Since the dreaded Covid-19 made its appearance, the whole world as we know it has come to a complete standstill. From the economy to schools, eateries to sports, nothing has survived the fate of closure. It seems like a lifetime ago we were able to watch football on our screens and place a wager on who we think would win, but the good news is it is coming back.
The Bundesliga has made a return and despite the stadiums being eerily quiet, the first match was a success. Europe’s top league resumed after a long coronavirus break to witness Borussia Dortmund hit a 4-0 win over fierce rivals Schalke in a strange clash.
Usually, players go in all guns blazing to make their tackle, but the new norm saw goal celebrations being kept to a minimum, substitutions and team staff sat on benches with face masks and tackles being kept to elbow or ankle taps.
Bundesliga CEO, Christian Seifert said last week that the league remains on “parole”, but the kick-off to the season was hugely promising as the league gets to grips with the “new normal”. Saturday 16th saw six games take place, the results of which are as follows:
- Hoffenheim 0 – Hertha 3
- Augsburg 1 – Wolfsburg 2
- Dortmund 4 – Schalke 0
- Dusseldorf 0 – Paderborn 0
- RB Leipzig 1 – SC Freiburg 1
- Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – Monchengladbach 3
May 17th results:
- FC Koln 2 – Mainz 2
- Union Berlin 0 – Bayern 2
Upcoming Sporting Fixtures
Sticking with the Bundesliga, there are more events scheduled to take place which means being able to place wagers on who you think will win, who will lose, the number of corners, red cards and so on! Some sports betting operators even offer a cash-out service where if your selection is set to let you down, you can cash out without the risk of losing everything. May 18th saw Werder take on Leverkusen. Friday 22nd was Hertha v Union Berlin, but the majority of the fixtures are played on the weekends.
Saturday 23rd May:
- SC Freiburg vs Werder 14:30 KO
- Paderborn vs Hoffenheim 14:30 KO
- Wolfsburg vs Dortmund 14:30 KO
- Monchengladbach vs Leverkusen 14:30 KO
- Bayern vs Eintracht Frankfurt 17:30 KO
Sunday 24th May:
- Schalke vs Augsburg 12:30 KO
- Mainz vs RB Leipzig 14:30 KO
- FC Koln vs Dusseldorf 17:00 KO
- Dortmund vs Bayern 17:30 KO
- Werder vs Monchengladbach 19:30 KO
- Eintracht Frankfurt vs SC Freiburg 19:30 KO
- Leverkusen vs Wolfsburg 19:30 KO
Fans were and still remain banned from matches and the number of people inside the stadiums were limited to players, coaches and ball boys, security, medics, media and VAR operators. However, many of the players are having difficulty adapting to the new style of play, with some players celebrating goals as if they were about to pile on each other!