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Leipzig betting

Leipzig Odds

If you can bet on the team that will join two horses race for the title in Germany, I guess the main contender in the next few years will be RB Leipzig. They are still far away, but certainly not far away as a few years ago.

As they are Red Bull funded, and everything Germans don’t want football to be, Leipzig will hardly have sympathy from football fans around Germany. Still, sympathy won’t win you goals and points, and Leipzig have everything else that will. With two Champions League qualifications in a row, they want at least another top 4 finish this year. Odds for them to win league are 14.

Leipzig Key Players

They did not change much, but they changed managed. Leipzig brought Julian Nagelsmann who was in charge of Hoffenheim before and is one of the brightest stars in Europe. Key players Upamecano, Poulsen and Werner are still in Leipzig, even they have a lot of offers from top clubs around Europe. Team won’t change much, although they have added Ampadu and Lookmakn from England (Chelsea and Everton).

All eyes will again be on Werner, one of the biggest talents of German football and probably the best striker German had in the last few years.

Leipzig Rivalry

You can’t say for the club which history last for 10 years who is the biggest rival they have. As all football fans in Germany are hating them, probably every game they will play, they will have to fight against hostile atmosphere. Probably playing against top sides, Bayern and Dortmund will be the most interesting to Leipzig fans.

Leipzig History

RB Leipzig have been formed in 2009, as Red Bull advertisement project. Therefore other fans don’t like them as they see them as everything football should not be. On the other hand, Red Bull made excellent project, build a team from young and talented players, and moved through 7 levels of German football before reaching the Bundesliga where they immediately made success and qualify for Champions League.

The home ground in Leipzig is of course, Red Bull Arena, with 43.000 capacity.

Wolfsburg betting

Wolfsburg Odds

Wolfsburg made serious surprise last year and after a few seasons of relegation battle. They ended season on 6th position and proved that they can be a force this year as they did not lose important players during summer. Important to know that they have changed to coach and that Labadia who is the creator of this improvement left and have been replaced with Glasner, former coach of Austrian Lask Linz.

They certainly have the quality to reach top 4 finish this year with odds around 4.50, or less risky top 6 finish with odds around 2.00.

Wolfsburg Key Players

They hit the winner with signing Weghorts last year who became the best scorer with 17 league goals in the first season. Key signing this year could be coach Gesner. Young coach made a miracle with LASK Link, promoted them from Second league, and in two years managing to bring them just behind Red Bull Salzburg who is absolute power in the Austrian football.

Gesner is one of the rising stars in Europe and could be future coach of some of the best European teams. He also brought two players from Austrian league that he knew very well, midfielder Schlager from Salzburg and his own winger Victor from LASK. You can expect both of them to be regular in first eleven.

Wolfsburg Rivalry

As pretty new club and even town in historical way, you won’t find too many passionate rivals of this club. The only traditional rivalry is with Eintracht Braunschweig, but since they are in lower division it is postponed for a few years.

Wolfsburg History

Wolfsburg is part of Volkswagen Group, so they don’t have problems with money for sure. The whole town of Wolfsburg was built in 1938 as a home for workers in Volkswagen plant that later made famous Beetle vehicle. As a club Wolfsburg was in lower divisions for years, and real success started in late 90’s when they finally reached the Bundesliga. In 2009. they even manage to win the title, the only one in the club history.

The home ground in Volkswagen Arena with 30.000 capacity.

Borussia Dortmund betting

Borussia Dortmund Odds

As always, Borussia will be the main rival to Bayern Munchen and probably the only team that can seriously challenge Bavarians for the title. Odds are suggesting that with Dortmund around 4.00 for title, while Bavarians are strong favourites with 1.30. With serious investment and not many changes in the team this year, Borussia Dortmund should be in a better position than last year when they finish as runner up once again.

Borussia Dortmund Key Players

Key players are still in the squad, with one more year of experience and playing together. Sancho, Alcacer and Reus are still here, and Dortmund added Hazard, Shultz and Brandt as an option that should help. Also, Hummels is back to help with defence. It is enough for Dortmund fans to hope for serious challenge, even without Pulisic and Diallo. This could be the final season for Sancho in Dortmund. Kid showed class in yellow shirt and with experience he got with games, fans should expect a lot from him.

Borussia Dortmund Rivalry

Obviously Bayern will be key rival this year, when we are talking about trophies and Der Klassiker will be the games to watch. On the other hand, as much as they hate Bavarians, Schalke will always be the main rival and Revierderby, match between Dortmund and Schalke will also be passionate. Beside Bayern and Schalke, you can say that all other rivals from North Rhine-Westphalia region will bring passion well-known for local rivalries. So, matches against Borussia Monchengladbach (Borussen Derby), Bochum, Duisburg can be tricky for BVB.

Borussia Dortmund History

Borussia with around 150.000 members is the second largest sports club in Germany and the second richest club in the Bundesliga. They won 8 titles (5 since Bundesliga started, second best after Bayern) and 5 DFP Pokals, and even Champions League in the 90's.

The home ground in Westfalen Stadium also known as Signal Iduna Park, the largest one in Germany and one of the largest in Europe. Capacity of over 81.000 for home matches with standing sector also known as Yellow Wall with the most vocal fans, will make their homeground a fortress.

Schalke betting

Schalke Odds

Schalke has been close to relegation last year, which speaks enough about the football they played. They are the one of the richest German clubs and anything less than Champions League battle is a failure. Unfortunately for Schalke fans, they will wait a little bit to see their favorite team in contention for the top of the table as they totally collapsed just a year from finishing second behind Bayern. Even 1.40 odds for Schalke finishing in top 10 is a risky bet.

Schalke Key Players

Key signing is not a player this year. After relegation battle Schalke brought David Wagner to the bench. Former Dortmund II and Huddersfield manager don’t have trophies behind, but is very good and talented coach. With a bunch of not very talented players and without a serious budget, he managed to secure promotion and avoid relegation in PL (at least in the first season). It looks like Schalke is hoping that he will manage to put this team together in the first season, and then buy what is missing for the next one. So, this is a rebuilding season for them and don’t expect stability.

Schalke Rivalry

In a season of suffering, the only bright moment for Schalke fans was win against Dortmund that killed any hope for the title for BVB. Borussia Dortmund is the biggest rival of course, and making their fans miserable is at least something for Schalke fans.

Schalke History

Schalke is one of the most popular football clubs in Germany. They won 7 titles, even one European trophy (UEFA Cup). In the last 20 years Schalke is almost always in or around the top 6 and you can expect them to be back where they belong pretty soon.

Schalke is playing home games at Veltins Arena in front of 62.000 fans.

Eintracht Frankfurt betting

Eintracht Odds

Last year, Eintreicht has been one of those teams that everyone liked. They have played great football, with young rising stars leading their attack, scoring goals for fun and playing football we all like to watch. They lost in the semi final of the Europa League on penalties against Chelsea. Unfortunately, attacking trio Jovic, Haller and Rebic all left the club, and Frankfurt will start with new ones that will certainly need time to adapt. Odds for Eintracht to reach the top 4 are 6.00, but honestly we can’t see that happen this year although they improved every year in the last 3 seasons and finished the last one as 7th.

Eintracht Key Players

Jovic, Haller and Rebic contributed to 80% of Eintracht goals last season, and it will be a hell of a job to replace them. Besides that, keep in mind that Eintrach was also defensive unit, as they did not concede many, as only Bayern, Dortmund, Leipzig and Monchengladbach conceded less. With that in mind, key players will be Kostic and De Guzman, as their creativity will have to produce goals or else Frankfurt will have serious problems. Both of them have been the ones that made all the chances for Eintracht and have been among the best in the league in creating big chances and assists.

