Soccer Betting: 2021 Bundesliga Regular Season Late Narratives
With just seven match days remaining and all international breaks in the rearview mirror, the stretch run of the Bundesliga has finally arrived. Of course, there is still much to be decided and a lot worth watching. Let’s take a look at some of the key Bundesliga storylines as we approach the end of the 2021 regular season so you can keep betting against their Bundesliga odds.
Bundesliga 2021 End of Season Storylines
As usual, Bayern Munich sits atop the Bundesliga table late in the season. That means, as usual, one of the top storylines in Germany will be the club’s quest for another league title. In fairness, Hans-Dieter Flick’s squad doesn’t have as big of a lead at the top of the table as in some past years. However, last week’s win over RB Leipzig has given Bayern a little more of a cushion, leading second-place Leipzig by seven points with seven games left to play. The caveat is that Robert Lewandowski is sidelined by an injury and Serge Gnabry just tested positive for COVID-19. That could give RB Leipzig a little bit of a lifeline to stay in the title race. However, it’ll take a little bit of a collapse from Bayern Munich down the stretch not to win their ninth consecutive Bundesliga title.
The next couple of months could bring about the final games in the Borussia Dortmund career of striker Erling Haaland. The Norwegian international seems destined to spend the rest of the season as the subject of constant rumors and speculation that he’ll leave the club this summer on a big-money transfer. Manchester City, who defeated Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday, is one of the potential targets and every little thing Haaland did before and after the game will be analyzed to death. Obviously, no deal is likely to be done until after the Bundesliga season is over. But the rumors aren’t going away and the speculation will be rampant, making it one of the biggest storylines in Germany.
Just like there are seven points between first place and second place, there are seven points separating fourth place from fifth place in the Bundesliga. That means a clear line of demarcation for the four Champions League spots. At the moment, both Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen have 43 points and are in pursuit of Eintracht Frankfurt, who sits on 50 points. Frankfurt has had a great campaign and has deserved a Champions League spot up until now. But there are two bigger clubs chasing them, and both Dortmund and Leverkusen will feel there is enough time to make up the difference and earn a Champions League spot.
The Relegation Dance
Last but not least, there is the bottom part of the Bundesliga table. We know that Schalke will go down, but with seven games left, only two points separate four teams battling to avoid the second relegation spot and the relegation playoffs. FC Cologne and Arminia Bielefeld currently occupy those spots with 23 points each. But Hertha Berlin and FC Cologne sit on just 25 points. Every game those four clubs play moving forward will have huge ramifications, as only two of the four will guarantee themselves safety in the Bundesliga for another season.