Tuesday, 11 August 2015

2015-16 Season Predictions

Bundesliga 2015-16 Predictions
German Bundesliga 2015-16 season is about to start and we expect many thrilling moments and interesting matches, but it is impossible to tell that we will witness an uncertain battle for the champions title. In comparison to other teams current champion Bayern is still too strong, and the Bavarian side will win 26th title in their history. However a major battle will be fought for the places that lead in the Champions and Europa Leagues. Survival struggle is also going to be more than interesting as drama is present in that segment of the Bundesliga for years and will continue this year also. Therefore we prepared a detailed analysis of all teams who will play this season in the top flight of the German football league and prediction of their positions. 

Bayern - The Bavarians have the squad, the manager, and plenty more besides to secure a fourth successive title. Their price with the bookmakers pretty much says it all. Another domestic double shouldn't be beyond them. The biggest challenge, and desire, remains the Champions League. They walked to the league title last year, eventually finishing 10 points ahead of 2nd place Wolfsburg. Bayern have disposed of some of their fringe players this season, with Pepe Reina, Claudio Pizarro, and Xherdan Shaqiri moving on with their careers. Coming the other way, they have brought in the highly rated attacking midfielder Douglas Costa, as well as young defensive midfielder Joshua Kimmich, who could be seen as a long term replacement for Bastian Schweinsteiger who was transferred to Manchester United. No one else has the players, the manager or the budget to match the Bavarian giants so our prediction is The Bavarians will win the league for the 4th consecutive time. 

Wolfsburg - Dieter Hecking, have continued to improve from one campaign to the next. The Volkswagen-owned club may not be everyone's favorite side, but they are undoubtedly in pole position to defend second place. The Wolves have had a rather modest summer transfer period signing just Max Kruse from Borussia Moenchengladbach as well as a number of irrelevant youth players. They have experienced Schurle, wonderkind De Bruyne, great striker Bas Dost, superb goalkeeper Benaglio which all are ultimately the players who can win matches on their own. Germany's second club for the time being are Wolfsburg, and they're more certainly a big concern for the other Champions League contenders. Wolfsburg were the most clinical team in the league and in highly successful season they managed to secure a 69 points to equal their 2008/09 title-winning campaign. Along with the DFB Pokal crown Dieter Hecking will surely be hoping to guide his team to a serious title challenge, however our prediction is that Bayern is to strong. Wolfsburg will have to balance between Champions League and Bundesliga, and they don't have the depth in the squad to mount a serious title challenge in that circumstances. Our prediction: 2nd place. 

Bayer Leverkusen - Another almost certain Champions League spot challenger on the horizon in this season's Bundesliga may well be Bayer Leverkusen who have quietly about their business this summer and could well have a formidable side worth testing in just a few weeks' time. This team may not have many superstars, but they have slowly but surely worked their way up as a very good unit. Bayer Leverkusen under Roger Schmidt were, at one stage, probably the best side to watch in Europe before the manager realized having to score three times a game won’t always guarantee success. Leverkusen bought Tah, Mehmedi and Ramlho to strengthen the squad. We predict them fighting with Wolfsburg and Dortmund for second place, and certainly a Champions League spot finish. Predicted position: 3rd. 

Borussia Dortmund - The departure of Jurgen Klopp was a big talking point ahead of the summer, and there was an emotionally farewell at the Signal Iduna Park for the much-loved coach. With the innovative Tuchel at the helm, it’s blank slate season in Dortmund. Tuchel inherits a squad full of longtime Klopp men, like Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer, Sahin, Piszczek, Blasczykovski, Großkreutz, and Weidenfeller. Joining the old boys are midfielder Gonzalo Castro, goalkeeper Roman Bürki, and young midfielder Julian Weigl. Dortmund look bright under Tuchel and may well pose a threat to Bayern's dominance in future, but even the most hardcore black-and-yellow fan will have to concede a Champions League spot is the very best they can hope for the Westfalenstadion side this season. Our prediction 4th. 

