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Betting on the Remainder of the 2019/20 Bundesliga Season – Odds and Top Picks

| May 12, 2020 5:07 am PDT
Best Bundesliga Bets for the Remainder of the 2019/20 Season

Following a two-month lay-off, all eyes will be on the Bundesliga this weekend. Germany’s top flight is set to become the first major soccer league to resume after the sporting world was put on hold, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Serial winner Bayern Munich currently leads Borussia Dortmund by four points at the top. But with RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach hot on their heels, we’re set for a thrilling title race.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to infiltrate the top four, while the likes of Paderborn, Werder Bremen, and Fortuna Dusseldorf will battle it out to avoid relegation.

In this post, I cover all the main markets to help you bet on the remainder of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season. I look at the odds for the title race, top four, relegation, and top goalscorer before sharing my prediction and pick for each market.

Let’s get stuck into my best Bundesliga bets for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Bundesliga Title Race – Can Anyone Stop Bayern?

This is how the top-rated online soccer betting sites view the 2019/20 Bundesliga title race.

Bayern Munich1.20
Borussia Dortmund6.00
RB Leipzig9.00
Bayer Leverkusen151.00
Borussia Monchengladbach151.00

As you’d expect, Bayern in the bookies’ clear favorite. But with second-place Dortmund just four points behind and Leipzig five points off the top, the title race is still wide open.

Although Monchengladbach and Leverkusen are only six and eight points behind Bayern, respectively, both sides would need a minor miracle to win the league with only nine games left this term.

Let’s take a closer look at the three frontrunners.

Bayern Munich

Following a below-par start to the season under Niko Kovac, Bayern switched managers in November and steadily made their way to the Bundesliga summit once again.

Hansi Flick has guided the reigning champion back to where they belong, but Die Rotten still has plenty of work to do in order to claim an eighth consecutive top-flight title. Yes, the odds are in their favor. But I don’t think it will be as straightforward as the bookies are suggesting.

Bayern definitely has the toughest run-in of the three main title challengers, with tricky away trips to Dortmund, Leverkusen, and Wolfsburg still to come. In fact, five of their remaining nine games are against current top-eight teams, so nothing is set in stone.

If Robert Lewandowski continues to find the back of the net at a frightening rate, then it will be hard to stop Bayern. But if the star striker’s goals dry up, Flick’s side could easily be overtaken.

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund found themselves fourth at the halfway point in 2019/20 and went into the winter break seven points shy of first place. With just eight wins from their first 17 games, many had already discounted Lucien Favre’s men as title contenders.

However, a resurgent Dortmund won seven of their eight games after the winter break, firing them back into contention for their first Bundesliga title since 2011/12.

The January arrival of teenage sensation Erling Haaland has undoubtedly enhanced the team. The Norwegian netted nine goals in eight appearances before the season was put on hold, while English winger Jadon Sancho was also enjoying another outstanding campaign.

But despite all their attacking power, Dortmund’s defense has been poor this term. Upcoming games against Bayern and Leipzig could expose the team’s weaknesses. Then again, a victory over their fierce rival in Der Klassiker would make things very interesting.

RB Leipzig

There is no denying that Julian Nagelsmann has taken Leipzig to another level this season. Following a barnstorming first half of the campaign, the highly rated young manager has guided the club into an excellent position to win their first-ever Bundesliga title.

Leipzig was two points clear at the top of the table at the halfway point and had only lost one of their 16 league games prior to the break in play. They may have slipped to third, but their favorable run of remaining fixtures could give them an edge.

RB only has one game left against a top-seven team — a home tie against Dortmund — and is due to play five of the bottom six sides in the coming months.

It’s fair to say that Leipzig has been the best team in Germany for large spells of 2019/20, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Nagelsmann’s side strings together a run of positive results and snatches the title.

Pick
  • RB Leipzig to Win the Title
    9.00

I honestly can’t believe that the bookies have Leipzig at 9.00 to win the title. Of course, Bayern is the clear favorite. But odds of 1.20 don’t seem worth it.

Dortmund certainly isn’t out of the race altogether. But Favre’s side has been wildly inconsistent for much of the season, and I can’t see that stopping when the campaign resumes.

