We are used to the Bundesliga often being a one-sided contest, although Bayern Munich were not the dominant force last season and not once did Louis Van Gaal’s team look like catching Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.
After Mainz’s bright start (which saw them break records), Dortmund assumed full control to win the league by seven points and Die Borussen are 5/1 (Sportingbet – £100 free betting) to successfully defend their title, something which will be that bit tougher considering they are competing in the Champions League.
As you might expect, Bayern are odds-on to wrench the crown back from their arch-rivals and Jupp Heynckes has been poached from Bayer Leverkusen for that express purpose. Van Gaal was a dead man walking at the halfway stage last term and his successor is expected to bring about better fortunes domestically and in Europe.
When you look at the Munchen squad, it is blessed with attacking ability and they can be backed at 8/13 (William Hill) to claim the title, although Leverkusen will be looking to prove a point to Heynckes when the teams meet this season and they can be backed at 14/1 (Sportingbet). Let’s not forget Bayer finished second ahead of Bayern last term.
Schalke won’t have the distraction of Europe this season and last season’s Champions League semi-finalists are 16/1 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to win the title under the stewardship of Felix Magath.