While Bayern Munich are on the cusp of yet another Bundesliga title victory, the battle between Germany’s other top teams to see who joins them in next season’s Champions League could go all the way to the final game.
Borussia Dortmund also looked assured of keeping their place at European football’s top table. That is why BetVictor are long odds-on at 1/500 about another top four finish for a BVB side packed full of young talent, including England wide prospect Jadon Sancho and winter window coup capture Erling Braut Haland.
Both have made big impacts at the Wetfalenstadion – better known as Signal Iduna Park for sponsorship purposes. Dortmund are virtually certain that they will have to settle for second place in the Bundesliga behind Der Klassiker rivals Bayern, though.
RB Leipzig are next in the top four finish betting at 1/20 with William Hill. Owned by powerful international brand Red Bull, it remains to be seen if their Champions League prospects are affected in any way by Chelsea agreeing a deal with star striker Timo Werner.
Any transfer won’t happen until after the Bundesliga and Premier League campaigns are over but, after breaking the 30-goal barrier in all competitions, he was clearly attracting suitors.
Speaking of players making moves, Bayer Leverkusen have one of the most in-demand talents anywhere in the world right now in Kai Havertz. He has really shone since being pushed up into a striking role, but there is more on this club’s agenda than just making the top four.
Leverkusen also have a date with Munich in the DFB-Pokal final on 4 July in the Olympiastadion in Berlin. They are 15/2 outsiders with Betway, however, to upset the dominant football force in Germany.
Beating Bayern in a one-off cup final is far from impossible, however. Leverkusen can take inspiration from the fact that Eintracht Frankfurt were underdogs in this very game and stadium in 2018, yet ran out 3-1 winners thanks to two late goals.
With Havertz in the side and amongst the goals, anything is possible. Leverkusen are 4/7, meanwhile, for a top four finish and you can view free bet offers for the Bundesliga here. They can be forgiven for having one eye on causing an upset and claiming some silverware, though.
Borussia Monchengladbach are also in the hunt for Champions League football. They are rated the least likely to get it with bookmakers, however, as William Hill are odds against at 7/5 about their top four chances.
Gladbach lost a key player in Thorgan Hazard – brother of Real Madrid and Belgium star Eden – when Dortmund purchased him last summer. That departure hasn’t hampered them too much, however, as they are very much in the mix.
The burden has been shared around by Gladbach with Marcus Thuram – son of France’s World Cup winning defensive great Lilian – getting 10 goals in the Bundesliga alongside compatriot Alassane Plea. Switzerland’s Breel Embolo, Patrick Herrmann and Lars Stindl have all chipped in too.