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The 2015/16 German Bundesliga season is barely a two-horse race

Crippy Cooke in Bundesliga, Editorial 30 Nov 2015

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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is eight points clear of his nearest challenger.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were the only sides in the top-six to pick up wins this weekend which meant they extended their lead over the chasing pack once more. Bayern enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin, while Dortmund hit Stuttgart for four. The table sees Pep Guardiola’s Munich side leading the way after 14 games, while second-placed Dortmund are considerably behind but in no danger of surrendering their runner-up spot given how poor the rest of the top-six have been this season.

Bayern are top of the Bundesliga table with 40 points from 14 games. The German giants are unbeaten in the division, boast the best defensive record, and have scored the most goals. Dortmund are eight points adrift in second, having scored the second-most amount of goals and having lost only twice. But the likes of third-placed Wolfsburg are seven points adrift of Dortmund alone, meaning the title race has already whittled down to two sides, the latter of which still have a lot of ground to make up.

Bayern and Dortmund are the only teams in the division averaging more than two points per game, which is a real surprise given how last season the likes of Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach were second and third respectively, enjoying outstanding form in the second-half of the campaign. Now they are miles off the pace, and unlikely to catch the top-two given recent form which means the title race is already done and dusted in November.

The Bundesliga has been much maligned following Bayern Munich’s dominance for a number of years, but no side is coming close to challenging them. Dortmund have made a more than respectable start with 10 wins from 14 games, and will likely close the gap when Bayern’s unbeaten run eventually comes to an end, but the chasing pack aren’t even close. The rest of the top-six have all only won half their games this season which will never see them competing with the sides at the summit.

After so much pre-season expectation of the 2015/16 season being a competitive affair between a number of sides, the title-race has gone the way of the holders already, and instead the competition is the ‘best of the rest’ which sees fourth-placed Monchengladbach and 10th-placed Cologne separated by just three points. With the sides below the top-two all taking points off each other, none are maintaining a title push in the table and have fallen way short of the mark as a result.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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