Unlike the rest of Europe, English football will continue on its high-speed trajectory over the festive period, with the games coming thick and fast. This is a tradition enshrined in the minds of football fans on the island, with Christmas and the New Year unfathomable without football. Over on the continent, every other European league will pause for breath to give teams some time to spend with their families, and to recharge their batteries ahead of January. In such a scenario, it can get quite frustrating for fans of non-English teams as they see the amount of football on offer across the Channel. However, there is a decent solution available for this, online and mobile betting, with bet365 being a leading provider. There are a number of apps available online, and with a download and install (guide) available, fans can follow their teams over the festive period.
The Bundesliga is one of the leagues taking a break over the festive period, and it is a much-needed one after a frenetic first half of the season. The winter break comes around with RB Leipzig leading the table, two points ahead of surprise package Borussia Mönchengladbach. Serial winners Bayern Munich had somewhat recovered from a poor start to the season to be in third place, followed by Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, who are level on 30 points. The gap between Leipzig in first and Schalke in fifth is just seven points, illustrating just how competitive the league has been this season. This has come as a welcome surprise for fans, who have been used to Bayern winning the league for years now. Indeed, the Bavarian side have been crowned German champions for the last seven years in a row, and while the possibility remains that an eighth consecutive title could follow this season, it is likely to be preceded by a proper title race between three to four clubs, which can only be exciting for neutral fans. Down at the bottom, Paderborn look doomed; they are already five points from absolute safety and three points from the relegation play-off spot, with Werder Bremen two points ahead of them and Fortuna Dusseldorf occupying the play-off spot at the moment. Cologne and Mainz could yet get dragged into the relegation scrap as the season goes on; thus there is a lot of intrigue at both ends of the table for fans to look forward to after the winter break.
There are a number of opportunities for fans to make bets on the Bundesliga. Bet365 still considers Bayern to be favourites for the title, reflected by the 1.50 price for them to win the title, with the rest of the contenders as follows – Leipzig (3.75), Mönchengladbach (19.00), Dortmund (15.00) and Schalke (101.00). As such, Leipzig, Dortmund, and Gladbach could make for interesting picks, especially as the season develops further.