Matchday 21 was eventful on and off the pitch. 7 out of the 9 games finished in a draw, RB Leipzig gained ground on Bayern Munich, and two massive transfers were announced.
MARCO ROSE WILL BE BORUSSIA DORTMUND’S NEXT MANAGER
For weeks speculation has been mounting that Marco Rose will be taking over the Borussia Dortmund job this summer. It has been one of the worse kept secrets in German football, and the news was confirmed by his current club Borussia Mönchengladbach. They tweeted out the news, but we’re still waiting for an official announcement from Rose or Dortmund.
These two clubs face each other one more time in the DFB-Pokal. They meet on March 2nd at the quarter-final stage, and it adds a great dynamic to the game and the rest of the season. Both clubs are sitting outside of the Top 4, 6 points adrift with 13 games left. Failure to qualify for the Champions League would force sales from both sides, and it would be quite something if Gladbach makes it and BVB doesn’t.
Regardless of what happens, I think Rose will be an excellent fit for Dortmund. He likes a fast-paced brand of attacking football with pressing from the front and is tactically flexible. The 44-year-old has experience with working young players from his time at Red Bull Salzburg. At Gladbach, he has developed Florian Neuhaus, Marcus Thuram, and Denis Zakaria. Most importantly, Rose will give Dortmund an identity on the pitch, and I can’t wait to watch them next season.
BAYERN MUNICH ARE FIFA WORLD CUP CLUB CHAMPIONS
It wasn’t pretty, but Bayern got the job done. A 2-0 win over Al Ahly in the semis and a 1-0 victory over Tigres in the final meant Die Roten became the FIFA Club World Cup Champions for the second time in their history.
A special mention has to go to Hansi Flick, who has now won more trophies (6) than lost games (5). That is a ridiculous stat considering he’s been at the club for over 15 months now and managed 69 games.
DAYOT UPAMECANO SIGNS FOR BAYERN MUNICH
Bayern has to be one of the best-run clubs in the world. Less than 24 hours on from lifting the FIFA Club World Cup, they announced the signing of Dayot Upamecano after activating his $51 million release clause. Europe’s elite were all interested, and apparently, Bayern won the race after instantly agreeing to every one of his contract demands.
With David Alaba set to leave this summer at the end of his contract, Bayern has found their replacement. Upamecano is one of the best ball-playing defenders in the world with pace, strength & positioning in his locker. The 22-year-old is the league’s 11th best for pass completion with 90.7%, averages 6.2 completed long balls per game & is the 5th fastest player after clocking a speed of 35.43 km/h.
I’ve seen a lot of pundits and people on social media commenting how Bayern have signed another player from a rival….yawn!!! The Red Bull business model is to attract the world’s best young talent by offering the opportunity to play and agreeing to reduced release clauses. Erling Haaland ($24 million), Timo Werner ($63.6 million), Naby Keïta ($66 million), Dominik Szoboszlai ($24 million), and Takumi Minamino ($10.2 million) all left Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg for fees lower than their market value. This will continue to happen to Leipzig, Dortmund, and Bayer Leverkusen as long as they stick with their ‘development club’ business model.
Let’s take a look at the 2020-21 Bundesliga Matchday 22 Betting Lines.
BUNDESLIGA MATCHDAY 22 BETTING LINES
ODDS & ENDS
- I have high hopes that in-form Eintracht Frankfurt’s game against Bayern will be an end to end thriller. Both have leaked 29 goals whilst being the two highest-scoring teams this season. I think Over 4.5 Goals +180 is likely, and I would throw some small change on Over 5.5 Goals +370 as well.
- I like Mainz 05 or the Draw +133. They have picked up 8 points against Dortmund, Leipzig, FC Union Berlin, and Leverkusen in recent games. Plus, this will be Gladbach’s first game since the news of Rose’s departure was confirmed, and we don’t know how the players will react.
- VfL Wolfsburg score early and haven’t conceded for 5 games. I like them to win the first half with an Asian Handicap of 0.5 Goals at +118. Wolfsburg to be winning Halftime / Fulltime +150 is another solid bet.
WHERE TO BET THE BUNDESLIGA IN THE US
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