The Bundesliga weekend gonna be heavily affected by the European competitions, as many German teams have progressed to the knock-out stages in both the Champions and Europa League. The Revierderby can be a big blow for Borussia Dortmund and a boast for Schalke, but also Bayern Munich have to deal with the consequences of traveling back from Qatar, and immediately playing despite having several absences, and doing it in Frankfurt before playing Lazio in UCL is a huge danger. We have good odds on Wolfsburg to take the whole plate at Bielefeld. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Eintracht vs. Bayern Munich
Saturday, February 20, 2021 – 09:30 AM EST at Deutsche Bank Park
There's no time to relax for Bayern and have a beer to celebrate being World Club Champions. Just go figure the 40 degrees temperature range they faced from flying on Friday from Doha to Munich and playing three days later on the snow against Arminia Bielefeld. You would think they would be trained to this, but not really, it's not common to go from summer to deep winter within days and be ready to perform, and in fact, Bielefeld went up 3-1 before conceding a comeback draw.
Add that to the squad problems due to covid cases and injuries, and actually this is the moment where rotations would be needed the most. And with the Champions League coming up next week with Bayern will have a very tough trip to Lazio, a team they overcome on a quality level but that can produce enough intensity. The worse is that they play away to Eintracht, the team in the best shape in February in Germany, able to climb till third place in the standings.
To give you a glimpse of how much this game count for Eintracht, and overall how much this season now that they do have a concrete chance to get in Champions League, just consider that in the previous year they finished 9th and that - which is even more incredible - the last time they finished in top 4 was back 28 years ago in 1993!
Seeing them in the Champions League would be sweet: not only they never played the new format, but they actually played only once the European Cup as they won only one German title in 1959, and in that sole participation they were finalist against the greatest Real Madrid performance ever, that squashed them 7-3. That is how important is for them, unbeaten in 10 games for the first time in 2 years, and coming from 8 wins in the last 9 games!
Schalke vs. Dortmund
Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 12:30 PM EST at Veltins Arena
All going on a downhill in the Ruehr area, and this derby is quite dramatic. While Borussia Dortmund incredibly announced next season manager already in February and had to go through super stressful Champions game in Sevilla. On the other side, Schalke are trying their best: in the last 4 games, they drew away with Union Berlin and Werder and had pretty honorable defeats with Bayern and RB Leipzig. While Borussia Dortmund had only 1 win in last 5 games, and it was against Augsburg. Great odds on Schalke to win at least one point.
Free Soccer Pick: Schalke +0.5 at +240 (3.4) at Bovada
Arminia Bielefeld vs. Wolfsburg
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 02:30 PM EST at Schüco Arena
Drawing in Munich is something that Arminia could obtain only with those extraordinary premises around Bayern. That possibly took the pressure off their shoulders, while Wolfsburg were held by Gladbach to a goalless draw, but still are coming from a streak of 7 positive results, and could now take advantage of this month where 5 out of their 6 competitors are involved in the European competitions. The odds on Wolfsburg aren't exactly mirroring how difficult the game will be, but still are totally worth taking.