Predicting The 2018/19 Bundesliga Table
In this article, I will be breaking down my Bundesliga season preview telling where I think each team will finish in the Bundesliga this season. If you enjoyed this article then be sure to follow us on twitter and check out our other articles!
18th – Fortuna Düsseldorf
To kick off this season preview I have to put Fortuna Düsseldorf at the foot of the Bundesliga league table. Unfortunately, I just think that the other Bundesliga sides will just have too much quality and if they don’t make a good start to the season then it could spell curtains for them pretty early on in the season. Of course, Fortuna will have valuable assets such as Hennings who were crucial to their title winning campaign last season.
17th – SC Freiburg
I’m predicting a Freiburg unfortunately. I think they were down in the relegation mix last season and I don’t think that they will have enough to stay in the division this time. Although Freiburg have been doubted in the past and proven wrong before and they’re a great cohesive unit. If Nils Petersen can replicate the season that he had last season then Freiburg have a great chance of avoiding relegation. They have made some good signings this summer such as Heintz, Gondorf, Waldschmidt but all of them have tasted relegation over the past couple of seasons and I don’t think they’ll be enough to stay up.
16th – FC Nürnberg
Despite finishing 2nd in the 2. Bundesliga last season to Fortuna Düsseldorf I think that Nürnberg will just have enough to escape automatic relegation and will fancy their chances in the relegation playoff instead. They’ve brought in some great signings as they try to stay up on their return to the Bundesliga. I think players such as Robert Bauer, Timothy Tillman, and Yuya Kubo will be great assets to survival in the division.
15th – Mainz
Mainz have enough quality players to stay out of the relegation places when compared to the other teams in the Bundesliga. Mainz will have to rely on their home form to carry them to safety and if they can make the Opel Arena a fortress for other sides around them to come to them then they will definitely be on the right side of the relegation zone come the end of the season.
14th – Werder Bremen
Davy Klassen has been Bremen’s marquee signing this summer, despite not having a successful spell at Everton everyone is still definitely aware of his ability. I think that players such as Max Kruse (if he stays fit), Milot Rashica and Yuya Osako will have enough goals in them to keep Bremen comfortably away from the relegation zone for the entire season and I don’t think will be in much trouble but they’ll be looking at being at the top of the bottom half of the table in the league.
13th – Hannover 96
Hannover 96 have done well to retain Niclas Füllkrug as he managed to score 14 goals in the Bundesliga last season in an instrumental part of the side that strolled to Bundesliga safety. Hannover have some great young players in their ranks such as Bebou, Anton, and Füllkrug and the maturity they showed last season to perform as well as they did was phenomenal and it would be great to see them recreate that once more.
12th – Augsburg
I always find Augsburg is such a strange side and everytime I say something will happen involving them the exact opposite thing happens instead. But aside from that if Philipp Max can keep up his assisting standards up from last season then Augsburg could do wonders this season. They’ll be without Alfred Finnbogasson for a wee while but hopefully, Andre Hahn can deliver the goods that he has failed to do so for Hamburg and Gladbach.
11th – Stuttgart
Tayfun Korkut worked absolute wonders for Stuttgart last season and I’m really confused about how this season will go down for them. Before Tayfun Korkut came in they were floating around the 13th mark before he managed to turn it round and went on a meteoric rise to finish all the way up in 7th. Now I don’t think they’ll be able to keep up this form up for the entire season to finish in a similar position again so I think that 11th would be a good finish for the Stuttgart side.
10th – Hertha Berlin
Many people have really slated Hertha and a lot of the predictions that I have seen before the season had Hertha to finish around 14th but I think they’ll finish better than that. They have been so good at home in recent years and as long as their home form is just as good as it has been then they’ll always be floating around 10th place in the table. If they can improve their away form then they could even finish higher in the league, that has always been what has let them down. They haven’t made many high profile signings this summer but they still have quality all over the pitch still.
