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German second league odds

German second league odds

Who wins the 2. Bundesliga 2020/2021?

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The 2020/2021 2. Bundesliga

The 2. Bundesliga is the second highest division in German football. Relegation from the league will put you into the 3. Liga and promotion will shoot you into the biggest league in German football, the Bundesliga. The top 2 teams in the league will be automatically promoted with the team 1st being crowned as champions. The team that finishes in 3rd place qualifies for a play off with the team that finishes 16th in the Bundesliga. This play off is played over 2 legs, one at home and one away and the winner is promoted to the Bundesliga/ stays in the Bundesliga. Teams finishing 4th-15th remain in the 2. Bundesliga, whilst the teams finishing 17th and 18th are immediately relegated to the 3. Liga. Similarly, to the team in 3rd place, the team in 16th place enters a relegation/promotion play off with the team 3rd in 3. Liga.

After Arminia Bielfield and VFB Stuttgart were promoted automatically and Wehen Wiesbaden and Dynamo Dresden were relegated, FC Heindenheim took part in the promotion play off, but lost to Werder 2-2 because of the away goals rule. In the relegation play off FC Nuremburg drew 3-3 with FC Ingolstadt, winning on away goals, maintaining their status in the 2. Bundesliga.

I would probably say that Fortuna Dusseldorf are the favourites to win promotion to the top flight, after their relegation from the Bundesliga last season. Their star man, Rouwen Hennings scored 15 goals last season, the fifth most in the league and could be a huge part in their next campaign, however, being 32 years of age, he may not have many more games at the level he is. Defensive midfielder Andre Hoffmann played the majority of the games last season; he could be a major influence as he had an 89% pass completion ratio and averaged the 2nd most passes per game for Fortuna.

Despite Hamburg’s failure to achieve promotion last season, they still have one of, if not the best squads in the league. They have new manager Daniel Thioune who had a good spell previously with Osnabruck and it will be most certainly interesting to see whether or not he will succeed at a bigger club, under severely more pressure. Other candidates for promotion could be Paderborn as they have just been relegated from the Bundesliga, Heidenheim if they can bounce back from losing the play offs last season, and Darmstadt.

The two new teams Wurzburger Kickers and Eintracht Braunschweig promoted from 3. Liga, both have a massive challenge ahead this season as they will attempt to remain in the league. Wurzburger Kickers have been a yo-yo team in the last 5 years, playing in the Regionalliga Bayern, the 3. Liga and also the 2. Bundesliga. All odds are going to be against them this season to stay up, as they have never survived a season in the 2. Bundesliga. On the other hand, Eintracht Braunschweig just 30 years ago were an established Bundesliga side, but then had a sharp decline over 10 years which left them dead and buried in the Regionalliga Nord. In the last 10 years, they have had a remarkably similar history to Wurzburger, apart from the one disastrous season they had in the Bundesliga where they finished rock bottom.