BUNDESLIGA BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 29

Round 29 of the Bundesliga will soon be hitting our screens, as the very best of German football continues to hit us thick and fast in another weekend of packed action and Bundesliga betting. Now in the third week since the restart of the league, players are finding their fitness and managers are ready for a final push towards achieving their season objectives.

With the league table shaping-up and points becoming ever more valuable, we’ll take a look at the upcoming fixtures for the top three Bundesliga teams, as well as an all-important mid-table battle to secure a place in the Champions League.

The title-chasers versus the relegation dodgers

The league’s top two met midweek in Der Klassiker. Bayern Munich took the victory, defeating Borussia Dortmund 1-0 away. FC Bayern now find themselves very much in control of the league, leading the pack with a seven-point gap. Both clubs will be pushing to secure a win this weekend, with each facing a desperate team in a battle to get away from the relegation positions at the bottom of the league table.  

BAYERN MUNICH VS FORTUNA DUSSELDORF: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

Bayern Munich enter the fixture dripping with confidence, and expecting the full three points, following their outstanding display of heroics at the Westfalenstadion. Being both the home side and league leaders, Bayern Munich go into the match as overwhelming favourites, at 2/33 (1.06) to win, with Fortuna Dusseldorf’s chances measured at a lowly 34/1 (35.00).

SC PADERBORN VS BORUSSIA DORTMUND: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

Borussia Dortmund know they need to make amends for the points dropped during their home defeat to Bayern Munich last Tuesday.  With time running out to make a last-ditch effort to overtake the Bundesliga leaders, Borussia Dortmund must take advantage of being favourites to win away at 4/11 (1.36); SC Paderborn, meanwhile, are fighting to avoid being cut adrift at the bottom of the table and find themselves at 77/10 (8.70).

The rest of the league

With European places up for grabs, plenty of teams are fighting to emerge from the congested mid-table pack.

FC Koln

Yet to win a game following the restart of the season, and suffering a disastrous midweek 3-1 loss to Hoffenheim, FC Koln are in a downward spiral, slipping further down the league table.  With only eight-points separating their current 11th position and a spot into the Europa League, FC Koln have everything to play for, and more than enough talent to transform their fortunes through the upcoming fixtures.

RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig will be feeling like they’ve lost two important points following a disappointing 2-2 midweek draw against Hertha BSC. Although they still find themselves above their main rivals for third-place, Borussia Mönchengladbach, RB Leipzig will treat their away fixture against FC Koln as an opportunity to break away from a very tight position in the table.

FC KOLN VS RB LEIPZIG: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

RB Leipzig head into the fixture as strong favourites, at 5/9 (1.57) to win, with the home team, FC Koln, finding themselves at 22/5 (5.30) to cause an upset.

Freiburg

Coming off an intense 3-3 midweek draw away to Eintracht Frankfurt, Freiburg are yet another team yet who have failed to secure a win following the restart of the Bundesliga. Currently in the middle of a very changeable table – with few points making the difference either way – Freiburg need to claim victory at home to Bayer Leverkusen this Friday if they have any desire to be amongst the best of Europe next season.

Bayer Leverkusen

After being smashed 4-1 at home by a superior Wolfsburg team last Tuesday, Bayer Leverkusen head into their upcoming fixture against Freiburg potentially stripped of confidence but knowing the importance that a victory could have on the final positions of the Bundesliga. Level with Borussia Mönchengladbach in fourth place, Bayern Leverkusen must capitalise on this opportunity against weaker opposition, and take all three points in an effort to secure their goal of Champions League football next season.

FREIBURG VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN: BETTING ODDS

Despite being the travelling team, Bayer Leverkusen, are favourites to come out on top at 5/7 (1.56) to win, with Freiburg’s chances calculated at 27/7 (5.40).