Eintracht Frankfurt Rivalry

Main derby is the one betweek Eintracht and Offenbach, but we won’t see that one for some time as Kickers Offenbach is in the lower divisions. Also Darmstadt is rival, but as they are in Zweita, Eintracht will miss local derbies this year.

Eintracht Frankfurt History

Eintracht won the Bundesliga once, in 1959, but managed to add 5 cups and even European trophy (UEFA Cup in 1979). Home matches are played at Commerzbank Arena in front of 51.000 fans.

Mainz 05 betting

Mainz Odds

This is the 11th consecutive season Mainz will play elite football, and that speaks enough about the strength they possess and the quality of work in this small club. In 10 seasons in Elite, they have rarely been in relegation battle, and they have to thank for that to the excellent work and scouting of their management team. With Mainz you can count on consistency, and current manager Sandro Schwarz (also former player and manager of Mainz Youth team) brings that. Odds on Mainz to be relegated are 3.50 and more.

Mainz Key Players

The key thing for Mainz is that they don’t change too much during summer. The same coach and without too many changes in the squad. They sold Gbamin to Everton, who was one of the important midfield players, but added Fernandes (last year in Fiorentina in Serie A) as a replacement, plus a couple of youngsters that usually do good in Mainz shirt. During summer they manage to convince French youngster Mateta to stay and sign new deal although he had offers from England. He is the best scorer in the team, and the only problem can be his injury that will take him off till November. Quaison is still there, the most important player in the team with Mateta.

Mainz 05 Rivalry

Main rivals are local Eintracht Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern. Club culture is like that that honestly no one really hates them. Fair play above all, so it is not really they have some fierce rivals.

Mainz History

Mainz 05 has always been a small club and until early 2000 they have never been rivals for promotion to the Bundesliga. But, good work in the club pay dividends, and when they decided to appoint former player Jurgen Klopp as manager, they made a step in the right direction. Just a few years later they got their first promotion, and in 2010 they have been promoted again, this time to stay. Opel Arena has a capacity of 34000.


Freiburg betting

Freiburg Odds

In the last 25 years or so, Freiburg become regular member of Bundesliga, and in the last 10 they spent just one season in Zweita. Last year they finished 13th and avoid relegation as primary goal. The most important thing regarding Freiburg is stability. They have Christien Streich, the longest serving manager in Bundesliga in charge, and you can bet that he will once again manage to avoid relegation with his squad, although it is one of the least paid in the Bundesliga. Odds for Freibrug to be relegated are around 6.00.

Freiburg Key Players

As we said, key person is Streich. Beside him, Freiburg has Nils Petersen, who is the top scorer in 4 of the last 5 seasons. Keep in mind that while Petersen have been injured last year, Freiburg failed to win any of 10 games they played. Also, they did not lose any important player. They sold Niederlechner to Augsburg, but he is replaceable. Freiburg signed South Korea international Chang Hoon in his position. Key signings should be experienced back Schimd who had a few great seasons in Augsburg and should help on the right where Freibrug had problems before.

Freiburg Rivalry

Main rival is certainly Stuttgart with which they are playing Baden Schwaben derby. Also, they are rivals with another local Baden team, Karlsruhe.

Freiburg History

Fraiburg is well known for their fans. With a population of just above 200.000, every 10th citizen will be present on every game during the season at local Schwarzwaldstadion (24.000). Since 1993. They are consistently in elite with a few drops, building new stadium with bigger capacity, and you can bet they will be Bundesliga side for years. They even manage to reach European competition in 4 ocasions.

Hoffenheim betting

Hoffenheim Odds

After 3 great seasons Hoffenheim will need to start again, as is always the case when you replace successful manager with the new one. Nagelsmann left to Leipzig, and we have to wait and see how will Alfred Schreuder use his experience from Twente in Bundesliga. Certainly, it will be hard for Hoffenheim to reach the top of the standings. Odds for top 4 finish are 9.00, and Hoffenheim manage to do that twice in the last 3 seasons. On the other hand, before Nagelsmann, Hoffenheim has been relegation candidate, so odds for relegation of 26.00 are not out of the question and are maybe worth a look.

Hoffenheim Key Players

Belfodil and Kramaric scored 33 goals last season together, and Hoffenheim fans certainly expect to see them leading new team. The problem is that they sold a few of the important players from the previous seasons, and it is a big question if they find proper replacements. While they have two main strikers, Joelinton and Nelson, who have been an integral part of the team have left to England, while key midfielders Schulz and Demirbay left to Dortmund and Leverkuseon (Amiri also). Will replacements adapt fast enough?

Hoffenheim Rivalry

As they are quite new club, you can’t say they have serious rivals. Regional rivals like Stuttgart, Freiburg and Karlsruhe are probably the only one you can call rivals at the moment.

Hoffenheim History

Most of the rival fans will tell you Hoffenheim doesn’t have a history, but they have a sugar daddy. As Germans see their clubs as public property and fans owned, they are pretty hateful against clubs like Hoffenheim and even more Leipzig. In reality, Hoffenheim has been amateur club until 2008. When Dietmar Hopp, SAP Ceo took over the club and brought them to the Bundesliga where they stayed since then. With Nagelsmann in charge, they qualified for the Champions League twice, finishing 3rd in one season which is the biggest success till now.

Werder betting

Werder Odds

After the golden period, in the last 10 years, Werder is mid-table team. Finally, in the last few seasons they are on track to get back to the top and last year they lost Europa League spot in the finish. Kohfeldt is still in charge, so we should expect that Werder won’t change much in playing style attacking through midfield. Losing Kruse on free transfer is a handicap, but they brought good replacements and will bet on youngsters to develop and start a new period for the club. Expect them to play much better in the later stage, as with experience gained youngsters can show class.

Werder Key Players

When you lose top scorer in the last 3 seasons on free transfer, it is a blow. Max Kruse was key player and the best scorer, but to be honest he wasn’t someone who will take Werder up. Losing him on free is the problem from the business side, but Fullkrug who came as direct replacement and more space for Osako should be enough. Great news is that Torpak has been loaned from Dortmund. Key thing for results will be how fast will youngsters develop, especially Sargent, but also Rashica, Friedl and Eggestein brothers. Coach Kohfeldt is in charge for 3 years already, Werder finally has stability and he can make a further step with this team with some luck.

Werder Rivalry

Team they like to hate is certainly Hamburger. In Nordderby there is a lot of passion, but we won’t see that this year as HSV is in Bundesliga 2. In the other games you can expect something more than a regular game against Bayern and Schalke.

Werder History

With 4 titles, 6 DFB Pokals (Cup) and even European Cup (UEFA Cup), they are one of the big names in German football. In the last decade they have not been on top, but they have great fans and history to be proud of. They are playing at Weserstadion, with more than 40.000 fans every week.

Augsburg betting

Augsburg Odds

After 9 consecutive seasons in the Bundesliga, you should expect Augsburg to avoid relegation once again. They have changed manager in the final stage of the last season, and in interesting finish saved their spot in the elite. Fans will hope to avoid that kind of stress this year, and judging by preseason business they should not be afraid. The most important for Bavarians will be to find a way to defend, as if they once again finish with the most goals conceded in the league, relegation will be serious possibility. You should expect them to score every week, but also to concede, so keep in mind if you like ‘both teams to score’ bets.

Augsburg Key Players

Key player last year was Finnbogason, who scored 10 goals, but also missed half a season with an injury. That is probably the main reason why Augsburg had been in problems to avoid relegation. This time, Finnbogason is not the only forward Augsburg expect goals from. They have added two solid options in Niederlechner and Ruben Vargas, while also they expect breakout season from youngster Richter who was the key man in the final games of the last season. They also sold Danso and Schmidt, squad players, but signed on loan Croatian defender Tin Jedvaj and Swiss international Lichsteiner, two players with a lot of experience (although Jedvaj is still 23, he has 7 seasons behind him in Roma and Leverkusen). With those two, and Max and Reece Oxford, at least by names, Augsburg should be much better defensively. Key problem can be an experience of manager Martin Schmidt, who did not have any success before taking over, with short and unsuccessful spells in Wolfsburg and Mainz.

