German Bundesliga: best sports betting odds on the 2020-21 season

Bayern has been proclaimed the champion and Robert Lewandowski was once again the league’s top scorer. Now, the sportsbook odds are once again brewing as the start of the 2020-21 Bundesliga season is approaching. 

All eyes will be on the German Bundesliga come the start of the new season for two reasons. The first being that the Bundesliga was the first professional soccer league to resume play after the coronavirus pandemic hit. Secondly, for the first time since 2013, Bayern Munich has won the treble after completing its Champions League run with a 1-0 win against PSG. The team will again be favorites to win the Bundesliga this year. 

Bundesliga Table: Race for the Top 4

With the 2020-21 Bundesliga champion Bayern currently sitting on the throne, the rest of the Bundesliga teams will fight for a presumed second place finish. 

In the German Bundesliga, sportsbooks have all but given the title to Bayern, with the betting odds for ‘Bundesliga winner without Bayern’ starting to surface. The unanimous presumption that Bayern will take the league yet again has been set. Before the start of the 2020-21 Bundesliga, sportsbooks have been leaving Bayern out of the race for the top four, as the odds would be unbelievably low. 

Therefore, we have gathered the six teams not named Bayern with the best odds to finish the season in the top four of the Bundesliga standings and therefore qualify for the Champions League. 

TeamBetting Odds: Top 4 FinishUSA Sportsbook
Borussia Dortmund-2000
RB Leipzig-167
Borussia Mönchengladbach+170
Bayer Leverkusen+190
TSG Hoffenheim+550
Hertha Berlin+550

Naturally, Borussia Dortmund will be the team name that comes up first as a direct potential roadblock for Bayern. Negotiations to transfer Jadon Sancho to Manchester United have seemingly fallen through, leaving the winger in Dortmund for at least one more season. However, the team’s breakout right back Achraf Hakimi signed with Inter Milan in the offseason. Sportsbooks though have not considered this a big enough loss to disrupt Dortmund’s expected second-place finish in the Bundesliga table. 

The Premier League club Chelsea has plundered two of the biggest young Bundesliga stars in the offseason, including Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen. The news of this transfer has all but completely overshadowed Bayer’s other offseason loss, the departure of Kevin Volland to AS Monaco. The two combined for 22 goals last season, or more than a third of Bayer’s total goals in the 2019-20 campaign. 

So far, the team has only signed Czech forward Patrik Schick, who had a lackluster season at Leipzig, to replace the pair. The result is a disturbing outlook for Leverkusen. In Leverkusen’s case, it is better to look at European qualification, rather than a push for the top four. 

Borussia Mönchengladbach on the other hand has a rosier outlook for the season. The club has not parted with any players from 2019-20, although the team will have to fight off transfers for its  attacking trio (Embolo - Thuram - Plea).

The team will likely not be in the clear until the October 6th transfer deadline hits. Manager Marco Rose will look to keep the club focused on finishing the season in the top four of the Bundesliga standings. If we evaluate the team talent, then Mönchengladbach should be at least on par with Dortmund and Leipzig. 

In the meantime for Leipzig, Chelsea has lured star striker Timo Werner away from the club. The team has managed to hold on to left back Angelino, who signed a one-year deal. In any case, no matter who features in the starting lineup of Julian Nagelsmann, the team must retain its Champions League spot.

Bundesliga Top Scorers 2020-21

Robert Lewandowski unsurprisingly turned in another incredible season in the 2019-20 Bundesliga. Finishing as the league’s top scorer and playing an integral part in Bayern Munich’s treble victory. United States sportsbooks have recently released individual lines for the Polish striker’s performance in the upcoming season. 

Naturally, Lewandowski tops the favorites list for the league’s top scorer. And really, could you imagine it being any other way? Especially since the striker seemingly rewrote the laws of physics with his goals in the last campaign:

  • 34 goals in the Bundesliga (a goal every 81 minutes);
  • 15 goals in the Champions League (goal every 59 minutes);
  • 6 goals in the German Cup

The main threat to Lewandowski’s throne wears the black and yellow Dortmund kit and carries a Norwegian passport. Erling Haland debuted in the Bundesliga last winter, and has already managed to gain worldwide praise from everyone not located in Bayern and Poland. 

The  Dortmund striker aged 20 scored 13 goals last season, but did it in only 15 games. On September 19, Haland’s first full season in the Bundesliga will begin against Mönchengladbach.

With Timo Werner preparing for his first season in London, the list of Lewandowski’s potential rivals has become noticeably thinner. Apart from Haland, sportsbooks have placed Serge Gnabry as the next closest option with odds of +1200 and Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho behind  with odds of +1600. 

German Cup DFB Pokal

We are not surprised when we see Bayern among the obvious favorites of the German national cup. Here at least the odds look decent for bettors selecting Bayern. With Bayern Munich looking to again grab the treble, this is one of the three competitions the team will need to win.

In conclusion, the best football news since March: the German football association has allowed Leipzig to play their first home match (20 September) with 20% of the spectators in the stadium (8,500)!

Real soccer is back!