Some of RB’s soccer has been breathtaking this term. Timo Werner has been on fire throughout 2019/20, while Marcel Sabitzer, Konrad Laimer, and Dayot Upamecano have all been standout performers.

It’s also difficult to ignore Leipzig’s remaining fixtures. They recorded eight wins in nine games earlier in the campaign, and I can see them putting together a similar run over the next couple of months.

Considering Leipzig is only five points behind Bayern, odds of 9.00 seem too good to miss.

Top Four – Will Leverkusen Make the Cut?

With a spot in next season’s Champions League on offer, the race for a top-four finish looks set to go down to the wire.

Here are the latest odds.

Borussia Dortmund1.005
RB Leipzig1.005
Borussia Monchengladbach1.40
Bayer Leverkusen2.30
Schalke67.00

The bookies have left out Bayern here, while Dortmund and Leipzig aren’t worth betting on. Schalke is a massive long shot, so you should be looking to back either Gladbach or Leverkusen in this market.

Who will finish in the top four? Let’s look at the main contenders.

Borussia Monchengladbach

Monchengladbach’s title hopes may have faded, but they’re still in a prime position to secure a spot in the Champions League for next season.

The Foals spent eight matchdays at the top of the table after winning ten of their opening 14 games, and the team has continued to surprise everybody with their attractive brand of attacking soccer.

Still, an awkward run of fixtures could see Marco Rose’s side finish outside of the top four. Gladbach still has to face Bayern, Leverkusen, and Wolfsburg, while away trips to relegation battlers Werder Bremen and Paderborn won’t be easy.

Goalkeeper Yann Sommer has been immense between the sticks this term, and he’ll need to be at his very best for the remainder of the season to keep Gladbach’s top-four hopes alive.

Bayer Leverkusen

After an inconsistent start to the season, it looked like Leverkusen was set for another disappointing campaign. Four wins from their opening ten games had left Peter Bosz’s side languishing in mid-table, and key players were underperforming.

However, seven wins from nine games leading up to the unexpected stoppage have transformed Bayer’s season, and they now sit just two points outside of the top four.

Star man Kai Havertz has racked up four goals and four assists in his last eight appearances, so I’m expecting him to pick up where he left off.

Leverkusen still has some tough fixtures ahead. But victories over Bayern, Schalke, and Dortmund earlier in the campaign prove that Bosz’s men are ready for the fight.

Schalke

During the winter break, you could get odds of 3.00 for Schalke to finish in the top four. The Royal Blues were level with Dortmund on 30 points only a few months ago, but things have gone downhill for Schalke since then.

David Wagner’s side failed to win any of their seven games before the season was put on hold, while one win since the turn of the year has seen their price for a top-four finish shoot up to 67.00.

Sitting 12 points behind fourth-place Gladbach, Schalke’s chances of finishing inside the top four are extremely slim.

Pick
  • Bayer Leverkusen to Finish in the Top Four
    2.30

Leverkusen was one of Germany’s in-form teams when the campaign was halted, picking up 13 points from a possible 15 across February and early March. Meanwhile, Gladbach bagged 10 points during the same period.

Both sides have had two months’ rest, but I still feel that the momentum is with Leverkusen. Bosz’s side is only two points behind Gladbach, and I can see Leverkusen making a late surge for the top four.

Furthermore, Bayer’s odds to finish in the top four are far more attractive than Gladbach’s. So, in my opinion, it makes sense to back Leverkusen in this market.

Relegation – Can Werder Escape the Drop?

Here are the 2019/20 Bundesliga relegation odds.

Paderborn1.03
Werder Bremen1.40
Fortuna Dusseldorf1.71
Mainz4.00
Augsburg9.00

The bookies seem to think that Paderborn’s fate is already sealed, and I’d have to agree. The bottom club is ten points from safety, while second-bottom Werder has a game in hand over their relegation rival.

Augsburg currently sits five points clear of the bottom three, so barring a monumental disaster, Heiko Herrlich’s side should be safe.

In my eyes, there are three teams worth looking at for this market. Let’s check them out.

