The Munich outfit won a record breaking sixth successive league crown last season: can someone stop them this time around?
Following the bitter disappointment of their recent World Cup campaign, German football is in good need of a pick-me-up. The winners of the 2014 edition were unceremoniously eliminated from the World Cup before the knock-out phase had even begun, only managing to beat Sweden and losing to South Korea and Mexico.
And with the German domestic season preparing to get underway soon, it remains to be seen whether that shock will have a knock-on effect. All eyes are on Bayern Munich once again – will they deliver or fall by the wayside?
First things first
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Where should I be investing my money in this year’s Bundesliga race?
There is only one real place to start when it comes to the Bundesliga, and that is Bayern Munich. The biggest club in German football have set a record of six league wins in a row, and their success and strength in depth shows little sign of abating.
Last season, they won the league by a massive 21 points. In all six of their recent title wins, the gap to second place has never been less than 10 points.
Their dominance is quite staggering and it will come as little surprise that it is Bayern who come into the 2018/19 season as the red hot favourites to continue their streak. You can back the Munich club at 1.14 to lift the league title at the end of the season, according to Oddsshark.
Question marks will remain over those who are supposed to take the fight to the champions. Last season’s runners-up, Schalke 04, are all the way out at 34.00 to win the title this season, while Hoffenheim, who finished third, are at 81.00, as are renowned side Bayer Leverkusen.
The nearest challenge look like it will come, once again, from Borussia Dortmund. The 2013 Champions League finalists are at just 8.00 to win the league crown and must hit the ground running if they are to challenge the current standard bearers.
Dortmund open their season’s account against Red Bull Leipzig, a club also mentioned with the ability to challenge Bayern in the upper echelons of the league standings. However, the loss of dynamic force Neby Keita in the middle of the park could damage Red Bull severely.
As the home side, Borussia will come into this tie as the favourites to come away victorious. The Dortmund club are at just 1.72 to make a winning start to the season, with Red Bull out at 4.50 to make a winning start away from home.
By the time they play, however, Bayern will have kicked off the new league season against Hoffenheim. The current champions get the campaign underway on 24 August and, despite their excellent season last term and Champions League play-off qualification, Hoffenheim will have their work cut out trying to get a result at the home of the champions.
Munich, as in most of their domestic encounters, are the clear favourites to pick up the win. You can back Bayern at just 1.25 to beat Hoffenheim, with the visitors priced all the way out at 10.00 to make a shock start to the season.
Bayern will want to lay down a marker of their domestic authority and could be in the mood for goals in this game. It is of course never easy to predict the exact score of any game, but a 3-0 win for the defending champions is priced at 9.00, meaning you could receive close to a ten-fold return on your initial investment.
You could also come close to tripling your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game, which comes in at 2.87. Over 2.5 goals comes in at the far shorter price of 1.40.
Prior to the start of the season, Bayern will also be involved in the German Super Cup, the traditional curtain raiser in German club football. Bayern are of course involved and will be taking on Eintracht Frankfurt – Bayern are at 1.40 to win the trophy, while Frankfurt are further out at 7.00.
Bundesliga first round fixtures
Friday, 24 August
(1.25) Bayern Munich x Hoffenheim (10.00); draw (6.00)
Saturday, 25 August
(1.72) Borussia Dortmund x Red Bull Leipzig (4.50); draw (3.75)
(2.80) Borussia Monchengladbach x Bayer Leverkusen (2.40); draw (3.40)
(2.40) Fortuna Dusseldorf x Augsburg (3.00); draw (3.20)
(2.10) Hertha Berlin x Nurnburg (3.50); draw (3.30)
(2.70) Mainz x Stuttgart (2.50); draw (3.40)
(2.50) SC Freiburg x Eintracht Frankfurt (2.70); draw (3.40)
(2.10) Werder Bremen x Hannover 96 (3.40); draw (3.40)
(2.80) Wolfsburg x Schalke 04 (2.40); draw (3.40)