Bundesliga Set to Resume Next Weekend

By Martin Green10 May 2020
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Bookmakers have been given a significant shot in the arm after the Bundesliga announced plans to resume action next weekend. The German top flight was suspended on March 13 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that brought the global sporting calendar to its knees. Bookmakers have seen revenues plummet, with only a few niche leagues in Belarus, Nicaragua and Tajikistan for punters to bet on. Now there is light at the end of the tunnel, as the Bundesliga will begin again on Saturday, May 16. Borussia Dortmund are just four points behind leaders Bayern Munich, and their derby against Schalke is the standout fixture on Saturday. Bayern are away at Union Berlin the following day, and all the leading bookmakers have odds on the action. Ladbrokes has a tempting 10/11 on Dortmund to win and under 4.5 goals.

Leagues in Portugal, Poland and the Czech Republic are set to resume this month, while La Liga and Premier League chiefs hope to join them soon. The Korean K League returned on Friday. Racing will also resume at Longchamp in Paris on Monday. The Ligue 1 season was scrapped, following in the footsteps of the Dutch Eredivisie, after the French government banned sporting events until September. However, horse racing has been deemed exempt as social distancing is easier. There is already racing taking place in the USA, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Germany, Sweden and Brazil. There are also plans afoot for racing to resume in the UK and Ireland in the not too distant future.

GentingBet is now offering even money on President Donald Trump being re-elected when Americans go to the polls in November. He has long been the odds-on favourite to defeat challenger Joe Biden and secure a second term in office. Most bookmakers still make him odds-on – Unibet and 888 Sport will only go to 4/5 – but Genting is offering evens on him. The best price available on Biden is 7/5 at Unibet and 888 Sport. A strong economy looked like the President’s ticket to re-election, but is has now tanked during the coronavirus crisis. Trump has also come under fire for suggesting that consuming bleach could cure Americans. However, Biden is engulfed in sexual assault allegations, and the rivals look poised for a bitter battle over the next few months as the USA battles to contain Covid-19.

Analysts believe that Flutter Entertainment will grow at least as fast as the overall market following its takeover of The Stars Group. The merger was completed this week, bringing Paddy Power, Betfair, FanDuel, Sky Bet, Fox Bet, Bet Stars and Poker Stars under the same umbrella. Analysts at ratings agency Moody’s believe that cost saving efficiencies will negate any added regulatory costs created by the merger. “In the medium term, the company’s growth and US market position should help strengthen the company’s business profile,” said analysts Florent Egonneau and Jeanine Arnold.

William Hill offered UFC fans a drive-through sportsbook service in Nevada at the weekend. The state’s famous casinos have been shuttered as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, which has wreaked havoc upon the London-based firm’s US business. It is the market leader in Nevada, which is reliant on land-based business. UFC 249 took place on Saturday night, and William Hill decided to launch drive-through betting at a number of its properties. It also gave bettors a $65 cash bonus and allowed them to stream the card if they bet $249 on the action. “Ahead of the largest sporting events of the month, we wanted a safe way to meet the current demand from our customers,” said Joe Asher, chief executive at William Hill US. “It sure is nice to have some American sports to bet on.”