Unlike the rest of Europe, English football will continue on its high-speed trajectory over the festive period, with the games coming thick and fast. This is a tradition enshrined in the minds of football fans on the island, with Christmas and the New Year unfathomable without football. Over on the continent, every other European league will pause for breath to give teams some time to spend with their families, and to recharge their batteries ahead of January. In such a scenario, it can get quite frustrating for fans of non-English teams as they see the amount of football on offer across the Channel. However, there is a decent solution available for this, online and mobile betting. There are a number of apps available online, and with a how to install bet365 anroid app (guide) available, fans can follow their teams easily over the festive period.

The Bundesliga is one such league taking a pause over the Christmas period, and this season has raised hopes of there being a proper title race for the first time in years. While Bayern Munich’s early-season struggles are slowly fading as they start to make a push up the table, Borussia Dortmund are labouring under the same issues that have plagued them for a while now under Lucien Favre. The Black and Yellows are yet to completely control a match, often taking the lead and then letting it slip to turn wins into draws and draws into defeats. There seems to be an inability to concentrate for the entirety of a match, which leads to slack play as well as individual errors to let opponents back in. Dortmund are, at present, seven points behind league leaders RB Leipzig, with even Bayern having climbed above them into third place. This theme continued over the weekend as well, where Dortmund took the lead against Hoffenheim but conceded two late goals to lose the game. Die Schwarzbelgen need to improve the mental side of their game if they want to mount a credible title challenge as well as go deep into the knockout stages in the Champions League.

A look at the betting odds for Dortmund is quite interesting. Their next Bundesliga opponents are FC Augsburg, whom the Black and Yellow are predicted to beat on a price of 1.57. Their odds of winning the league, however, are considered to be quite remote, with bet365 pricing them at 15.00 for this achievement. In the Champions League, Dortmund have been drawn against PSG in the round of 16, thus leading to a price of 3.75 for the German side to qualify for the quarter-finals. This could represent decent value, as Dortmund are at 8.00 to reach the semi-finals, 21.00 to reach the final, and at 51.00 to win the competition. Thus, fans wanting to take a flutter on the Black and Yellow should be cautious; their inability to finish off games has cost them already this season and could cause further pain in both the Bundesliga and in Europe before the campaign ends.