The German Bundesliga used to be one of the most competitive European leagues, but Bayern Munich has dominated the league in recent years.
The Bavarians have won the last nine Bundesliga titles, and they’ll be hoping that this season will be lucky number 10 in a row. So it’s no surprise that Bayern is the bookies’ favorites to win the league again.
Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig have been Bayern Munich’s closest title challengers in recent years. Though both teams have lost key squad members, they are still expected to challenge for Germany’s top footballing honor.
The likes of Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt have also improved in recent seasons and will also be looking to end Bayern’s reign.
Here’s our Bundesliga 2021/22 betting preview.
The team that finishes top of the league wins the Bundesliga and is given the Bundesliga Meisterschale (Championship Shield) to celebrate that achievement.
Since it’s a league format, points are used to determine league positions. Therefore, the team that accumulates the most points is the one that wins the league.
If several teams have the same number of points, goal difference becomes a priority. If the teams are still tied after that, these other tiebreakers will be used:
Yet again, Bayern is the team to beat this season. The Bavarians want to make Bundesliga history by winning 10 league titles in a row, but the likes of Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Wolfsburg, and Bayer Leverkusen will hope that they can finally end Bayern’s reign.
While an upset may seem unlikely, there are a lot of things that suggest that Bayern may not be as strong this season, which will definitely play into the other teams’ hands.
Bayern Munich – Having won the last 10 league titles, you won’t find an undisputed favorite in European football like Bayern Munich. Hansi Flick may have left the Bundesliga giants to go and coach the Germany national football team, but they still have a worthy replacement in Julian Nagelsmann.
Bayern Munich has also made a couple of decent signings. Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer, who was formerly coached by Nagelsmann at Leipzig, both joined Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.
This continues Bayern’s trend of poaching star players from close rivals, which could be crucial in helping Bayern Munich win their 10th league title in a row.
The only worry for Bayern is whether or not Nagelsmann is the perfect fit for the Bayern role. If his squad gels early on, then Bayern is surely destined to win another league title.
Borussia Dortmund – Dortmund last won the Bundesliga in 2012, and they are the last team to beat Bayern to the League title. Since then, however, they haven’t pushed Bayern like they previously used to.
They may have finished in second place a couple of times, but they’ve never really challenged for the title in recent years.
Last season, BVB finished third behind RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich, but they won the DFB-Pokal, which they hadn’t won since 2017.
Jadon Sancho left the club during the transfer window to join Manchester United, but Dortmund managed to keep in-demand striker Erling Haaland, who will be crucial in this season’s title race.
Dortmund also got coach Marco Rose, who joined from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Bayer Leverkusen – Die Werkself have never won the league, but they’ve been the runners-up on multiple occasions. In recent seasons, they’ve not only struggled to challenge for the league but the top four as well.
However, they look strong enough this season and maybe one of the teams that challenges Bayern for the land’s top honor.
They finished 6th last season, but with the emergence of talents like Florian Wirtz and other young, exciting prospects, they are destined to finish higher than that.
RB Leipzig – Out of last season’s top four teams, Leipzig is the one who has experienced the most changes. They lost their head coach and two of their star players to Bayern Munich, which is destined to hurt them, especially if they want to replicate last season’s second-place finish.
However, they’ve also invested wisely. Ilaix Moriba, the highly-rated youngster, joined from Barcelona, and they also poached André Silva from Eintracht Frankfurt, who was the league’s second-best goal scorer last season.
Jesse Marsch, an American Coach, joined Leipzig over the summer as Julian Nagelsmann’s replacement. Marsch previously coached Red Bull Salzburg and led them to back-to-back league titles.
Wolfsburg – Die Wölfe have been in and out of the title race in recent seasons. Last season, they finished in fourth place, which was their best finish in the past six seasons.
Despite losing their head coach, they’ve managed to keep a lot of their key players and will want to improve on last season’s performances, meaning that they could challenge for the title for the first time since the 2014/15 season.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – Die Fohlen finished fourth in the 2019/20 season, but they struggled for most of last season. They eventually finished 8th, meaning that they didn’t qualify for any European football this season. Adi Hütter, who most recently coached Eintracht Frankfurt, joined Mönchengladbach as Rose’s replacement.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Frankfurt performed well last season and even almost finished fourth. However, this season, they don’t have the linchpin of their attacking squad.
Head coach Adi Hütter left for Mönchengladbach, and their top scorer, André Silva, joined RB Leipzig. Their new coach this season is Oliver Glasner, who previously coached Wolfsburg and led them to a top-four finish.
Though they have a new coach and they’ve made some signings, it seems like they will struggle to hit the highs of last season.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – Hoffenheim has been in and out of the top four in recent seasons. When Nagelsmann was coaching them, they finished as high as third, but have struggled in recent seasons. Last season, they finished in eleventh place.
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