Bundesliga 2021/22 Relegation Predictions, Odds & Picks

  • Bochum and Greuther Furth won promotion from the 2. Bundesliga last term
  • The bookmakers expect Arminia Bielefeld and Koln to struggle in the 2021/22 season
  • Freiburg, Mainz and Union Berlin are outside bets to finish in the bottom two

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The Bundesliga 2021/22 season beings on 13 August 2021 and will conclude on 14 May 2022. Each team in the division will play 38 games, with three points available for a win and one point for a tie. The two sides with the fewest points at the end of the season will be relegated to the second tier of German soccer.

One club is available at negative odds to go down, while four more are listed at +275 or under. The battle to avoid demotion in the Bundesliga will be well worth watching in the 2021/22 campaign. If recent years are anything to go by, it should contain much more drama and excitement than the race for the title.

Bundesliga 2021/22 Relegation Odds

Odds taken 13 September, 2021 from BetMGM

Bundesliga 2021/22 Relegation Odds
Greuther Furth -145
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Bochum +110
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Arminia Bielefeld +110
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Augsburg +170
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Koln +500
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Mainz +500
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Freiburg +800
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Union Berlin +900
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Stuttgart +1000
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Hoffenheim +2000
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Greuther Furth and Bochum will be up against it in the Bundesliga this season, but none of the teams above can be completely sure of their place in the top flight. We have seen some big clubs drop into the 2. Bundesliga in recent years and there is no guarantee that it will not happen again this season.

It could be worth a punt on Union Berlin to go down at +500. They were superb last season in securing a seventh-place finish, but the club from the capital could struggle to balance European and domestic commitments. Union are not necessarily likely to go down, but the odds do look tempting. Koln struggled last term and also look like a decent pick at +275.

How Does Relegation Work in the Bundesliga?

The two teams that finish 17th and 18th in the Bundesliga are automatically relegated to the 2. Bundesliga. The side that finishes 16th ‘qualifies’ for the relegation play-off against the team that finishes third in the 2. Bundesliga. The winner of that two-legged tie plays in the Bundesliga the following season.

How Many Clubs Are Relegated From Bundesliga?

Two or three clubs are relegated from the Bundesliga every season, depending on the outcome of the relegation play-off.

What Does Relegation Mean in the Bundesliga?

Relegation ends a club’s participation in the Bundesliga. A team that is relegated will spend the following season in the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of German soccer.

Relegation is an essential part of the German soccer system, as it is in almost every European country. This, of course, is a different system to the United States, where sides in MLS are immune from the threat of demotion.

There is no appetite for relegation to be abolished in the Bundesliga. The battle to avoid the drop is one of the most entertaining storylines of each season, while the fact that clubs anywhere in the pyramid can dream of a place in the top flight helps to sustain German soccer.

Nurnberg, Schalke and Hamburg are three of the five most successful clubs in German top-flight history, yet none will be taking part in the Bundesliga in 2021/22 due to the existence of relegation.

Who Got Promoted From Bundesliga 2?

Bochum were promoted from the 2. Bundesliga as champions after accumulating 67 points last season. Greuther Furth came second with 63 points to also secure a spot in the top division for the 2021/22 campaign.

Who Got Relegated From the Bundesliga Last Season?

Werder Bremen and Schalke were relegated from the Bundesliga last season. Werder finished 17th with 31 points and Schalke finished 18th with just 16 points. Koln survived in the top tier by beating Holstein Kiel 5-2 on aggregate in the relegation play-ofs.

Which Clubs Have Been Relegated the Most?

(Last 30 seasons)

Club Number of Relegations
Koln 6
Nurnberg 6
Bochum 6
Duisburg 5
Freiburg 4
Arminia Bielefeld 4
Kaiserslautern 3
Hansa Rostock 3
Eintracht Frankfurt 3
St Pauli 3

The 10 clubs above have each been relegated at least three times in the last 30 seasons. Koln, Nurnberg and Bochum are joint-top of this undesirable table, having each fallen through the trap door on six occasions.

In addition to the sides above, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Hertha Berlin, Energie Cottbus, Paderborn, Hannover, Stuttgart, Borussia Monchengladbach and Karlsruher have all suffered two relegations since 1991/92. An additional 20 teams have been relegated once each, which means 38 teams have been demoted in the last 30 years.

By way of comparison, 47 teams have been relegated from La Liga in the same period and 44 sides have suffered the same fate in the Premier League.

Which Bundesliga Teams Have Never Been Relegated?

No club in the Bundesliga has taken part in all 59 seasons of the competition. Bayern Munich have never been relegated in the Bundesliga era, although they did go down when the German top flight was split into regional championships. Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg have also been demoted from a pre-Bundesliga top division, but not since 1963.

Hoffenheim won promotion to the Bundesliga in 2008 and have never been relegated from it. The same is true of RB Leipzig following their ascension to the top flight in 2017, as well as Augsburg in 2011 and Union Berlin in 2020.

Hamburg played continuously in the top flight of German soccer between 1919 and 2018 before losing their status as the only club to have played in every Bundesliga season.

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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