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DREAMHACK MASTERS: SPRING 2020

With ESL ONE: Road to Rio all wrapped up, CS:GO pros are diving into another action-packed tournament: DreamHack Masters. Established by DreamHack in 2016, the event sets the stage for 32 teams across Europe, NA, Asia, and Oceania to stake their claim to the $300,000 prize pool in one of the biggest esports events of the year. 

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This year, the roaring Malmo arena is off-limits to our favourite CS:GO professional teams and players. Much like the ESL ONE: Road to Rio, the regional DreamHack tournaments are going to take place entirely online. Before we unpack the lineups of this year’s DreamHack Masters, let’s have a look at the final standings of ESL One: Road to Rio. 

ESL ONE: Road to Rio Recap

The world’s 56 best CS:GO teams fought tooth and nail to secure one of the 24 qualifier places for the upcoming ESL CS:GO Major in Brazil, the 16th Valve-sponsored event featuring a massive $2,000,000 prize pool.

Europe: First place went to Astralis, followed by G2 Esports, Faze Clan, and last year’s DreamHack Masters runners-up Team Vitality. 

North America: Furia Esports ceded the crown to newcomers Gen.G Esports. The third and fourth places went to Cloud9 and Team Liquid. 

CIS: Team Spirit were victorious, trailed by Winstrike Team, Hard Legion Esports, and Russia’s Virtus.pro.

South America: BOOM Esports blasted through the competition, leaving 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places to Isurus, Imperial e-Sports, and Red Canids. 

Asia: TIGER triumphed over TYLOO in the grand finals, while D13 and ViCi Gaming tied for the last two qualifiers of the season. 

Oceania: Fan-favourite Renegades topped the charts, followed by ORDER, Chiefs Esports Club, and the WESG 2019 Oceania winners Ground Zero Gaming.

Dreamhack Masters Format

The 32 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams competing in this spring’s DreamHack Masters are spread across four major regions: Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. The regional tournaments will feature unique prize pools, with the larger purses attributed to EU and NA due to the greater number of competing teams. 

Europe

Europe’s DreamHack Masters Group Stage is running through 30 May, with playoffs set to begin on 8 June. The 16 qualifying teams include ESL’s top four: Astralis, G2, Faze Clan, and Team Vitality. Four groups of four teams are playing round-robin best-of-three, with the first-place winners in each group heading to the playoffs in the upper bracket. Second and third-place teams will compete in the lower bracket, while fourth-placed teams will be eliminated. All playoffs are best-of-three, except the finals — a best-of-five round with a 1-0 advantage to the team from the upper bracket. 

Teams: Astralis, Complexity Gaming, ENCE, Faze Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, Heroic, MAD Lions, mousesports, Natus Vincere, North, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Vitality, GODSENT, Team Spirit, and BIG. 

Prize Pool: $160,000

North America

North American DreamHack Masters follows a similar structure to EU’s format. The eight teams will wrap up Group Stage matches on 30 May, with the top CS:GO teams advancing to playoffs in early June. Teams compete in two groups of four, playing round-robin best-of-three matches. First place advances to the playoffs in the upper bracket, second and third take lower, and fourth will be eliminated. FURIA are leading Group A, closely followed by Team Liquid. Group B’s standings will shift through Sunday when Gen.G meet Cloud9. 

Teams: 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses, FURIA Esports, Team Liquid, MIBR, Cloud9, Chaos Esports Club, and Gen.G Esports. 

Prize Pool: $100,000

Asia

With only four CS:GO teams competing in Asia, the teams are seeded directly into a double-elimination bracket. The playoffs open on 2 June, and all matches will be played best-of-three. The final face-off is a best-of-five match with a 1-0 advantage to the team coming from the upper bracket. 

Teams: Beyond Esports, Lucid Dream, TYLOO, and ViCi Gaming. 

