The Bundesliga opens the second week of its season this weekend and the league has an exciting slate of six games on Saturday, September 26. Werder Bremen heads on the road to take on FC Schalke while Borussia Dortmund takes on underdogs FC Augsburg. Some matches may be easier than others to pick the winners from, so let’s look at a few highlights from the day’s matches.
FC Augsburg v. Borussia Dortmund, 9:30AM ET
FC Augsburg +575: 1% of handle, 0% of bets
Tie +375: 0% of handle, 1% of bets
Borussia Dortmund -230: 99% of handle, 99% of bets
Okay, it’s no secret who’s favored to win here. Borussia Dortmund are heavily favored, and for good reason. The second-place finishers from last season boast a star-studded roster including names like Erling Haaland, Thorgan Hazard, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and more. Augsburg, who finished 15th in the table last season, won their first match of the season with a 3-1 victory over Union Berlin. Dortmund also won their first match in an impressive 3-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach. While Dortmund sits just one spot ahead of Augsburg in the table after week one on goal differential, expect that gap to increase significantly as the season continues.
Bayer Leverkusen v. RB Leipzig, 9:30AM ET
Bayer Leverkusen +205: 4% of handle, 9% of bets
Tie +260: 2% of handle, 3% of bets
RB Leipzig +125: 94% of handle, 88% of bets
While the splits don’t favor Leipzig too heavily, it’s clear which way the public is leaning as bets are overwhelmingly in their favor. Leipzig easily won their season opener 3-1 over Mainz, which featured American defensive midfielder Tyler Adams in the starting lineup. Leverkusen didn’t fare as well as they ended their first match in a scoreless draw on the road with Wolfsburg, and will be looking to bounce back in their home opener against the Red Bulls. Leipzig, however, has only lost one of their last 16 matches in Bundesliga, which was a 2-0 loss against league giants Borussia Dortmund. The two clubs only finished three points apart last season, with Leipzig getting the edge, but this is a match that could easily go either way in a year where anything is possible in the sports world.
FC Schalke 04 v. Werder Bremen, 12:30PM ET
FC Schalke +155: 45% of handle, 68% of bets
Tie +245: 3% of handle, 8% of bets
Werder Bremen +170: 52% of handle, 24% of bets
Seems as though the public is fairly divided on this one, as this is an enticing matchup for any Bundesliga fan. Schalke finished 12th in last season’s table, while Werder Bremen narrowly escaped relegation as they finished in the 16th slot. Both teams lost their season opening matches, as Schalke was completely embarrassed by last season’s league champions Bayern Munich with an 8-0 score line. Werder at least got on the score sheet, losing to Hertha 4-1 with Davie Selke grabbing the home side’s loan goal. American Josh Sargent made the starting lineup and will be expected to play this weekend as well as Werder heads on the road in what they hope will be their first victory on the season as they take on FC Schalke. While both teams obviously have struggled thus far, Schalke have a lot to prove after the disappointing loss against Bayern and will hope to do so at home in week two.
There are three more matchups on the docket for Saturday in the Bundesliga, and here are the betting splits on all three matches.
Borussia Mönchengladbach v. FC Union Berlin, 9:30AM ET
Mönchengladbach -240: 96% of handle, 98% of bets
Tie +360: 0% of handle, 0% of bets
Union Berlin +650: 4% of handle, 2% of bets
Arminia +170: 19% of handle, 12% of bets
Tie +250: 19% of handle, 49% of bets
1. FC Köln +155: 62% of handle, 39% of bets
Mainz +145: 6% of handle, 58% of bets
Tie +250: 1% of handle, 9% of bets
Stuttgart +180: 93% of handle, 33% of bets
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