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Odds to Win Bundesliga: Bayern Munich in pole position after hitting Mainz for six

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While Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund remain neck and neck at the top of Germany’s Bundesliga, there is no denying that it is defending champion Bayern now in the driver’s seat. They may have been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Liverpool, but they have won their last two league encounters by the same mammoth scoreline (6-0) against Wolfsburg and Mainz.

Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, appears to have got back on track with two wins of their own. Like Bayern, they were knocked out of the Champions League by English opposition – Tottenham, in this case – but wins over both Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin means it is still very much all to play for in the league.

DORTMUND STAYs IN TITLE CONTENTION

Despite slipping up over recent weeks, Lucien Favre and his Borussia Dortmund players have now recorded two wins in their last two outings to remain level on points with Bayern Munich. First, it took a second-half blitz, including late goals from Paco Alcácer and Christian Pulisic, to wrap up all three points in a 3-1 win over struggling Stuttgart.

And this past Saturday, their victory was even more dramatic away to Hertha Berlin. It took a stoppage-time strike from Marco Reus to earn all three points for Borussia in a 3-2 win as they continue to keep the pressure on their title rivals.

Hertha had led twice but finished the match with nine men, allowing Dortmund to take advantage of their shortfall. With proceedings tied at 2-2 after 47 minutes, it looked as if Borussia was going to drop points yet again, only for Reus to find the breakthrough three minutes into injury time.

Borussia has now won 18 of 26 matches, losing just twice, but six draws means they have dropped points at regular intervals. They are no longer the leading scorers in the league and Favre still has not managed to organize the defensive frailties that have his side leaking at over a goal a game.

However, two wins in a row have seen Borussia’s price on a first title since the days of Klopp fall slightly, to +200 (from +225). Next up for Borussia is a home game against Wolfsburg, and it goes without saying that at this crucial juncture of the campaign that they need to take all three points by any means necessary.

BAYERN FINDs TITLE FORM AT RIGHT TIME

However, it may well be too little, too late for Borussia with Bayern hitting its stride at just the right time. The defending champions are now back top of the league, having scored a whopping 17 goals in their last three league outings.

Bayern followed up a 5-1 mauling of Borussia Monchengladbach with a 6-0 win over Wolfsburg, a result that put them top of the table for the first time since September. The champions were two goals to the good before halftime and completed the rout after the break, Robert Lewandowski helping himself to a double.

A hat trick from James Rodriguez helped the champions thrash Mainz 05 by the same 6-0 scoreline. The result means they are top of the league on goal difference – Bayern boasts a +41 record, while Dortmund is at +34.

Lewandowski was also on the scoresheet, opening the scoring after only three minutes, and from there on in Bayern never looked back. The club may well be in transition but their strength, on the domestic front at least, means they remain the favorites to retain their league crown this term.

Bayern has won more matches than anyone else in the Bundesliga and, despite losing four games, their excellent scoring record over the last few weeks has propelled them back to the top of the table. They are now the top scorers in the league after netting five, six and six in those three most recent encounters.

Despite the wins, their price on retaining the title has lengthened slightly, from -300 to -275, but they very much remain in pole position. Next up for the champions is a trip to Freiburg on the weekend.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of March 19 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -275
  • Borussia Dortmund +200
  • RB Leipzig +100000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +150000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +200000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +250000
  • Wolfsburg +250000

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The ball would now very much seem to be in Bayern Munich’s court after the latest round of matches in Germany’s Bundesliga, with the defending champions recording a 5-1 thrashing while Borussia Dortmund lost for just the second time this term. Borussia played first on the Friday night but was beaten 2-1 by struggling Augsburg as its disappointing start to 2019 continues.

That meant Bayern went into its game knowing that a win would draw them level on points with their rivals and they put in one of their best performances of the season. Bayern thrashed Borussia Monchengladbach 5-1 and is now the firm favourite to retain its domestic crown come the end of the season.

DORTMUND SLIPs UP IN TITLE RACE

Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to lowly Augsburg this past Friday night in what could well be a crucial blow to its title chances. Having been the clear favorite for the crown just a couple of months ago, their chances of winning a first domestic title since the days of Jurgen Klopp are fading fast after a run of just one win in their last five league outings.

In December, Borussia was nine points ahead of Bayern Munich in the title race. Now, with a third of the season still to go, that advantage has been wiped out by a rampant Bayern outfit that looks to have found its feet under Niko Kovac.

The lead was down to seven points after Borussia lost to Fortuna Dusseldorf but the advantage was still very much with them. Never in the history of the Bundesliga has Bayern overturned a seven-point deficit at this point of the season, but that has now happened and Borussia appears to be running out of gas at what is a crucial juncture in the campaign.

In addition, Dortmund has been eliminated from the German Cup and is 3-0 down in its Champions League round of 16 tie against Tottenham Hotspur. The wheels are coming off Lucien Favre’s preparations disconcertingly fast.

Dortmund may have won 16 of 24 league games played so far but it is the six draws that have opened the door for Bayern to sneak back in. They are still the leading scorers in the league but, as previously noted on these pages, their inconsistent defence appears to have cost them dearly.

Unsurprisingly, this defeat has lengthened the odds on Borussia Dortmund getting its hands on the Bundesliga title. Having been at +125, they are now at +225 to pip Bayern to the post. Next up for them is a home game against Stuttgart that they simply must win at any cost.

BAYERN THRASHs MONCHENGLADBACH TO GAIN POLE POSITION

Bayern Munich sauntered to a 5-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach to go level on points with Dortmund at the top of the table. The result was never in doubt, with Javi Martinez and Thomas Muller giving the champions a 2-0 lead after only 11 minutes – from there on in, it was all clear sailing for the visitors.

