The top level of men’s club soccer in Germany will resume play soon. Because of that, Scoreboard has made Bundesliga betting available for Oregonians.
Many Oregonians may not be familiar with Bundesliga and the markets on it. This is a prime opportunity to change that, however.
What to know about Bundesliga betting as play nears
Bundesliga will resume matches on Saturday, May 16 without spectators physically in attendance. It will be the first European major soccer league to get back on the pitch since suspending play amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
While playing in empty stadiums is obviously less than ideal, it’s a great development for soccer fans all over the world. Bundesliga is not only the most popular sports league in Germany but counts its fans in the millions across the globe.
Each of Bundesliga’s 18 clubs plays a total of 34 matches each season. When the league suspended play, most clubs had played 25 matches already.
Despite the season being nearly three-quarters over, there is still much to play for. The top four teams in the point standings each season get to play in the men’s UEFA Champions League each year, which brings millions of Euros in extra revenue.
Seven clubs that aren’t currently in one of those top four positions still have a realistic shot to play their way in. Additionally, the bottom three teams in the standings will work hard to avoid relegation.
Over the last nine-10 matches of the season for clubs, they will also decide which players will lead the league in relevant statistical categories. The Oregon Lottery’s sports betting app, Scoreboard, has lines on many of these events.
Handicapping them can be a challenge when you aren’t familiar with Bundesliga, however. Fortunately, there are great free resources on the web.
Tips for handicapping Bundesliga matches
Bundesliga’s English-language website is a great source of information on fixtures, injury updates, recent form and statistics. If you’re looking for more features and opinion, however, BBC Sport’s Football page is a stellar destination.
Between those two sources, you should be able to gather all the information you need to build your models for Bundesliga matches. There are some questions unique to the current situation that you need to answer as well, however, such as:
- Might some clubs be rustier than others after the layoff?
- Could some athletes/teams be in better shape getting onto the pitch?
- How will playing in empty stadiums affect the matches?
It might be hard to quantify these factors but rest assured, the oddsmakers at Scoreboard are just as in the dark about these qualities as you are. That shouldn’t be a deterrent to wagering on Bundesliga.
It won’t stop Scoreboard from posting markets on the league. When there are unknown quantities like these unique circumstances, it can result in sportsbooks sizing matches up incorrectly.
If that’s the case, you just might be able to take advantage of that situation. This might be the time to diversify smaller wagers, ascribing to the theory of casting a wide net.
Regardless of your strategy, Bundesliga betting is an exciting addition to the Scoreboard menu. If you can wager wisely, you might find yourself saying vielen danke (thank you very much).