The Bundesliga season is underway.
Bayern Munich are currently in the top spot with Borussia Dortmund just two points behind. However, with the season in its early stages, the most anticipated matches are still ahead.
Let’s take a look at some of the favorites for next season and which games you’re likely to get most excited about.
Fourth Consecutive Title?
Having won the last three titles, Bayern Munich remain as the clear-cut favorites. However, there’s no doubt other top-tier clubs provide a big challenge for the Bavarian club. Notably, their bitter rivals, Borussia Dortmund.
Borussia, or Schwarzgelben, as they’re often called, had an incredibly strong showing in the 2015/2016 season under new leadership from manager, Thomas Tuchel. After replacing long-time manager, Jürgen Klopp, the club exceeded all expectations.
Borussia Dortmund went unbeaten at home throughout the entire last season. But the club still fell short to the dominance of Bayern Munich. Borussia finished ten points behind their Bavarian rivals.
Games to Watch
There’s no doubt every Bundesliga match day brings intense competition and top quality football. But there are a few battles that have the potential to define the season.
Here’s our list of 5 Bundesliga fixtures in the upcoming season that should really get the juices flowing:
1. Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04
The rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke Gelsenkirchen is a battle between cities just 35 kilometers apart. Known as the Rieverderby, the phenomenon captures the attention of the entire nation.
Bitter rivalry goes back almost a century and is now as fierce as ever. Both clubs are consistently fighting for the top spots in the Bundesliga, as well as for places in European competitions.
The atmosphere both in the stands and on the pitch is one of a kind. There’s no love lost between the fans or the players. Therefore, no matter what the league standings might be, both teams come out to fight for the victory at all costs.
2. Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich
19 November, Dortmund
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For the past seven years, Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich has been the biggest match in Bundesliga.
The teams have combined to win the last seven Bundesliga titles and faced each other in the 2013 Champions League final as well. The two German powerhouses have established a rivalry that extends beyond the league.
Bayern Munich has come out on top the last few years. However, Borussia Dortmund are always right on their heels. Both teams had a very strong last season. Therefore, they will likely find themselves fighting for the top spot in the league.
3. Hamburg vs. Werder Bremen
26 November, Hamburg
Hamburg and Werder Bremen weren’t top tier teams last year and might even fight to avoid relegation this season. These two old foes in Northern Germany are fierce in battle.
Both clubs have a long and rich history which has developed one of the better rivalries in the league. Matches between the two sides are always competitive, unpredictable and very entertaining. As two of the most renowned and popular clubs in Germany, when these clubs face off it’s one not to miss!
4. Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund
8 April, Munich
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Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund is the best that German football has to offer. Period. Therefore, we have no choice but to include it in this list a second time. Frankly, two games per season of this epic clash is not enough, so you have to take all you can get.
The match will likely have a huge impact on the final standings. With just a few match days left until the end of the season you can expect both teams to go at each other with full force. When these powerhouse clubs meet it results in an unforgettable spectacle.
5. Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich
15 April, Leverkusen
Bayer has regained its status as a premier club in Germany. It’s hard to imagine a better finish to the season than to see them meet Bayern Munich.
After a very strong finish last season, Leverkusen is likely to be right on the tail of both Bayern and Dortmund. That means that this match, scheduled to happen at the end of the season, should carry plenty of drama.
Both sides are packed with talent on the offensive end so there should be no shortage of goals. The winner might just gain a decisive edge at the very end of the season.
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