European Football Returns This Weekend with Bundesliga ActionPublished May 15, 2020 by Florin P
The German first division brings back top quality football this weekend, as the Bundesliga returns after a two-month hiatus.
European football was abruptly suspended mid-March, including the German first division. Now the Bundesliga is the first domestic championship to return with nine exciting matches over the weekend and on Monday. At the top of the tables, reigning champions and strong challengers will fight for the trophy, while at the bottom, the relegation battle continues.
Dortmund and Schalke 04 Play the Saturday Derby
The most exciting match of the day pits Dortmund against Schalke 04, in a match that could well decide the winner of the Bundesliga. The hosts are clear favorite with odds of 1/2 at bet365 Sports, in spite of the match being played without supporters. Dortmund is the only undefeated team at home this season, but in this particular match, it can’t settle for a draw. The visitors are in an equally dire situation, as anything short of victory will jeopardize their chances to play in a European league. This game has the potential of turning into a goal-scoring festival and it’s a worthy match to mark the return of the Bundesliga.
No Room for Error for M’Gladbach and Leipzig
M’Gladbach have led the German first division for a few weeks, but now the team is in danger of losing the fourth place. In order to remain in a position that guarantees a presence in the Champions League next season, they need to win on the road. They play against Frankfurt, which is just a shadow of last year’s team, but still a dangerous opponent when it has home pitch advantage. As they lack the support of the fans, the hosts are slight underdogs with odds of 2/1 at 888 Sport, while the visitors are priced at 13/10.
Leipzig hope to take advantage of Dortmund’s difficult match this afternoon and leapfrog them for the second place. Home pitch advantage and a vastly superior starting formation should give them a clear edge over Freiburg, as reflected by the odds of 3/10. The visitors will defend with all lines and given the high number of draws recorded this season, the 9/2 odds on the game to end undecided are quite tempting.
Bayern Munich Play Tough Away Match in Berlin
The reigning champions will travel to the nation’s capital to play against Union Berlin. On paper, they are clearly the better squad and bet365 Sports only offers odds of 1/5 on the visitors to prevail. The hosts have alternated strong and disappointing results in front of the supporters throughout the season. This time, they will have to do without the support of their enthusiastic fans, against the strongest team in the league. Home pitch advantage might not matter in the end, but the hosts are expected to put up a fight and might even score once against their seasoned opponent.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, May 14 at 09 am UK time.