Beginners Guide to the Bundesliga 2019/20

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Everything you need to know about the restarted Bundesliga season including favourites to win and to get relegated.

Yellow Wall of Borussia Dortmund fans in the stadium

It has been two long months since we’ve watched live football, but this is about to come to an end this weekend thanks to the Bundesliga.

The final round of games was expected to happen this weekend but due to the pandemic, there are still 9 games left to conclude the season.

As the Bundesliga will be the first major European league to resume, there’s no doubt that many football fans from all over the world will be tuning in for the first time.

You can be forgiven for not paying too much attention to German football when life was normal but don’t worry, follow this guide and you’ll be an expert in no time!

Champions of Germany

Bayern Munich celebrate winning the Bundesliga in 2019

Current holders Bayern Munich top the table and lead Borussia Dortmund by just four points.

Bayern have won the title every year since the 2012/13 season and it’s likely that run will continue once the season concludes.

However, the competition for the title is arguably stronger this season than it has ever been.

Last year was a two-horse race between Bayern and Dortmund, and the season before that Bayern won the league by a huge 21 points.

Currently, eight points separate Bayern and Leverkusen in fifth, with RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach also in contention.

Dortmund and Bayern square off at Signal Iduna Park on May 26 which could be a turning point for deciding the champions.

It will be an interesting month or so in the Bundesliga however it’s still highly expected that Bayern will claim their eighth title in a row.

If you think Bayern’s run will come to an end, Dortmund are 11/2 to win the league whereas RB Leipzig are 8/1.

Bundesliga Relegation Battle

Werder Bremen player in Bundesliga action

At the opposite end of the table, plenty of teams are in a relegation battle with some looking over their shoulders knowing a few bad results could see them involved in the scrap.

SC Paderborn have just 16 points and have a mountain to climb in order to survive in their first season back in the Bundesliga.

Werder Bremen, who have been in the top-flight since 1981, have 18 points and are four points behind Fortuna Dusseldorf, who occupy the relegation play-off place.

All three teams have work to do if they want to stay in the league and it will be made more difficult without a home crowd to spur them on.

Mainz 05, Augsburg, Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt are safe for now but a bad turn of form and they’ll be dragged into a fight against relegation.

Players Lighting up the Bundesliga

Thomas Muller close to record-breaking number of assists in Bundesliga this year.

As usual, Bayern players top pretty much all of the statistic leaderboards.

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has an incredible 25 goals already and is on course to win his fourth top scorer award in six years.

Youngster Timo Werner, who may not be a RB Leipzig player for much longer, has an impressive 21 goals so far which would top the leaderboard in many other seasons.

However, it’s not all just about the goals.

Veteran midfielder Thomas Muller isn’t a prolific goalscorer anymore but is instrumental in setting up his teammates for goals.

Muller has 16 assists this season and is on course to break Kevin De Bruyne’s record of 21 assists.

Jadon Sancho has 15 assists to his name and could also break that record himself in what has been a fantastic season for the England star.

It’s too close to call with Muller and Sancho 11/10 joint favourites to claim the most assists this season.

At the back, Wolfsburg’s solid defence has seen them push for a place in Europe next season.

They’ve conceded just 30 goals this season, the joint second fewest in the league thanks to goalkeeper Koen Casteels and their compact formation.

Where to Watch and Who to Support

Fortunately, every Bundesliga game this weekend will be shown live on BT Sport so you won’t miss a second of action.

We know, football isn’t the same when you don’t have a team to support.

If you can’t decide on your favourite Bundesliga team, try out our GIF below which will pick a team for you!

Impress your mates with your in-dept Bundesliga knowledge when you take on the latest MansionBet Quiz: Match the Nickname to the Bundesliga Team!

Jordan is a journalism graduate with a background in sports journalism covering football across a number of online publications, who now works in Gibraltar producing content for Mansion.
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