Borussia Moenchengladbach - Their strict yet wise purchases over the last few years have made them a force to be reckoned with. Talent in the form of Granit Xhaka who is pulling the strings in midfield and Patrick Herrmann, will ensure Borussia Park Is not short of entertainment once more. Gladbach don't have the resources or indeed the squad for a strong title challenge, and with Champions League football also on the cards this season, they could struggle to defend their 3rd place. However Moenchengladbach continue to confound predictions year after year by consistently proving themselves as a worthy opponent, so we predict a good campaign for them once more, and another fight for the Champions League places. Our prediction 5th.

Schalke - Last season brought Schalke mainly disappointments, firstly in the Cup from which they were early eliminated and then in the Bundesliga, as the sixth place cannot be a good result for this team. They had a bad start with four rounds without victory. After that they played better, slowly rising in the standings all the way to the third place that they held at one point. In the finish new downturn and a series of six matches without victory. That is the reason why they don’t play in the Champions League this season. They played bad away, winning just three games in total. What kept them alive were matches played at home that they played a lot better, where they lost just two times. Two coaches used to lead them last season, firstly Keller and then di Matteo. Now, the new coach is Andre Breitenreiter from Paderborn. There are new players too, midfielder Geis from Mainz, stopper Nastasic from Manchester City and Brazilian right back Caicara who arrived from Ludogorec. The team left mostly senior players so after many years in Gelsenkirchen there will be no Farfan, Fuchs, Obasi and Barnett. K. Papadopoulos was sold to Bayer Leverkusen, while Kirchhoff returned to Bayern from whom was loaned. It is possible that several more transfers materialize, most of all arrivals but a player or two could be sold too. If they sell Draxler their season could be disastrous, if they manage to keep young lad then maybe they mount an Champions or Europa League challenge. Nevertheless, something very wrong is going on in Gelsenkirche and we predict another disappointing season for Schalke, our prediction 6th, and Europa League spot at best. 

Mid table; Hoffenheim - They are now without their best player, Roberto Firmino but many other great players have stayed, like Volland, Baumann, Sule etc., and they brought several good reinforcements, like Schar, Kurany, Kaderabek so the ascending tendency of this team can continue and they are perhaps one of the biggest candidates for Europa League position. Werder Bremen - If Viktor Skripnik can get the players firing from the start of the season and get them consistency, then a serious mount to Europa League qualification is on the cards. Skripnik's ability to promote some of the club’s most promising youngsters into the first-team will also be key to success this season for the green-whites. The loss of Franco Di Santo is a huge blow. Whether Anthony Ujah can replace his goals, or whether the club have a back-up plan in the remaining transfer window remains a key area for discussion. There will probably be now already traditional ups and downs for the Werder side, but at the end the most realistic finish is similar to the last season. Augsburg - They will start this season with the almost the same team as last year and for now Augsburg is a team who traded the least. Given last year’s game and results that situation could be called good as it was somehow expected that many players will leave the team. The transfer window is still open and everything is possible, but they can also bring new players without departure of existing ones. For now the only one who did that was forward Djurdjic, out of those who were in forefront, while midfielder Hojbjerg was anyway loaned from Bayern. They bought from Bayern contract for midfielder Kohr, while experienced midfielder Trochowski arrived from Sevilla. Coach Weinzierl is probably satisfied as he has the same, well-coordinated, team at his disposal and his only worry is possibility that larger number of matches with Europa League football ahead of them will knock them out from the rhythm. Eintracht Frankfurt - Eintracht traded well despite several departures. Departure of goalkeeper Trapp is the biggest loss especially as second goalkeeper Wiedwald left too and there are no more experienced Madlung and Valdez, and young Piazon who was anyway only loaned from Chelsea. New goalie is Heinz Linder from Austria Wien and he is a good solution for the position. Abraham from Hoffenheim will play stopper, Castaignos from Twente will fill void in the attack, while tried and tested midfielder Reinartz from Leverkusen is certainly a good reinforcement, so they are well covered at all positions. Their form on away matches must improve as they were the worst Bundesliga away team last season with only 2 wins. 

