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Odds to Win Bundesliga: Wins for Bayern and Borussia in race to the top

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There were wins for both the clear favorites and their nearest challengers this past week, as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both recorded 3-1 victories in the third round of this season’s Bundesliga campaign. On Friday night, a goal from new arrival Paco Alcacer helped Borussia to a comfortable win over Eintracht Frankfurt as they moved up to seven points from their opening three encounters.

Bayern, meanwhile, was forced to come from behind to beat Bayer Leverkusen. Veteran Arjen Robben and Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez both found the back of the net as Bayern maintained its 100 per cent start to the new season.


There was an impressive performance from Jordan Sancho as Dortmund got back to winning ways at the expense of Eintracht. The youngster came off the bench after the interval to set up the second goal for Borussia as Lucien Favre’s side found its groove to put this league contest beyond their opponents.

Sancho now has three assists in four games for Dortmund and his form could be key to the intensity and length of his side’s title challenge. The club sits second in the table with two wins and a draw from three matches.

However, despite the win, there remains no change in Borussia’s price to win a first German league title since the days when Jurgen Klopp was in the dugout. Borussia remains at +1200 and catching Bayern remains very much a tall order.

Dortmund is, however, the favorite to finish up as “best of the rest.” You can back the club at -138 to finish top of the pile, excluding Bayern Munich from the betting, and given their encouraging form at the start of this season, that would seem a sensible bet to make.

Perhaps most encouraging for Dortmund fans was seeing Spanish striker Alcácer get off the mark straight away. The 24-year-old is at +1400 to finish the campaign as top scorer, with only Timo Werner of RB Leipzig and a certain Robert Lewandowski at shorter odds.

Dortmund now has two testing away games, first against Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League before they travel to meet Hoffenheim in domestic competition this weekend. Hoffenheim has lost two of its opening three games and Borussia will be hoping to build up a head of steam if it is to catch Bayern.


Meanwhile, Bayern’s 100 per cent record remains very much intact following a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen this past Saturday. The result condemned the visitors to their fourth loss in a row while Bayern kept its two-point lead at the top of the table with relative ease, despite falling behind in just the fifth minute.

The result means that Bayern has now scored three goals in all three of its Bundesliga games played so far, and so strong is their attack that keeping them at bay looks a nearly impossible task. With their ability to dominate possession and simply run opponents into the ground, finding someone with the ability to stop Bayern in their tracks may well turn into a fruitless search.

Their victory this weekend has seen their odds on retaining the Bundesliga title slashed from -1400 to -1800. Polish international striker Robert Lewandowski may have been off the scoresheet this week but, at -225, he remains the overwhelming favorite to win the Bundesliga Golden Boot award come the end of the season.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, will have been disappointed to relinquish their 100 per cent start to the season after being held to a 2-2 draw by Hertha Berlin. The club sits third in the table with seven points from three games, yet despite that positive start to the campaign is still out at +500 to finish in the top four.

Conversely, Leverkusen’s price to finish in the top four has risen slightly to +150, but the club has yet to get a single point on the board. Alongside Schalke, the side has lost all three of its matches played thus far, is scoring at a rate of less than a goal a game and has already leaked eight goals – that is 2.66 goals per match.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of September 17 at [custom:bodog-link

  • Bayern Munich -1800
  • Borussia Dortmund +1200
  • RB Leipzig +6600
  • FC Schalke 04 +15000
  • Hoffenheim +15000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +25000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +25000
  • VfL Wolfsburg +25000
  • Hertha Berlin +25000
  • VfB Stuttgart +50000
  • SV Werder Bremen +50000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +75000
  • Augsburg +100000
  • FSV Mainz +150000
  • Hannover 96 +150000
  • Sport-Club Freiburg +200000
  • Nurnberg +250000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +300000

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The overwhelming favorites to retain their German league crown, Bayern Munich comprehensively dispatched Stuttgart 3-0 this past weekend to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller were once again on the scoresheet, as Bayern made it six points from six, with six goals scored as well.

In addition, Lewandowski now has six goals in his last four games for the German giants and underlines just why they are expected to win the title once again come the end of the season. Stuttgart offered scant resistance and Bayern have now seen their price drop to -1400 for them to get their hands on a seventh successive Bundesliga crown.

Dortmund drops early points in title chase

There was bad news for title rivals Borussia Dortmund, however, as they could only muster a goalless draw away to Hannover 96. Dortmund hit the woodwork twice but could not find the back of the net and as a result have fallen behind the likes of Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin in the admittedly very early-season table.

Borussia romped to a 4-1 win over RB Leipzig last time out and, with there never having been a goalless draw between Hannover and Dortmund previously, it was thought another three points would be clocked up this time around as well. However, dropped points so early on in the season has seen their price to win the title rise slightly, from +900 to +1200.

And things could have been worse for Borussia had Hannover taken a late chance to snatch a winner. The club remains at just -500 to finish in the top four but, without a league title since 2012 and a disappointing fourth-place finish last season, Lucien Favre was expected to mount a serious challenge to Bayern’s dominance over the coming months.

