Pinnacle’s weekly preview of the German Bundesliga combines betting market data with team capabilities from Infogol to try and find value in odds.
Bayern Munich – Schalke 04
Bayern Munich will begin their attempt to defend their recently acquired title by playing a home match against Schalke. Bayern finished last season with 21 consecutive victories in all competitions, including the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League, and averaged 3.05 goals per game during the 2019/20 season.
Conversely, last season ended for Schalke on an extremely disappointing note. The team have failed to win any of their last 16 league matches, earning just six points in the process. Despite this, the club has not parted with coach David Wagner, who in the game against Munich will not be able to count on his ex-star Winston McKenny, who has completed the deal to move to Juventus.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Arminia Bielefeld
According to forecasts, Frankfurt “Eintracht Frankfurt” will start its campaign with a home victory over “Arminia” Bielefeld, which has risen to the elite from the Second Bundesliga. Frankfurt finished last season in strong form and ultimately finished ninth in the Bundesliga, finishing on a respectable note.
Bielefeld was promoted by winning the Bundesliga II in a convincing manner, finishing ten points ahead of runner-up Stuttgart, and losing just two games in an entire season. Their chances of avoiding relegation this season largely depend on the form of Fabian Clos, who scored 21 league goals during the previous season.
“Cologne” – “Hoffenheim”
Odds determine the equal odds for “Cologne” and “Hoffenheim” in this game. Cologne finished at the bottom of the table last season, fortunately securing the necessary points supply before ending the campaign in a nine-game win-win.
“Hoffenheim” finished sixth, although it lagged behind the top five. They enter 2020/21 with new coach Sebastian Hohenes at the helm, who has put the squad’s game on a tight pre-season schedule. Hoffenheim have 11 points in their last five away games last season.
Stuttgart – Freiburg
Stuttgart are expected to begin life in the Bundesliga with a first-round victory over Freiburg. The hosts returned to the German top flight on a first try, finishing second last season in the Second Bundesliga despite winning only half of their league games.
An obscure streak that has yielded just four wins in the last ten matches has seen Freiburg be disappointing for the 2019/20 season as they are one point behind European qualifications. The team will still strive to improve their roster before the start of the season, confirming the departure of Alexander Shvolov, Luka Waldschmidt and Robin Koch.
“Union” Berlin – “Augsburg”
“Union Berlin”, according to forecasts, will write in its asset a victory in the opening weekend in the match against “Augsburg”. The home side finished mid-table last season after a strong finish that saw them score ten points in their last five games. However, they will want to improve on their inconsistent home form, which has earned just eight wins in 17 appearances at an der Alten Forsterey stadium.
Augsburg are another team that did not fall early enough at the end of the season to be pulled into battle in the 2019/20 transition matches. They have won only two of their last 14 League games as they dropped from tenth to 15th in the table and could be likely candidates for relegation.
Werder Bremen – Hertha Berlin
The market appreciates Hertha’s chances of winning the match with Werder Bremen. The away team earned a spot in the middle of the table last season, despite losing four of their last five games.
Bremen “Werder Bremen” last season retained its status in the Bundesliga, beating “Cologne” 6: 1 on the last day, avoiding an automatic relegation, but had to overcome the resistance of “Heidenheim” in the transitional matches. New coach Marco Bode will aim for a less intense campaign, although the club’s legend Claudio Pizarro will be absent from his well-deserved retirement.
Borussia Dortmund – Borussia Monchengladbach
Borussia Dortmund will host Borussia Mönchengladbach in their most notable opening weekend match between two of last season’s top four teams. Dortmund finished second in the 2019/20 season and Jadon Sancho is likely to remain at their disposal this season, despite intense transfer rumors surrounding his departure from the club.
Gladbach finished fourth, overtaking Bayer Leverkusen in an exciting race for last place in the Champions League. This is another team that has so far mainly focused on sales in the transfer market and Raffael and Fabian Johnson have left Borussia Park.
RB Leipzig – ‘Mainz 05’
RB Leipzig, according to forecasts, will not face significant difficulties, opening their season with a victory over “Mainz”. The Champions League semi-finalists finished third last season and only Bayern Munich conceded fewer goals. They will, however, be left without Chelsea signer Timo Werner, while several clubs are reportedly interested in star defender Dyot Upamecano.
Last season was difficult for Mainz, as evidenced by the fact that they suffered the most losses among teams outside the bottom three. Ultimately, however, they managed to finish at the bottom of the table and actually score more points on their trips than at home in 2019/20.
Wolfsburg – Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen kicks off with a duel with Wolfsburg. Peter Boos’ squad will aim to claim first place in the top 4 this season, although the coach himself suggested that the team is likely to face problems after the departure of Kai Havertz and forward Kevin Wolland.
“Wolfsburg” finished seventh last season. Since then, the Wolves have bolstered their squad with the signatures of young stars Bartos Bialek and Maxance Lacroix, although their early seasonal form could have been disrupted by an overwhelmed Europa League qualifying campaign.