Augsburg Rivalry

Augsburg is in Bundesliga only for 9 years, so they did not manage to establish serious rivalry with top clubs. As they are from Bavaria, you can expect more passion in the matches against regional rivals Bayern. Main historical rivals are Munchen 1860 and Ingolstadt, but they are in lower divisions.

Augsburg History

As mentioned before, Augsburg is member of elite since 2011/2012. They manage to stay in the Bundesliga, and even secured European football a few years ago. Ultimate goal is always to stay in the league, and with 30.000 passionate and loud fans on the stands of WWK Arena.

Hertha betting

Hertha Odds

As a team from the capital, you would expect much more from Hertha. Berlin is one of the rare European capitals that does not have top football club at least in national competition. This can change, as the major news regarding Hertha is that Lars Windhorst took over and will invest more than 200m in the club. Will this bring trophies? Probably not so soon, but can make them challenging top 6 in the near future. After another midtable season, Hertha replaced Dardei with Ante Covic, young coach from the club ranks and we have to see how will he manage in the first season in charge. Priority in this season will certainly be to avoid relegation, and have more youngsters in the team.

Hertha Key Players

If Ibisevic and Kalou have been key players 10 years ago, that would be something. Unfortunately for Hertha fans, Ibisevic is 40 years old, while Kalou in late 30’s and they certainly won’t bring them any further. They sold Lazaro who was an important part of the team to Inter for 22m, but manage to bring some youngsters with tone of potential to add to a few established one like Duda, Meier, Rekik and Selke, and we will have to wait to see if that bet will pay off in years to come. Key player this year can be Serbian international Grujic, who is one more year on loan from Liverpool, and who has been a leader during the best period last year. Unfortunately his injury made them problems in later stage, but Hertha fans hope for injury free season this time and for Grujic and Duda taking charge. Also, they brought Boyatte from Celtic and Lukebakio from Watford to improve defense and attacking line, while fans should take a proper look of Redan, 18 years old kid that came from Chelsea, who can be real star in Germany in the next few years if he adapts well.

Hertha Rivalry

Finally, Hertha will have their local rivals Union Berlin in the elite and fans of two clubs will once again have their East-West Berlin derby. It is not really a big rivalry, as both teams have different backgrounds, and have met just a few times during history.

Hertha History

Hertha won two titles in the 30’s but that was so long ago that it is hardly of any importance at the moment. In the last 20 years or so, they are mid table Bundesliga club, with rare periods of extraordinary results. They are playing at Olympiastadion with capacity of 75.000, which is rarely full as usually no more than 50.000 will attend games. Therefore, atmosphere in Hertha games is not the frantic one.

Koln betting

Koln Odds

Koln finished season as 2. Bundesliga Champions, and when you expect they would enter the season flying high, they changed the manager that brought success. Beierlorzer doesn’t have any experience at this level and it is weird decision. The goal is obvious to avoid relegation, and they have a chance as there are a few teams that are weaker. Still, it is a big question if new coach will be able to accomplish this.

Koln Key Players

Beierlorzer is attacking minded coach, and if Koln wants to stay in the league they will need to find a way to score goals. Key players in the attempt to achieve this will be Modeste, French international who returned from China, and Terrode who had brilliant season last year. Beside them, Koln will rely on players that have Bundesliga experience like former German international Hector and goalkeeper Timo Horn. Certainly they expect a lot from new signing Skhiri, who came from France League 1, and who is brought to solve defensive problems in midfield.

Koln Rivalry

As Koln is located in Rhine-Ruhr region, obviously rivals are clubs from nearby cities. Expect frantic atmosphere and passion in matches against Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Match against Borussia is above all and is also known as Rheinland derby.

Koln History

Through history Koln knew for better times. They have won the title on three occasions and 4 times they won Cup. It was a long time ago, so we shouldn’t expect them to enter competition for trophies anytime soon. They are playing at Mungendorfer stadium, in front of 50.000 fans and you can expect the stadium to be fully packed every time they play with excellent atmosphere.

Bayern betting

Bayern Odds

Bayern is so dominant in Bundesliga that betting on them to win the title will give you a few cents on euro invested, which is not great for outright bet, but speaks enough about Bavarian’s chances every year. The best bet is that they will win the league as they have such a big squad, stacked with quality options, and in the long run it is hard to beat them in Germany. At the moment odds for them winning the league are 1.25. They won seven in a row, and probably will count to at least 10 with current competition. Big news is that Robben and Ribery are gone, and that Coman and Gnabry are the ones that need to lead the team and provide for Leva upfront. It is not completely new situation, as both have been key players last year as well.

Bayern Key Players

As we said, Robben and Ribery are not in the squad anymore, which means even more minutes for Gnabry and Coman. Still, the key man in the attacking line is Levandowski who scored 40 goals last year in all competitions and is the best scorer for the 5th season in a row. To have a backup on young wingers, Bayern brought Ivan Perisic from Inter who will certainly help. Also, they brought Lucas Hernandez and Pavard, two World Cup winners and Coutinho who can be a key player in a team like Bayern.

Bayern Rivalry

As the most successful team in Germany, Bayern is the one everyone likes to hate. They have more money than anyone else, and all fans of other clubs don’t like that. The bigger games are against Schalke, Hamburger, Stuttgart and Werder, but the only one called Die Klassiker is the match against Borussia Dortmund. Regional rival is Nurnberg (Bavarian derby), while local rivals Munchen 1864 (Munich Derby) is currently in 3rd league.

Bayern History

Bayern won 29 titles and 19 cup. It is the best record in Germany and one of the best in Europe. That speaks enough about ambitions they have before the season starts. They are not just the richest club in Germany, but also one of the richest in Europe, with only Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona above them. It is interesting that they become members of the Bundesliga in 1963, and since those days, this is the best period for Bavarian giants with the longest run of domination in German football (7 Bundesliga titles, 4 Cups and 1 Champions League in 7 years)

The home ground is Allianz Arena with 75.000 capacity.

Bayer Levekusen betting

Bayer Levekusen Odds

Bayer Leverkusen ended last season on 4th position and with young stars developing at rapid speed they can hope for even better results this year. In the last ten years you can count on them in top 6, and this time it won’t be any different. They have Peter Bosz on the bench, who have huge motivation to prove his worth in Germany after success with Ajax, and bad period in Dortmund. It looks like he found his feet in Leverkusen with a squad capable to play his football style, and young Havertz as a leader. Bayer can easily be the surprise of the season, and someone who can even push hard on big guys, Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig. Odds for them winning the title are 41, which is risky, but they are 4th favorite at the moment.

Bayer Levekusen Key Players

After very good performances during last season Kai Havertz is obviously the first name on the team sheet. Kid is extremely talented. He was the top scorer in the last season with 19 goals, and he is playing as a midfielder. Leverkusen will have serious problems to keep 20 years old Havertz for a long time, and this year could be the last one for him in Bayer shirt. Beside young midfielder, key player was Julian Brandt and it will be a problem for coach Bosz to replace him after his departure to Dortmund. With Bailly on the wing, and Kevin Volland and Swen and Lars Bender, and addition of Demirbay from Hoffenheim, they should be OK. Advantage is also that they have long bench and pretty good youngsters in and out of the first team.

Bayer Levekusen Rivalry

Any match between clubs from North Rhine-Westphalia is special. You can count on better atmosphere and more passion in matches against Koln, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Main local rival is Koln. As they are well known as family friendly club, you will hardly see frantic atmosphere on the terraces, but they will have the support they need.