Werder Bremen

Remarkably, no team has spent more seasons in the Bundesliga than Werder Bremen. But that could soon change. The top-flight regular has endured a woeful campaign so far and is running out of time to turn things around.

The River Islanders may have a game in hand over their relegation rivals, but it feels like the damage has already been done. Werder has only won four of their 24 league games this term and has won just one on home soil.

A schedule featuring five of the top seven clubs doesn’t bode well for Bremen, especially when you consider the eight-point gap between them and fifteenth-place Mainz.

Is the end of an era just around the corner?

Fortuna Dusseldorf

Fortuna was on a good run before the season was suspended, losing just one of their previous six games. But four draws during that time failed to lift the club out of relegation trouble.

If Bremen wins their game in hand, then there will only be one point separating sixteenth and seventeenth. This could really put in the pressure on Dusseldorf, as the battle to avoid the drop will certainly heat up.

It’s also worth pointing out that Fortuna has an extremely tough five-game run on the horizon. Uwe Rosler’s men must face Schalke, Bayern, Hoffenheim, Dortmund, and Leipzig across a three-week period, so their season could well be over by mid-June.

Mainz

It’s likely to be close, but I think Mainz should be safe. Achim Beierlorzer’s side currently sits four points clear of the bottom three and picked up impressive results against Fortuna, Paderborn, and Schalke before the break.

Sure, Mainz still has some tricky tests to come, with trips to Dortmund and Leverkusen next month. But there are plenty of winnable games on their fixture list, too. Mainz will fancy their chances against Koln, Union, Augsburg, and Werder.

Robin Quaison’s goals also give Mainz a huge advantage. Only Lewandowski, Werner, and Sancho have scored more this term, so I can see the Sweden international having a big say in the outcome of this year’s relegation battle.

Pick
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf to Be Relegated
    1.71

1.71 is by no means a great price, but I think Fortuna is the best bet for this market. Rosler’s side has a horribly difficult run-in, and I can’t see them beating the drop.

Betting on Werder to be relegated may be a safer option. But with odds of 1.40, it makes sense to back Fortuna at the slightly higher price.

Ultimately, I wouldn’t be surprised if both Werder and Fortuna dropped down into the second tier at the end of the season.

Top Goalscorer – Lewandowski or Werner?

It’s no surprise that the bookies have two clear frontrunners in this market. Here are the Bundesliga Golden Boot odds.

Robert Lewandowski1.20
Timo Werner5.00
Erling Haaland81.00
Jadon Sancho151.00

Bayern’s Lewandowski leads the race for the Golden Boot with 25 goals, while Leipzig’s Werner has 21 to his name. With Dortmund duo Sancho and Haaland on 14 and nine respectively, this is definitely a two-horse race.

Don’t get me wrong, Werner has been immense this season. The 24-year-old is averaging a goal every 98 minutes in 2019/20, and that is no mean feat.

However, with Lewandowski averaging a goal every 82 minutes, I can’t see Werner overtaking Bayern’s Polish goal fiend. Lewandowski has a ridiculous amount of chances created for him every game, and he’s arguably the most lethal finisher in Europe.

Backing Werner at 5.00 wouldn’t exactly be the worst idea, but I think he would only stand a chance of winning the Golden Boot if Lewandowski suffered a season-ending injury.

Granted, Lewandowski’s price of 1.20 is nothing to write home about. But it seems like a decent safe bet.

Pick
  • Robert Lewandowski to Finish as Top Goalscorer
    1.20

Final Words

I can’t wait for the return of some top-level soccer, both from an entertainment and a betting perspective.

In my opinion, backing RB Leipzig in the title race could prove to be very profitable. I’m shocked that the bookies have given us odds of 9.00 for Leipzig to win the league, so I would jump on that price right away before it goes down.

The relegation and top goalscorer markets may not offer the best value, but I think betting on Bayer Leverkusen to finish in the top four at 2.30 is a great opportunity.

If you’re betting on the remainder of the Bundesliga season, make sure you visit the top-rated online sports betting sites to get the best odds.

Also, head over to our soccer blog for all the latest tips and predictions as more leagues around the world resume.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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