Reigning German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are once again favourites with the bookmakers to defend the trophy.
Niko Kovac’s side had to overturn a big deficit on rivals Borussia Dortmund to lift the trophy for the 29th time last season, making it seven successive seasons in a row as league champions.
Bayern Munich’s odds are as short as 6/17 to win the German top flight again this season with Dortmund coming in next at 9/2. RB Leipzig are third favourites at a long price of 16/1. Whilst the Bavarians don’t represent much value for a season-long bet. At times understanding how the odds work can be confusing, because different bookmakers display the odds in their own way for the users. To avoid confusion you can go to https://www.soccerbetting365.com/guide/understanding-odds/ where it’s all explained, plain and simple. You can also find free bets from several bookmakers there, which will help you increase your stake.
The defending champions won’t be resting on their laurels this season as they have strengthened at the back. Despite Mats Hummels returning to Borussia Dortmund, Bayern are well-equipped in the centre of their defence with the €80 million arrival of Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid. The 2018 World Cup winner can play both left-back and centre-back. Niklas Sule has already established himself alongside Jerome Boateng anyway.
Despite having one of the best right-backs in the world in Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich have also landed Benjamin Pavard from relegated VfB Stuttgart this summer. Another starter in the 2018 World Cup final, it will be interesting to see what role Kovac has for both Kimmich and Pavard.
Two Bayern Munich legends did announce their retirement this summer – Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. Both were more squad players last season as the likes of Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry saw more game time. Though there’s no doubt the experienced pair will be a loss to the record champions of Germany, particularly in the Champions League where Bayern Munich will be looking to repeat their success of 2013 in the coming seasons.
James Rodriguez has also returned to Real Madrid following his two-year loan at the Allianz Arena. The Colombian made 13 Bundesliga starts and a further seven appearances from the bench last season. Again, Niko Kovac has plenty of talent in centre midfield already, with the likes of Thomas Muller, Thiago Alcantara and Leon Goretzka.
The line continues to be lead by 31-year-old Robert Lewandowski, who continues to score goal after goal in the Bundesliga. Don’t expect anything different from the former Borussia Dortmund hitman this season. Muller and Gnabry can play there if required, whilst youngster Jann-Fiete Arp was recruited from HSV this summer. And although the 19-year-old didn’t fire home too many goals in the 2. Bundesliga last season for the promotion chasers, he’s still very young and developing.
There you have it, it’s going to be extremely difficult for anyone to dethrone Bayern Munich from their title this season. Borussia Dortmund have been hit by the loss of Abdou Diallo to Paris Saint-Germain. Albeit they have a ready-made replacement in Mats Hummels. But Lucien Favre’s side still aren’t as strong at the back as the champions, which was ultimately their undoing last season as they fell apart at time in surrendering their lead over Bayern Munich to finish runners-up.