Bayer Levekusen History

Bayer is specific club in Germany as it is the only one not owned by fans. In Germany companies can’t buy naming rights, and bayer is the only exception as they have established the club in 1904. when some of their employees asked the company to do that. Since 1979. they are members of the elite division, usually fighting for top positions, but without lifting trophies. Five times they have been close enough and ended like runner up. At least they won one Cup and one UEFA Cup.

Leverkuse is playing home games at Bay Arena in front of 30.000 fans every week.

Borussia Monchengladbach betting

Borussia Monchengladbach Odds

Borussia missed Champions League last year for 3 points after winning only 3 matches from last 15, and they will do their best to get to the top 4 this time. They have every reason to think that they are favorites for one of the top 4 spots, and to be honest they could even be the surprise of the season with new manager Marko Rose on the bench. The biggest advantage is that they have excellent defense, third best in the league, just behind Leipzig and Bayern, and with attacking coach they can build on it. Also, they have excellent young players who are playing together for one more year, and have added some quality players to have bigger competition in the squad. Odds for Borussia to win the league are around 100, and to be honest weirdest thing already happened in a few leagues before.

Borussia Monchengladbach Key Players

They sold their key player Hazard during the summer to Dortmund, but manage to replace him with a few players that will give them more quality and more options. Hazard was the one who provided assists, but judging by Rose tactic, now the whole team will have to deliver in that department. Rose will try to improve full backs, and therefore he added Lainer from Salzburg and Bensebiani from Rennes to make competition for both flanks. Also, to help Plea with goals, he added Embolo from Schalke and Thuram from Guingamp, both young and hungry. We should expect plenty of goals from that trio. With Rose in charge, you should not expect that Borussia will have one player to be the key, like last year with Hazard, and therefore we shouldn’t expect them to fall apart after that one get in bad form.

Borussia Monchengladbach Rivalry

Koln rivalry is probably the most passionate due to some historical issues between the two clubs. Also, Dortmund is big rival, more because of naming rights than other issues, with Dortmund having more passion towards Schalke. Beside Koln and BVB, all other teams from the region are rivals with Fortuna Dusseldorf and Bayer Leverkusen on the top of the list. It is interesting to know that they have a friendly club in Mainz and you shouldn’t expect animosity in the matches between the two clubs.

Borussia Monchengladbach History

Borussia is one of the biggest clubs in Germany. With over 75.000 members they are the 5th largest in the country. They won 5 titles, 3 cups and twice they won European trophy (UEFA Cup). While numbers are good comparing with others beside Bayern and Dortmund, you should know that almost all trophies have been won in the 70's, with only one Cup won in 1995. Since then, Borussia is far away from the top, with even one period in Second Division. Last good period was with Favre in charge a few years ago.

Borussia Park, with about 54.000 seats, is usually fully packed for home games.

Fortuna Dusseldorf betting

Fortuna Dusseldorf Odds

After coming back to elite football, Fortuna only goal in the first season was to avoid relegation. They finished 10th, which is above expectations. Now, they have one more year of experience, but the goal is certainly the same. What they need is a couple of seasons in the Bundesliga before setting up higher goals. They are among underdogs this year, and odds for Fortuna to get relegated are 2.37 which speaks enough about their chances.

Fortuna Dusseldorf Key Players

There is a reason for odds for relegation even after initial season in the Bundesliga ended with success. Key players left the club. Fortuna’s budget is not that big, and they had a few players on loan to make them go through the first season. After good performances, key player Lukebakio who was on loan from Watford, have been sold to Hertha. They also sold Benito Raman to Schalke who scored 9 goals in competition last year. Two of them scored almost half of Fortuna goals last year. They did not sign anyone who can guarantee goals or improvement this year, so it is fair to say it will be difficult for them to stay in the league.

Fortuna Dusseldorf Rivalry

As club from Rhein, you can guess that rivalry with regional clubs is a little bit bigger than with the rest of the league. So, keep a look at matches against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Koln and Bayer Leverkusen.

Fortuna Dusseldorf History

Fortuna has been a regular member of the Bundesliga until 90’s. After that they managed to spend only 4 seasons with elite, spending even a few season in 4th tier. Long time ago they have even been a champion, but that time is long gone.

Merkur SpielArena is home ground with 54.000 capacity.

Union Berlin betting

Union Berlin Odds

Union Berlin spent last 10 years in 2. Division and that was the best period for the club in modern history. It speaks enough about surprise they made when they won double against rich Stuttgart side and qualify for Bundesliga this season. For the first time in history they will play against the big boys, and they will certainly enjoy the ride without any pressure. Odds for relegation are 2.37, and they are one of the underdogs, but they will certainly fight till the end. Iron Berlin, the nickname they took last year, speaks enough. They had the best defense in 2. Division and if they want to survive this year they will have to keep that form.

Union Berlin Key Players

In the Union Berlin case we can’t speak about key players, more about team play. They lost only 5 games last season, the best in the league, with second best losing 9 in the period. Also, they had unbeaten run of 17 games during the season. I guess key personal is coach Fischer who had a great time with Basel and certainly knows how to build a team. Union tried during the summer to strengthen the team with a few players who have experience in the Bundesliga. Subotic was bought from France to help defense, while Ujah should bring some goals and help forward Andersson. The biggest problem for Berliners will be experience in elite football.

Union Berlin Rivalry

As a club from Berlin obviously derby match will be against Hertha. They have not met in league football till now, and it will be interesting to see what will happen in this game.

Union Berlin History

During the Cold War, Union was in East Berlin and now they became the fifth club from East Germany to reach Bundesliga, and the first from East Berlin. They are well known for their fans and the atmosphere in the stadium. Although it is a small one with only around 20.000 seats, atmosphere is frantic and fans will give their team a boost every time they play at home. One of the interesting facts is that they organized World Cup Living Room during World Cup 2014 when they invited fans to bring their sofas to the stadium and watch games together. They become really famous around the world for this.

Padeborn 07 betting

Padeborn Odds

This season will be a tough challenge for Padeborn. Bundesliga newcomers have been in 3. Division just 15 months ago, and not that much has changed in that squad in the meantime. It would be a miracle for this team to stay in Elite for another season, but it won’t be a tragedy for them. It is similar to what happened a few seasons ago when they also had one year spell in the Bundesliga. They fight till the end that year, but finished as the last one, which is possible outcome this time as well. Odds for them to get relegated are 1.4 and we don’t need to tell you more about chances they have.

Padeborn Key Players

Steffen Baumgart is the key man. Baumgart took the team in 2017. While they have been in 3. Division and managed to take them to the elite in 2 season with back to back promotions and without investing millions in the team. This time, they sold two key players from last year as soon as they could. The best striker Tekpetey left to Fortuna, while Phillip Klement who scored 16 goals as a midfielder left to Stuttgart. As a replacement they tried to bring a bunch of talented youngsters from 2. And 3. Divisions, probably trying to at least prepare for next season and develop players who can grow with the team and gain experience or they can sell and earn money for the club.

Padeborn 07 Rivalry

As a club from North Rhein Westphalia, you could say that matches against regional rivals like Borussia Dortmund, Koln, Fortuna, Leverkusen...But, honestly it is hardly a rivalry, more like matches with a little bit of extra motivation.

Padeborn History

Padeborn 07 has been formed in 1985 as a fusion of two local clubs. Since then, they had major success in 2005 when they finally reached 2. Division. In 2014 they had excellent season and gained promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in history. Padeborn finished as the last one, but after that had very difficult two seasons when they have been relegated to 3. Division immediately after, and finished as 18th in 3. Division. They should be relegated to Amateur league, but luckily for local fans Munchen 1860 went into liquidation and Padeborn stayed. Baumgart took them after that and managed to earn two promotions. Fans are hoping now that similar won’t happen again.

Padeborn will play home games at Benteler Arena with 15.000 capacity. It is the smallest stadium in Bundesliga.

