Germany’s Bundesliga has proved itself to be one of the most competitive and well run soccer leagues in Europe in recent years.
No financial mis-management, thriving clubs, increasing attendance and success in European competition with Bayern Munich reaching the final of the Champions League.
In short, a success and one which makes a mockery of the claims to greatness of both the English Premier League and Spain's La Liga.
It follows that German league betting can be rewarding because of the strength of the competition. Bayern, of course, will be favourites to top the standings most seasons. They have the crowds, the stadium - and what a stadium it is - and the history of greatness which makes them a power in German soccer.
Bayern accept nothing less than being at the top of the table, hence their position as perennial favourites in German league betting.
Five players have left their ranks, the most notable being Italian centre-forward Luca Toni.
So far the Bavarians have kept their transfer powder dry until the World Cup is concluded, but having gone so close to European success last season, it is obvious they will once again be favourites for success in German football league betting.
There will be added UK interest in German Bundesliga betting this year following Wolfsburg's appointment of Steve McClaren as manager of Wolfsburg.
The former England manager had great success in Holland with Twente, but the German league is a step up in class and there will be considerable betting interest to see if the former Middlesbrough man can make a mockery of the tables and keep the Wolves at the upper end of the Bundesliga.
It’s worth taking a look at the odds on offer from your online bookmakers about who will be the first manager to be dismissed, especially with the quantity of free bets available to internet customers.
Of course, strong financial results for most German clubs mean they can invest in foreign talent.
Schalke - aka The Royal Blues, who finished second to Bayern Munich last season, are desperate to sign a new striker for the upcoming campaign after Kevin Kuranyi, Gerald Asamoah and Vicente Sanchez moved on.
They have targeted a player who is certain to put them back among the favourites in the German bundesliga betting.
Raul has nothing to prove, but a soccer legacy to leave, and the former Real Madrid man will be among the favourites in the betting to be among the leading-scorers next season.
The strength in German League betting is highlighted by the example of Hoffenheim, who came from the lower leagues to almost snatch the championship in recent years.
Predictions they may be able to mount a repeat campaign this season may be wide of the mark, but there are any number of other teams capable of impressing, a afctor which makes German bundesliga betting so compelling.
If you’re seeking success from German football league betting, it’s worth taking a look away from the likes of Bayern, who tend to be available at shortish odds to be near the top of the league.
Instead, two promoted teams, F. C. St Pauli and Kaiserslautern, could produce shock results and both offer opportunities for punters who enjoy having a bet on outsiders.
Pauli have made their intentions clear. Their results last season took them back to the big time, and there are few predictions of an immediate relegation, especially as they have invested heavily in bringing Germany international Gerald Asamoah from Schalke and former Fulham midfielder Moritz Volz.
Lautern are another determined to ensure they stay in German soccer’s top flight for more than one season. As one online bookmaker said: “14 players who helped the club towards the top of the table last season have gone.
“That’s a big change and it seems a safe bet to assume there will be plenty more players brought to the club. Already they have signed eight players – most of whom have experience of German soccer – and I think UK customers in particular will be interested to see who else they can bring to the club.”
Interest in German football league betting in various forms – live bets, antepost etc – has increased following the national team’s performance in the World Cup. With Bundesliga matches screened live across the world by satellite broadcasters and on the internet, pre-season bets on the competition are expected to soar.
Betting on who will finish as the Bundesliga’s leading scorer is also certain to create great interest.
Edin Dzeko of Wolfsburg finished as last season’s leading goalscorer with 22 goals, and the Bosnian, if McClaren can get it right, would be worth risking a free bet on to finish as the competition’s top gun once again.
He has scored 56 goals in just 94 matches, a safe bet for the predictor / punter looking for the winner of the golden boot.
Interestingly enough, while Bayern are expected to dominate German football league betting, they need a goalscorer despite last season’s incredible success. Their search should add to what is expected to be a gripping German campaign.