Germany Bundesliga Betting Odds Comparison

Bundesliga Table
1. Bayern Munich33009 - 29
2. Dortmund32107 - 27
3. Wolfsburg32107 - 47
4. Hertha32105 - 27
5. Borussia Mgladbach32105 - 27
6. Mainz32104 - 27
7. Werder Bremen31204 - 35
8. Dussledorf41214 - 45
9. Augsburg31114 - 44
10. RB Leipzig31115 - 74
11. Hoffenheim31025 - 63
12. Ein Frankfurt31024 - 53
13. Hannover30213 - 42
14. Nurnberg30212 - 32
15. Stuttgart40223 - 72
16. Freiburg30124 - 81
17. Schalke30032 - 60
18. Leverkusen30032 - 80

The Bundesliga was created in 1963, making it significantly younger than many European football top flights (although it is worth remembering that the Premier League was only created in 1992). Of course, football was played on an organised basis in Germany long before then, with a national championship started in 1903.

The World Wars had a significant impact on the lack of development of a national football league, whilst in the inter-war years there was a widespread desire to keep football an amateur game. As the country came out of its post-World War II malaise, calls became more widespread for a professional, national league and this was hastened by Germany’s success in the 1954 World Cup.

As with all major soccer leagues, there have been various changes in format and structure over the years but as of the 2018-19 Bundesliga season there are 18 teams in Germany’s top flight.

The Bundesliga is one of the most successful and most watched sports competitions in the world. Due to competitive pricing, attendances even for the relatively small teams are exceptional. Since the 2008-09 season, the overall average attendance for the league has not dipped below 40,000, with Borussia Dortmund leading the way with an average of around 80,000 in that period. For comparison, the average attendance in the Premier League in 2017-18 was just over 38,000.

Dortmund was where the Bundesliga was first created and whilst they also boast the best crowd numbers, it is Bayern Munich who have dominated Germany’s top flight. The Bavarian behemoths have won the title 27 times at the time of writing.

Indeed, in the 21st century, only Dortmund (three times), Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart (all once each) have joined Bayern in claiming Bundesliga glory. 12 sides have won the competition in total, with “Borussias” Dortmund and Monchengladbach tied for a very distant second with five wins apiece.

Bayern are one of three German clubs (Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund are the other two) to have won the Champions League/European Cup. The Bundesliga’s best have triumphed in the continental showpiece five times, most recently in 2013. Largely on the back of Bayern’s success, the Bundesliga ranks fourth in terms of Champions League success, behind Spain, Italy and England and just one victory ahead of Netherlands.

Bundesliga Format

The top tier of German football follows a similar format and structure to all top European leagues. The sides play each other home and away in a 34 game season, with a win worth three points. The season lasts from August to May, with most games taking place between Friday and Sunday. The Bundesliga enjoys a lengthy winter break before the big issues are settled in the spring.

The top three sides at the end of the campaign earn a Champions league group phase spot, with the club ending fourth going into the qualifying rounds. At the other end of the table, the bottom two are automatically relegated into the second division (the 2. Bundesliga). The side finishing third from bottom contests a play-off over two legs with the side that finished third in the second tier in order to decide who will play in the Bundesliga the following season.

The number of sides in the competition has remained largely steady since its inception, though at times there have been 16 and briefly 20 teams involved. Given 18 teams is a relatively small league, the number of European spots available, plus the fact that as many as three sides can be relegated, means that there is usually prolonged interest at both ends of the table.

This makes watching and betting on the Bundesliga great fun and very exciting. If you do fancy a bet on it this season, check out our great odds comparison for the best Bundesliga odds.