- The German soccer league Bundesliga will resume the regular season schedule on May 16 after receiving approval from the government to do so.
- Betting lines are already up for the first six matchups that will occur on day one of the comeback.
- Borussia Dortmond is favored to beat FC Schalke 04 at -200 odds.
- RB Leipzig (-305) is favored defeat Sport-Club Freiburg (+850), while a draw for the game is listed at +425 odds.
BOSTON – The Bundesliga will be returning to the field starting on May 16 and the odds for the first six games are already posted at online sportsbooks.
On Wednesday, the government of Germany approved the return of soccer from the Coronavirus quarantines and left the start date up to the German Football Association (DFL) who chose the 16 of May to begin.
The last game that was played was March 13 which was day 26 of the regular season. Soccer fans are more than excited to see the return of the game after two months of going without it and of course, the so are the legal sports betting operators.
The 36 club teams of the upper two tiers of Bundesliga will all be able to finish out their seasons by June 30. Each matchup will be held without fans, in a closed stadium as the Coronavirus protocols are still in place in Germany until September 1.
The Bundesliga has four slots open for Champion League placement that each team is hoping to win. Everyone involved in the league has been tested for COVID-19 in order to begin training again. Two tests were positive out of the 1,695 tests done and those two will be dealt with accordingly.
Betting lines will be open for the multiple games that will be played throughout the season. Sportsbooks already have listings for the comeback matches on May 16. The two biggest games will be that of Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig vs. Sport-Club Freiburg. Each of these games has the teams matched up with their rivals to kick off the start of German soccer from its hiatus with a bang.
The Odds Are In
Online sportsbooks, just like soccer bettors themselves, can’t wait for the return of the Bundesliga and have already listed odds for the matches when they return next week.
The top two games that might interest casual fans of the league are Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig vs. Sport-Club Freiburg. These games will likely see the most bets placed due to their rivalries.
Borussia Dortmund is favored to win (-200) over underdog FC Schalke 04 (+525). Borussia Dortmund is second in the Bundesliga so far this season. They have 15 wins, 4 losses, and 6 draws in 2020 under their belt.
FC Schalke 04 on the other hand is in sixth place in the league with a record of 9 wins, 6 losses, and 10 draws. This is why oddsmakers have Borussia as the heavy favorite to win in this matchup. But as with any rivalry game, anything is possible.
The next game has RB Leipzig as the clear favorite at -305 odds. RB Leipzig is currently in third place in the Bundesliga. They have a record of 14 wins, 3 losses, and 8 draws.
Their rivals, the Sport-Club Freiburg are a huge underdog coming into this match with odds of +800. They are ranked eighth in the league with a record of 10 wins, 9 losses, and 6 draws. Statistically speaking, RB Leipzig looks like they’ll be the clear winner of this game.
German Soccer Is Back
Fans of soccer worldwide and sports bettors will now have the German league back in full swing and a number of games that still need to be played.
With the regular season slated to end on June 30, playoffs will not begin until July. However, even the playoff season will be played behind closed doors due to COVID-19. Sports enthusiasts may still watch matchups and wager on the games despite not physically being able to go to them. After two months of having no soccer in Germany, that’ll be a luxury in itself.
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.