Austrian Football Bundesliga 2018 Odds
Having produced an incredible 5-0 demolition of second placed SCR Altach, Red Bull Salzburg appear to have wrapped up the Austrian Football Bundesliga title for a fourth consecutive year.
The high-flying club have dominated Austrian football since they were taken over by energy drink giants Red Bull back in 2005, winning seven titles in 12 years, and we can expect them to return to action next season in search of yet another honour to add to their growing list.
The 2017/18 campaign will kick off on 22nd July 2017, with the final set of fixtures set to be played earlier than most years, on 20th May 2018, to provide players with an extra week of rest ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Aside from the early finish, the 2017/18 Austrian Bundesliga, otherwise known as the Tipp 3 Bundesliga, will stick to the same format as previous seasons, with each of the 10 teams involved facing each other a total of four times throughout the campaign.
Given recent history, there is an obvious favourite to lift next season’s Austrian Football Bundesliga trophy, but which teams are most likely to prevail?
Red Bull Salzburg
Having asserted their dominance in recent years, it’s hard to see any side other than RB Salzburg take the Austrian Bundesliga crown next season.
With the might of Red Bull behind them, coupled with the increasingly high Champions League payments that competing teams receive, the club boast far superior financial might to their opponents and will continue to spend big in order to maintain their place as Austria’s best side.
There is some concern that Red Bull will cut back their spending in Austria to finance the emergence of German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, which would undoubtedly offer other teams a chance to catch up to Salzburg. However, with billions in the bank, there is likely to be money available for RB Salzburg to strengthen further this summer.
Despite a poor 2016/17 campaign, in which they struggled to keep up with the the league leaders, Rapid Wien’s remarkable history cannot be ignored. It has been close to a decade since the club last won a league title, yet they still rank as the most successful team in the history of Austrian football, having won the top flight a total of 32 times.
Despite their lengthy wait for the next one, Rapid Wien have always been among the frontrunners year on year. The 2016/17 season was a surprising blip, but we can expect them to come back fighting next term.
SC Rheindorf Altach
On the other hand, Rheindorf Altach have never won a league title, yet they have emerged as Red Bull Salzburg’s closest challengers in recent seasons.
After spending four years in the second tier, having suffered relegation in 2009, Altach have settled into life back in the top flight with ease. In their first season they finished third and look set for a second place finish this term. If they can maintain their form next season, they would be likely candidates to win the trophy should Salzburg slip up.