In Matchday 20, we saw the Bundesliga’s longest-serving manager Christian Streich record his first victory over Borussia Dortmund at the 17th attempt.
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BORUSSIA DORTMUND’S SEASON FALLING APART
Dortmund went into this season in a weird situation. At the time, their manager, Lucien Favre, was in the last year of his contract, and everyone knew he wouldn’t be getting a renewal. The Board felt there wasn’t a better option available and decided to stick with him rather than spending money to end his contract.
Inconsistency and a poor run of form led to Favre’s dismissal in early December. The Board opted for Edin Terzić to come in as caretaker manager till the end of the season and appoint someone permanently in the summer (Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Marco Rose is the current favorite). BVB’s poor run of form has continued during his 11 games at the helm with 6 wins, 1 draw, and 4 losses.
To be fair to the 38-year old, he’s had very little time on the training ground to get his ideas across with almost a game every 3/4 days in this condensed season. With 14 games left in the Bundesliga, finishing in the Top 4 is looking a real doubt. The inexperienced Terzić is looking out of his depth, and failure to qualify for the Champions League will have massive implications for the club.
They managed to fend off Manchester United’s interest in Jadon Sancho last summer. With him and Erling Haaland in the ranks, we all thought they would be challenging Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title. It hasn’t worked out that way, and Dortmund finds themselves 16 points behind Die Roten.
We could see both World Class talents leaving this summer in search of Champions League football, and that would be devastating. Their current first eleven spine, Marco Reus, Axel Witsel, and Mats Hummels, will all be 32 years old at the start of next season. It looks like the gap between Dortmund and Bayern will continue to grow.
WOLFSBURG AND EINTRACHT FRANKFURT UNLIKELY CONTENDERS
VfL Wolfsburg is looking like serious contenders for the Top 4. Undefeated in 6, 4 clean sheets in a row and the second-best defensive record in the Bundesliga has propelled them up the table into third. Their success has been built around a solid back 4, and USMNT fans will be pleased to see CB John Brooks playing a pivotal role with World Cup 2022 Qualification starting in the Autumn.
It’s looking like the 2020-21 season is shaping up to be Die Wolfe’s best in years. It will be a fantastic achievement if Oliver Glasner brings Champions League football back to the Volkswagen Arena.
Eintracht Frankfurt is the other surprise package in the mix for the Top 4. 7 points in the opening 3 games were followed by 9 games without a win, which had Adi Hütter’s side floundering in midtable. 7 wins and a draw in their last 8 games has seen them creep up to 4th, and they are one of the league’s most in-form sides.
Europe’s elite are eyeing up their top goalscorer André Silva. Champions League qualification would keep him at the Commerzbank Arena for one more season, and they would probably be able to afford to resign Luke Jović from Real Madrid.
Let’s take a look at the 2020-21 Bundesliga Matchday 21 Betting Lines.
BUNDESLIGA MATCHDAY 21 BETTING LINES
ODDS & ENDS
- The goals have dried up for FC Union Berlin with 3 in their last 5 games. Back Under 2.5 Goals at -118 for their game against FC Schalke 04.
- An RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and Eintracht Frankfurt Money Line Parlay adds up to +168. All 3 sides have home advantage and their opposition is in the bottom 6.
- Adding Bayern Munich to the 3 teams above boosts it into a +195 4 team Money Line Parlay. Be wary as there’s a good chance they will be fatigued from competing at the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 in Qatar.
WHERE TO BET THE BUNDESLIGA IN THE US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.