Bundesliga Matchups


Understanding Bundesliga Fixtures & Matchups

German Bundesliga clubs have a somewhat unique 34-game schedule instead of the 38-game schedule the rest of Europe’s top five leagues play. That’s because there are only 18 teams instead of 20, who all play a double round-robin schedule. The juxtaposition of traditional powers like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund with up-and-comers like RB Leipzig make Bundesliga fixtures and matchups interesting to bet on. 

There is no explicit point spreads in soccer but instead goal-lines. The other most popular lines to bet on are totals and moneylines. American sports typically offer simple moneylines with options to bet on both teams, but soccer moneylines are three-way because of the possibility of draws. 

Home-field advantage is an important consideration, as well as absences due to injury and suspensions, Bundesliga form and head-to-head records. If you’re betting on the Bundesliga make sure you’re aware that the home team appears first in the sportsbook and the road team is second. 

The head-to-head record is generally useful for betting but shouldn’t be the only consideration when looking at two teams side by side. Maybe one team has covered the goal-line more often than the other when they’ve met previously or the total has gone over or under way more often than expected.

A DFB-Pokal matchup that’s more recent than a Bundesliga fixtures and matchups could be a good tool for comparison. Note that if there’s a lot of change on either team’s roster or if either team has a new manager, matchup history could be of limited use.

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