Can Bayern win their 11th consecutive Bundesliga title or will we finally have new winners in 2022/23?
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Who are favourites to win the Bundesliga?
In what will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Bayern Munich are odds-on favourites to win the Bundesliga for the 11th consecutive season after overcoming a concerning start to the season. However, the defending champions aren’t exactly running away with things at the summit, just two points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund.
Only recently, Bayern had dropped to second but they returned to the top with a 4-2 win over Dortmund in what was their first game under Thomas Tuchel’s tutelage, with the former Chelsea boss replacing the sacked Julian Nagelsmann.
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Which teams are expected to put up a fight?
Borussia Dortmund are usually the closest team to Bayern Munich and have finished as runners-up to their Klassiker rivals in three of the last four seasons. And they are currently in their habitual second-place spot under Edin Terzic, though the Ruhr Valley club recently saw their 10-game unbeaten run come to an end at the hands of Bayern.
They bounced back at the weekend to beat third-placed Union Berlin, opening up that particular gap to five points now, and the capital club are in danger of being dragged into the top four battle.
RB Leipzig have finished in the top four in each of the last four seasons and will be hoping they can continue that run, occupying the final spot as things stand. It hasn’t exactly been a straightforward campaign for Die Roten Bullen, who sacked Domenico Tedesco in September and appointed ex-BVB boss Marco Rose. And they’re in a poor run of form right now which sees them just one point clear of fifth-placed Freiburg.
Bundesliga relegation odds
At the other end of the table, sides will be doing all they can to stay in the Bundesliga and avoid the bottom three.
The bottom two sides are automatically relegated to Bundesliga 2, while the 17th place side face a play-off game to keep their place in the division.
In 2021/22, Hertha Berlin remained in the division after a 2-1 play-off win over Hamburg, while newcomers Schalke and Werder Bremen will hope that their returns to Germany’s top division lasts more than just one season. However, it is Schalke who currently occupy bottom spot with just 21 points from their 27 games, winning four matches and losing 14.
Just above them in the table are Hertha Berlin (22 points) and Stuttgart (23 points), with the latter occupying the relegation play-off spot. Bochum, in 15th, have opened up a three-point gap with their recent good run but aren’t completely out of the clear. To say that things are tight, therefore, would be an understatement.