The 2017/18 Bundesliga season preview
The 2017/18 Bundesliga season will mark the 55th anniversary of the top German football league. In this season, VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 96 were promoted from the 2. Bundesliga, replacing FC Ingolstadt and Darmstadt 98 which were relegated.
The full list of the Bundesliga 2017/18 participants is as follows:
1. FC Köln
Bundesliga transfers update
After two years at Bayer Leverkusen, Javier ‘Chicharito Hernandez has returned to English Premier League, this time with West Ham.
Eintracht Frankfurt fans will have a powerful left-back to cheer on season 2017/18 following Jetro Willems‘ arrival from PSV Eindhoven.
Spanish U21 international centre-back Jorge Mere signed to Cologne on a five-year deal. The defender, signed from Sporting Gijon, played every minute in four of Spain’s five matches at the U21 European Championships this summer.
VfB Stuttgart have boosted their ranks by signing left-back Ailton Ferreira Silva from Portuguese club Estoril Praia. Silva has signed a four-year contract until 2021 and has been given the squad number 29.
Portugal U19 international Joao Querios has joined Cologne.
Schalke 04 have moved quickly to replace the Arsenal-bound Sead Kolasinac, signing left-back Bastian Oczipka on a 3 year contract from Eintracht Frankfurt.
SC Freiburg have signed 20-year-old midfielder Bartosz Kapustka on a one-year loan from English Premier League side Leicester City. The Black Forest outfit also possess the option to make the deal permanent after 12 months.
Mainz have secured the services of France U-21 captain Abdou Diallo on a five-year deal from AS Monaco.
The Bundesliga fixture list may look straightforward on paper, but in fact it is the end product of an extremely complex and labour-intensive process. Check out how the Bundesliga schedule of the 2017/18 season is developed and put together in this video below.
Bundesliga starts with its Matchday 1 on FRIDAY, 18/08/2017 | 20:30 PM and the opening match will be FC Bayern München vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen. You can find all 2017/18 fixtures on the official Bundesliga website – click here.
Interesting statistics and facts for punters
Top 5 teams with the highest ratio of home wins in the previous season
1. Bayern Munich; Borussia Dortmund 76.47%
2. Hertha BSC; RB Leipzig 70.59%
3. 1899 Hoffenheim 64.71%
4. SC Freiburg 58.82%
5. 1. FC Köln 52.94%
Top 5 teams with the highest ratio of home losses in the previous season
1. VfL Wolfsburg 52.94%
2. Darmstadt 98; FC Ingolstadt; Werder Bremen 47.06%
3. FC Augsburg; Bayer Leverkusen; Mainz 05 35.29%
4. Borussia Mönchengladbach; SC Freiburg; Hamburger SV 29.41%
5. Hertha BSC; Schalke 04 23.53%
Top 5 teams with the highest ROI in home matches (all bets placed on home wins over the course of the last season) in %
1. Hertha BSC 67.47%
2. 1899 Hoffenheim 59.76%
3. Darmstadt 98 54.41%
4. SC Freiburg 46.18%
5. RB Leipzig 40.82%
Top 5 teams with the highest ratio of away wins in the previous season
1. Bayern Munich 70.59%
2. RB Leipzig 47.06%
3. Bayer Leverkusen 35.29%
4. Borussia Dortmund; Borussia Mönchengladbach; 1899 Hoffenheim; Werder Bremen; VfL Wolfsburg 29.41%
5. FC Augsburg; Eintracht Frankfurt; SC Freiburg; FC Ingolstadt 23.53%
Top 5 teams with the highest ratio of away losses in the previous season
1. Darmstadt 98 88.24%
2. Eintracht Frankfurt; Hamburger SV; Hertha BSC; Mainz 05 64.71%
3. FC Ingolstadt 58.82%
4. Bayer Leverkusen; SC Freiburg; Schalke 04 52.94%
5. FC Augsburg; Borussia Mönchengladbach; VfL Wolfsburg 47.06%
Top 5 teams with the highest ROI in away matches (all bets placed on away wins over the course of the last season) in %
1. RB Leipzig 22.65%
2. Werder Bremen 5.00%
Top 5 teams with the highest ratio of draws (all matches) in the past season
1. 1899 Hoffenheim 41.18%
2. 1. FC Köln 38.24%
3. FC Augsburg 32.35%
4. Borussia Dortmund; Schalke 04 29.41%
5. Borussia Mönchengladbach; Eintracht Frankfurt 26.47%
Top 5 teams with the highest ROI in draws (all bets placed on draws over the course of the last season) in %
1. 1899 Hoffenheim 55.44%
2. 1. FC Köln 43.53%
3. Borussia Dortmund 35.00%
4. Bayern Munich 32.21%
5. FC Augsburg 27.94%