9th – Eintracht Frankfurt
As Eintracht Frankfurt prepare for life without Niko Kovac they have hired Adi Hütter. If their 5-0 defeat to Bayern Munich was anything to go by then they’ll have to improve quickly. But they have made some good signings such as the permanent signing of Ante Rebic, Filip Kostic, and Nicolai Müller. But they will have big shoes to fill as they have lost big names from the last few seasons such as Marius Wolf, Kevin Prince Boateng, and Omar Mascarell. So I’ve gone for Frankfurt to finish 9th this season, although I wouldn’t be surprised if they finished lower than this.
8th – Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg has spent big once again this summer and will have to turn up this season after two back to back abysmal seasons. No one drew more games than Wolfsburg last season and they need to start turning those draws into wins if they want to finish much higher up the league table. Bruno Labbadia will have a big challenge at hand to make sure that they start performing better than they have in their last 2 seasons. So I feel this season can go one of 2 ways, they either finish 8th as predicted or they’ll finish 16th and completely flop once again. One of Wolfsburg’s biggest issue is that they play as a group of individuals rather than a team so if they start to click then it could be a big step in the right direction for the Wolves.
7th – Borussia Mönchengladbach
After a pretty poor season last season for Die Fohlen they will be looking to improve on their 9th place finish last season. They have spent big on Alassane Plea and he will need to repay his transfer fee in games with goals. Which I think with Dieter Hecking at the helm he will be a great addition to the squad and if they can improve their consistency then 7th is a very realistic goal for them this season.
6th – Hoffenheim
Now I feel I’ve been really harsh on Hoffenheim here. They’ve finished in the top 4 and now I’m here predicting they’ll finish in 6th. It’ll be great to see how Joelinton gets on this season with the amount of attacking talent that Hoffenheim has at their disposal. The main reason that I have placed Hoffenheim to finish 6th in the league is that Julian Nagelsmann is leaving the club for RB Leipzig at the end of the season. I think near the end of the season Nagelsmann’s interest will change to the East German side.
5th – Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen has such a great young set of players at their disposal. All of which I think will turn into world class players as they keep developing. The new signings that they’ve brought in such as Hradecky, Paulinho, and Mitchell Weiser will definitely improve the squad. But not enough for me to qualify for the champions league as they just lack the experience for me currently.
4th – RB Leipzig
For me, I think RB Leipzig will have a good campaign this season, they really need to improve on their 6th place finish last season if they are hoping to attract big names to the club in the future. Retaining Timo Werner will be a big win for Leipzig and Germany’s disappointing World Cup can maybe take credit for that. I think that failing to replace Naby Keita could be a big mistake for Leipzig that could cost them a place in qualifying for the champions league but I think if Ralf Rangnick can get them playing like they were 2 seasons ago then they stand a great chance of finishing in the top 4.
3rd – FC Schalke 04
A great season for Domenico Tedesco last season by finishing in 2nd place. But I’ve gone for Schalke to finish in 3rd place due to the strengthening that Borussia Dortmund have done, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Schalke leapfrog Dortmund in this prediction. The new signings that Schalke have brought in have been great replacements for their departures. Sebastian Rudy is a great, hardworking centre midfielder to bring in to really pull the strings. Mark Uth will give Schalke a new source of goals and with the right service, it could be a great season for Uth. I think Schalke is definitely one of the better teams in the league this season and I’ve gone for them to qualify for the champions league next season with ease.
2nd – Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund has had a really good clear out in terms of transfers and have got rid of a lot of dead weight from the team such as Yarmolenko, André Schürrle, Sokratis and Gonzalo Castro and replaced them with young, quality players such as Abdou Diallo, Thomas Delaney, and Marius Wolf. I don’t think that these players are the finished article for their sides either. So I’ve put Dortmund in at 2nd in this league table as I think they need to time to develop and gel before they are once again serious title challengers and Lucien Favre definitely has the experience and knowledge to take them to that level once again.
1st – Bayern Munich
Same old, same old. I was really hoping that someone could take the title from Bayern Munich this season but I don’t think the signings made by the other sides in the division have been strong enough to warrant this. I’m really not sure if Niko Kovac is the man to manage Bayern in the long run but there’s no doubt that he’s a good manager and deserves to be given a chance at this level so it’s interesting to see how he does.