The inevitable has happened. FC Schalke 04 have been relegated for the first time since the 1990/91 season. Sports Books had them at +1100 to go down back in September, and I’ll be collecting after putting 0.5 Units on them in my Future Bets.
Just 10 years ago, they were playing in a Champions League semi-final against Manchester United and 3 years ago against Manchester City in the Last 16. Four seasons ago, they finished 2nd in the Bundesliga and were 3rd last season after 12 matchdays.
It’s a remarkable fall from grace for one of Germany’s biggest clubs, but it’s fully deserved. They have been a complete shambles from top to bottom, on and off the pitch. Here’s a quick summary of what’s been going on:
- They kicked off the season with a humiliating 8-0 defeat against Bayern Munich.
- The club have had five managers this season a Bundesliga record. David Wagner, Manuel Baum, Huub Stevens, Christian Groß, and Dimitrios Grammozis.
- Vedad Ibisevic was essentially playing for the club for free after signing a contract for the minimum terms possible. The club decided to let him go prematurely after a training ground bust-up with Baum.
- Nabil Bentaleb was ordered to train separately until further notice & Amine Harit was banished. Both returned after Baum’s departure.
- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Shkodran Mustafi, and Saed Kolašinac (all signed in January) led a player revolt calling for the sacking of Christian Groß and got their wish.
- Days later, the Schalke Supervisory Board met and decided to clean house. They announced the immediate departure of manager Groß, his assistant Rainer Widmayer, general manager Sascha Riether, sporting director Jochen Schneider (scheduled to depart at the end of the season), and fitness coach Werner Leuthard.
- They went almost a year without winning a game in the Bundesliga (January 17th, 2021 – January 9th, 2021), nearly equalling Tasmania Berlin’s record of 31 games without a victory.
- They have conceded 76 times this season, with 5 of them own goals and 17 coming from set-pieces.
It’s the fans I feel for most. Their Ultra’s (fanatical supporters) have confronted the players on a couple of occasions this season, calling for more. Emotions and frustration got the better of them on Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning. They waited for the team to arrive back from their 1-0 defeat to Arminia Bielefeld and chased some of the players down in disturbing scenes.
It’s safe to say this season will go down as the worst in the club’s history.
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Let’s take a look at the 2020-21 Bundesliga Matchday 31 Betting Lines.
BUNDESLIGA MATCHDAY 31 BETTING LINES
ODDS & ENDS
- Invest in FC Union Berlin on the Money Line at -112. Werder Bremen are on a six-game losing streak in the Bundesliga.
- Bayern Munich are going to see the season out in style and give Hansi Flick a proper send-off. Handicapping them -1.5 Goals at -152 is pretty solid, and there’s value in -2.5 Goals +160 as well in their game against Mainz 05.
- Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-0 win against FC Augsburg proved they have the nerve to finish in the Top 4. Back them on the Money Line +200 to beat Bayer Leverkusen in Saturday’s late game.
- Avoid RB Leipzig. They have burnt me the previous two Matchdays costing me 5 Units.
- Under 2.5 Goals at -148 is a safe bet for FC Augsburg’s game against FC Köln.
- Back goals in VfL Wolfburg’s Top 4 clash against Borussia Dortmund. A Parlay of Both Teams To Score Yes and Over 3.5 Goals is tempting at +180.
WHERE TO BET THE BUNDESLIGA IN THE US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.