Safe positions; Stuttgart - They finished 14th last season, and will probably want something more in this campaign but it is questionable can they make such strong progress in short period of time, especially as they didn’t trade much. They have changed both goalkeepers and instead of Urleich and Kircshbaum the new ones are Langerak from Dortmund and Tyton from the PSV, so it can be said that are stronger at that position. Haggui and Sakai have left the defense, while Sararer and Rausch left the midfield, who anyway didn’t play much, and Leitner and Romeu whose loans came to an end. Besides the goalkeepers, as reinforcement can be considered left back Insua from Atletico and midfielder Rupp from Paderborn. They have saved themselves last season and now should do slightly better as they didn’t lose too many important players and have brought several new names. That is why we see them free of relegation fight this year. Koln - Koln is individually stronger than last season despite losing Ujah and Wimmer. Ujah’s replacement is Modeste and that should solve efficiency problem, while midfielder Jojic from Dortmund and Bittencourt from Hannover are also valuable reinforcements. The defense is strengthened with Heintz from K’lautern and Sorensen from Juventus, while Zoller returned from loan and Hosiner has been loaned from Rennes. Manager Stoger, has enough material to put together a solid team this year. Mainz - Mainz is on a downward trajectory. Now, they have sold everything what was worth and that could cost them a lot in terms of position in the standings. Financially, they did well with sale of goalkeeper Kapin and forward Polter. Experienced stopper Noveski and left back Junior Diaz have departed, while loans expired for Allagui, Castillo and Hofmann. Several reinforcements arrived and the biggest name among them is Frei from Basel. They continued with tradition to have a Japanese player in their ranks and now that is Muto. Niederlechner was brought from Haidenheim, Beiser from the HSV and Balogun from Darmstadt. Ede and experienced Zimling have returned from loans and we expect that they bring one more forward as they need at least one more player to properly cover that position. 

Relegation Battle; Hertha Berlin - Regarding the players, Hertha didn’t change almost anything so far in the transfer window, and the biggest reinforcement is definitely midfielder Darida from Freiburg. We don’t expect them to do much better than last season, if they don't stop their poor form of the last season when they haven't won 7 games in a row they will battle with HSV and new coming teams for staying in the elite. Hamburger SV - Hamburg again had to fight for their place in the league in a relegation play-off, this time against Karlsruher SC, and a dramatic match saw Hamburg secure their Bundesliga status. Many things are wrong with this team, starting with acquisition of new players that obviously don't bring desired results, while coaches change in quick succession. Important departures are Van der Vaart, Behrami, Westermann, Jansen, Beister, Rajković and Sobiech, while Spahić, Holtby, Ekdal and Sakai are new signings. This will also be tough year for HSV fans as they will battle for relegation. Hannover - lost a lot of good players this summer, but the key one is their talisman, club captain, and often saviour, Lars Stindl. We see them in relegation fight again this year. Ingolstadt 04 - Ingolstadt are among teams who are supposed to struggle to survive in the Bundesliga. They brought several reinforcements, although in total not too many players have changes their jerseys. Newcomers are forward Kachunga from Paderborn, goalkeeper Nyland from Molde, stopper Bregerie from Darmstadt and left back Sutter from Austria Wien. They are one of the weakest teams in the competition, and if they don't bring more experienced players to strengthen the team they will fight hard to avoid relegation. Our prediction is it will be an unsucsefull fight. Darmstadt 98 - It is usual that newly promoted teams are the biggest candidates for relegation, which is especially true for teams who come from the 2.Bundesliga as second positioned. They did reinforce the team as they simply had to bring additional players in order to raise their competitiveness. The most famous players which arrived are midfielder Vrancic from Paderborn, stopper Caldirola from Werder and left beck Rausch from Stuttgart. Our prediction is that Darmstadt will certainly end up relegated.

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