Wilkommen Bundesliga, home of the European Champions. All the favorites kick off their season at home, so we expect entertainment, but hardly a surprise.
Bayern Munich vs. Schalke
Friday, September 18, 2020 – 02:30 PM EDT at Allianz Arena
The last to have played, the first to start opening the gala. For Hansi Flick, it is impossible to top a season where he achieved the Treble after a few months of being Bayern manager, so the only thing to do is just keeping going. Is it possible?
Definitely. And at least at the beginning, as Bayern had just recharged the battery to win it all. The goal machine will work again, and actually they have also added Leroy Sane, even though probably soon they will lose Thiago Alcantara.
Eternal disappointment means Schalke in Germany, although this season there is some pride that can be restored. It will be hard though to resist the Bavarian impact, that usually in the second half is a flood hard to contain, and the fluidity of Bayern game is what Schalke is totally unable to face, with the champions always being specialists in exploiting the opponents’ fatigue as the game gets to the end.
Free Soccer Pick: 2nd Half Goals Over 2.5 at +125 (2.25) with BetOnline (Visit our BetOnline Review)
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Arminia Bielefeld
Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 09:30 AM EDT at Commerzbank-Arena
Just promoted Arminia Bielefeld will have a hard time getting back to Bundesliga life in Frankfurt. Probably Arminia are also the less equipped game of the whole pack, and that’s also why it will be particularly hard as a start, as Eintracht are a reliable competitor for the European spots.
Eintracht perfectly represents the classic Bundesliga team that concedes a lot but scores even more, and have just confirmed the permanent deal for their last season top scorer Andre Silva, who still belonged to Milan (and for only 9 million!).
The pace of Eintracht is always entertaining, maybe too many defensive mistakes, but it will be difficult for Arminia to be at the same pace or at least at the needed one since the very start of the season. And consider that last year only 5 teams collected more wins than Eintracht at home.
Last season in Frankfurt it didn’t end up being a proper bunker, but that was a weird season with the post-COVID condition, while at the beginning of it Eintracht had started with 6 undefeated games at home.
Dortmund vs. Monchengladbach
Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 12:30 PM EDT at Signal Iduna Park
The Borussen derby is probably tougher than could seem, but still, the soccer odds on Dortmund to win are pretty good considering the firepower they can afford. Don’t underestimate also another factor: Bundesliga has just allowed having crowd back until 20% of stadium capacity.
Obviously the Yellow Wall in Dortmund won’t be the same, but imagine the enthusiasm of having back the support of their fans, among the warmest in Europe. A special boost to make Dortmund even more favorite and that Gladbach would have selfishly avoided taking especially for this time.
Erling Haaland goal rating since he landed in Westphalia has been crazy, and during the international duties the Norwegian has shown in spite of the young age, definitely, his mind was not focused on partying on holiday. He managed - well, the club did - to keep Jadon Sancho next to him, so the assisting section is kept alive and on fire.
Definitely Gladbach would have hoped for a different draw for their first game
Free Soccer Pick: Dortmund to win at -156 (1.64) with BetOnline