Leipzig betting

Leipzig Odds

If you can bet on the team that will join two horses race for the title in Germany, I guess the main contender in the next few years will be RB Leipzig. They are still far away, but certainly not far away as a few years ago.

As they are Red Bull funded, and everything Germans don’t want football to be, Leipzig will hardly have sympathy from football fans around Germany. Still, sympathy won’t win you goals and points, and Leipzig have everything else that will. With two Champions League qualifications in a row, they want at least another top 4 finish this year. Odds for them to win league are 14.

Leipzig Key Players

They did not change much, but they changed managed. Leipzig brought Julian Nagelsmann who was in charge of Hoffenheim before and is one of the brightest stars in Europe. Key players Upamecano, Poulsen and Werner are still in Leipzig, even they have a lot of offers from top clubs around Europe. Team won’t change much, although they have added Ampadu and Lookmakn from England (Chelsea and Everton).

All eyes will again be on Werner, one of the biggest talents of German football and probably the best striker German had in the last few years.

Leipzig Rivalry

You can’t say for the club which history last for 10 years who is the biggest rival they have. As all football fans in Germany are hating them, probably every game they will play, they will have to fight against hostile atmosphere. Probably playing against top sides, Bayern and Dortmund will be the most interesting to Leipzig fans.

Leipzig History

RB Leipzig have been formed in 2009, as Red Bull advertisement project. Therefore other fans don’t like them as they see them as everything football should not be. On the other hand, Red Bull made excellent project, build a team from young and talented players, and moved through 7 levels of German football before reaching the Bundesliga where they immediately made success and qualify for Champions League.

The home ground in Leipzig is of course, Red Bull Arena, with 43.000 capacity.

Wolfsburg betting

Wolfsburg Odds

Wolfsburg made serious surprise last year and after a few seasons of relegation battle. They ended season on 6th position and proved that they can be a force this year as they did not lose important players during summer. Important to know that they have changed to coach and that Labadia who is the creator of this improvement left and have been replaced with Glasner, former coach of Austrian Lask Linz.

They certainly have the quality to reach top 4 finish this year with odds around 4.50, or less risky top 6 finish with odds around 2.00.

Wolfsburg Key Players

They hit the winner with signing Weghorts last year who became the best scorer with 17 league goals in the first season. Key signing this year could be coach Gesner. Young coach made a miracle with LASK Link, promoted them from Second league, and in two years managing to bring them just behind Red Bull Salzburg who is absolute power in the Austrian football.

Gesner is one of the rising stars in Europe and could be future coach of some of the best European teams. He also brought two players from Austrian league that he knew very well, midfielder Schlager from Salzburg and his own winger Victor from LASK. You can expect both of them to be regular in first eleven.

Wolfsburg Rivalry

As pretty new club and even town in historical way, you won’t find too many passionate rivals of this club. The only traditional rivalry is with Eintracht Braunschweig, but since they are in lower division it is postponed for a few years.

Wolfsburg History

Wolfsburg is part of Volkswagen Group, so they don’t have problems with money for sure. The whole town of Wolfsburg was built in 1938 as a home for workers in Volkswagen plant that later made famous Beetle vehicle. As a club Wolfsburg was in lower divisions for years, and real success started in late 90’s when they finally reached the Bundesliga. In 2009. they even manage to win the title, the only one in the club history.

The home ground in Volkswagen Arena with 30.000 capacity.

Borussia Dortmund betting

Borussia Dortmund Odds

As always, Borussia will be the main rival to Bayern Munchen and probably the only team that can seriously challenge Bavarians for the title. Odds are suggesting that with Dortmund around 4.00 for title, while Bavarians are strong favourites with 1.30. With serious investment and not many changes in the team this year, Borussia Dortmund should be in a better position than last year when they finish as runner up once again.

Borussia Dortmund Key Players

Key players are still in the squad, with one more year of experience and playing together. Sancho, Alcacer and Reus are still here, and Dortmund added Hazard, Shultz and Brandt as an option that should help. Also, Hummels is back to help with defence. It is enough for Dortmund fans to hope for serious challenge, even without Pulisic and Diallo. This could be the final season for Sancho in Dortmund. Kid showed class in yellow shirt and with experience he got with games, fans should expect a lot from him.

Borussia Dortmund Rivalry

Obviously Bayern will be key rival this year, when we are talking about trophies and Der Klassiker will be the games to watch. On the other hand, as much as they hate Bavarians, Schalke will always be the main rival and Revierderby, match between Dortmund and Schalke will also be passionate. Beside Bayern and Schalke, you can say that all other rivals from North Rhine-Westphalia region will bring passion well-known for local rivalries. So, matches against Borussia Monchengladbach (Borussen Derby), Bochum, Duisburg can be tricky for BVB.

Borussia Dortmund History

Borussia with around 150.000 members is the second largest sports club in Germany and the second richest club in the Bundesliga. They won 8 titles (5 since Bundesliga started, second best after Bayern) and 5 DFP Pokals, and even Champions League in the 90's.

The home ground in Westfalen Stadium also known as Signal Iduna Park, the largest one in Germany and one of the largest in Europe. Capacity of over 81.000 for home matches with standing sector also known as Yellow Wall with the most vocal fans, will make their homeground a fortress.

Schalke betting

Schalke Odds

Schalke has been close to relegation last year, which speaks enough about the football they played. They are the one of the richest German clubs and anything less than Champions League battle is a failure. Unfortunately for Schalke fans, they will wait a little bit to see their favorite team in contention for the top of the table as they totally collapsed just a year from finishing second behind Bayern. Even 1.40 odds for Schalke finishing in top 10 is a risky bet.

Schalke Key Players

Key signing is not a player this year. After relegation battle Schalke brought David Wagner to the bench. Former Dortmund II and Huddersfield manager don’t have trophies behind, but is very good and talented coach. With a bunch of not very talented players and without a serious budget, he managed to secure promotion and avoid relegation in PL (at least in the first season). It looks like Schalke is hoping that he will manage to put this team together in the first season, and then buy what is missing for the next one. So, this is a rebuilding season for them and don’t expect stability.

Schalke Rivalry

In a season of suffering, the only bright moment for Schalke fans was win against Dortmund that killed any hope for the title for BVB. Borussia Dortmund is the biggest rival of course, and making their fans miserable is at least something for Schalke fans.

Schalke History

Schalke is one of the most popular football clubs in Germany. They won 7 titles, even one European trophy (UEFA Cup). In the last 20 years Schalke is almost always in or around the top 6 and you can expect them to be back where they belong pretty soon.

Schalke is playing home games at Veltins Arena in front of 62.000 fans.

Eintracht Frankfurt betting

Eintracht Odds

Last year, Eintreicht has been one of those teams that everyone liked. They have played great football, with young rising stars leading their attack, scoring goals for fun and playing football we all like to watch. They lost in the semi final of the Europa League on penalties against Chelsea. Unfortunately, attacking trio Jovic, Haller and Rebic all left the club, and Frankfurt will start with new ones that will certainly need time to adapt. Odds for Eintracht to reach the top 4 are 6.00, but honestly we can’t see that happen this year although they improved every year in the last 3 seasons and finished the last one as 7th.

Eintracht Key Players

Jovic, Haller and Rebic contributed to 80% of Eintracht goals last season, and it will be a hell of a job to replace them. Besides that, keep in mind that Eintrach was also defensive unit, as they did not concede many, as only Bayern, Dortmund, Leipzig and Monchengladbach conceded less. With that in mind, key players will be Kostic and De Guzman, as their creativity will have to produce goals or else Frankfurt will have serious problems. Both of them have been the ones that made all the chances for Eintracht and have been among the best in the league in creating big chances and assists.

