Matchday 30 is our last Die Englische Woche of the season with an almost full fixture schedule.
Hertha Berlin are in a 14-day quarantine after a Covid outbreak at the club. Three of their fixtures have been postponed, and they will have a busy final few weeks of the season as they fight to avoid relegation.
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BUNDESLIGA MANAGERIAL MERRY GO ROUND
This summer, we will see multiple managerial changes at the Bundesliga’s biggest clubs.
It all started back in November when Borussia Dortmund parted ways with Lucien Favre and appointed Edin Terzić as a stop-gap. Marco Rose emerged as the front runner, and Borussia Mönchengladbach confirmed the deal in February to draw an end to the speculation and rumors.
That announcement sparked a seven-game losing streak in all competitions, which saw Gladbach exit the Champions League, DFB-Pokal, and tumble down the Bundesliga outside the European qualification spots.
Fast forward two months, and Gladbach have announced Eintracht Frankfurt’s Adi Hütter will be taking over. It looks like a bizarre decision, with Frankfurt close to qualifying for the Champions League and Gladbach sitting in 7th.
A day later, it was confirmed that Sporting Director Fredi Bobic, the key to Frankfurt’s recent success in the transfer market, is moving to Hertha Berlin at the end of the season. It’s inevitable that at least one of their star players André Silva, Filip Kostić, Daichi Kamada, Djibril Sow, or Evan N’Dicka, will leave this summer with a host of clubs interested.
It seems Hütter feels he has achieved everything he can at Frankfurt and has decided to take on a new challenge while his stock is high. They have benefitted from a lighter fixture schedule this season, and European football will impact their chances of making the Top 4 again.
After 15 years in charge, Joachim Löw announced he would be stepping down as the German National Coach. Hansi Flick was Löw’s assistant from 2006 to 2014 and has emerged as the front runner to take over. His 18-month spell at Bayern Munich has been amazing, winning everything possible. There has been friction between him and the board in recent months.
Flick has clashed with Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidžić on contract renewals for David Alaba and Jérôme Boateng. In recent press conferences, he has criticized the depth of his squad when compared to last season’s. He made a statement with his starting eleven against FC Union Berlin on Matchday 28, giving starts to youngsters Josip Stanišić and Tiago Dantas.
Bayern exited the Champions League last week. After their 3-2 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, Flick announced his intent to leave, which the club has condemned. His reign has been one of the most successful we’ve ever seen, built on brilliant attacking football. It will be a real shame to see him and Bayern part on bad terms.
BREAKING – Bayern Munich's board have issued a statement condemning Hansi Flick's decision to announce his desire to leave at the end of the season.— DW Sports (@dw_sports) April 18, 2021
"We disapprove of the unilateral communications issued by Hansi Flick"#FCB #Bayern #WOBFCB pic.twitter.com/4vXq2DDcsH
RB Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann is the favorite to take over at the Allianz Arena. He is one of the brightest managerial prospects in world football, and it feels like this is the right time for him to move on. In his two years at the club, he has taken them to a Champions League Semi-Final and is on course to finish runner-up in the Bundesliga for the second season in a row.
He has probably achieved everything he can with the Red Bull model of buying young talent, developing and selling for a profit preventing him from genuinely challenging Bayern. This summer Dayot Upamecano leaves for Die Roten. Marcel Sabitzer, Marcel Halstenberg, Willi Orbán, and Emil Forsberg all have a year left on their contracts. Ibrahima Konaté and Péter Gulácsi have release clauses that activate.
Leipzig should reach the DFB-Pokal Final, where they will most likely face Dortmund. Winning the cup would be their first piece of major silverware and a fitting end to Nagelsmann’s time at the club.
Lothar Matthäus: "I didn't say everything I wanted to say on Tuesday. Of course FC Bayern didn't call Julian Nagelsmann directly, but rather his representatives. I still stand by that today. I'm sure that Julian Nagelsmann will replace Hansi Flick next season" [Sky] pic.twitter.com/8YM98ZywIo— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 17, 2021
American Jesse Marsche is the natural successor to Nagelsmann. He was in charge of the New York Red Bulls from January 2015 to July 2018, moved to Leipzig to be Ralf Rangnick’s assistant for the 2018/19 season, and has managed Red Bull Salzburg for the last two seasons. He knows the Red Bull model inside out, and it will be a massive step for US Soccer to see one of their own in charge of a big European club.
If you want to learn more about Jesse Marsch and his career, check out his recent interview with Andy Brassell for the Football Ramble Meets Podcast.
Per @Sky_Marc, if Julian Nagelsmann ends up at Bayern, the leading candidate for the Leipzig post would be Jesse Marsch. The American, who coaches Salzburg, is highly thought of by Oliver Mintzlaff & other senior RB figures. Previously Ralf Rangnick asst at RBL. Logical move.— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) April 14, 2021
We are still waiting on Bayer Leverkusen to announce Peter Bosz’s successor. If all of this plays out, we will see a new manager at six of the current top seven clubs next season, with Wolfsburg’s Oliver Glasner the only one set to continue.
With so much change, the 2021/22 Bundesliga season is shaping up to be a classic.
Let’s take a look at the 2020-21 Bundesliga Matchday 30 Betting Lines.
BUNDESLIGA MATCHDAY 30 BETTING LINES
ODDS & ENDS
- Gladbach looks a good bet on the Money Line at +120. I was surprised to see them comfortably beat Frankfurt 4-0, and they are in good form, picking up 10 points from a possible 12.
- I like Under 2.5 Goals at +123 in VfB Stuttgart vs. Wolfsburg. Both sides set up defensively, and four of their last five games have finished with two goals or less.
- Back Mainz 05 at +155 on the Money Line. Werder Bremen have lost their last five games, conceding 14 goals.
WHERE TO BET THE BUNDESLIGA IN THE US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.