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PREVIEW: BUNDESLIGA RETURNS

14 May 2020

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

With the sporting world itching to return to normality, the resumption of the Bundesliga gives football fans a great opportunity to enjoy and tune-in to the best German football has to offer. Keep up to date and enjoy Bundesliga betting markets on all the fantastic fixtures scheduled for the return of the Bundesliga, at EnergyBet here.

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