Eintracht Frankfurt Rivalry

Main derby is the one betweek Eintracht and Offenbach, but we won’t see that one for some time as Kickers Offenbach is in the lower divisions. Also Darmstadt is rival, but as they are in Zweita, Eintracht will miss local derbies this year.

Eintracht Frankfurt History

Eintracht won the Bundesliga once, in 1959, but managed to add 5 cups and even European trophy (UEFA Cup in 1979). Home matches are played at Commerzbank Arena in front of 51.000 fans.

Mainz 05 betting

Mainz Odds

This is the 11th consecutive season Mainz will play elite football, and that speaks enough about the strength they possess and the quality of work in this small club. In 10 seasons in Elite, they have rarely been in relegation battle, and they have to thank for that to the excellent work and scouting of their management team. With Mainz you can count on consistency, and current manager Sandro Schwarz (also former player and manager of Mainz Youth team) brings that. Odds on Mainz to be relegated are 3.50 and more.

Mainz Key Players

The key thing for Mainz is that they don’t change too much during summer. The same coach and without too many changes in the squad. They sold Gbamin to Everton, who was one of the important midfield players, but added Fernandes (last year in Fiorentina in Serie A) as a replacement, plus a couple of youngsters that usually do good in Mainz shirt. During summer they manage to convince French youngster Mateta to stay and sign new deal although he had offers from England. He is the best scorer in the team, and the only problem can be his injury that will take him off till November. Quaison is still there, the most important player in the team with Mateta.

Mainz 05 Rivalry

Main rivals are local Eintracht Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern. Club culture is like that that honestly no one really hates them. Fair play above all, so it is not really they have some fierce rivals.

Mainz History

Mainz 05 has always been a small club and until early 2000 they have never been rivals for promotion to the Bundesliga. But, good work in the club pay dividends, and when they decided to appoint former player Jurgen Klopp as manager, they made a step in the right direction. Just a few years later they got their first promotion, and in 2010 they have been promoted again, this time to stay. Opel Arena has a capacity of 34000.


Freiburg betting

Freiburg Odds

In the last 25 years or so, Freiburg become regular member of Bundesliga, and in the last 10 they spent just one season in Zweita. Last year they finished 13th and avoid relegation as primary goal. The most important thing regarding Freiburg is stability. They have Christien Streich, the longest serving manager in Bundesliga in charge, and you can bet that he will once again manage to avoid relegation with his squad, although it is one of the least paid in the Bundesliga. Odds for Freibrug to be relegated are around 6.00.

Freiburg Key Players

As we said, key person is Streich. Beside him, Freiburg has Nils Petersen, who is the top scorer in 4 of the last 5 seasons. Keep in mind that while Petersen have been injured last year, Freiburg failed to win any of 10 games they played. Also, they did not lose any important player. They sold Niederlechner to Augsburg, but he is replaceable. Freiburg signed South Korea international Chang Hoon in his position. Key signings should be experienced back Schimd who had a few great seasons in Augsburg and should help on the right where Freibrug had problems before.

Freiburg Rivalry

Main rival is certainly Stuttgart with which they are playing Baden Schwaben derby. Also, they are rivals with another local Baden team, Karlsruhe.

Freiburg History

Fraiburg is well known for their fans. With a population of just above 200.000, every 10th citizen will be present on every game during the season at local Schwarzwaldstadion (24.000). Since 1993. They are consistently in elite with a few drops, building new stadium with bigger capacity, and you can bet they will be Bundesliga side for years. They even manage to reach European competition in 4 ocasions.

Hoffenheim betting

Hoffenheim Odds

After 3 great seasons Hoffenheim will need to start again, as is always the case when you replace successful manager with the new one. Nagelsmann left to Leipzig, and we have to wait and see how will Alfred Schreuder use his experience from Twente in Bundesliga. Certainly, it will be hard for Hoffenheim to reach the top of the standings. Odds for top 4 finish are 9.00, and Hoffenheim manage to do that twice in the last 3 seasons. On the other hand, before Nagelsmann, Hoffenheim has been relegation candidate, so odds for relegation of 26.00 are not out of the question and are maybe worth a look.

Hoffenheim Key Players

Belfodil and Kramaric scored 33 goals last season together, and Hoffenheim fans certainly expect to see them leading new team. The problem is that they sold a few of the important players from the previous seasons, and it is a big question if they find proper replacements. While they have two main strikers, Joelinton and Nelson, who have been an integral part of the team have left to England, while key midfielders Schulz and Demirbay left to Dortmund and Leverkuseon (Amiri also). Will replacements adapt fast enough?

Hoffenheim Rivalry

As they are quite new club, you can’t say they have serious rivals. Regional rivals like Stuttgart, Freiburg and Karlsruhe are probably the only one you can call rivals at the moment.

Hoffenheim History

Most of the rival fans will tell you Hoffenheim doesn’t have a history, but they have a sugar daddy. As Germans see their clubs as public property and fans owned, they are pretty hateful against clubs like Hoffenheim and even more Leipzig. In reality, Hoffenheim has been amateur club until 2008. When Dietmar Hopp, SAP Ceo took over the club and brought them to the Bundesliga where they stayed since then. With Nagelsmann in charge, they qualified for the Champions League twice, finishing 3rd in one season which is the biggest success till now.

Werder betting

Werder Odds

After the golden period, in the last 10 years, Werder is mid-table team. Finally, in the last few seasons they are on track to get back to the top and last year they lost Europa League spot in the finish. Kohfeldt is still in charge, so we should expect that Werder won’t change much in playing style attacking through midfield. Losing Kruse on free transfer is a handicap, but they brought good replacements and will bet on youngsters to develop and start a new period for the club. Expect them to play much better in the later stage, as with experience gained youngsters can show class.

Werder Key Players

When you lose top scorer in the last 3 seasons on free transfer, it is a blow. Max Kruse was key player and the best scorer, but to be honest he wasn’t someone who will take Werder up. Losing him on free is the problem from the business side, but Fullkrug who came as direct replacement and more space for Osako should be enough. Great news is that Torpak has been loaned from Dortmund. Key thing for results will be how fast will youngsters develop, especially Sargent, but also Rashica, Friedl and Eggestein brothers. Coach Kohfeldt is in charge for 3 years already, Werder finally has stability and he can make a further step with this team with some luck.

Werder Rivalry

Team they like to hate is certainly Hamburger. In Nordderby there is a lot of passion, but we won’t see that this year as HSV is in Bundesliga 2. In the other games you can expect something more than a regular game against Bayern and Schalke.

Werder History

With 4 titles, 6 DFB Pokals (Cup) and even European Cup (UEFA Cup), they are one of the big names in German football. In the last decade they have not been on top, but they have great fans and history to be proud of. They are playing at Weserstadion, with more than 40.000 fans every week.

Augsburg betting

Augsburg Odds

After 9 consecutive seasons in the Bundesliga, you should expect Augsburg to avoid relegation once again. They have changed manager in the final stage of the last season, and in interesting finish saved their spot in the elite. Fans will hope to avoid that kind of stress this year, and judging by preseason business they should not be afraid. The most important for Bavarians will be to find a way to defend, as if they once again finish with the most goals conceded in the league, relegation will be serious possibility. You should expect them to score every week, but also to concede, so keep in mind if you like ‘both teams to score’ bets.

Augsburg Key Players

Key player last year was Finnbogason, who scored 10 goals, but also missed half a season with an injury. That is probably the main reason why Augsburg had been in problems to avoid relegation. This time, Finnbogason is not the only forward Augsburg expect goals from. They have added two solid options in Niederlechner and Ruben Vargas, while also they expect breakout season from youngster Richter who was the key man in the final games of the last season. They also sold Danso and Schmidt, squad players, but signed on loan Croatian defender Tin Jedvaj and Swiss international Lichsteiner, two players with a lot of experience (although Jedvaj is still 23, he has 7 seasons behind him in Roma and Leverkusen). With those two, and Max and Reece Oxford, at least by names, Augsburg should be much better defensively. Key problem can be an experience of manager Martin Schmidt, who did not have any success before taking over, with short and unsuccessful spells in Wolfsburg and Mainz.

