This article will take a look at the Bundesliga for the upcoming 2022/23 season. Bayern will be looking to extend their run of back to back titles. The sides of Dortmund and Leipzig will be hoping they can close the gap on the German giants, and Schalke and Bremen will be hoping to re-establish their presence within the top tier of German football. There have been some huge transfers taking place and will be interesting to see the affects of these once the season gets underway.
Will Bayern Make It Eleven?
After their dominant previous season, Bayern have some significant changes to their squad to maintain their domestic dominance, with the possibility of greater success on the European stage. Bayern have currently seen the departure of their main man, Robert Lewandowski. This is a huge amount of goals to replace as he bagged 238 goals in 253 appearances for the club. Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso leave the club to join Dortmund and Lyon respectively. Bayern also see a number of squad players make the move over to the Premier League. Chris Richards moves to Crystal Palace, Marc Roca to Leeds and Omar Richards to Nottingham Forest. On the other hand, Bayern have bought in a number of players such as Sadio Mane from Liverpool, Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax, Mathys Tel from Rennes and Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus on a big money move.
In relation to Sorare, Bayern will still be one of the strongest performing sides on the matrix. However, their line-up could be formed in a number of different ways. Players such as Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard that can play as both a centre back and a full back. Therefore, Bayern playing a variation of a back 3 may be on the cards. This creates uncertainty on who starts at the back, but it does appear de Ligt will be given license to show his leadership qualities once they are happy he is up to speed with their system.
At the other end of the pitch, not having an out-right number 9 provides many unanswered questions this season after losing Lewandowski. During pre-season a number of players have played up top so far, such as Mane, Muller and Gnabry. Below displays the line up of Bayern for the German Super Cup on the 30th July. If a Bayern stack can be alligned correctly, they would cause a lot of damage on the S05 matrix and bring home some great prizes.
Can Dortmund and Leipzig Challenge?
After finishing 2nd last season, Dortmund will hope to push Bayern a little harder this season. However, the loss of Erling Haaland to Manchester City is going to be tough to take, despite it being in the pipeline for some time. Unfortunately for Dortmund, the player they’d hope to carry on his numbers at Ajax, Sebastien Haller is now out for several months undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer. Thankfully, surgery has been successful and hopefully we will see Haller on the pitch sooner rather than later. The addition of a few German players appears promising from Dortmund, as Karim Adeyemi will hope to hit the ground running. Niklas Sule and Nico Schloterbeck could prove to be a fantastic pairing as they also play for the national side together and strengthen an area of weakness Dortmund had last season.
On paper, Dortmund’s side just doesn’t have the quality Bayern possess. Dortmund are yet to find their strongest starting eleven and it is hard to see how they replace Haaland’s goals and cause enough issues going forward. Therefore, in relation to Sorare and S05 scoring, I would expect their to be a large deal of variance throughout the team from game to game. They certainly aren’t as fixture robust as Bayern and may have to be carefully selected when more favourable fixtures arrive.
Leipzig haven’t been extremely active this transfer window, but have picked up the German left back David Raum from Hoffenheim. Although, they will be very pleased to be keeping the Bundesliga Player of the Season in Christopher Nkunku, who looked to have been on the radar of a number of big clubs. Therefore, unlike Bayern and Dortmund, Leipzig have kept their biggest goal threat who racked up 20 goals and 13 assists in 34 league appearances last season.
With Leipzig being a possession heavy side, it would be expected for them to hit some very decent S05 scores. They conceded the joint least goals throughout last season with 37. This could be the difference in winning prizes as the goals conceded penalty on the scoring matrix has just increased. Leipzig have no plans for Josko Gvardiol to leave, who is an excellent S05 scorer with U23 status until 2026. However, Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City seem to be very keen on the young Croatian.
The Chasing Pack
There are a number of clubs that will be wanting to maintain European status, or improve to obtain it. Bayer Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, Frankfurt are next in line according to the bookies.
Leverkusen finished the end of last season strongly, even without their wonderkid Florian Wirtz. Wirtz made 24 league appearances, scoring 7 goals and assisting 10. A horrible ACL injury ruled him out for the second half of the season and expects to return in the winter months this season. Leverkusen are a possession based side, which translates into some strong S05 performers. However, Leverkusen are prone to rotating players due to European fixture congestion, and must be considered. Although, you would still expect the likes of Moussa Diaby and Patrick Schick to score well once again this season. It is also of note Leverkusen haven’t been very busy in the transfer market this summer.
Monchengladbach had a horrid 2021/22 season at the back, conceding 61 goals, the third most goals conceded in the league, despite finishing 10th. Daniel Farke is now the head coach and will look to implement his passing philosphy on the side. This should improve S05 scores, increasing touches but we’ll soon see if this translates to positive results. With Breel Embolo moving to Monaco, it’s look like Marcus Thuram will lead the line. Hofmann, Plea and Stindl will all support Thuram and could see Monchengladbach become an exciting team this season.
Frankfurt’s 2021/22 season soon became all about their Europa League journey. However, their domestic season took a hit as they rested players for the more important European matches. They have done a bit of business in the transfer window, bringing in Hauge from Milan, Alario from Leverkusen and Gotze from PSV. A handful of players also left, such as Hinteregger and Zuber but none for significant fees. Kostic has also drawn the interest of West Ham, but are yet to get a deal over the line. Overall Frankfurt will look to improve on their domestic performance, but will depend on how much their prioritise European success.
Outsiders and Key Players
Union Berlin will hope to replicate finishing 5th last season, as will other clubs such as Freiburg, Koln and Mainz. Union Berlin have lost main man Taiwo Awoniyi who scored 15 league goals to Nottingham Forest. Freiburg have also lost Nico Schlotterbeck who played all but 2 games in the league and will need replacing.
Remaining sides in the Bundesliga aren’t expected to be as strong. However, their are some key players that will post many great S05 scores this season. Maximilian Arnold is a strong contender to post strong S05 scores for Wolfsburg, due to set pieces and creative abilities. Stuttgart players Borna Sosa and Konstantinos Mavrapanos also scored very well at times last season. Despite Stuttgart escaping the relegation play-off on goal difference, the defensive actions were able to form strong all-around scores. Hoffenheim were also a side that were involved in some high scoring games last season. Andrej Kramaric will pick up plenty of decisive actions throughout the season and may provide a more affordable forward option.