Their main hope for goals would look to come from Spanish striker Paco Alcácer, with the 25-year-old at +1600 to win the country’s Golden Boot award. Only Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski (-250) is ahead of him in the betting stakes.

Next up for Borussia is a home game against Eintracht Frankfurt once the international break is out of the way. Eintracht is just a point behind Borussia in the table, but this really is a game Dortmund should be winning if they harbour genuine hopes of challenging Bayern at the top of the table over the coming months.

Bayern underlines Bundesliga dominance

There would remain, it would appear, no one to match the might and force of this current Bayern Munich side, however. The league champions steamrolled their way to a 3-0 victory without ever looking in danger, and unless Borussia gets their act together in the next few weeks then we could be seeing a procession toward the title.

There were rumors linking Lewandowski with a move away from Bayern over the summer, but he has started the season in exceptional form. He has now netted against Hoffenheim and Stuttgart, and netted a hat trick in the German Super Cup and, as mentioned above, the Polish international is the red-hot favorite to finish the season as top scorer in the German top tier.

Wolfsburg are also on six points after a comfortable 3-1 win away to Bayer Leverkusen. Bayer have made a dreadful start to the season having lost both of their opening games but are priced at +137 to finish the season in the top four.

Despite their promising start to the season which has seen them take six points from six available, Wolfsburg are out at +500 to finish in the top four. Hertha Berlin, the other team to maintain a 100 per cent record after the opening two rounds, are even further out (+700) to finish in the first four places.

Bayern’s next league encounter is a home meeting with Bayer Leverkusen, who sit next to bottom with five goals conceded already. They will need to try and plug the holes in their back line with Lewandowski on the prowl, but in all likelihood it will be another three points in the bag for the champions.

With RB Leipzig the third favorite at +6600 to win the title, the only realistic challenge would look to come from Borussia Dortmund. Three points is an absolute must for Favre and his players in the next round.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of September 3 at [custom:bodog-link

  • Bayern Munich -1400
  • Borussia Dortmund +1200
  • RB Leipzig +6600
  • Bayer Leverkusen +10000
  • Schalke +10000
  • Hoffenheim +15000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +25000
  • Wolfsburg +25000
  • Hertha Berlin +25000
  • Stuttgart +50000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +50000
  • Werder Bremen +50000
  • Augsburg +100000
  • Hannover 96 +150000
  • Mainz +150000
  • Freiburg +200000
  • Nurnberg +250000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +300000

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Strong favorites to retain their German league title, Bayern Munich made a strong start to the new domestic season with an impressive 3-1 win over Hoffenheim in the first round. The boss may be new at the Allianz Arena, but it was some old faces that came to the fore, with Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and veteran Arjen Robben all getting on the scoresheet.

And it was evident through their performance just why they are such strong favorites to retain their national crown. Hoffenheim did their utmost to match the champions but when push came to shove Bayern’s class shone through, and they are now at -1000 to be crowned Bundesliga champions for the seventh season in a row.

Dortmund looks like they could offer real challenge

However, there may yet be one side that can stop Bayern in their tracks. Borussia Dortmund – the last side to win the league title apart from Bayern, back in 2012 and under Jurgen Klopp – comprehensively saw off RB Leipzig 4-1. Dortmund rallied from a goal down to put on a rout and give new boss Lucien Favre the perfect start, as well as show that they can be considered genuine title contenders over the coming months.

It is closing in on a decade since Dortmund got their hands on the Bundesliga trophy, but under Favre they overcame conceding a goal after just 31 seconds to net three times in 22 minutes. Leipzig simply could not match Dortmund for pace and ferocity, and unless they get their act together and fast, they will struggle to improve on last season’s sixth-place finish.

Dortmund’s reaction to adversity was the most encouraging aspect of the victory. Heads did not drop against a supposed title contender, with new signing Alex Witsel putting in a majestic performance in the middle of the park.

Borussia are at +900 to win their first league title in seven years, and if anyone is to challenge Bayern for the crown, it is likely to be the Dortmund club. RB Leipzig, despite that 4-1 humbling in the curtain raiser, are at +5000 to win the title, ahead of the likes of Bayer Leverkusen (+6600) and Schalke (+8000).

Bayern keeps going strong as favorites

But as far as favorites go, there is still no one who can match Bayern Munich and their force, and strength in depth. The win may have come in more dramatic circumstances than usual, but Bayern got the points on the board to get their title defence off to the perfect start.

Bayern has been there, done that and bought the proverbial T-shirt. Half the challenge for other title contenders will be just trying to get close to the Munich giants.

Kovac has already led Bayern to victory in the German Super Cup. The league champions thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 in the season curtain raiser, and it only served to underline the size of the advantage Bayern enjoys when it comes to domestic competitions.

