The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil ended with Germany celebrating its fourth victory in the tournament and this brought the country back to the pinnacle of international football. Its premier domestic competition is the German Bundesliga and this has always been one of the strongest leagues in Europe. It is certainly one of the best supported, with average crowds of around 45,000 fans watching the games each week. Many of the superstars of word football play in the league and with German football on a high after its World Cup success, the 2014-15 Bundesliga season is one to look forward to.
German Bundesliga Predictions for the Champion
When it comes to Bundesliga predictions for the champions each year, one team tends to dominate and with good reason. Bayern Munich has always been the biggest team in German domestic football and they have a record of success that is second to none. The league was originally established in 1963, which means it has now been running for just over 50 years, and in this time Bayern have been champions a total of 23 times. This puts them way ahead of any of the other teams that regularly compete in the German Bundesliga standings. In the last couple of years they have been particularly dominant, winning the German Bundesliga by a massive 25 points in the 2012-13 season and an almost as impressive 19 points in 2013-14. They have a number of the recent World Cup winners in their ranks and this includes Thomas Muller, Philipp Lahm, and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Other star players include Arjen Robben of Holland and Franck Ribery of France. This gives them an extremely strong squad that is used to success and it is difficult to see them being anywhere but on top of the league at the end of the season.
The team that has been the closest challenger to Bayern Munich in recent years is Borussia Dortmund. This rise to prominence has been guided by manager Jurgen Klopp, with the club being German Bundesliga champions in 2010-11 and 2011-12, as well as ending the last two seasons as runners up. While they were expected to run Bayern closer this year, their start to the 2014-15 season has been poor and they recorded as many losses in their opening 11 games as they did in the whole of last season. With quality players in their squad such as Mats Hummels, Matthias Ginter, and Adrian Ramos, they should improve although it already seems unlikely they will repeat their success of recent years. The challenge for the title is more likely to come from teams such as Vfl Wolfsburg, Schalke 04, and Bayern Leverkusen although Bayern already lead the way in the league and its hard to see past them being crowned champions for the third year in a row.
Bundesliga Predictions for European Spots
German soccer predictions for European spots are more difficult to pin down, with a number of teams in with a shot. The top three teams at the end of the season qualify for the Champions League group stage, with the fourth placed team having to successfully negotiate a play-off round if they want to earn a place in one of the Champions League groups. The team in fifth place goes straight into the Europa League group stage and finishing sixth earns a spot in the Europa League qualifying round. So which teams are likely to be filling these places come the end of the season? The big four in German football in recent years has been Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04 and Bayern Leverkusen. Schalke and Leverkusen have had decent starts to their seasons and it is likely they will be vying for a top four spot again. As already stated, Dortmund have been on a run of poor form although over the season they should pick up and there is every chance they will finish in the top six. Other teams likely to put in a strong challenge for a European spot include Vfl Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach, both of which started the season in impressive form. While Bayern are head and shoulders above the competition at the moment, the other teams are fairly evenly matched and any of the teams mentioned above has a decent chance of grabbing a Champions League spot. Teams with an outside chance of making it in to one of the Europa League places are considered to be 1899 Hoffenheim and Hannover 96.
German Bundesliga Relegation
The bottom two teams are relegated each year, with the clubs that come up from the second division generally being the prime candidates to drop back down again. FC Koln and SC Paderborn were the two clubs that stepped up to the German Bundesliga for the 2014-15 season. Both have shown decent early season form to sit mid-table although they are likely to be there or thereabouts when relegation is decided at the end of the season. The third bottom team enters a play off against the third top team in the second division, with the winners of this earning the right to play in the top league. Hamburger SV ended up third from bottom last season and narrowly avoided relegation by taking victory in the play off game. They have started the season poorly and are more than likely to be fighting to avoid relegation again. Other teams that might struggle include SC Freiburg and Hertha BSC. When it comes to German Bundesliga tips, Paderborn is a likely candidate to fill one of the two automatic relegation places. This is their first time ever in the Bundesliga and they are a small team that does not really have the resources to survive. The second automatic relegation place and play-off spot are likely to be fought out by the other four teams mentioned above.
So there you have some Bundesliga predictions for the 2014-15 season, which is already underway and shaping up to be a great year of football. The odds-on forecast is that Bayern Munich will make it title number 24, with the only question being how close the challengers can get to them. The race for European places is likely to involve a number of clubs and this is also true for relegation. This should provide some exciting action for those who love betting on German Bundesliga.