Betting on German Bundesliga Football
The German Bundesliga lays claim to being the league with the highest average attendance in world football. In fact, only the NFL can boast a higher average attendance of any sport. Indeed, looking at the 2017/18 season, Borussia Dortmund (2nd) and Bayern Munich (4th) were both in the top-five best-supported clubs in world football, based on average attendance. As well as being a fantastically supported league, the Bundesliga boasts a wonderful quality of football, and a buoyant betting market.
The 18-team division sees the top four teams qualify for the following season's Champions League, while the next three clubs qualify for the Europa League. The bottom two placed clubs are immediately relegated to the 2. Bundesliga, while the team who finishes third from bottom plays against the team finishing third from top in the 2. Bundesliga in a playoff game to see who will take their place in the Bundesliga for the following season.
The German football season runs from August to May, but also includes a month-long winter break that extends over the Christmas period and well into the new year – this is unique to the German Bundesliga among the most established leagues in Europe, and is also one of the reasons why the league only features 18 teams, which is less than in England, France, Italy and Spain. Each season countless numbers of supporters pour over the Bundesliga title odds to pick a winner, and Bayern Munich are perennially short odds favourites, having dominated the division almost since the league's inception, and that domination not looking likely to end anytime soon.
German Bundesliga Football Odds
Betting on the German Bundesliga is big business, with a number of big-name teams, big-name players and competitive matches fuelling interest. As well as Bundesliga winners odds, the relegation markets are popular, as are the top goalscorer betting odds.
The Bundesliga often features the same teams battling it out at the top of the league, although every now and again a new team muscles in among the competition – Red Bull Leipzig have been that team in recent years. Bayern Munich attract the most attention, having won the Bundesliga for the last seven consecutive seasons as of the end of 2018/19, and having claimed 29 titles in all – 20 more than any other club. When looking at Bundesliga winners odds, Bayern are nearly always short odds favourites.
One of the many attractions of the Bundesliga is goals: in the last four completed seasons up to and including 2018/19, the league has seen above the global average, with 2018/19 witnessing a bumper 3.18 goals per game, with 62% of matches featuring three or more goals. Draws and home wins are on a par with other leagues, but favourites do tend to dominate. But, once again, it's often all about the goals.
German Bundesliga Title Odds for 2019-20
Unsurprisingly, looking ahead at the 2019/20 season, Bayern Munich start as short odds favourites to win another Bundesliga crown. The team from Bavaria has dominated German football for decades, and the financial might of the club will often see the best players at other clubs join the German version of the galacticos at the Allianz Arena to further strengthen Bayern's grip on football in the country (see Robert Lewandowski's move from Borussia to Bayern as a prime example). Borussia Dortmund are usually second favourites according to Bundesliga winners odds, and the 2019/20 season is no exception, although the gap from 1st to 2nd in the odds is significantly greater than from 2nd to 3rd, or even 2nd to 4th or 5th – such is the strength of Bayern.
The race for the Champions League places is often a fascinating battle between a number of established and well-supported clubs – as well as Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Leipzig have placed themselves as a serious challenger to things at the top of the table, while Borussia Mönchengladbach, Schalke 04, Hertha BSC, Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg, among others, can expect to be tussling in an amazingly competitive race for those European-qualification positions.
At the other end of the table, the newly promoted sides of Paderborn and Union Berlin can be expected to be in the mix at the end of the season for a return to the 2. Bundesliga – FC Köln, meanwhile, will be looking to re-establish themselves in a division they frequented for so many years prior to their relegation in 2017/18.
German Bundesliga Football History
It is no exaggeration to say that German football is perhaps the most successful model of domestic football anywhere in the world, with many of the clubs fan-owned, the biggest average attendances, and the consistent production of players that drive the national team to unrivalled levels of success, certainly in Europe. Amongst all that, ticket prices have remained competitive, and the product has never diminished. Perhaps the only criticism that could be levelled at the Bundesliga is the fact that one team – Bayern Munich – tend to dominate proceedings, having claimed 29 titles when no other team has won more than 9. It would hardly be the only league where such dominance has been established, but it is perhaps the only example in the 'Big 5" European leagues of Germany, England, Spain, Italy and France where there is a monopoly.
When it comes to German Bundesliga title odds, Bayern are never available at a great price for obvious reasons, but below the Bavarian side, things start to level out nicely – any of about ten clubs are capable of finishing in the four Champions League positions, and this certainly isn't true in many other leagues, so beyond Bayern, German football has established an envious degree of competition. And certainly the football is of an entertaining quality, with plentiful goals and a healthy dose of big-name players to pique the interest of football fans all over the world – betting on German football is therefore immensely popular, both in the domestic leagues and when German teams are playing in Europe, or indeed when the German national team is playing.