If you’re not aware, the Bundesliga is the top level of professional soccer that can be played in the nation of Germany. The league compiles a total of 18 teams, and like most European leagues, they use a system of relegation and promotion with their number being two. Also, like the most of Europe, their season runs from August all the way until May, with the vast majority of the matches being held on weekends. Every now and then, you’ll also see a game being held on a weekday.
Throughout its entire history, 55 total clubs have been involved in the Bundesliga, with the most successful being Bayern Munich with an incredible tally of 29 league championships. Following Der FCB (The FCB), it’s a pretty far drop-off. Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach are the next most successful clubs with five Bundesliga titles, and then Werder Bremen has won the championship a total of four times.
Last season, Bayern Munich would take the Bundesliga, and it would be their seven times in a row achieving this feat. However, there was a bit of a difference between Die Bayern’s (The Bavarians) last campaign and the previous six championships. In what is usually a blow away title for Munich turned into a season where they needed the last day to seven-peat — interesting indeed. Despite that, however, Bayern Munich is once again the strong favorite to win the Bundesliga at -425 betting odds.
Well, obviously you have the dominant and flashy Bayern Munich and their 28 Bundesliga championships coming in as the heavy -425 favorite, and why wouldn’t they? Like I’ve also previously mentioned, Stern des Sudens (Star of the South) is currently on a stretch where they’ve won seven league titles in a row. They would nearly slip up last season as it came down to the final day, but when the smoke cleared, Bayern Munich were the ones still holding up the trophy — and did I already mention this was a seven-peat championship? Damn, the domination.
The part of the reason for the near-disaster last season was a stretch where the club would lose four straight home matches, and it would be historic considering it would tie the franchise record, and it’s only happened two other times — that chain of losses occurred from April-September 1994 and September-October 1996. Despite that stretch, however, they were able to pull in a load of other big victories to help them grab the league.
All of Bayern Munich’s success is great, in fact, it’s legendary. But let’s not forget the other power clubs involved in the mix, and one of those is Borussia Dortmund. Before Die Roten (The Reds) made their historic run of seven consecutive championships, Die Borussen would pull a repeat themselves with Bundesliga championships in each the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. And that’s not all, in those seven consecutive Bayern Munich championships, Borussia Dortmund has finished in second place four of those campaigns — this includes last season in 2018-19.
Speaking of the last campaign, Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) would push FC Hollywood to their limit. Dortmund would come out of the gates hot, and at one point of the season, they were actually ahead by seven points over Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga table. We know what the result ended up being, but kudos has to be given to Der BVB (The BVB) for their excellent play last season that put Bayern on the brink.
Dortmund would go out and make a historic profit after they would sell Christian Pulisic to Chelsea, and the money would be put back into the team in the form of acquisitions such as Monchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard and Bayern Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt. For the most part, they look locked-and-loaded for another season, so expect Dortmund to once again compete against Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title.
Another club to keep an eye on is RG Leipzig, one of four to take a second-place finish behind Fußball-Club Bayern München e. V. during their stretch of seven straight titles — they would take that runner-up mark in the 2016-17 campaign. Last season in 2018-19, Die Roten Bullen (The Red Bulls) would again be among the leaders and would take a third-place tally with 66 points. The top four finish was good enough to put them into the prestigious UEFA Champions League. And also keep an eye on this: For the first time in history, they would make it all the way to the DFB-Pokal final last April. Unfortunately, they would suffer a shutout 0-3 loss to power Bayern Munich, but it was still a pretty impressive showing in the second most important level of German soccer.
Well, obviously. And when it comes to betting, it’ll be nearly impossible to place a wager against Bayern Munich to win an eighth straight championship — they’re just that dominant of a club. Some people think that age will eventually catch up with Der FCB, but I wouldn’t count on that with this franchise and their budget, especially considering they’ve already moved on from older heavyweights such as Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery, and have shifted into more young studs such as Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry.
And that’s not all, an already rich Bayern Munich is trying to go out and get even richer, looking to add more talent before the transfer window closes. Originally, Die Bayern were swinging for the fences chasing after the likes of Leroy Sane from Manchester City, but it’s looking like that’s most likely not going to happen. With that being the case, they are now eyeing winger Ousmane Dembele from FC Barcelona instead. Regardless, you can expect another dominant Bayern Munich team that will be going for an eighth straight Bundesliga title.
Last April, Stern des Sudens would make a powerful statement after hammering Borussia Dortmund in 5-0 blowout fashion. They would have a bit of a tough campaign last season, but they were still able to make their statement and walk away with the league championship. On top of that, it’s pretty obvious that Bayern Munich still had that competitive firepower last season. You can expect that competitiveness and their momentum to carry into 2019-20, especially with additional talent at their disposal. When Die Roten was put up to a challenge at the end of 2018-19 by Dortmund, they easily flipped on the switch and went full steamroll from there. With all of that being said, I don’t see why on earth you would bet against Bayern Munich.
