- Bayern already odds-on favorites to win the 2020/21 Bundesliga
- BVB and RB Leipzig still expected to again be chasing down the Bavarians
- See the opening odds for all 18 Bundesliga teams competing next season below
While the 2019/20 Bundesliga has barely finished, the schedule has just been announced for 2020/21, starting on September 18. As a result, the 2021 Bundesliga odds have also been compiled and, unsurprisingly, Bayern Munich is again odds-on favorites. BVB and RB Leipzig are not far behind, but is there anyone else who could challenge next season?
We’ll list the odds, take a close look at next season’s runners and riders and see if there’s any value hidden in there.
German Bundesliga 2020/21 Odds
Odds taken on July 12.
Bayern Munich’s 29th Bundesliga title was, even by their standards, a comfortable one. Despite the 2019/20 season being interrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown, their dominance was unaffected and they finished the season 13 points clear of Borussia Dortmund and 16 ahead of RB Leipzig – their two main rivals. That Bayern ended the season with a goal difference of +68 and hit the 100 goal mark in the process, tells us everything about their dominance.
Worth noting though as we look ahead to next season is that Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen were also very much in the shake-up for the European places and will almost certainly be expecting to take it a step further in the new campaign.
Pressure on the Chasing Pack
The onus, of course, is on the chasing pack to close the gap on Bayern, but with the Bavarians looking to strengthen ahead of September 18, this is an almighty task. Already Bayern has signed Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, goalkeeper Alexander Nübel from league rival Schalke and 18-year-old defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain, and this will be only the beginning.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 13, 2020
In the next few weeks, Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic will be a busy man as he looks to provide head coach Hansi Flick with a squad that will not only be well-equipped to defend its Bundesliga title but also be geared up to go deep in next season’s Champions League. As ever, anyone who finishes above Bayern will win the Bundesliga.
For BVB, the league title remains elusive, not least because any world-class players they produce are invariably snapped up by Bayern or the other top clubs in Europe. For them, it’s almost a constant rebuild, as every summer is dominated by them having to plug gaps left by the sale of star players. This summer that task looks likely to be even more difficult with any new signings dependant on the departure of Jadon Sancho, amid rumors of the club looking to reduce their wage bill.
On that basis, it’s hard to see them closing the gap on Bayern.
RB Losing Their Main Man
RB Leipzig is in a similar boat to BVB in that they too are having to fend off overtures from Europe’s big clubs for their top players. Leading scorer, Timo Werner has already joined Chelsea, meaning there’ll be a big gap in the Leipzig forward line, but in terms of incoming players, they’ve already signed Hwang Hee-chan from RB Salzburg, and are rumored to be in discussion with Milot Rashica from Werder Bremen and Benjamin Henrichs from Monaco.
They are looking to strengthen and they’re extremely well backed by their owners, but key for them will be how they fill the void left by Werner.
Monchengladbach will be looking to join in the mix for top three but, first of all, have a battle on their hands to retain the services of their best players from last season. Fiorentina and Liverpool are reported to be in a race to sign Marcus Thuram, who only moved to Germany from Guingamp last summer.
While they’re looking to bring new faces in, it’s hard to see them starting the season any stronger than they finished 2019/20.
RB to Edge Out BVB?
Leverkusen, like Monchengladbach, will be spending the first part of the summer break fighting to keep hold of their stars of 2019/20 and already there’s talk of striker Kai Havertz signing for Real Madrid amid rumors of interest too from Chelsea. Whether they’ll be able to strengthen significantly is doubtful and it seems unlikely they’ll be able to close the gap on Bayern.
For me, the key to next season’s title rests with RB and their ability, or otherwise, to replace the goals of Werner. If they can, it could be they and not BVB who are pushing Bayern all the way, and at +2000, there are worse bets out there. But it’s a brave bettor who bets against the mighty Bayern.
Pick: Bayern to win the 2020/21 Bundesliga
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