German lower league football starts this weekend. The Regional League North East (4th tier) is interesting this season. A number of former big clubs from the East have struggled in the united German leagues and some have fallen down the pyramid. There seems a big disparity between some of the teams in the division this season. I've not seen any odds for the title and I'm not sure you can bet it, but to me there are four sides who will challenge for promotion. Dynamo, Berliner AK and the excellently named Wacker Nordhausen all strengthening in the off season and Cottbus relegated from the third tier. Carl Zeis Jena could be a long shot outsider. I'd place BAK and Nordhausen as the top two.
FC Schönberg 95 host Berliner AK in the first match of the season.
BAK are a new money side with no tradition but a wealthy chairman (think of a smalltime version of Hoffenheim). They went on an amazing run in the second half of last season losing just one league match after Christmas, playing great football and ended up missing out on the promotion play off by the slenderest margin on goal difference to Zwickau. Along with Zwickau they were the class of the league and the two teams ended up 16 points clear
Schönberg are one of the poorer sides in the league. If German leagues were linear they would likely be a couple of divisions below BAK, but as they are split into five regions so there is some imbalance in each division and the gulf in class seems large this year. They haven't really made many changes in the off season and the manager has been quoted in saying he would be happy to avoid relegation again.
BAK are 1/2 to win with Lads which of course is very skinny but they just seem like they have too much quality to me.
Not gonna recommend such a short priced obscure match for Fred, but I'm gonna be betting on it myself so I wanted to add it to the thread.