Bayern Munich won their 8th successive Bundesliga during the 2019/2020 season, finishing 13 points clear of Borussia Dortmund. The big question now is, can anyone stop them?
9 IN A ROW FOR BAYERN MUNICH?
They finished the season winning the Treble and looked unstoppable once football had restarted. It is hard to believe they had a poor start to the season, resulting in Niko Kovač being sacked and being replaced by Hans-Dieter Flick.
With Flick at the helm, Bayern were back to their best and dropped only 2 more points after Christmas.
The signing of Leroy Sane has improved their already formidable attacking line up. They became only the 2nd team to score 100 goals in a season since the Bundesliga started.
Watch: FC Bayern München – All 100 Bundesliga Goals 2019/20
With Betfred, you can get odds of 1/8 that they will retain their crown. It would certainly take a brave man or woman to bet against them.
WHO CAN STOP THEM?
Borussia Dortmund – 6/1
Dortmund were the last team to win the Bundesliga outside of Bayern. Under the management of Jurgen Klopp, Dortmund were regularly challenging Bayern for the title and on two occasions managed to finish 1st.
They have struggled to put up a consistent challenge since then and like many clubs in the Bundesliga, they often struggle to keep hold of their best players. Dortmund still faces a fight to keep hold of wonderkid Jadon Sancho.
They do have Erling Haaland for this season at least. The Norwegian impressed everyone at the club after signing in January 2020.
RB Leipzig – 20/1
Leipzig seems to be improving every season and had a great run to the Semi-finals of the Champions League. Like Dortmund, it remains to be seen if they can keep hold of their best players and put in a consistent challenge to Bayern over the course of a season. They will hope that the loss of Timo Werner to Chelsea is not too detrimental to their chances of having a successful season.
Ultimate, they do still seem a way off the current champions. Liepzig will be looking at having another decent season in the Champions League alongside maybe winning the DFB-Pokal.
Bayer Leverkusen – 50/1
Last season was a season of near-misses for Leverkusen. They finished runners up in the DFB-Pokal and finished two points off a Champions League place in the Bundesliga. The departure of Kai Havertz and his lack of replacement means they are unlikely to challenge for the title. You can get odds of 5/6 on them finishing in the top 4 which looks a decent bet.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – 66/1
Gladbach had a great season in 19/20 and finished with a well-deserved spot in the upcoming Champions League. They have made a few tweaks to their squad but still, look short of a title challenge. You can get odds of 11/10 on them once again finishing inside the top 4.
Wolfsburg – 150/1
Wolfsburg last won the Bundesliga in 2009 and again, it would be considered a major surprise if they were to win it in 2021. They are 5/1 to finish in the top 4, and a return to the Champions League would be massive for them.
BETTING WITHOUT BAYERN?
Betfred also offers odds on the Bundesliga without Bayern. Borussia Dortmund are 4/7 to finish top of a Bayern excluded Bundesliga. However, the odds of 4/1 on RB Leipzig must be worth a punt. They finished last season just 3 points behind Dortmund.
German football uses a unique system to decide its promotion and relegation between its divisions. In many leagues, the top three teams are automatically promoted and the bottom three are relegated. The top two tiers only have two automatic movers between the divisions. A two-legged playoff system is used to determine whether a third club stays up or goes down.
Arminia Bielefeld – 5/6
Arminia Bielefeld won the 2. Bundesliga last season. They have yet to make any major additions to their squad and will consider it a success if they manage to stay up. Arminia were previously in the Bundesliga during the 2008/2009 season when they were relegated after finishing bottom of the table.
Watch: The New Comeback Kids on The Bundesliga Block – Welcome Back Arminia Bielefeld
Stuttgart – 11/4
After being a regular in European football during the ’00s, Stuttgart have struggled in recent seasons and have become a bit of ‘yo-yo’ side. They even managed to win the Bundesliga in 2006/2007. If you fancy a massive outside bet for the upcoming season, you can get odds of 1000/1 that they will win the title again.
Union Berlin – 2/1
Union Berlin have become a bit of a cult club in recent years. Their ground is the largest single-purpose football stadium in the German capital. During their first season in Bundesliga last season, they finished 11th which was a massive success. Another season like that would be appreciated by everyone at the club.
This documentary from the BBC titled ‘FC Union Berlin: ‘A rebellious football club in a rebellious city’ provides an interesting look at the club.
BUNDESLIGA TOP SCORER ODDS
Robert Lewandowski – 4/7
Lewandowski finished top scorer last season, having scored 34 goals in 31 appearances. This was his best season as a Bayern Munich player and very few people would bet against him doing something similar during the new season.
Erling Haaland – 11/4
The Norwegian impressed last season, having signed from Red Bull Salzburg in January. He managed 13 goals in 15 appearances, a similar goal per game ratio this season would mean he had run Lewandowski close for top scorer.
Serge Gnabry – 16/1
Another Bayern player in the running for top scorer, it would be a shock if Gnabry scored more than his teammate but he impressed in his side’s successful Champions League campaign and will be hoping to improve on his record of 12 league goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances.
What other players should you look out for?
Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund
Bellingham recently signed for Dortmund from Birmingham City in a transfer deal worth £25 million, this made him the world’s most expensive 17-year-old. He has since become the youngest player to appear for England’s Under 21 side.
Joshua Zirkzee – Bayern Munich
The 19-year-old scored on his debut for Bayern last season and impressed so much that they have tied him down to a long-term deal. He is seen as a genuine alternative for Lewandowski during the upcoming season, and potentially his eventual replacement.
Florian Wirtz – Bayer Leverkusen
The 17-year-old Wirtz made his professional debut for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga season, starting in their match against Werder Bremen. In doing so, he became the youngest Leverkusen player to debut in the Bundesliga. Not long after, he became the youngest ever goalscorer in the Bundesliga, scoring in their 4-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.
* Odds listed are with Betfred unless stated.