The German Bundesliga is one of THE best soccer leagues to bet on and we have expert predictions for you every single game week.
It is not easy to pick winning bets on German soccer, but the upside is you get pretty good odds when you do.
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Mainz vs RB Leipzig (Saturday 8 October 0930 ET)
RB Leipzig has been inconsistent so far this season, even after replacing head coach Domenico Tedesco with Marco Rose.
Competing in the Champions League has seen the Red Bulls forced to rotate its roster, but a 3-1 win over Celtic will help boost morale on the back of a convincing win over Bochum last weekend.
Mainz has as many points as RB Leipzig this season in the Bundesliga, but does not have the same strength in its starting XI or on the bench and could struggle on Saturday.
- RB Leipzig to win: +230 (Bet365)
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich (Ssaturday 8 October 1330 ET)
Der Klassiker is the biggest game in the Bundesliga each year, with millions of soccer supporters worldwide tuning in to Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich.
Julian Nagelsmann has won his last eight meetings with Borussia Dortmund, and should extend that record to nine in the late kick-off on Saturday.
Dortmund still has a number of injuries, while Bayern Munich looks to have regained it best form with a 4-0 win in the league last weekend and a 5-0 win in the Champions League mid-week. Expect lots of goals.
- Bayern Munich win by 2 goals +410 (Unibet)
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When is the Bundesliga played?
The Bundesliga season normally starts in August and runs through to the following May. There are 18 teams in the league, and they play each other twice – both at home and away. So each team plays 34 games total in a season.
Matchday weekends normally start with a Friday night game, which kicks off at 8.30pm local time (2.30pm ET). The main bulk of games are then played Saturday afternoon German time, Saturday morning U.S. time. They kick off a 3.30pm locally, and 9.30am on the East Coast. There is also a late Saturday game which starts 6.30pm local time, 12.30pm ET.
Game weekends then conclude with a pair of games each Sunday – starting at 3.30pm and 5.30pm local time (9.30am ET and 11.30am ET).
How to watch the Bundesliga on TV
The Bundesliga has always drawn plenty of U.S. interest – partly because of the American stars playing there and partly due to the kickoff times. The league is generally first at bat on a Saturday – nice breakfast viewing if you are on the East Coast.
ESPN is in the early stages of a six-year deal to broadcast the Bundesliga in the U.S. – and the bulk of the programming is on its ESPN+ subscription streaming platform. A small number of big games will also air on ‘big’ ESPN.
The Worldwide Leader is also the only option for Spanish-language viewers, with Univision no longer having those rights.
How does the Bundesliga work?
Like we said, each team plays a total of 34 games in a season – home and away vs every other team. Each game has three points for a win, a point to each team for a draw/tie and nothing for a loss.
The top team in the standings at the end of the season wins the Bundesliga, and the top four teams gain automatic qualification to the following season’s Champions League group stages. The fifth team goes into the Europa League.
At the bottom of the division there is relegation (yep, the bad teams get booted into a lower division on an annual basis). The bottom two teams are automatically relegated, and the third from bottom goes into a playoff for survival.
If you’re looking for a highly competitive league with a number of teams having a chance to win the title, you’re out of luck.
In Germany – as in many other soccer countries – the rich apparently get richer. Hence Bavarian giant Bayern Munich has won the Bundesliga in 31 of its 59 seasons to date – including the last 10. You have to go back to 2012 for the last time anybody not named Bayern won the Bundesliga – when Borussia Dortmund claimed the big prize.
During the last decade Bayern has become a genuine global superclub, attracting Pep Guardiola as coach and a ton of world stars on the pitch.
The last 10 winners of the Bundesliga are as follows:
- 2020-21: Bayern Munich
- 2019-20: Bayern Munich
- 2018-19: Bayern Munich
- 2017-18: Bayern Munich
- 2016-17: Bayern Munich
- 2015-16: Bayern Munich
- 2014-15: Bayern Munich
- 2013-14: Bayern Munich
- 2012-13: Bayern Munich
- 2011-12: Borussia Dortmund
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Money Line Betting
Often this will be our bet of choice. Why you ask? It’s the simplest soccer bet of all, you are betting just on the result of the game – nothing else. So one of the two teams to win, or a Draw. How much you win depends on the odds of course.
A really popular bet market, and one we’ll look to capitalize on regularly on this page.
Here you are betting on how many goals will be scored. Not an exact guess – just more or less than the relevant betting line. The same as Over/Under on total points in the NFL for example.
For example if Bayern Munich is playing Borussia Dortmund, if you go over a 2.5 line and the final score is 2-1 to Bayern – you win.
Sportsbooks offer multiple lines, all with different odds. So the further you go away from what they expect – the bigger the odds.
Really popular betting lines are around who scores the goals. Basically it can give you an interest right through the game.
You can bet in a number of ways here:
- First Goalscorer: Like it says on the tin, you are betting on a player. to score the first goal in the game.
- Last Goalscorer: Again, self-explanatory. Your pick scores the last goal – you win.
- Anytime Goalscorer: Worse odds, but interest all the way. Your pick just has to score at any time in the game.
You can also bet certain players (normally the forwards like Robert Lewandowski) to score multiple goals. So potentially bet on the to score 2, 3 or more. Obviously you’ll get better odds the higher you go.
This is like betting against the spread in American pro sports. The sportsbooks will give one of the teams a start based on how they think the game will finish up. As with over/under goals, you decide which side to pick.
Also known as ‘Asian Handicap’ betting, again you will get different options for each game. For example if Borussia Moenchengladbach is playing Bayer Leverkusen you might be able to bet Moenchengladbach -1.75 goals. In this scenario Borussia needs to win by 2 clear goals for you to collect.
There are ton of props (proposition bets) available for most Bundesliga games – basically looking at anything bar the result of the game. A great way to make sure you have a betting interest right throughout a game. Nothing like going crazy in a bar when a team gets a corner in minute 89 to land your winning bet…
So it could be whether a player will complete a certain number of passes, or like we said how many corners a certain team will have. Crazy stuff and all to keep you betting (that’s the sportbook M.O.) right to the final whistle.
This is where you place long-term bets – so you can bet on who wins the Bundesliga title at the start of the season. And some sportsbooks will have a handicap system, giving other teams a start against Bayern for example. At least then there is some interest!
The Top Scorer market is another red-hot betting proposition – especially with the likes of Bayern forward Sadio Mane and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner both in the division.