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Germany's rich footballing history has seen it receive more than its fair share of envious glances from British shores and with four World Cup wins, it's easy to see why. The Bundesliga has been in its current guise since 1963, when Germany's regional leagues merged to create a single national competition

Whilst the Premier League and La Liga may be seen by many as the best Football leagues in the world, the Bundesliga has its own strong claim to that mantle. Cheap ticket prices, the ability to stand and have a beer on the terraces make it very popular with supporters and Germany's top flight is in fact the highest average attended of any football league on the planet. In fact of all of the regular sporting competitions across the world, only the NFL sees a higher average of supporters per season.

With such interest in the league it is little wonder that German football betting has become increasingly popular in this country and will tell you all you need to know on how to claim yourself some Bundesliga Free Bets.

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Bayern Have a Battle On

Bayern Munich aren't having it all their own way at the top of the Bundesliga this season, although those challenging them will probably come as a surprise to many. Borussia Dortmund were expected to be the main challengers to their title just like last season but they are only fifth in the table and five points off the league leaders. Five draws hasn't helped them a great deal.

Instead, it is Monchengladbach and Leipzig who are pushing the German giants, while other teams such as Schalke and Freiburg are throwing their hats into the ring and staking their claim to be involved. This is shaping up to be one of the most open German Bundesliga seasons yet, and unless Bayern find something special and kick clear, we could be in for a great season with many twists on turns along the way. 

Monchengladback are currently a point clear at the top of the table after a 4-2 home win over Freiburg on Sunday December 1. Leipzig are in second after a 3-2 win at relegation strugglers Paderborn. It was a nervous win though as a 3-0 lead was reduced to just a one-goal deficit. Schalke needed a goal five minutes from time to get a 2-1 win over Union Berlin. The suprise of the weekend was Bayern Munich losing 2-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen.  Two goals from Leon Bailey gave the away side their lead. Bayern are now four points adfift of the league leaders.

Paderborn Struggling to Adapt to Bundesliga

Newcomers to the Bundesliga Paderborn currently prop the table up and they have just five points so far, leaving them seven points from safety.. They have just one win from 13 games as they struggle to get to grips with the better compeition they are facing but did get a 3-3 draw at Dortmund recently. A good result but they did lead 3-0 in that match. The next few weeks are crucial for them, they have to stay in touch before trying to do something with their squad in January in an attempt to get out of the mess they are in. The other side in the automatic relegation places is FC Koln, who were also promoted last season. The relegation play-off place is currently occupied by Hertha Berlin.

Draws Preventing Dortmund Progress

Many expected Borussia Dortmund to challenge Bayern Munich again this season, but we have seen little from them to suggest that will be the case. Their biggest problem has been turning draws into wins, they have won five but also drawn five so far, had just a couple of those turned into wins then they would have been in a much better position to challenge. 

2019-20 Bundesliga season

League Table as of December 1

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
1 Borussia Monchengladbach 13  9 1 28
2 Leipzig 13  8 27
3 Schalke 13  7 4 2 25
 4 Bayern Munich 13  7 3 24
5 Borussia Dortmund 13 6 5 2 23
6 Freiburg 13 6 3 22
7 Bayer Leverkusen 13 6 4 3 22


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How do I claim my Bundesliga Free Bet?

Claiming your Bundesliga free bet is as straight forward as a Germany penalty shootout victory. Once you have decided on your bookmaker or sign-up offer of choice, simply click on of the many banners or links on and register a new account. Once registration is complete, simply make the minimum deposit as required (You may not be required to make a minimum deposit) then place your bet.

Once you have placed your initial bet and it has been settled, your Bundesliga free bets will then be released, allowing you to make the most of the great offer available to bet as you would normally.

The Bundesliga is no different to any other football league with a whole host of options to bet on, be it the Bundesliga winner, who is going to get relegated and of course individual matches from week-to-week and the exciting betting markets that are available for each one of those. 

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This Bet365 offer gives you the option of taking an enhanced price on the full time result of a game for selected matches only applies to games being played in the English competitions, Champions League and Europa League.

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New Paddy Power customers can receive their stake back in cash up to a maximum of £20 if their first qualifying bet on the sportsbook is a loser.

New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.

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New 888sport customers can receive a total of £40 on free bets if registering a new account and placing a qualifying bet of £10 on a sports market.

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If one selection in a qualifying acca lets you down, you'll receive a refund up to £10.

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Popular Bundesliga Betting Markets

Being one of the bigges leagues in the world, betting on the Bundesliga is easy. You have a fantastic range of betting markets to choose from, and each weekend when the games take place you will be faced with a variety of options to choose from. The main footballing day in Germany is Saturday, and the majority of Bundesliga games take place on that day, and kick off at 2:30pm GMT. This makes the league fantastic for accumulator betting, you can take your pick of these games, place a bet, and know if you are a winner just a couple of hours later. Some of the other European leagues spread their games around the weekend and while we do have games moved for TV in Germany, this isn't done as much as some other leagues. 