Robben and James Rodriguez both started this game on the bench, and the options at Kovac’s disposal must be the envy of the rest of the league. Thomas Muller got on the scoresheet on the opening day of the season for the third time in a row, and it very much looked to be business as usual.

Muller really brings another dimension to this Bayern attack. His intelligence and ability to run between the lines of midfield and attack make him a difficult player to track, and he was one the Hoffenheim defence could not handle this past weekend.

Bayern travels to Stuttgart this coming Saturday and will be confident of making it six points from six to start the new campaign. Dortmund, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to apply some early pressure to the champions.

Favre’s side plays on Friday night, away to Hannover 96. Having netted three before the halftime whistle last time out, confidence will be high in the Borussia camp as they look to keep up with Bayern and not cede an early advantage to the reigning champions.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of August 27 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -1000
  • Borussia Dortmund +900
  • RB Leipzig +5000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +6600
  • FC Schalke 04 +8000
  • Hoffenheim +15000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +20000
  • VfB Stuttgart +20000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +25000
  • Hertha Berlin +50000
  • SV Werder Bremen +50000
  • VfL Wolfsburg +50000
  • Augsburg +50000
  • FSV Mainz +75000
  • Hannover 96 +75000
  • Sport-Club Freiburg +75000
  • Nurnberg +100000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +200000

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It has been a one-way street in Germany’s Bundesliga in recent seasons, with Bayern Munich having it just about all their own way. With new manager Niko Kovac at the helm of the ship, the reigning champions are the odds-on favorites to retain their crown and win an eighth straight league title.

Bayern are at just -600 to lift the Bundesliga trophy once again come May, and teams may well have a hard time trying to stop them. As has been the custom in recent years, Bayern have plucked a key player from a rival during the summer transfer window.

Leon Goretzka, the linchpin of Schalke 04’s midfield, has made the move to the Allianz Arena, and in one fell swoop Bayern have managed to strengthen their own squad while seriously weakening that of a rival. It is a perfect example of just why Bayern Munich have been able to maintain a stranglehold in German domestic football for well over half a decade now.

Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski were poached from the last team to truly test Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, and right now the champions’ grip on the top of the table shows little sign of loosening. And Lewandowski is widely tipped to finish the season as the Golden Boot winner – the Poland international is at just -175 to finish the campaign as the Bundesliga’s top scorer.

Bayern kick off their latest title defence against Hoffenheim. It will be of little surprise to learn that the champions are at just -450 to make a winning start to the new season.

Can Borussia offer a more sustained title challenge this time around?

Dortmund fans will be hoping for a more stable ride than they managed in the previous campaign. Borussia ultimately earned a fourth-place finish, eight points behind Schalke, who came second, and a huge 29 points off champions Bayern.

Dortmund’s main problems were across the back line last season, with the side conceding 47 goals, a rate of close to 1.5 goals per game. That is simply not good enough for a team which has hopes of challenging for league crowns and other honours.

Swiss coach Lucien Favre is now at the helm of the ship and Borussia fans have reason to be hopeful ahead of the new season. He can instil a defensive discipline in the team without sacrificing the offensive qualities that have made Borussia one of the teams to watch over the last eight or nine years.

The bare minimum target for this season should be a top-four finish, an aim which Borussia are at -500 to achieve. Their biggest problem may well be a lack of an out-and-out top-class goalscorer in the final third.

Nevertheless, it still looks like it is the Dortmund club who will be Bayern’s main rivals for a title challenge over the coming months. Borussia are at +600 to win their first league crown since Jurgen Klopp was at the helm of the ship.

Red Bull Leipzing could offer outside challenge

Red Bull will be looking to bounce back from last season’s disappointing campaign to challenge Borussia and Bayern at the top of the table. Having finished sixth last term and missing out on Champions League qualification, coach Ralf Rangnick will be looking to push on and make progress this season.

The side may have lost key midfielder Naby Keita to Liverpool, but three signings could well bolster this squad. Matheus Cunha has come in from FC Sion, while exciting South American prospect Marcelo Saracchi has joined from Argentine giants River Plate.

Red Bull will be hoping for Champions League qualification this time around and the side are at -138 to manage a top-four finish come the end of the season. Forward Timo Werner will be pivotal to any hopes they have of keeping themselves toward the top of the table – the 22-year-old is at +800 to finish the season as the top scorer in the league, with only Lewandowski ahead of him in the pricing.

An outright title win may be just beyond this group, however. Red Bull are at +2500 to wrest the crown away from Bayern.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of August 22 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -800
  • Borussia Dortmund +550
  • Leipzig +2800
  • FC Schalke 04 +3300
  • Bayer Leverkusen +5000
  • Hoffenheim +8000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +20000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +20000
  • Hertha Berlin +25000
  • VfB Stuttgart +25000
  • SV Werder Bremen +30000
  • Augsburg +50000
  • FSV Mainz +50000
  • Hannover 96 +50000
  • Sport-Club Freiburg +50000
  • VfL Wolfsburg +50000
  • Nurnberg +75000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +75000