Germany’s finest teams are enjoying a well-deserved winter break so it is a good time to review the season so far and look forward to the run in. With 18 games to go Bayern Munich.
<p>Germany’s finest teams are enjoying a well-deserved winter break, so it is a good time to review the season so far and look forward to the run in. With 18 games to go, Bayern Munich have finally overhauled newly promoted upstarts, RB Leipzig, to regain their usual position at the top of the table and are looking set to win a fifth consecutive title, but there is plenty of value to be had in other markets such as top four and the relegation battle.</p><p>https://youtu.be/BXlkWRX8vPY</p><p><strong>Winner</strong></p><p>The usual challengers to Bayern’s throne have barely got started this season, with Dortmund – the last team to prevent them winning the league – down in sixth, 12 points off the pace, and Bayer Leverkusen faring even worse. But a new breed of challengers has emerged in RB Leipzig, Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt, who have all performed well above expectations this season. Still, Bayern looks too strong overall and have won their last three games convincingly to move three points clear at the top ahead of the winter break, a real psychological blow to their rivals. Their last win was a 3-0 victory over RB Leipzig, who have looked the most likely to challenge them and led the title race unbeaten for most of the season. That reasserted Bayern’s dominance over the division and left them 1/12 favorites with Betway. At those odds, it is hardly worth bothering, so a small speculative flutter on Leipzig at 10/1 with Sky Bet might be the only option worth going for, or an even more speculative bet on Dortmund at 100/1 with Stan James.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Without Bayern</strong></p><p>This is looking interesting after Leipzig lost two of their last three games. They are still in the driving seat to finish second as they are six points clear of third-placed Hertha Berlin, but after those defeats, some other clubs will fancy their chances of overtaking them. Leipzig are phenomenal at home but have shown creaks in the armour on the road. The 9/4 <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4810&book=Bet365">Bet365</a> is offering on Dortmund claiming second place looks an interesting option. Thomas Tuchel’s men have drawn their last three, so they are falling behind, but they are only nine points behind RB Leipzig, and with 54 points left to play for there is plenty of time for them to make up the gap. Last season Dortmund finished second, 18 points clear of third-placed Leverkusen, and they are a quality side, as they proved by topping a Champions League group also featuring Real Madrid. Dortmund have not lost in any competition since October 1 – an unbeaten run that featured a 1-0 win over Bayern – and they are gaining momentum as the new players the signed in the summer have bedded in.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Top Four</strong></p><p>Bayern and RB Leipzig are looking nailed on for a top four finish, while you would fancy Dortmund to join the party as they are just two points behind fourth-placed Eintracht, and have a strong squad. That would leave Hertha, Eintracht, Hoffenheim and maybe Koln fighting for the fourth spot, with Bayer Leverkusen also liable to go on a run. But the top two contenders look to be Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin. Hertha are two points ahead of fifth-placed Hoffenheim and 5/2 to finish in the top four, but the 3/1 on Hoffenheim (with Betfred) looks really attractive. Hoffenheim are the only side still unbeaten in the Bundesliga. That’s a remarkable achievement after 16 games.</p><p>True, they have only won six of them, drawing 10, but they are very difficult to break down and that will stand them in good stead in the second half of the season.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Relegation</strong></p><p>Bottom club Darmstadt looks down and out and are just 1/25 to go down, but after that it gets interesting. <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4811&book=BetCRIS">BetCRIS</a> has 6/4 on Ingolstadt and on Hamburg, while Werder Bremen are 6/5, with the next club, Augsburg out at 8/1, followed by 14/1 Wolfsburg. That would suggest Hamburg, Werder and Ingolstadt are fighting to survive. Monchengladbach, who finished fourth last season, and Wolfsburg, who were playing in the Champions League, are down there, but they should be good enough to get out. Augsburg may be sucked into the battle and 8/1 looks good. Hamburg have put together a decent string of results and Werder already have a three-point cushion, so Ingolstadt looks the best bet right now. Betfred has a market leading 7/4 on this, which looks a great bet.</p>