We’ve still got a little while before the Premier League returns to action but you can still get your fix of top-tier international soccer this weekend thanks to the return of Bundesliga in Germany. The league gets back in action for the first time since it was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak in March, and it will kick off with a very solid Matchday 26 on Saturday. Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke is arguably the country’s best rivalry and we’ll get that matchup right out of the gate.
I haven’t spent a ton of time paying attention to Bundesliga over the years but I really miss being able to wake up and watch soccer on the weekends so I’ll probably be jumping on that train tomorrow. Luckily, our soccer staff has put together some excellent introductory material for the Bundesliga n00b. My man Roger Gonzalez (who has more “Call of Duty: Warzone” wins than me somehow) has provided a very useful guide to picking a Bundesliga club to root for , and I think I’m going to go with Leverkusen since they basically seem like the Arsenal of Germany. I’m nothing if not consistent.
Roger has also put together a primer for top Bundesliga players to watch, as well as the top American players to keep an eye on.
If you’re the kind of the person who sees this as an exciting opportunity to gamble, welcome to the club! Our friends at SportsLine have employed a trusty predictive model to churn out some betting advice for every match this weekend. Here’s the moneyline pick for each:
  • Augsburg v. Wolfsburg (SAT, 9:30 a.m. ET): Wolfsburg +125
  • Borussia Dortmund v. FC Schalke (SAT, 9:30 a.m. ET): Borussia Dortmund -182
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Paderborn (SAT, 9:30 a.m. ET): Draw +260
  • Hoffenheim v. Hertha Berlin (SAT, 9:30 a.m. ET): Hoffenheim +115
  • RB Leipzig v. SC Freiburg (SAT, 9:30 a.m. ET): RB Leipzig -333
  • Eintracht Frankfurt v. Borussia Monchengladbach (SAT, 12:30 p.m. ET): Draw +250
  • Koln v. Mainz (SUN, 9:30 a.m. ET): Koln +100
  • Union Berlin v. Bayern Munich (SUN, 12 p.m. ET): Bayern Munich -500
  • Werder Bremen v. Bayer Leverkusen (MON, 2:30 p.m. ET): Bayer Leverkusen -133
Let’s wake up tomorrow morning and get that money, huh?Oh, and as part of the Bundesliga’s guidelines for return, players and coaches were required to self-isolate at hotels for the past two weeks. Unfortunately for Heiko Herrlich, the manager of FC Augsburg, he won’t be coaching his team this weekend because he decided to leave his designated quarantine hotel… to go buy toothpaste.
Herrlich was put in charge of Augsburg on March 10th, three days before the league went into shutdown. This would have been his first match managing the team and never would have happened if he had just stopped brushing his teeth in quarantine like me.

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