dejected after losing against Hertha BSC

Gikiewicz saved the day once more for Union when Hertha went for another counter-attack in the 27th minute. Lukebakio and Ibisevic found a cutting Cunha inside the penalty area, but the Polish goalkeeper deflected the Brazilian’s shot attempt.

Union’s first real chance came before the end of the first half via a set piece. However, Robert Andrich’s long shot was off target.

Fast forward to the 51st minute, Hertha were up and running again and then they scored their first goal of the match via a header from Vedad Ibisevic after a lovely cross by Marvin Plattenhardt.

Hertha pumped in their second goal just a minute later when Dodi Lukebakio outran Union’s defence and he topped it off with a low, cool finish.

Goals continue to come in for Hertha as the game wore on. In the 61st minute, Matheus Cunha finally converted after Union failed to clear the ball once more. He was at the right place and at the right time when Lukebakio missed his wild bicycle kick attempt after a volley.

To cap off their spectacular night, Dedryck Boyata scored off of a header via a corner kick from Marvin Plattenhardt in the 77th minute.

“We know what the game means for our fans. This time we produced a really good performance,” said Vedad Ibisevic during the post-match interview.

 

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Bruno Labaddia is the Old Lady’s fifth coach since June 2019, following Pal Dardai, Ante Covic, Jurgen Klinsmann, and Alexander Nouri.

With two straight wins, Hertha improved to the 10th spot of the Bundesliga table with 34 points.

Hertha’s attack have been great since the season resumed. All of their last seven goals were scored in the second half, making them a dangerous late-game club.

 

Vedad Ibisevic has always been the x-factor for Die Alte Dame since they are yet to be defeated when he scores the first goal of the game (W15, D4).

His attacking partner and soon-to-be-father Matheus Cunha has had a direct hand in five goals in his six Hertha appearances (four goals and one assist).

Union Berlin had won the reverse fixture last November thanks to a late penalty, but last night they had zero shots on target while Hertha had eight great chances overall.

 

What’s next?

Hertha BSC will go on the road once more to visit RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Union Berlin will get to host Mainz at the An der alten Forsterei Stadium on the same date before locking horns with Borussia Monchengladbach three days after.

 

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