The return of the first major soccer league. The Bundesliga is starting back up this weekend where there will be home and away games being played. There will be no neutral venue games taking place for the remainder of the season. No doubt there is going to be a surge in views for the German league from soccer fans worldwide. The stadiums will have to remain empty for the rest of the season which will dampen the atmosphere.
Although, some teams have tried to be innovative with bringing some atmosphere around the stadium. Borussia Monchengladbach are going to have cardboard cut-outs of fans in the stands, with supporters of any team able to have one of themselves for a fee of around $24 Canadian Dollars.
Every Bundesliga team has been in quarantine, just going from a hotel to their training ground for the week leading up to these games. Also, players will be regularly tested for coronavirus.
There will be a total of 213 people allowed in the stadium – 98 around the pitch (including players, coaches, ball boys and photographers) and another 115 in the stands (including officials and media). There will be less than 100 other people allowed just outside the stadium for occupational reasons.
Dortmund vs Schalke
Saturday, 16 May 8.30 a.m.
This may be the toughest prediction of the year. Who knows how players will react to the restart? It is a derby game without a crowd. It is an end-of-season run-in clash from a standing start. Both sides will be pleased to come through it without any injuries, but Dortmund’s sprigthey forwards will be chomping at the bit to find their rhythm again.
From Borussia Dortmund, the likes of Dan-Axel Zagadou, Marco Reus, Axel Witsel, Emre Can are unlikely to feature in the Riveierderby due to fitness issues. Whereas, Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Manuel Akanji, Mario Gotze, and Marcel Schmelzer are also a major doubt for the match.
While FC Schalke 04 have fewer injury issues. Benjamin Stambouli, Ozan Kabak and captain Omar Mascarell are likely to be unavailable for the derby. Overall, Schalke are better value bet with all the injuries. Get them here at Canplay at (+510).
RB Leipzig vs Freiburg
Saturday, 16 May 8.30 a.m.
Third-placed Leipzig sit five points off champions Bayern. They also prepare to face Freiburg this weekend. The futures of Timo Werner and Dayot Upamecano may be uncertain beyond this summer, but coach Julian Nagelsmann will be hoping the duo can spearhead a title charge for Die Roten Bullen.
Freiburg have since won only four of their last 13 matches. Including that battling victory at home to Union on March 7. That was a long time ago now, of course, and it remains to be seen just what standard both sets of players will be in following a prolonged break.
What is for certain is that Leipzig will need star man Timo Werner fit and firing right from the off if they are to remain hot on the heels of Bayern, who have the disadvantage of playing the following day. With six clean sheets in their last seven matches in all competitions, Nagelsmann’s men have a perfect platform to push on over the remaining weeks of this disjointed season. Get Leipzig here at Canplay at (-320).
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Monchengladbach
Saturday, 16 May 11.30 a.m.
Borussia Mönchengladbach travels to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. They have the chance of closing the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to three points. Die Fohlen (the Foals) are currently fourth and six points behind Bayern on 49 points with a loss, a draw, and three wins in their last five, including a 2-1 victory at home to Cologne last time out.
Before the league was postponed in March, Frankfurt were slipping down the table after three league losses in a row to Borussia Dortmund, Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen. That dismal run has left them in 12th on 28 points. Only 10 points clear of the automatic relegation places. Their most recent home match ended in a 3-0 defeat by Basel in the Europa League.
The form could almost be stricken off from the massive gap in time. It can still be considered. Bet on Monchengladbach at (+135) here at Canplay.