Speaking of Borussia Dortmund, they’ve had a pretty good summer pulling in players such as Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt, but even then, it may not be good enough to topple a Bayern Munich. After that, there aren’t any teams that are going to compete against FC Hollywood, it just isn’t happening. This club has won seven straight Bundesliga championships for a reason. With that being said, it’s going to be hard for me not to take Bayern Munich to win that eight straight league title.
Let’s go over the favorites to win the 2019-20 Bundesliga championship, review their odds and also their chances to win the league title or earn a spot in the Champions League. Afterwards, I’ll be giving you my official betting prediction to take the league, as well as my long shot to ride with for a major payday and my top four betting prediction (Champions League spots).
You can also check out my season previews for the upcoming Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A, as well as my previews on the recently-kicked off English Premier League and French Ligue 1. Also, take a gander at my EPL Matchday 1 predictions where I compiled a record of 6-2-2, and look forward to future English Premier League and other bonus soccer picks throughout the entire season from all over the globe including leagues such as Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, American Major League Soccer (MLS), German Bundesliga and Brazilian Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A!
The Bundesliga begins on Friday, August 16 with a primetime match between defending champion Bayern Munich and the German capital’s Hertha Berlin. Kick-off is at 2:30 PM ET.
Der FCB are the most successful franchise in the country of Germany, and it’s not even close. If Bayern Munich is able to pull off another league championship like the odds say, it will be their 30th title overall in the Bundesliga.
However, last season was an intense challenge for Die Bayern, as they would only win the league by just a slim two points over Borussia Dortmund. On top of that, their championship victory wouldn’t come until the find weekend of the campaign.
Over the offseason, Bayern Munich would achieve their goal of getting younger by moving on from old players such as Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, and Mats Hummels — all three were key players for the Stern des Südens.
As far as incoming talent, the only significant gain would come in the form of Lucas Hernandez out of Atletico Madrid — Hernandez will be used to replace Hummels. With that being said, Bayern Munich is still tasked with replacing Robben and Ribery before the transfer window shuts. If they fail to do so, it come open up some vulnerability for the Bundesliga champions.
Die Borussen will be coming into the new campaign with massive momentum after nearly taking out Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga championship — Borussia Dortmund would place just two points behind Die Roten. Entering 2019-20, they have another squad that’s loaded with talent, and a passionate supporting base that will make home matches more amplified this go-around.
In the summer, Borussia Dortmund would have an absolutely superb time in the transfer market, with their biggest splash being Mats Hummels out of Bayern Munich — a huge takeaway from the defending champions. On top of that, Die Schwarzgelben has brought in Nico Schulz, Paco Alcacer, Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard, and Mateu Morey. With a combined 120 million euros spent to bring in a load of talent into the Westfalenstadion, Borussia looks more than ready to go for the new campaign.
Not only is Borussia Dortmund a genuine and legitimate threat to dethrone Bayern Munich, but they’re an extremely toxic threat to get the job done this season. If Der BVB gets out to a quick start like they did last campaign, we could have a different champion when the smoke clears for 2019-20.
Die Roten Bullen was magnificent last season, taking a third-place finish on the Bundesliga table to put them into the Champions League. And for good reason: They’re a very well-rounded football club when it comes to funding, and that’s going to be needed when you have the strong ambitions that they do to take the league away from Bayern Munich. They might not have the reputation and respect to be able to pull off something like that, but it should be noted that RP Leipzig finished just twelve points behind the eventual champions last season — that’s literally just four wins behind them. That’s pretty impressive when you put it into perspective.
And that’s not all, RBL would also accomplish a better defense than Bayern Munich. They would concede three fewer goals than FC Hollywood with 29 to 32. As you see, RB Leipzig already has an elite defense to work with. If they can add some more potency to the offense this season, things could get extraordinarily interesting with it being a three-horse race between Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, and Borussia Dortmund.
And here we arrive to the first club that has zero chance to take the Bundesliga away from Bayern Munich. Last season, they finish a quite distant 20 points behind the champions. With their betting odds sitting at +3300, expect a similar result as last season: They’ll be competing for a spot in the Champions League, but a Bundesliga title is out of the question — this despite some solid business being done over the summer.
Speaking of their offseason, they would go out and spend 60 million euros to bring in four fresh pieces of talent — all four will contribute to making Bayer Leverkusen a strong club this season. With that being said, however, doing better than a fourth-place finish is a bit of a far stretch. They’ll enjoy a spot in the Champions League though.
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