Bundesliga Accumulator Betting

This is the most common way to bet on the Bundesliga, due to the way that games are scheduled as mentioned above. There is nothing better than placing an accumulator on the same league where all your selections kick off and finish at the same time, this is the quickest way to bet, and you will know within a couple of hours whether you are a winner or not. Every saturday you will find a number of Bundesliga games kicking off at 2:30pm GMT that you can use to place an accumulator bet on, all finishing at around 4:15pm, so you don't have to wait long. When it comes to accumulator betting, there are two markets that most people are focusing on at the moment. 

Over 1.5 Goals Acca

Betting on goals is incredibly popular, with the over 2.5 market being a market you can use for a number of different bet types, from singles to accumulators. However, if you are looking to put together numerous games and you want to give yourself some bankers to back then the over 1.5 goals market is where you need to be looking. Here you will find lower odds, but any game that has two goals or more in it is a winner, so the chances of winning increase. When placing an accumulator, you don't want to be taking too many risks, which makes this low risk market the perfect place to head every Saturday. 

90 Minute Win Market

The simplest way to bet, and sometimes we forget just how good and important this market is because of the others that are now available. This is a market you can use for any type of bet, but often the odds on offer means that you have to put multiple teams together. Again, because of this, the 90 minute win market is another market that lends itself brilliantly to the Bundesliga and accumulator betting. Simply pick out your teams, as many or as few as you like and place an accumulator bet on them all to win their games. They all kick off together and end together so you can spend one afternoon cheering on your teams with this bet. 


Bundesliga history

Before the formation of the Bundesliga, football in Germany was largely played on a amateur basis with league split up geographically. In 1949, a first step was take towards professionalism with five Oberligens (Premier Leagues) established as the highest levels of football across the five regions. Each of the winners and runners-up would then compete with one another to take the crown of national champions.

After Germany's quarter-final defeat to Yugoslavia in the 1962 World Cup, a greater need was seen for a national league and at that year's German Football association convention, it was announced the Bundesliga would begin in the 1963/64 season. The founding 16 members were selected from West Germany's North, South, South West and Berlin, whilst East Germany under Soviet rule would maintain a separate league structure. The Bundesliga founding members were:

  • Eintracht Braunschweig
  • Werder Bremen
  • Hamburger SV
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • FC Köln
  • Meidericher SV (Now MSV Duisburg)
  • SC Preßeun Münster
  • Schalke 04
  • FC Kaiserslauten
  • Saarbrücken
  • Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Karlsruher SC
  • FC Nürnberg
  • TSV 1860 München
  • VfB Stuttgart
  • Hertha BSC

FC Köln won the inaugral Bundesliga when they finished six points clear of Meidericher SV and Eintracht Frankfurt in second and third place respectively.

Since it's formation, the undeniable dominant force in the Bundesliga has been Bayern Munich. FC Hollywood as they are often referred to, are Germany's glamour club and much in the same vein as Manchester United in this country, draw on a fanbase from across the country. Bayern are the current champions and have won the last three titles, giving them a total of 24 Bundesliga triumphs. Whilst many would look at the Bundesliga and see it as 'one team league' there has actually been five different winners in the last eleven years. That is in-fact actually one more than in England in that same period, though it is hard to argue that at present Bayern are dominating proceedings. Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund both have five titles a piece with Werder Bremen winning four and Hamburg and Stuttgart have three each. Dortmund are the team other than Bayern to have won it most recently, having won back-to-back titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12 under the stewardship of now Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. They also made the 2013 Champions League Final, where they lost to guess who? Bayern Munich, in what was the first all German final.

The Bundesliga varies from the Premier League in terms of club ownership. Whilst many rich investors have ploughed money in Premier League clubs chasing success, German clubs have strict rules in-place surrounding their ownership. No individual is allowed to own more than 49% of the shares in a single club, though there are a few exceptions. Wolfsburg are owned by car manufacturers Volkswagen and Bayer Leverkusen by the Bayer pharmaceutical company with the clubs initially formed for the companies employees. Hoffenheim, from a village of just 3,000 in habitants have been financed by local billionaire Dietmar Hopp. The software entrepreneur has held a long standing association with the club in which he has financed them for over 20 years and transformed them into a Bundesliga team. He has been allowed to become the first private owner of a Bundesliga club, with the German Football authorities granting special dispensation due to his long term affiliation. RB Leipzig are another exception to the rule, owned by the Red Bull energy drink founder Diertrich Mateschitz. The club were able to get around the membershup rules in Germany football by quite shockingly hiking up the membership prices but despite the controversy, they have enjoyed great success in reaching the Bundesliga. After accquiring the playing rights of fifth division SSV Markranstadt in 2009, they have made it all the way to the top-flight and have shown that they have what it takes to compete at the very top of German football.

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