What to expect from the second half of the 2017-18 Bundesliga season

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Ian Joy, Warren Barton, Jovan Kirovski and Keith Costigan share their thoughts on what we might see in the second half of the season.

- We wish you a Merry Christmas-- oh, welcome in to the beer cellar, the Bundesliga beer cellar. We're just coming off the back of a thrilling match day 17 in the Bundesliga. It's been a wild finish before the winter break. Ian Joy, Warren Barton, Jovan Kirovski, and Keith Costigan joining us on the-- I would like to call this a sofa, but it looks like it Jovan is the Zohan sitting there. He's levitating right now.


WARREN BARTON: Take a picture.

IAN JOY: A terrific 2017, but what are we looking forward to in 2018 in the Bundesliga, Keith?

KEITH COSTIGAN: I think we all know Bayern Munich are the cream of Bundesliga right now, but I'm looking forward to seeing the teams like Schalke, Leverkusen, sleeping giants, to see if they can continue the positive work they've done over the first half of the season.

IAN JOY: Jovan?

JOVAN KIROVSKI: Don't forget Dortmund. I think now with Stoger coming in, changes everything. They defend more. I think they're going to creep up and compete with Bayern a little bit.

WARREN BARTON: I'm going with the obvious. Bayern will just keep going. Watch out for them in the Champions League, as well. They have their mojo back. They've got Lewandowski scoring goals. He'll want to be going into the Russian World Cup back in form like he normally does, so from that point of view, they are the benchmark. And what can we-- you've been excellent.

IAN JOY: You've been pretty good with your predictions this year, I was going to say.

WARREN BARTON: Are you surprised?

KEITH COSTIGAN: When you predict Bayern Munich, it's not that difficult, though.

WARREN BARTON: Oh, give me a little bit of relief.

IAN JOY: Are you saying that Jovan Barton takes a safe bet? Is that what you're saying, Keith Costigan? Welcome. Welcome to--


JOVAN KIROVSKI: England to win the World Cup?

WARREN BARTON: Quarterfinals at least. Semifinals.

IAN JOY: Gentlemen, thank you so much for all your efforts this year. It's been a fantastic year. The Bundesliga will continue in 2018. Bayern Munich continues their quest for a sixth consecutive German title when the Bundesliga returns on January 12th. Their matchup versus Leverkusen begins a full slate of match day 18 games, completed with a Sunday doubleheader, as [INAUDIBLE] starts their comeback versus Gladbach.