The German Bundesliga is the highest tier of professional league football in Germany. The biggest team is Bayern Munich, who have won the league an unprecedented 30 times. Despite Bayern practically holding a monopoly at the top of the league, there are plenty of interesting teams who go up and down in the league table. It is difficult to say the league has a top six or a top four because there are many teams who have challenged to be in the top four for a few years but were subsequently relegated or spent consecutive years just above the relegation zone.
Best Teams to Bet On
Bayern Munich are the dominant team in the Bundesliga. They have won it a record 30 times and are currently on a record streak of nine consecutive wins. They have bought many players from domestic rivals, something for which they receive criticism, but it does not take away from the fact that this has brought Bayern a lot of success. They play a dominating style of football, frequently scoring many goals and do not give away ball possession during matches. Headed by former Dortmund coach Julian Nagelsman, they have the strongest team in the league with German nationals, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, and Leon Goretzka. They also have international top players in Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, French defenders Dayot Upamecano and Luis Hernandez, not to mention the star of last year's season, the up and coming Canadian Alphonso Davies.
Second only to Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund are their biggest rivals. They are praised for their attacking football philosophy, and with manager Marco Rose, they will want to threaten Bayern’s title hopes. Captained by long-time Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, they have a number of high profile players in their squad, including Jude Bellingham, Matt Hummels, Mahmoud Dahoud and the highly coveted Erling Haaland. Haaland burst onto the scene in 2019 for RB Salzburg, but was bought by Dortmund in January 2020, and scored 27 goals with 6 assists in 28 games last season. He is arguably the best 20 year old striker in the world right now.
A team that was only founded in 2009, RB Leipzig are a team that were not popular in Germany at the start. Austrian company, Red Bull gmbH, bought the playing rights of fifth tier side SSV Markranstadt, and renamed it Rasenballsport Leipzig. It was shortened to RB Leipzig, with the logo changed to include red bulls on the crest, German fans have argued that the club was simply founded for advertising purposes. With some shrewd managerial decisions and not too high spending, the club climbed up to the Bundesliga in 2016. With some exciting football and homebred talent, the team has managed to sway the German public and found its fans.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Founded in 1904 (which is where the 04 comes from in their name), the club was built by Bayer AG, the pharmaceutical company. Historically, it has not been a popular club amongst Germans because of its corporate origins. Though fans emphasize their industrial origins, calling themselves the “Millhanders” or “Tablet Twisters”. They have a very international team, with their top striker, Patrick Schick, hailing from the Czech Republic, where he performed exceptionally well in the UEFA European Cup this year.
Wolfsburg has had its fair share of ups and downs in the past twenty years. They have been in 16th place twice, where they had to play in a relegation playoff, but managed both times to stay in the Bundesliga. In 2008-09 they won the Bundesliga, and they have come second place once too. In the past few years they have consistently battled to be in the top four, and with new manager Florian Kohfeldt they play promising football with a relatively young squad.
Joint with Borussia Dortmund for second place in most League titles won at 5 each, Borussia Monchengladbach enjoyed their domination of the league in the 70’s. In recent times they have struggled to get back to their former glory, they were even relegated in the 06-07 season but quickly returned to the Bundesliga after the following season. The team is led by captain Yann Sommer, and boasts talent in French striker Anthony Plea and German playmaker Jonas Hoffman.
Also called the German Clasico, the rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich started in the 90’s, when Dortmund won two consecutive Bundesliga titles in 95 and 96. Dortmund replicated this in 2011 and 2012, with a team that featured Robert Lewandowski, Shinji Kagawa, Mario Gotze and Matt Hummels. However, the majority of the history of the Bundesliga has seen Bayern winning, with Dortmund placing second. In terms head to head history, Bayern is on top with the club winning 51 times out of their 106 meetings in the Bundesliga, with 29 draws and 26 wins by Dortmund.
Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig has come up through the ranks of German football, and in their first season in the Bundesliga they finished second place. Since then, in the five seasons that they have played there, they have finished third twice and second once again. In the past two seasons they were managed by Julian Nagelsman, whom Bayern bought when their head coach left.
Though RB Leipzig have only won once against Bayern in the Bundesliga, drawing four times and losing eight, they still pose a threat as an up and coming club who may be able to end Bayern’s domination in the league.
Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig
The matches between Dortmund and Leipzig are much closer, both teams frequently fall just behind the other in the league table. They are usually close cut contests, with Dortmund coming on top more often, but Leipzig has only improved each season, and this year they have already beaten Dortmund in this fixture.
This heated derby between FC Koln and Monchengladbach started when retired Cologne player Hennes Weisweiler joined second tier Gladbach as a coach. He was revered in Cologne, where the goat mascot was named Hennes after him, but when he brought Gladbach into the Bundesliga and won titles with them in the 70’s, he started a rivalry between the two clubs. Gladbach has won 51 times, drawn 16 times and lost 25 times against FC Koln.
How To Make Your Bet
Betting on the German Bundesliga is made easy for you here at mr.play, where you can find multiple markets on all the matches in the season.
In the main market, there are bets for the full time result, both teams to score, total score, double chance (where you can bet on one team or a tie) amongst many others. For those who want to find more specific bets, they can find the Goals, Halves, Period and Specials markets.
In Goals, you will find bets for who scores the first goal, total goals in the game, total goals by one team, whether there will be a clean sheet among others. Halves and Periods work where you predict a match score or who is winning within a time interval.
The Specials market features bets such as; Team to win to Nil, Team to win from behind and Team to win either half, among others.
Be sure to take a look through all our markets at mr.play, and find out which ones could work for you.