Bundesliga 2021/22 Title Winners Predictions, Odds & Picks

  • Bayern Munich are the defending champions after winning the title last term
  • Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig will be looking to challenge in the 2021/22 campaign
  • The likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach will struggle to compete

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The Bundesliga 2021/22 season begins on 13 August 2021 and will conclude on 14 May 2022. Each team in the division will play 34 games, with three points available for a win and one point for a tie. The side with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned Bundesliga title winners – the biggest honor in German soccer.

Bayern Munich are once again in pole position to claim the Bundesliga title, as has been the case throughout the last decade. Borussia Dortmund looks strong, though, while RB Leipzig will also hope to disrupt Bayern’s dominance of the division in recent times.

Bundesliga 2021/22 Title Winner Odds

Odds taken from BetMGM on 13 September, 2021

Bundesliga 2021/22 Odds
Bayern Munich -500
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Borussia Dortmund +600
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RB Leipzig +1100
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Bayer Leverkusen +5000
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Wolfsburg +5000
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Borussia Monchengladbach +6500
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Eintracht Frankfurt +20000
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Who Will Win the Bundesliga 2021/22 Title?

Bayern Munich are once again the heavy favorites to win the Bundesliga title. They are the wealthiest club in Germany and have the strongest squad at their disposal, with Robert Lewandowski widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.

Bayern are under new management this season, with Julian Nagelsmann having replaced Hansi Flick in the Allianz Arena hot seat. It might take a few months for Nagelsmann to get his ideas fully across, but that should not reduce Bayern’s chances of winning the Bundesliga title.

If any team can challenge Bayern, it will be Borussia Dortmund. Jadon Sancho has left the club but Erling Haaland is staying put for another season. The Norway international is a sensation and his goals could fire Dortmund to glory if luck is on their side, but overcoming Bayern will be very difficult indeed. RB Leipzig are third-favorites but would probably just settle for a top-four finish in their first season under the management of Jesse Marsch, who has joined from sister club Red Bull Salzburg.

Who Is the Champion of Bundesliga 2021?

Bayern Munich are the reigning Bundesliga champions after their title triumph last term. Hansi Flick’s side accumulated 78 points, which was 13 more than second-placed RB Leipzig. Bayern won 24 and tied six of their 30 matches, scoring 99 goals and conceding 44. Their attack was by far the best in the division, but RB Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen, and Union Berlin each boasted a superior defensive record.

Who Won the Most Bundesliga Titles?

Club Number of Titles
Bayern Munich 31
Nurnberg 9
Borussia Dortmund 8
Schalke 7
Hamburg 6
Stuttgart 5
Borussia Monchengladbach 5
Werder Bremen 4
Kaiserslautern 4

The Bundesliga was only formed in 1963, which was significantly later than the equivalent national competitions in England (1888), Spain (1929), Italy (1929) and France (1932). West Germany was slow to professionalize the game, and had already won one World Cup before this happened with the launch of the Bundesliga.

The above table includes title wins in the pre-Bundesliga era. Only one of Nurnberg’s victories occurred after 1963, yet they remain the second-most successful club in German soccer history. Bayern Munich are the only team to have reached double figures, and the fact they are 22 titles clear of second place shows that their dominance of the German game is historic as well as recent.

Interestingly, three of the five teams (Nurnberg, Schalke and Hamburg) with the most titles will not be competing in the Bundesliga in 2021/22.

How Many Teams Have Won the Bundesliga Title?

Twenty-nine different clubs have won the German championship, including in the pre-Bundesliga era. Since the league was launched in its current guise in 1963, there have been 12 title winners.

By way of comparison, 12 different teams have won the English top flight since 1963 – which suggests the competitiveness of the two leagues has been similar over the last 60 years. Over in Spain, only seven clubs have won the La Liga title in the same period.

However, the last decade or so has ushered in an era of Bayern Munich dominance – as you can see below. Many argue that this is unhealthy for the Bundesliga, which only occasionally features a genuine title race.

Who Won the Last 10 Bundesliga Titles?

Title Winner Season
Bayern Munich 2020/21
Bayern Munich 2019/20
Bayern Munich 2018/19
Bayern Munich 2017/18
Bayern Munich 2016/17
Bayern Munich 2015/16
Bayern Munich 2014/15
Bayern Munich 2013/14
Bayern Munich 2012/13
Borussia Dortmund 2011/12

What Happens if You Win the Bundesliga Title?

The Bundesliga title winners receive the Meisterschale (Champions’ Bowl), a trophy that has been awarded to the German champions since 1949. Engraved on the trophy are the names of every title winner since 1903.

The original trophy is held by the current league champions, and the Bundesliga allows title winners to make a replica for their club museums or trophy cabinets.

When is the Bundesliga Title Winner Announced?

The Bundesliga is not a knockout tournament and it does not use a play-off system like MLS. That means there is no ‘Bundesliga final’ – the title winner is simply the team that amasses the most points over the course of the campaign, and is therefore equivalent to the Supporters’ Shield award in the United States’ main soccer league.

As a result of this double round-robin format, there is no fixed date on which the Bundesliga title winner is announced. Confirmation comes when it is mathematically impossible for rivals to overtake the team in first place.

How Can I Watch Bundesliga on TV?

Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the Bundesliga on ESPN. Kick-off times usually range from 9.30 AM to 2.30 PM (EDT).

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