One great futures bet that you can place in the Bundesliga is on a team to finish in the top four. Like all the other top four European leagues, the teams that finish in the top four qualify for the following season’s UEFA Champions League.
Teams like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are usually the favorites in this betting category. But in recent seasons, other teams have emerged and challenged for the top four spots.
Last season, Vfl Wolfsburg was the league’s surprise package and managed to finish in the top four. Eintracht Frankfurt also gave the likes of Dortmund a run for their money and only narrowly missed out on the top four after dropping points in the last few games of the season.
The top four teams in the Bundesliga get to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Since it’s a league, the four best German teams that accumulate the most points are the ones that occupy the league’s top four positions.
Two or more teams can have the same number of points. In such scenarios, tiebreakers are needed to separate tied teams. The priority tiebreaker in the Bundesliga is goal difference.
If teams are still level even after the goal difference has been taken into consideration, these other tiebreakers will be used:
Last season, Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, and Vfl Wolfsburg were the Bundesliga’s top four teams.
However, as recent Bundesliga history has shown, any team can make the top four since no position in the league is guaranteed.
This season, teams like Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach are expected to be strong challengers, meaning that the top 4 race could be decided on the final day of the season.
Here’s our Bundesliga top 4 betting odds report.
Bayern Munich – According to the bookies, Bayern is pretty much guaranteed a spot in the top 4. The Bavarians have won the last nine Bundesliga titles, and they haven’t finished outside of the top four since the 1994/95 season.
So, while some of the other teams on this list may be focused on finishing in the top four, Bayern has stronger ambitions, which is why they recruited wisely during the summer transfer window.
Former RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann joined the Bavarians in the summer, and they also signed Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig.
Borussia Dortmund – BVB almost missed out on the top four last season, but a late-season surge helped Dortmund finish third in the league.
In the last 11 seasons, Dortmund has failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League just once. So history is definitely on their side.
Even after losing Jadon Sancho, Dortmund’s squad is still one of the best in the Bundesliga. For newly appointed Marco Rose, leading Dortmund to another top-four finish will be the least of his ambitions.
RB Leipzig – Since Leipzig was promoted to the Bundesliga, they’ve consistently qualified for the UEFA Champions League. They have only failed to finish in the top four in one season: the 2017/18 season.
Last season, they were the league’s second-best team, but that came at a cost. Bayern poached their young coach away from them, in addition to signing two of their star players.
So finishing in the top four this season will be one of the main targets for Jesse Marsch, their newly appointed head coach.
Vfl Wolfsburg – Die Wölfe were an exciting team last season. They played some great football and eventually finished in fourth place. This was the second time that they’ve finished in the top four in the past ten years.
This season, after losing their head coach to Eintracht Frankfurt, they’ll need to do it the hard way if they want back-to-back top-four finishes.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Leverkusen were once a common fixture in the top four, but they’ve failed to make the top four in the past two seasons.
Last season, they finished in 6th place, which gave them entry into this season’s UEFA Europa League.
This season, however, they have a new crop of young, talented players who could guide Die Werkself back to the UEFA Champions League.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Frankfurt was part of last season’s thrilling top 4 race, but they had to settle for fifth place after they dropped crucial points during the run-in.
This season, they’ll want to challenge for the UCL spots again. However, they’ll have to do it without André Silva, who was their top goalscorer last season.
On the bright side, their new head coach, Oliver Glasner, led Wolfsburg to a top-four finish last season.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – Mönchengladbach underperformed last season. They had finished fourth in the 2019/20 season, but they failed to live up to expectations in the following season and ended up finishing in 8th place.
This season, they’ll be without their coach Marco Rose who left for Borussia Dortmund. However, they replaced Rose with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Adi Hütter.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – Hoffenheim previously finished in the top four in 2017 and 2018, but they’ve struggled to reach such heights in recent seasons.
Last season, Die Kraichgauer struggled for the majority of the season and eventually finished in eleventh place.
|Season||Top Four Teams|
|2020/21||Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg|
|2019/20||Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|2018/19||Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen|
|2017/18||Bayern Munich, Schalke 04, 1899 Hoffenheim, Borussia Dortmund|
|2016/17||Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, 1899 Hoffenheim|
|2015/16||Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|2014/15||Bayern Munich, VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen|
|2013/14||Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen|
|2012/13||Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04|
|2011/12||Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Schalke 04, Borussia Mönchengladbach|
To place a Bundesliga top 4 futures bet, here are the steps that bettors need to follow: