German Bundesliga 1 soccer resumes on Saturday, May 16th, 2020, after a two-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bundesliga suspended its season on March 13th due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But by mid-April, the clubs were permitted to return to training, and players were allowed to practice in groups. Now, the league is set to become the first of Europe’s premier soccer organizations to resume its unfinished season.
According to the German Football Federation, the games will be held under strict health measures. Fans are not allowed to watch the games in stadiums and players are required to undergo COVID-19 testing. Strict medical and hygiene protocols will also be implemented on players, coaches, and referees.
Let’s take a look at the teams who have a good chance of winning the title when the German Bundesliga 1 season resumes.
Bayern Munich (1st Place, 55 Points)
Whether you ask Bet365, Bovada, or Betway, Bayern Munich, most believe that Bayern has the Bundesliga 1 title in the bag. If you take a look at these top soccer betting sites, Bayern is a heavy betting favorite to win an 8th consecutive title when German Bundesliga 1 season resumes.
Bayern had a slow start to their season and after suffering a 1-5 defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt last November, Niko Kovac was sacked, and Hans-Dieter Flick took over as boss. They have since regrouped and found their championship form again.
Bayern was sizzling right before the term was suspended. They recorded nine wins and a draw in their last 10 assignments, earning 28 out of a possible 30 points during that period. Eight of the victories came by multiple goals. And they were four points clear of Borussia Dortmund, their closest pursuer when the league halted play.
Borussia Dortmund (2nd Place, 51 Points)
Like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund was in fantastic form when the Bundesliga 1 season was suspended March 13th. The BVB have lost just once in their last eight assignments with their 3-4 defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen last February as the only blemish during that term.
Dortmund has gotten a big boost from Erling Haaland. The 19-year-old has become a star in Germany. He scored a total of nine goals in just six Bundesliga appearances. But with the season taking 61 days off, recent form may hardly matter when the German Bundesliga 1 season resumes.
Borussia Dortmund will play Bayern Munich on May 26th, 2020, at the Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund has defeated Bayern in each of their last two home meetings. For sure, that match will have a big say if Dortmund can still catch up.
RB Leipzig (3rd Place, 50 Points)
RB Leipzig is currently third in the Bundesliga 1 table with 50 points, five behind league-leading Bayern. When the German Bundesliga 1 season resumes, Leipzig has the easiest remaining schedule among the Top 5 teams in the table.
Five out of their last nine games will be played at home and only four of their remaining opponents are in the Top 10 of the table. Leipzig has been on a roll with only one defeat in their last 16 Bundesliga 1 fixtures.
However, because Die Roten Bullen no longer has a fixture against Bayern in their remaining schedule, they no longer control their destiny and would need a major collapse by Bayern to catch up in the league table.