Bundesliga Matchday 1 Preview and Best Bets

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Dortmund's Dutch forward Donyell Malen celebrates scoring the opening goal during DFB Pokal first round football match. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Germany’s top-flight football, Bundesliga, is back! It’s merely days away from matchday 1 kicking off the highly anticipated 2022-23 football season this weekend.

As ever, we’re back too, bringing you our weekly soccer betting tips, complete with Bundesliga odds from top sportsbooks as we weigh in on the slate of action and serve-up soccer picks for your consideration.

If you’re a Bundesliga fan, read on for our quick-fire Bundesliga best bets as highlight the best of matchday 1 action below.

1. FC Union Berlin vs. Hertha BSC

Saturday, August 06, 2022 – 09:30 AM EDT at Stadion An der Alten Försterei

Who Will Win the Berlin Derby?

These two in-city rivals enjoyed contrasting fortunes last season and finished at opposite ends of the domestic table. Union Berlin went 16-9-9 and clinched fifth place. Hertha Berlin limped to a 9-6-19 record and 16th place, barely securing its return for another round of top-flight football.

On the strength of last season’s performances, along with recent trends that tip the scale towards the hosts, Union Berlin does have the upper hand in this Berlin derby. That’s also reflected in the top-rated sporsbooks, which are cornered with the hosts.

How to Bet Union Berlin vs. Hertha BSC

It’s early days, anything can happen. That said, Union Berlin should get its campaign off to a winning start.

Soccer Pick: Union Berlin ML (-122) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Saturday, August 06, 2022 - 09:30 AM EDT at Borussia-Park

Who Will Win the Battle of Last Season’s Middleweights

Very little separated Borussia M’gladbach and Hoffenheim at the tail end of last season, as they finished 10th and 9th, respectively, in the table. That said, their last meeting resulted in a 5-1 drumming by the hosts.

Newly appointed manager Daniel Farke’s mandate is to get Borussia M’gladbach back on track this season. The first concern is a recent penchant for slow starts – the hosts have lost their openers in the last three seasons.

How to Bet Monchengladbach vs. Hoffenheim

Both sides come into matchday one after putting in solid warm-up performances in preseason action. It’s anybody’s game, but Borussia M’gladbach comes up as a value bet with soccer odds that are tipped on plus money in moneyline betting.

Soccer Pick: Borussia Monchengladbach (+116) at Heritage Sports

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Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Saturday, August 06, 2022 - 12:30 PM EDT at Signal Iduna Park

Who Will Win Battle of Early Title Favorites?

Borussia Dortmund, perennially second in the table (or so it seems), is gearing up for a potentially standout 2022-23 Bundesliga season that is capped off by the league title – this time. They came oh-so-close last season.

The Black and Yellows opened their campaign with a 3-0 win over 1860 München in DFB Pokal last weekend. They’ll be eager to carry that momentum into matchday 1, but the schedule pits them against one of the teams to spot this season, Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayer Leverkusen is coming off a stellar 2021-22 campaign in which they finished third overall in the league and merely 5 points behind Borussia Dortmund. Last weekend’s DFB Pokal action delivered an early blow for Die Werkself. They lost a cracking 7-goal thriller narrowly to Elversberg, 4-3. It remains to be seen whether that disappointing setback impacts the start to their Bundesliga campaign.

How to Bet Dortmund vs. Leverkusen

All told, this is a bit of a tossup for betting picks. Borussia Dortmund should win. Bayer Leverkusen could win. Perhaps, the better bet is to back a high-scoring game.

Soccer Pick: Over 3½ (-105) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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VfB Stuttgart vs. RB Leipzig

Sunday, August 07, 2022 - 09:30 AM EDT at Mercedes-Benz Arena

Can Stuttgart Deliver An Upset On Matchday 1?

VfB Stuttgart survived a 2021-22 campaign that seemed to flirt enthusiastically with relegation. But, somehow, Die Schwaben, when all was said and done, managed to claw their way into safety and clinch 15th place. A brand new season is upon Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side and that brings a fresh wave of expectations that will be tested right out of the gates.

If there’s an encouraging sign, it’s that they’ve had a very good preseason. Better than most would have predicted according to the latest Bundesliga futures odds. Die Schwaben reeled off five straight victories spanning club friendlies and DFB Pokal last weekend.

RB Leipzig will look to build on last season’s fourth-place finish. However, they’ve gotten their preseason warmup preparations off to a rather lackluster start. They went 2-1-2 in the last five fixtures, losing their last two matches – a club friendly against Liverpool (5-0) and a DFB Pokal defeat to Bayern Munich (5-3).

How to Bet Stuttgart vs. Leipzig

All told, this is one of the fixtures that could potentially deliver a surprise result. RB Leipzig goes into this match as the bookmakers’ favorite, but form is sketchy. Of course, they could be saving their best for day 1 of the season. However, call it a sneaky suspicion, but the upset can’t be ruled out by the hosts.

Soccer Pick: Stuttgart ML (+340) at BetOnline

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