Augsburg Rivalry

Augsburg is in Bundesliga only for 9 years, so they did not manage to establish serious rivalry with top clubs. As they are from Bavaria, you can expect more passion in the matches against regional rivals Bayern. Main historical rivals are Munchen 1860 and Ingolstadt, but they are in lower divisions.

Augsburg History

As mentioned before, Augsburg is member of elite since 2011/2012. They manage to stay in the Bundesliga, and even secured European football a few years ago. Ultimate goal is always to stay in the league, and with 30.000 passionate and loud fans on the stands of WWK Arena.

Hertha betting

Hertha Odds

As a team from the capital, you would expect much more from Hertha. Berlin is one of the rare European capitals that does not have top football club at least in national competition. This can change, as the major news regarding Hertha is that Lars Windhorst took over and will invest more than 200m in the club. Will this bring trophies? Probably not so soon, but can make them challenging top 6 in the near future. After another midtable season, Hertha replaced Dardei with Ante Covic, young coach from the club ranks and we have to see how will he manage in the first season in charge. Priority in this season will certainly be to avoid relegation, and have more youngsters in the team.

Hertha Key Players

If Ibisevic and Kalou have been key players 10 years ago, that would be something. Unfortunately for Hertha fans, Ibisevic is 40 years old, while Kalou in late 30’s and they certainly won’t bring them any further. They sold Lazaro who was an important part of the team to Inter for 22m, but manage to bring some youngsters with tone of potential to add to a few established one like Duda, Meier, Rekik and Selke, and we will have to wait to see if that bet will pay off in years to come. Key player this year can be Serbian international Grujic, who is one more year on loan from Liverpool, and who has been a leader during the best period last year. Unfortunately his injury made them problems in later stage, but Hertha fans hope for injury free season this time and for Grujic and Duda taking charge. Also, they brought Boyatte from Celtic and Lukebakio from Watford to improve defense and attacking line, while fans should take a proper look of Redan, 18 years old kid that came from Chelsea, who can be real star in Germany in the next few years if he adapts well.

Hertha Rivalry

Finally, Hertha will have their local rivals Union Berlin in the elite and fans of two clubs will once again have their East-West Berlin derby. It is not really a big rivalry, as both teams have different backgrounds, and have met just a few times during history.

Hertha History

Hertha won two titles in the 30’s but that was so long ago that it is hardly of any importance at the moment. In the last 20 years or so, they are mid table Bundesliga club, with rare periods of extraordinary results. They are playing at Olympiastadion with capacity of 75.000, which is rarely full as usually no more than 50.000 will attend games. Therefore, atmosphere in Hertha games is not the frantic one.

Koln betting

Koln Odds

Koln finished season as 2. Bundesliga Champions, and when you expect they would enter the season flying high, they changed the manager that brought success. Beierlorzer doesn’t have any experience at this level and it is weird decision. The goal is obvious to avoid relegation, and they have a chance as there are a few teams that are weaker. Still, it is a big question if new coach will be able to accomplish this.

Koln Key Players

Beierlorzer is attacking minded coach, and if Koln wants to stay in the league they will need to find a way to score goals. Key players in the attempt to achieve this will be Modeste, French international who returned from China, and Terrode who had brilliant season last year. Beside them, Koln will rely on players that have Bundesliga experience like former German international Hector and goalkeeper Timo Horn. Certainly they expect a lot from new signing Skhiri, who came from France League 1, and who is brought to solve defensive problems in midfield.

Koln Rivalry

As Koln is located in Rhine-Ruhr region, obviously rivals are clubs from nearby cities. Expect frantic atmosphere and passion in matches against Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Match against Borussia is above all and is also known as Rheinland derby.

Koln History

Through history Koln knew for better times. They have won the title on three occasions and 4 times they won Cup. It was a long time ago, so we shouldn’t expect them to enter competition for trophies anytime soon. They are playing at Mungendorfer stadium, in front of 50.000 fans and you can expect the stadium to be fully packed every time they play with excellent atmosphere.

Bayern betting

Bayern Odds

Bayern is so dominant in Bundesliga that betting on them to win the title will give you a few cents on euro invested, which is not great for outright bet, but speaks enough about Bavarian’s chances every year. The best bet is that they will win the league as they have such a big squad, stacked with quality options, and in the long run it is hard to beat them in Germany. At the moment odds for them winning the league are 1.25. They won seven in a row, and probably will count to at least 10 with current competition. Big news is that Robben and Ribery are gone, and that Coman and Gnabry are the ones that need to lead the team and provide for Leva upfront. It is not completely new situation, as both have been key players last year as well.

Bayern Key Players

As we said, Robben and Ribery are not in the squad anymore, which means even more minutes for Gnabry and Coman. Still, the key man in the attacking line is Levandowski who scored 40 goals last year in all competitions and is the best scorer for the 5th season in a row. To have a backup on young wingers, Bayern brought Ivan Perisic from Inter who will certainly help. Also, they brought Lucas Hernandez and Pavard, two World Cup winners and Coutinho who can be a key player in a team like Bayern.

Bayern Rivalry

As the most successful team in Germany, Bayern is the one everyone likes to hate. They have more money than anyone else, and all fans of other clubs don’t like that. The bigger games are against Schalke, Hamburger, Stuttgart and Werder, but the only one called Die Klassiker is the match against Borussia Dortmund. Regional rival is Nurnberg (Bavarian derby), while local rivals Munchen 1864 (Munich Derby) is currently in 3rd league.

Bayern History

Bayern won 29 titles and 19 cup. It is the best record in Germany and one of the best in Europe. That speaks enough about ambitions they have before the season starts. They are not just the richest club in Germany, but also one of the richest in Europe, with only Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona above them. It is interesting that they become members of the Bundesliga in 1963, and since those days, this is the best period for Bavarian giants with the longest run of domination in German football (7 Bundesliga titles, 4 Cups and 1 Champions League in 7 years)

The home ground is Allianz Arena with 75.000 capacity.

Bayer Levekusen betting

Bayer Levekusen Odds

Bayer Leverkusen ended last season on 4th position and with young stars developing at rapid speed they can hope for even better results this year. In the last ten years you can count on them in top 6, and this time it won’t be any different. They have Peter Bosz on the bench, who have huge motivation to prove his worth in Germany after success with Ajax, and bad period in Dortmund. It looks like he found his feet in Leverkusen with a squad capable to play his football style, and young Havertz as a leader. Bayer can easily be the surprise of the season, and someone who can even push hard on big guys, Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig. Odds for them winning the title are 41, which is risky, but they are 4th favorite at the moment.

Bayer Levekusen Key Players

After very good performances during last season Kai Havertz is obviously the first name on the team sheet. Kid is extremely talented. He was the top scorer in the last season with 19 goals, and he is playing as a midfielder. Leverkusen will have serious problems to keep 20 years old Havertz for a long time, and this year could be the last one for him in Bayer shirt. Beside young midfielder, key player was Julian Brandt and it will be a problem for coach Bosz to replace him after his departure to Dortmund. With Bailly on the wing, and Kevin Volland and Swen and Lars Bender, and addition of Demirbay from Hoffenheim, they should be OK. Advantage is also that they have long bench and pretty good youngsters in and out of the first team.

Bayer Levekusen Rivalry

Any match between clubs from North Rhine-Westphalia is special. You can count on better atmosphere and more passion in matches against Koln, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Main local rival is Koln. As they are well known as family friendly club, you will hardly see frantic atmosphere on the terraces, but they will have the support they need.

