This Saturday sees the return of the Bundesliga as fans finally scratch that football itch!
But while the Premier League’s still on hold, you may want a team to follow – so we’ve compiled a list of ten Bundesliga clubs and paired them with a team from England’s top flight.
Who will you be rooting for?
Bayern Munich – Liverpool
The big red machine! Are we talking about Bayern or Liverpool here? The Bavarians are the superpower of the Bundesliga and sit top of the league with nine games to go.
While Liverpool are streets ahead in the Premier League – there’s 1/5 about Bayern to win the Bundesliga title. You could be bellowing Mia San Mia all summer long!
Borussia Dortmund – Manchester City
Man City have had a bit more domestic success than BvB in recent seasons, but they’re playing second fiddle this campaign.
While Borussia still have a 5/1 shot at the trophy, City fans may fancy a title race and enjoy the Black and Yellows? fight to overthrow Bayern.
There’s also a player called Jadon Sancho they may have heard about too!
RB Leipzig – Manchester United
Man United might not be as despised in England as RB Leipzig are throughout Germany. But the Red Devils are still seen as enemy number one for many.
In recent years United have become the underdogs in the title race. This may strike a chord as Leipzig go in search of a first league championship (10/1) under stylish, progressive manager Julian Nagelsmann.
United fans may also want to scout the German clubs’ array of stars like Timo Werner, Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer.
Borussia Monchengladbach – Chelsea
Like Frank Lampard at Chelsea, Gladbach have a forward-thinking, young gaffer in Marco Rose.
They also house a bunch of exciting talent including Marcus Thuram, Breel Embolo and Nico Elvedi.
Gladbach, like the Blues are fighting for a return to the Champions League next season, so supporters may fancy an exciting run to the end of season with Die Fohlen.
Bayer Leverkusen – Leicester City
They may have smaller grounds than other sides battling for European football but both clubs have a crop of exciting players that you can’t help but have a soft spot for.
Caglar Soyuncu’s break out season for Leicester could be likened to Leverkusen ace Edmond Tapsoba in defence, while fans of James Maddison will love what they see of lynchpin Kai Havertz.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Tottenham Hotspur
Both clubs won the hearts of many last season with memorable European cup runs, but this season progress has stalled as they mourn the loss of key personnel.
They’ve still got a lot to play for this season and both have retained some star players – Spurs fans may like the look of Filip Kostic – all aboard the Frankfurt express!
Wolfsburg – Wolves
So, the names apart, both sides are on course for their best finishes in years. Wolfsburg have risen from the ashes, much like their English counterparts and are a real force to be reckoned with.
Europa League beckons for both of these clubs.
Union Berlin – Sheffield United
Steeliness. Mental toughness. Unity. Three things that both teams have built their success on this season.
And both sides’ tight, compact stadiums and raucous crowds have witnessed big scalps at home this season.
Blades supporters will love the cut and thrust of this hardworking Berlin outfit.
Werder Bremen – Aston Villa
Big clubs with rich history that should not be wallowing second bottom of the league at this stage. Villa boast the European Cup in their trophy cabinet, while Werder have four Bundesliga titles.
But now it comes down to two men that may not be around next season to keep them afloat. Werder’s version of Jack Grealish is most definitely Milot Rashica. Transfer talk must be put aside for one final push to escape relegation.
Ready Villa fans?
Paderborn – Norwich City
They may be rock bottom, but both have played the plucky underdog well this campaign. They’re down but by no means out…yet!
If you can stomach two miracle escapes in one season Canaries fans, then strap yourselves in for the ride with Paderborn.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.