Betting on Bundesliga Games as Return Date Announced
The day that all football fans were hoping for finally arrived on Wednesday as Chancellor Angela Merkel officially announced that the action in Germany could finally resume on 16th May. But, there will be some precautionary measures in place to ensure that the return to action doesn’t mean that there will be new cases reported in Germany.
All clubs will need to put extra measures in place to ensure that hygiene within the training grounds and stadiums is of the best possible standard. The players, backroom staff and officials will also be tested throughout the week in the build-up to the fixtures to ensure that there are no players infected by the virus.
It was reported that there would be at least 300 people in attendance for the matches, which means that a failure to test could mean that the virus could be able to spread quickly.
Precautionary Measures for Bundesliga Return
As well as testing players and others in attendance at matches, all games will be taking place behind closed doors. That was the expected verdict regarding all upcoming events, with football as we know it unlikely to return until towards the end of 2020.
The decision to test players comes after two previous series’ of testing taking place earlier in the pandemic. The number of players that have tested positive for COVID-19 was down in the second round, with two players testing positive from the top two divisions in Germany. The first test saw ten players test positive for the virus.
Merkel announced that there would be relaxing of the lockdown measures on Wednesday, with shops also able to open. Germany has combated the virus better than the majority of Europe, with the country recording under 7,000 deaths. The recorded number of deaths is less than half the numbers recorded in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was seemingly delighted that the Bundesliga would be returning, as he admitted that ‘Germany will provide a shining example’ on how the sport can resume safely.
Fixtures for Bundesliga Matchday 26
|Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke||May 16||2:30pm|
|Augsburg vs Wolfsburg||May 16||2:30pm|
|Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn||May 16||2:30pm|
|RB Leipzig vs Freiburg||May 16||2:30pm|
|Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin||May 16||2:30pm|
|Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach||May 16||5:30pm|
|Koln vs Mainz||May 17||2:30pm|
|Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich||May 17||5:00pm|
|Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen||May 18||7:30pm|
Where can you watch the Bundesliga matches in UK
The return of the Bundesliga is being broadcast on BT Sport in the UK, this includes BT Sport Extra using the red button. If you are using a mobile device or tablet, you can download the BT Sport app on Android or Apple IOS devices to stream the games wherever you are.
For anyone looking to place any bets on the Bundesliga games, you can bet the bookies will be covering all the normal markets across these Bundesliga games. Some bookies, such as bet365 will be streaming all the fixtures over the weekend with some T&C’s –
Geo-restrictions apply and a funded account or bet placement in prior 24 hours is required to access.
*Excluded countries include Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg & Switzerland
Where We Left Off In The Bundesliga
When the action resumes on the 16th May, there will still be vital points up for grabs in the race for the title and the battle to avoid relegation. This first round of fixtures will see a massive derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, while Bayern Munich will square off with Union Berlin the following day.
The Dortmund / Bayern Title Race
Dortmund and Bayern are likely to be the two teams that will be fighting it out for the title with just four points separating them.
Dortmund finally leap-frogged RB Leipzig into second place before the break in play with a terrific run of five wins in six games. Bayern Munich have also been unbeaten in their last six games. However, Leipzig have won just twice in their last six, which means that they are nervously looking over their shoulder in the battle for a European finish.
The Rest of the Bundesliga Pack
Borussia Monchengladbach are a point further back, while Bayer Leverkusen are just three points behind the third-placed Leipzig.
There will also be a battle to finish the season in the Europa League places, with Schalke currently holding that final spot on 37 points. However, Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Hoffenheim are all within punching distance. The battle to avoid relegation could also go down to the wire.
Paderborn are already looking destined for the drop as they are ten points from safety, while second-bottom Werder Bremen also have a fight on their hands being just eight points away from 15th placed Mainz. Fortuna Dusseldorf could ease their relegation worries as a win over Paderborn when the season resumes could see them end the weekend just one point behind Mainz.