Bayer Levekusen History

Bayer is specific club in Germany as it is the only one not owned by fans. In Germany companies can’t buy naming rights, and bayer is the only exception as they have established the club in 1904. when some of their employees asked the company to do that. Since 1979. they are members of the elite division, usually fighting for top positions, but without lifting trophies. Five times they have been close enough and ended like runner up. At least they won one Cup and one UEFA Cup.

Leverkuse is playing home games at Bay Arena in front of 30.000 fans every week.

Borussia Monchengladbach betting

Borussia Monchengladbach Odds

Borussia missed Champions League last year for 3 points after winning only 3 matches from last 15, and they will do their best to get to the top 4 this time. They have every reason to think that they are favorites for one of the top 4 spots, and to be honest they could even be the surprise of the season with new manager Marko Rose on the bench. The biggest advantage is that they have excellent defense, third best in the league, just behind Leipzig and Bayern, and with attacking coach they can build on it. Also, they have excellent young players who are playing together for one more year, and have added some quality players to have bigger competition in the squad. Odds for Borussia to win the league are around 100, and to be honest weirdest thing already happened in a few leagues before.

Borussia Monchengladbach Key Players

They sold their key player Hazard during the summer to Dortmund, but manage to replace him with a few players that will give them more quality and more options. Hazard was the one who provided assists, but judging by Rose tactic, now the whole team will have to deliver in that department. Rose will try to improve full backs, and therefore he added Lainer from Salzburg and Bensebiani from Rennes to make competition for both flanks. Also, to help Plea with goals, he added Embolo from Schalke and Thuram from Guingamp, both young and hungry. We should expect plenty of goals from that trio. With Rose in charge, you should not expect that Borussia will have one player to be the key, like last year with Hazard, and therefore we shouldn’t expect them to fall apart after that one get in bad form.

Borussia Monchengladbach Rivalry

Koln rivalry is probably the most passionate due to some historical issues between the two clubs. Also, Dortmund is big rival, more because of naming rights than other issues, with Dortmund having more passion towards Schalke. Beside Koln and BVB, all other teams from the region are rivals with Fortuna Dusseldorf and Bayer Leverkusen on the top of the list. It is interesting to know that they have a friendly club in Mainz and you shouldn’t expect animosity in the matches between the two clubs.

Borussia Monchengladbach History

Borussia is one of the biggest clubs in Germany. With over 75.000 members they are the 5th largest in the country. They won 5 titles, 3 cups and twice they won European trophy (UEFA Cup). While numbers are good comparing with others beside Bayern and Dortmund, you should know that almost all trophies have been won in the 70's, with only one Cup won in 1995. Since then, Borussia is far away from the top, with even one period in Second Division. Last good period was with Favre in charge a few years ago.

Borussia Park, with about 54.000 seats, is usually fully packed for home games.

Fortuna Dusseldorf betting

Fortuna Dusseldorf Odds

After coming back to elite football, Fortuna only goal in the first season was to avoid relegation. They finished 10th, which is above expectations. Now, they have one more year of experience, but the goal is certainly the same. What they need is a couple of seasons in the Bundesliga before setting up higher goals. They are among underdogs this year, and odds for Fortuna to get relegated are 2.37 which speaks enough about their chances.

Fortuna Dusseldorf Key Players

There is a reason for odds for relegation even after initial season in the Bundesliga ended with success. Key players left the club. Fortuna’s budget is not that big, and they had a few players on loan to make them go through the first season. After good performances, key player Lukebakio who was on loan from Watford, have been sold to Hertha. They also sold Benito Raman to Schalke who scored 9 goals in competition last year. Two of them scored almost half of Fortuna goals last year. They did not sign anyone who can guarantee goals or improvement this year, so it is fair to say it will be difficult for them to stay in the league.

Fortuna Dusseldorf Rivalry

As club from Rhein, you can guess that rivalry with regional clubs is a little bit bigger than with the rest of the league. So, keep a look at matches against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Koln and Bayer Leverkusen.

Fortuna Dusseldorf History

Fortuna has been a regular member of the Bundesliga until 90’s. After that they managed to spend only 4 seasons with elite, spending even a few season in 4th tier. Long time ago they have even been a champion, but that time is long gone.

Merkur SpielArena is home ground with 54.000 capacity.

Union Berlin betting

Union Berlin Odds

Union Berlin spent last 10 years in 2. Division and that was the best period for the club in modern history. It speaks enough about surprise they made when they won double against rich Stuttgart side and qualify for Bundesliga this season. For the first time in history they will play against the big boys, and they will certainly enjoy the ride without any pressure. Odds for relegation are 2.37, and they are one of the underdogs, but they will certainly fight till the end. Iron Berlin, the nickname they took last year, speaks enough. They had the best defense in 2. Division and if they want to survive this year they will have to keep that form.

Union Berlin Key Players

In the Union Berlin case we can’t speak about key players, more about team play. They lost only 5 games last season, the best in the league, with second best losing 9 in the period. Also, they had unbeaten run of 17 games during the season. I guess key personal is coach Fischer who had a great time with Basel and certainly knows how to build a team. Union tried during the summer to strengthen the team with a few players who have experience in the Bundesliga. Subotic was bought from France to help defense, while Ujah should bring some goals and help forward Andersson. The biggest problem for Berliners will be experience in elite football.

Union Berlin Rivalry

As a club from Berlin obviously derby match will be against Hertha. They have not met in league football till now, and it will be interesting to see what will happen in this game.

Union Berlin History

During the Cold War, Union was in East Berlin and now they became the fifth club from East Germany to reach Bundesliga, and the first from East Berlin. They are well known for their fans and the atmosphere in the stadium. Although it is a small one with only around 20.000 seats, atmosphere is frantic and fans will give their team a boost every time they play at home. One of the interesting facts is that they organized World Cup Living Room during World Cup 2014 when they invited fans to bring their sofas to the stadium and watch games together. They become really famous around the world for this.

Padeborn 07 betting

Padeborn Odds

This season will be a tough challenge for Padeborn. Bundesliga newcomers have been in 3. Division just 15 months ago, and not that much has changed in that squad in the meantime. It would be a miracle for this team to stay in Elite for another season, but it won’t be a tragedy for them. It is similar to what happened a few seasons ago when they also had one year spell in the Bundesliga. They fight till the end that year, but finished as the last one, which is possible outcome this time as well. Odds for them to get relegated are 1.4 and we don’t need to tell you more about chances they have.

Padeborn Key Players

Steffen Baumgart is the key man. Baumgart took the team in 2017. While they have been in 3. Division and managed to take them to the elite in 2 season with back to back promotions and without investing millions in the team. This time, they sold two key players from last year as soon as they could. The best striker Tekpetey left to Fortuna, while Phillip Klement who scored 16 goals as a midfielder left to Stuttgart. As a replacement they tried to bring a bunch of talented youngsters from 2. And 3. Divisions, probably trying to at least prepare for next season and develop players who can grow with the team and gain experience or they can sell and earn money for the club.

Padeborn 07 Rivalry

As a club from North Rhein Westphalia, you could say that matches against regional rivals like Borussia Dortmund, Koln, Fortuna, Leverkusen...But, honestly it is hardly a rivalry, more like matches with a little bit of extra motivation.

Padeborn History

Padeborn 07 has been formed in 1985 as a fusion of two local clubs. Since then, they had major success in 2005 when they finally reached 2. Division. In 2014 they had excellent season and gained promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in history. Padeborn finished as the last one, but after that had very difficult two seasons when they have been relegated to 3. Division immediately after, and finished as 18th in 3. Division. They should be relegated to Amateur league, but luckily for local fans Munchen 1860 went into liquidation and Padeborn stayed. Baumgart took them after that and managed to earn two promotions. Fans are hoping now that similar won’t happen again.

Padeborn will play home games at Benteler Arena with 15.000 capacity. It is the smallest stadium in Bundesliga.

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