- New Bundesliga season kicks off on August 16
- Bayern again big favorites
- The value with Dortmund
The Bundesliga – Germany’s premier soccer league – kicks off on Friday, August 16 (KO 14:30 ET) when the holders Bayern Munich entertain Hertha Berlin.
The Bavarians are looking to make it eight titles in a row and to continue their stranglehold on German soccer’s elite prize.
But is there anyone in the chasing pack you can push them all the way? Is there any value to be found in the chasing pack? We’ll take a look at the main runners and riders.
Bundesliga 2019/20 Winner – Odds
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*Odds taken 08/12/19. For more teams visit MyBookie
The Bavarians are by far the most successful club in German soccer and if they win the Bundesliga this season, as MyBookie expects them to, it will be their thirtieth title.
Worth noting, however, is they only won last season’s title by a slender two points and it was only secured on the last weekend of the campaign, with Borussia Dortmund pushing them all the way.
— Vanguard Newspapers (@vanguardngrnews) August 7, 2019
This summer has seen some significant departures of some old heads, with Mats Hummels, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery all ending their stints at the Allianz Arena.
The only big name to arrive is Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid – to replace Hummels – but much will depend on if they bring in some new attacking faces prior to the transfer window closing.
Dortmund will fancy their chances this season, especially having gone so close last time around. They have a quality squad and some fanatical support who will be roaring them on every step of the way.
Their summer business in the transfer market has been impressive and the re-signing of the experienced Hummels from Bayern could be a masterstroke. In addition to Hummels, Thorgan Hazard, Nico Schulz, Julian Brandt, Paco Alcacer and Mateu Morey have all arrived at the Westfalenstadion for a combined 120 million euros.
And this makes them a genuine threat to Bayern. A flying start to the season and this Bundesliga season could throw up a surprise.
Leipzig finished third in last season’s Bundesliga are a well-funded club with ambitions to break the Bayern monopoly. Whether they have the clout to make that final step needed to close the gap remains to be seen, but to finish just twelve points – the equivalent of four wins – behind last season’s champions was no mean feat.
Also worth mentioning is that they conceded fewer goals in last seasons league than the champions – 29 compared to Bayern’s 32 – and so they have a really solid base to work from. If, and it’s a big if, they can find another 20 goals this season it could get interesting.
Leverkusen finished a whopping 20 points behind Bayern last season and, as reflected in their odds, it’s hard to see them having enough to close that gap – even after some shrewd business in this summer’s transfer window.
“Bayer 04 have always played attractive attacking football. This style of play suits me and I’m really looking forward to being a part of this team.“ – Kerem Demirbay pic.twitter.com/g0S5UhVAZK
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) May 9, 2019
To date, a total of 60 million euros has been spent on four new faces, all of whom in theory will make them stronger. But, the harsh reality for Leverkusen is that another fourth place will be a result.
Best Of The Rest…
It’s hard to see anyone else gate-crashing the top four, but at +10000, Hoffenheim, Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg all offer an attractive bet to those who love a speculative punt.
All three have plenty of ground to make up but, for us, it’s Wolfsburg who have so far made the best use of the summer transfer window.