Prize Pool: $20,000

Oceania

ESL ONE: Road to Rio’s top three are ready for another gruelling conflict! Renegades, Chiefs Esports Club, and ORDER are heading into a double-elimination bracket, with Avant Gaming as the fourth and final team. The format is identical to Asia’s: best-of-threes beginning on 2 June, with a 1-0 map advantage to the upper bracket contenders in the final best-of-five. 

Teams: Avant Gaming, Chiefs ESC, ORDER, and Renegades. 

Prize Pool: $20,000

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BUNDESLIGA BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 27

The Bundesliga is back in full swing and about to enjoy the second week of football since its return. The rivalries between the top teams in Germany have resumed, with Week 27 featuring incredible match-ups all round. With plenty of exciting action ahead, we’ve got you covered for Bundesliga betting.

With the top three teams facing difficult competition over the weekend, the Bundesliga table could be set for a reshuffle. First-place Bayern Munich welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to the Allianz Arena, Borussia Dortmund travel east to Wolfsburg, and third place Borussia Mönchengladbach find themselves scrapping for position against Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich

There were no surprises for Bayern Munich fans, as the 29 times winners of the Bundesliga returned with a 2-0 victory over Union Berlin last Sunday. Pushing for their eighth consecutive league trophy, Hans-Dieter Flick will be making sure his team are in perfect physical and mental condition to take on what could be a tricky opponent. 

Now with 26 goals to his name in the competition, Bayern Munich’s lead striker Robert Lewandowski shows no sign of letting up, having returned to action with a goal. FC Bayern can also call on the exciting Serge Gnabry and the ever-impressive Thomas Mueller.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Coming off a 1-3 defeat to league rivals, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking to get some points on the board for what could prove to be a turbulent end of the season for last year’s seventh-place finishers.

With ups and downs throughout their 2019/20 campaign, The Eagles will be looking to secure any points they can in an effort to push them up from a lowly 13th place in a tight Bundesliga table.

BAYERN MUNICH VS EINTRACH FRANKFURT: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

As expected, home side Bayern Munich, are fierce favourites to go on and win the match-up, at 3/20 (1.15), with Eintracht Frankfurt’s chances measured at 15/1 (16.00), to come out on top.

Borussia Dortmund

Second-place Borussia Dortmund hit the ground running last week as 19-year-old starlet, Erling Braut Haaland, continued his immense form and opened the floodgates, leading to a 4-0 thrashing of Schalke 04 in the Revierderby.

Fighting to contest Bayern Munich’s for the Bundesliga’s top spot, the young guns in Dortmund are sure to be laser-focused on obtaining the next three points, and put their long-time rivals, Wolfsburg, to the sword.

Wolfsburg

Fans of Wolfsburg were relieved to be saved by a last-minute winner from centre-forward, Daniel Ginczek, in their contest against Augsburg last Saturday. With an 11-point gap between them and fifth-place rivals, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg will know that they will need to push beyond realistic expectations to secure a chance at qualification to the Europa League.

Looking to their fixture against Borussia Dortmund, The Wolves will be eager to make some headway on their current 6th place position on the table, knowing lower teams are only a few points away, and could easily leapfrog them over the weekend.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS WOLFSBURG: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

It’s no surprises that the home team, Wolfsburg, come out as underdogs at 73/20 (4.65) to win the fixture, with Borussia Dortmund favourites, at 3/4 (1.75).

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach came into the first fixture since the shutdown flying, replicating their fantastic start to the beginning of the season. They scored two goals in the first 10 minutes, against a highly competent Eintracht Frankfurt team. They would see out the game and finish with a 3-1 victory that demonstrated why they were able to stay at the top of the league table for most of the year.

Now at home to a strong Bayer Leverkusen side, fans of Borussia Mönchengladbach will have the chance to see their team line-up against strong opposition and make an effort at a late charge towards the coveted top two places of the Bundesliga.

Bayer Leverkusen

Securing a stunning 4-1 victory away from home, courtesy of two goals from 20-year-old attacking midfielder, Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen will be readying themselves for the chance to overtake not only Borussia Mönchengladbach but also Borussia Dortmund through goal difference, this weekend.

