The Bundesliga is the top league in German football, and and one of the top football leagues in Europe, Bundesliga betting is very popular. Below you will find all the information you need for German football betting.
In total the Bundesliga is made up of two divisions, 1. Bundesliga, and 2. Bundesliga. The league that Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, etc play in is 1. Bundesliga, although it is just often referred to as the Bundesliga.
Promotion and relegation exists between the two Bundesliga divisions, there is more information about that later in this football betting guide.
Apart from ourselves (sorry, a bit of self -gratification never goes amiss), all the main established bookmakers are the best websites for Bundesliga betting.
All the main bookmakers offer a wide range of markets on the Bundesliga, with the likes of Betfair and William Hill also offering live streaming of Bundesliga matches.
Bundesliga Betting Tips 2022/23
About The Bundesliga
Before you place any bets on any league you will want to know exactly what it is you are betting on.
Understanding the format of the Bundesliga, and how the league works is important, and should not be overlooked.
Below we have put together a guide of important Bundesliga facts you will need to know if you are betting on the Bundesliga.
Bundesliga Facts In More Detail
1 - There is a total of 18 teams in the Bundesliga, that's 2 less than the English Premier League. The team that finishes first, obviously wins the Bundesliga.
2 - All teams play a total of 34 matches, these are listed as Matchdays. They are numbered Matchday 1, all the way up to Matchday 34.
Every team plays all other Bundesliga teams home and away. A total of 17 home Bundesliga matches, and 17 away Bundesliga matches, for each team.
Only having 18 teams, (and just 34 Matchdays), means that the Bundesliga has a less congested fixture list. This allows Germany to have a mid season winter break.
3 - The top 4 teams all qualify for the following season's Champions League.
4 - The two teams that finish in 5th and 6th place go into the Europa League for the following season. The third spot goes to the German Cup winner.
5 - The two teams at the bottom of the Bundesliga go down the the German second division - known as 2. Bundesliga. The top 2 teams from 2. Bundesliga automatically replace them.
6 - The team who finishes 3rd bottom of the Bundesliga (16th place) goes into a two leg play-off against the team who finishes 3rd in 2. Bundesliga.
The aggregate winners get the final Bundesliga spot for the following season. Meaning the losers of the tie will play their football in 2. Bundesliga the following season.
The first leg of the play-off is always at the home ground of the third bottom Bundesliga team. The second leg played at the home ground of the third placed Bundesliga 2 team.
Away goals count if the match finishes level on aggregate. And if that doesn’t separate the two sides, it goes to extra time, and eventually penalties.
Bundesliga Betting Markets
Some of the most popular betting markets on the Bundesliga include top scorer, and to qualify for the Champions League.
Betting on the title race isn't that competitive as a betting market given Bayern Munich's recent dominance.
Bundesliga Title Winner Betting
These days the title is usually just a three horse race with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig the main contenders. Although, with Munich dominating more and more, some might say it's simply now a one horse race.
Bundesliga Top 4 Betting
Also known as a bet on qualifying for the Champions League, this is a bet on a team to finish in the top 4 of the Bundesliga.
Bundesliga Relegation Betting
A bet on a team to go down in the Bundesliga is slightly different, due to the fact there is a play-off system in Germany.
Check with your bookmaker first to confirm it's a bet on a team to go down by any method (both bottom 2 finish and play-off) , or whether it is simply a bet on a team to finish in the bottom 2.
Famous German Football Teams
The Bundesliga has one of the world's most recognised brand names in Bayern Munich.
The German giants are as well known across the world as the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Barcelona, etc.
Bayern Munich are the most successful football club in Germany with 31 Bundesliga titles. Munich's most recent win came in the 2021/22 season, which was their tenth league title in succession.
The Bundesliga starts in August, and finishes in early May. Every year from late December to mid January there is a mid season break.
In 1. Bundesliga there are 18 teams. This is the main Bundesliga league.
The 18 teams in the Bundesliga for the 2022/23 season are Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Union Berlin, Borussia Mönchengladbach, VfB Stuttgart, SC Freiburg, TSG Hoffenheim, Mainz 05, FC Augsburg, Hertha Berlin, FC Schalke 04, FC Köln, VfL Bochum 1948, SV Werder Bremen.
The top 4 of La Liga all qualify for the following season's Champions League.
The teams that finish in 5th and 6th go into the Europa League, along with whoever wins the German Cup, making it three German teams in full. In the event a team that finishes in the Top 4 wins the German Cup, the team that finishes 7th in the Bundesliga would get the third Europa League place.
The bottom two clubs go down, with the third bottom club going into a 2 legged home and away play-off against the third team from the 2nd Division. The winner plays in the Bundesliga the following season.
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Surprising to say that a Frenchman, Franck Ribéry, has the most Bundesliga titles with 9 in total. Not surprising is the fact he won them all at Bayern Munich.