This weekend heralds the welcome return of one of the biggest football leagues in the world. We’ve enjoyed our brief punting flings with the national divisions of Turkmenistan and Nicaragua, but our serious relationship with top level football is about to resume. The Bundesliga is back.
First things first, we’re going to need to follow a team. If we’re looking for glory then Bayern Munich should fit the brief. The exciting young talent and the gegenpress identity of Borussia Dortmund might also be of interest. But if you want to follow some homegrown Ghanaian talent plying their trade in one of the world’s top divisions, then one fixture this weekend features practically all of them.
Fortuna Dusseldorf v Paderborn
On first glances, this wasn’t the fixture that jumped off the page when the schedule was released last week. But for any Ghanaian, this is the game of the weekend. There is the potential for 5 Ghanaian players to feature in this genuine relegation six pointer on Saturday.
Christopher Antwi Adeji (Paderborn), Kasim Nuhu, Kelvin Ofori, Opoku Ampomah & Bernard Tekpetey (All Fortuna Dusseldorf) will face off at the Merkur Spiel-Arena this weekend.
A draw is no good for Paderborn. They’re rooted to the bottom of the table and this fixture could be their last hope of survival. They’ll be relying on their Ghanaian left wing wizard Antwi-Adeji to produce something special on the day. He made his debut for the Black Stars last year in an AFCON qualifier and will be keen to build on that single cap in the coming years.
I fancy him to make an impact in this game and BetPlanet have focused their PlanetSpecials around him in this match. There’s a few to look at but I’ve plumped for him to score a goal, to assist a goal and to be carded at a massive 70.00. It could be the Antwi-Adeji show that Paderborn needs so badly.
Dortmund v Schalke
For the neutrals, the Revierderby in North Rhine-Westphalia between Dortmund and Schalke is the pick of the ties on Saturday.
Dortmund are hot on the heels of leaders Bayern Munich, trailing the Bavarian club by 4 points. But Bayern has to travel to Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion in a fortnight in a game that could decide the title.
Like all derbies, I’m expecting this game to be played at a fast pace with end to end action. David Wagner has worked miracles with this Schalke squad, from a team who battled relegation last term to pushing for a European spot – he’s used the magic he affected on English team Huddersfield Town to similar results in his homeland. But Dortmund should be too strong. Rock solid in defence with some of the hottest young talent up front in Haaland and Sancho, it’s difficult to spot any chinks in their armour. I fancy Dortmund to sneak past their rivals in an open game.
I fancy the bet below where Dortmund win without conceding and both teams have 4 or more corners in each half at 250.00!
Union Berlin v Bayern Munich
The league leaders join the return party on Sunday and travel to Bundesliga newcomers Union Berlin. The hosts in all reality have very little to play for in these remaining fixtures. They’re unlikely to be dragged into a relegation battle and even their most optimistic fan wouldn’t expect them to end the season in the European places.
Bayern need the win, they need to keep Dortmund at arms length before their crunch tie at the end of the month. They’ll be fit and raring to go and I can only see this match finishing in a comfortable away win.
I’ll be having a couple of plays in this match. My banker is Bayern Munich to win by 3+ goals at 2.36.
They should be far too good for the opposition and I can see them going to town on Sunday and scoring 5 or 6.
Lewandowski could have a field day in Berlin and I’ve taken a look at some of the PlanetSpecials in this fixture, too. I like to look of this bet below, where the Polish striker needs to have 2 or more shots on target in each half.
So enjoy the weekend, there’s plenty of quality football over Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the Bundesliga. If Germany makes a success of this unfamiliar brand of football behind closed doors it can only be a matter of time before their counterparts in England and Spain follow.
I’ll be back next week to dissect the action and focus on more betting opportunities!
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.