With a rare opportunity to face their direct table rivals, and knowing a win would ensure that they take their opponent’s higher place in the table, Bayer Leverkusen should be fired up this weekend.

BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

One of the tightest games to call in the Bundesliga this weekend, Borussia Mönchengladbach come out on top thanks to home advantage, as slight favourites at 7/5 (2.40) to win the fixture, while Bayer Leverkusen find themselves at 9/5 (2.80) to cause an upset.  

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PREVIEW: BUNDESLIGA RETURN

With lockdown restrictions being slowly lifted around Europe, authorities in Germany have greenlit the continuation of the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season.

The Bundesliga is set to become the first big European football league to resume play, with games due to recommence on Saturday 16th May. Teams will continue from matchday 26, allowing all top-flight German clubs to play their remaining league fixtures and providing sports fans with some live action to go alongside the esports they’ve been enjoying.

With everything still to play for in the Bundesliga, German teams will look to hit the ground running, and win vital points in their respective battles for Champions League and Europa League qualification, and the fight against relegation.

League title and the battle for the Champions League

Having established a four point gap at the top of the table, reigning champions Bayern Munich are the team most likely to win the league. Having commenced the season with a rocky start that led to the dismissal of their head coach, Niko Kovac, Bayern Munich have stabilised under the guidance of Hans-Dieter Flick and the extraordinary form of lead striker Robert Lewandowski. Bayern have a Champions League place all but in the bag and look poised to secure their eighth Bundesliga title in eight years.

If anyone can beat Bayern to the title, it’s second-place Borussia Dortmund, thanks to their highly impressive attacking power. With English wonderkid, Jadon Sancho, blazing a trail through the league, and the impressive, Erling Haaland, seemingly scoring with every other touch he takes, Dortmund have a better shot than most to challenge for the top spot. On 26th May, Dortmund will perhaps have their best chance to overtake their rivals, as they welcome Bayern to Signal Iduna Park.

Resuming their campaign in third place, RB Leipzig will look to put pressure on the top two teams, and add vital points to the 50 that they have already accumulated. With an exciting team and an influential head couch, RB Leipzig have had incredible results over the season, both domestically and in Europe. Finishing in the Champions League places, and capitalising on the progress they’ve made this year, is a must.

Borussia Monchengladbach enjoyed an incredible start to their campaign, superseding the expectations of critics and impressing football fans around Europe as they lead the league for much of the season. Whilst the team has admittedly tailed off from their fantastic start, Borussia Monchengladbach looked like they had gotten back on track, following their local derby victory in the last game before the shutdown. They’ll hope to come out the blocks firing, like at the beginning of the season, when the campaign resumes.

The fight for Europa League

Bayer Leverkusen find themselves in fifth place, just two points behind Borussia Monchengladbach, and in the fight for Champions League places as much as for the Europa. Having dazzled the league through some incredible spells over the season, and with a hefty buffer over the teams below them, Bayer Leverkusen will look to stay hot on the heels of Monchengladbach above them.

Sixth-place Schalke 04 find themselves in a Europa League qualification position with the restart of the Bundesliga. Ten points off the Champions League positions, Schalke 04 will be looking to put some distance between themselves and Wolfsburg, who are only a point behind.

Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Hoffenheim resume the league just a few points off the Schalke and final qualification spot for the Europa League. With each of these clubs having incredible periods of form throughout the season – Wolfsburg specifically went on an impressive unbeaten run – anything could happen in the fight for European places.

The battle to avoid relegation

With the bottom two teams relegated from the Bundesliga each season, and third from bottom having to suffer through a playoff with the third-placed team from the division below, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Werder Bremen and SC Paderborn 07 will view the restart as an opportunity to bag some points and save themselves from the possibility of demotion.

Bundesliga Betting

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