Bayern Munich vs Freiburg - Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Bayern secured the title on Tuesday but do not expect any let-up this weekend
- Freiburg needs the points as it continues its push for the Europa League
- Back Hansi Flick’s side to come out on top for the 12th game in succession
|What to watch||Bayern Munich vs Freiburg|
|Where||Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany|
|When||Saturday, 20 June 2020, 9.30 AM EST|
|How to watch||Stream Live with DraftKings|
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It was not its greatest performance of the season, but Bayern Munich did not care. A 1-0 victory over a Werder Bremen side fighting for its Bundesliga life was enough to secure the 30th championship of all time, moving the Munich outfit a remarkable 21 clear of second-placed Nurnberg.
Had German soccer fans been told at the start of the season that Bayern would win the title with three games to spare, few would have been surprised. The club that is informally nicknamed FC Hollywood is comfortably the richest in the country and is arguably the only side in the Bundesliga that can attract world-class players in the peak of their careers.
Borussia Dortmund certainly has its own appeal, particularly for the up-and-coming superstars of tomorrow like Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, but Bayern is the only German representative in the absolute elite category of European clubs.
That said, this title was far from inevitable. Bayern was seventh in the standings in early December. It had failed to win exactly half of its 14 games up to that point. There was little in the way of attacking coherence or defensive stability on show at the Allianz Arena. Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig, as well as Dortmund, looked like genuine contenders to finish on top of the pile.
Yet once again it is Bayern that has been crowned kings of Germany. The absence of supporters will reduce the celebratory mood at the Allianz on Saturday, but Hansi Flick’s men will nevertheless be keen to sign off their home season in style.
Bayern Munich vs Freiburg Odds
|Match Result and Both Teams to Score||Odds|
|Bayern Munich to win and nil||+135|
|Bayern Munich to win and both teams to score||-210|
Odds taken 15 June, 2020, from DraftKings
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The odds for Bayern to win without conceding are identical to the odds for a home victory with goals for both teams. Even if you consider a Bayern triumph to be inevitable – as you probably should – that makes for a tricky decision in this particular market.
On balance, it is probably worth opting for the latter option – a Bayern win in which Freiburg scores. Flick’s side might play with a little more abandon now that the title has been secured, while its opponent still has plenty to play for in the final two games of the campaign.
Flick Has Done a Better Job Than Even the Bayern Hierarchy Could Have Imagined
It is not exactly a unique observation but Flick has done a truly superb job since being handed the reins at Bayern in November.
The arrangement was only supposed to be temporary, with Bayern initially minded to appoint a permanent successor to Niko Kovac during the winter break. But although the upturn in the team’s fortunes was not immediate – Bayern lost two its next four matches after ditching Kovac – Flick did enough in his first few weeks in charge to convince the board that he was the right man for the job going forward.
It has proved an inspired decision. Bayern has been relentless since a 2-1 defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach left it seventh in the table. Since then, it has won 17 of its 18 matches to climb above all its competitors to the summit. That sequence of results meant Flick had a better start to his Bayern tenure than even Pep Guardiola, who won 22 of his first 27 matches compared to the incumbent’s 24.
Freiburg Is Enjoying a Fine Season and Has Its Eye Set Firmly on Europe
Freiburg is no pushover, though. After finishing last term just a few places above the relegation play-off spot, Christian Streich’s side will take part in next season’s edition of the Europa League if it finishes seventh, although Hoffenheim looks set to push it all the way for that final qualification spot.
Freiburg has been in good form of late, taking seven points from the last nine available, a run which includes a 1-0 defeat of Champions League contenders Borussia Monchengladbach. It has also scored in four of its last five (and nine of its last 12) games away from home, which stands it in reasonably good stead for this daunting visit to Munich.
Bayern Will Still Be Keen to Amass as Many Points as Possible
There is little chance that a winning machine like Bayern will take its foot off the gas now that silverware has been secured. Flick will instruct his players to do everything they can to end the campaign with another two wins.
Nevertheless, it would only be human nature if Bayern did not play with quite the same level of discipline and intensity as normal. It may take more risks now that defeat would be incidental, and that would provide a boost to Freiburg’s chances of causing the champion problems on Saturday.
An away win – or even a draw – is unlikely, but Streich’s charges will no doubt be pleased to be facing Bayern after its fate has already been decided.
Our Pick: Bayern Munich to win and both teams to score – Bayern will have too much for Freiburg but the visitor will be quietly confident of finding the back of the net.