With the Ligue 1 season done and dusted, Paris Saint-Germain supporters must now go until August, most likely, to see their team in action again in the UEFA Champions League.
However, some leagues around Europe are moving forward and will resume their season, so, who should PSG fans keep their eye on and more importantly, bet on to keep things interesting?
The biggest league that will start back up first after the coronavirus shutdown is the Bundesliga and you can check the latest list of UK online sportsbooks at Freebets.com. The league is also the most competitive in Europe with the top five teams separated by only eight points.
League-leaders FC Bayern Munich are usually a safe bet considering their star-studded squad, but, in their final nine matches, three of them are against teams in the top five in the table. It will be interesting to see if the long layoff has impacted Hans-Dieter Flick’s team.
As a PSG supporter, my money is on RB Leipzig to make a run and challenge the Bavarians for the title. The East German club features several French players, including former PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku, and they overcame the odds in the Champions League when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
Julian Nagelsmann’s squad has nine games to make up the five-point gap between them and Bayern but with only one match against a top-five opponent (home match against Borussia Dortmund), I like their chances to win the Bundesliga after finishing third last season.
Of course, all eyes will be on Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. The last time we saw the Norwegian, he was getting pushed all over the pitch by PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe and completely shut out at the Parc des Princes as PSG defeated the Germans 2-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
In the Bundesliga, though, he’s a safe bet to score practically every game. After arriving last January from FC Salzburg, Haaland has recorded nine goals in eight matches. Despite that Haaland isn’t expected to sign his next transfer slot with Bundesliga in September. Betfair are giving his transfer to Real Madrid odds of 3.75. Even joining his current opponent, PSG, stands with higher chances (yet still low) at 15.
Finally, not only is the top of the table exciting, but the bottom is just as entertaining as well. Düsseldorf, Werder Bremen, and SC Paderborn all sit in the relegation zone but there are enough games left for them to climb out as well as for other clubs to fall back into danger with Augsburg and Mainz, Thomas Tuchel’s former club, the two likeliest candidates. If you’re looking to mix things up with your betting, try figuring out who will stay up and who will go down.
I would much prefer to be watching PSG and Ligue 1 matches but since that’s not a reality, the Bundesliga will serve as a suitable backup and allow us to place a few bets, too.
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