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Bundesliga Roundup: From Marco Reus to Leverkusen, Big Bets This Week! 05/09/2024

Marco Reus has announced that he will be leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the current season while Leverkusen remains unbeaten in all competitions. Check out this and other Bundesliga highlights in our league roundup to help you make the best soccer picks this week.

 

Bundesliga Roundup: From Marco Reus to Leverkusen, Big Bets This Week!
Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund - Hesham Elsherif / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP

Leverkusen Rolls On, Can They Break European Record?

No Xabi, no problem. Even without coach Xabi Alonso on the touchline, Bayer Leverkusen remained unbeaten Sunday with a 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt that stretched its record run without defeat to 48 games in all competitions.

Alonso was suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards, but he watched from the stands as his Bundesliga champions showed no tiredness from Thursday’s 2-0 win at Roma in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals.

Alonso rotated the team with just Edmond Tapsoba, Robert Andrich, and Granit Xhaka keeping their places from Rome. Brazilian winger Arthur made his first start after recovering from a serious thigh injury.

Leverkusen’s 48-game unbeaten start is a record across Europe’s top five leagues. They equaled the 59-year-old European record set by Benfica between December 1963 and February 1965.

Should Leverkusen avoid defeat in their next game against AS Roma in the Europa League semi-final, they will hold the longest unbeaten run in European football history, and we will continue to include them in our soccer picks.

 

From UCL to Relegation Scrap: Union Berlin in Desperate Fight

Union Berlin, which played Real Madrid in the Champions League, edged closer to relegation with a 4-3 loss at home to fellow struggler Bochum.

Union, promoted to the Bundesliga in 2019, played in the Champions League this season after an unlikely fourth-place finish last year. Summer transfers did not have the desired effect and the team let long-time favorite coach Urs Fischer go in November.

The capital club parted ways with head coach Nenad Bjelica while placing Marco Grote in interim charge for the final two games of the 2023-24 season. The team is sitting just one point above the relegation play-off spot with six more points up for grabs.

 

 

Grote’s charges travel to second-bottom Cologne for a crucial relegation six-pointer on Saturday, before hosting Freiburg on the final day of the campaign.

 

Will Marco Reus Cap His Dortmund Career With a Goal?

In an emotional video to fans, Marco Reus announced that he will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the current season, after deciding not to renew his contract.

The 34-year-old will part ways with the Black and Yellows, 12 years after joining the club.

Reus, who has made 425 appearances for Borussia Dortmund so far, is the club’s second-highest goalscorer of all time. He has 169 goals and 128 assists to his name.

Dortmund’s final game of the domestic season at Signal Iduna Park is against Darmstadt on Matchday 34. If you’re looking for a good player prop bet, you should back Reus to find the back of the net.

 

 

Extra Champions League Spot Up for Grabs

Borussia Dortmund’s semi-final victory over Paris Saint-Germain saw the Bundesliga secure a fifth spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

As part of its revamped format, Champions League organizers UEFA are awarding an extra qualification spot to the two best-performing leagues in the current season according to its own co-efficient rankings, and one of them in the German top-flight league.

There is a complicated points system behind that, but the more wins and further a league’s teams go in the Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League, the higher that league climbs in the rankings.

The Bundesliga could have yet another club in the 2024-25 Champions League. Assuming Dortmund wins the European title and finishes fifth in the Bundesliga, a sixth German side will be added to the tournament.

 

 

Questions of the Day

Where will Marco Reus land in the summer transfer window?


If he were to leave Germany, Marco Reus could either join a European club with international ambitions, or he could leave Europe for a more financially lucrative move to the United States or Saudi Arabia, for example. Besiktas is making significant efforts to sign the player, who will turn 35 on May 31st. The Istanbul club has already started contacts about inviting Reus in April, and now the Eagles have intensified negotiations and are reportedly ready to use every opportunity to get Reus.

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