Lars Stindl pulled a goal back for the home side but Robert Lewandowski restored Bayern’s two-goal cushion less than two minutes after the restart. Serge Gnabry made it 4-1 with 15 minutes to go and Lewandowski put the icing on the cake in injury time.

Bayern dominated from start to finish and enjoyed 63 per cent ball possession as well as firing a total of 19 shots at goal and winning nine corners. This performance seemed symbolic and a turning point in the domestic campaign – despite sitting second, this now very much feels like it is Bayern’s title to lose.

Bayern has won more games than any other side in the division (17), including 11 of its last 12 league outings. They are scoring at over two goals per game and, just like Borussia Dortmund, if anything is likely to trip them up it will be a porous defence.

However, after this win, Bayern’s price on retaining its crown has fallen even further. Having been at just -175, Bayern is now even shorter at -300 to finish top of the pile once again. Next up for them is a home meeting with Wolfsburg.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of March 4 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -300
  • Borussia Dortmund +225
  • RB Leipzig +50000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +100000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +100000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +150000
  • Wolfsburg +250000
  • Hoffenheim +250000
  • Hertha Berlin +450000
  • Werder Bremen +450000
  • Freiburg +450000
  • Mainz +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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Current league leader Borussia Dortmund finally got back to winning ways this past weekend in the Bundesliga with a narrow 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen. The victory meant they maintained their three-point lead at the top of the table, and they must now build on that momentum over the coming weeks if they want to wrest the title from Bayern’s grasp.

The defending champions also picked up three points as they recorded a 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena. With these two pulling away from the rest of the pack, it is now very much a two-horse race over the final stretch of the domestic campaign.

DORTMUND RECORDs VITAL VICTORY

Jadon Sancho was once again in excellent form as Borussia Dortmund hung on to snatch a 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen. This was their first win in six matches across all competitions and came at the perfect time, with Bayern Munich threatening to overtake them at the top of the table.

Dan Zagadou put Borussia ahead after half an hour, but as has been so often the case this term, their defence failed to hold firm. Bayer equalized less than 10 minutes later.

But a fine volley from Sancho restored Dortmund’s lead less than 60 seconds after that before Mario Gotze doubled the home side’s lead on the hour mark. It was not all plain sailing from there, however, with Jonathan Tah heading in a reply for Bayer Leverkusen with 15 minutes still remaining on the clock.

But Borussia saw out the remainder of the match to collect those three vital points. After a wobble over the last month or so, Lucien Favre must now try to use this win as a building block for the rest of the season.

Dortmund has won 16 of 23 league games played so far but their recent dip in form could well end up costing them dearly come the end of the campaign. They are the leading scorers in the division but their porous defence remains a concern for Favre.

Despite this win, the odds on a Borussia Dortmund league title win have actually lengthened slightly. Having been at +110, Dortmund is now out at +125 to finish top of the pile come May. Next up for them is an away trip to struggling Augsburg, and it goes without saying that three points on the road is an absolute must.

BAYERN WINs AGAIN TO KEEP UP PRESSURE

Bayern Munich maintained its recent form with a narrow 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin. The victory keeps them three points behind Borussia Dortmund but their recent form means that, at this moment in time, the momentum is very much with the defending champions.

Javi Martinez scored the only goal of the game just after the hour mark to seal the win for the home side. The goal came from a James Rodriguez cross, with the Colombian playmaker beginning to find his feet in the colors of Bayern.

Hertha was reduced to 10 men with six minutes remaining and Bayern came under little pressure in the closing stages of the game. The champions, who have won the last six Bundesliga titles, have now won 10 of their past 11 league games and appear to be finding their peak form at precisely the right stage of the campaign.

Prior to this run of form, they were down in fifth, nine points behind Dortmund. Now, Bayern is up to second and the gap is down to just three points, with the two still set to play each other at Bayern’s ground.

Bayern has won 16 matches so far this season, just as many as Borussia, but it is those four defeats, compared to one for Dortmund, which sees them down in second place. They are scoring at over two goals per game but, again like Dortmund, their defensive backline has been less than consistent.

Nevertheless, it is Bayern that remains the favorite to retain its domestic crown. The champions are priced at just -175 to do so, but next week they face a tough test away to third-place Borussia Monchengladbach.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of February 26 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -175
  • Borussia Dortmund +125
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +40000
  • RB Leipzig +50000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +100000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +150000
  • Wolfsburg +250000
  • Hoffenheim +250000
  • Hertha Berlin +450000
  • Werder Bremen +450000
  • Schalke +450000
  • Freiburg +450000
  • Mainz +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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It was another frustrating week for Borussia Dortmund in Germany’s Bundesliga as they failed to win for the third game running. The current league leaders were held to a goalless draw by Nurnberg and there is now a real danger of the side losing the momentum that they built up so effectively over the first half of the campaign.

The draw was good news for Bayern Munich after they beat Augsburg 3-2 to cut Borussia’s lead to just three points. The pressure is now on Dortmund as the defending champions have their rivals within their sights.

DORTMUND SLIPs UP AGAIN

Borussia Dortmund traveled to bottom club Nurnberg this past Monday night in desperate need of three points but could only come away with a goalless draw. Black tennis balls were thrown onto the pitch during the game to protest the kickoff time of the game, and the stops in play also put a halt to Dortmund’s intense game rhythm.

This was a fifth game in a row without a win across all competitions, and coach Lucien Favre must do all he can to arrest what has now become a worrying slide. With Dortmund having lost 3-0 to Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League last week, they have now failed to score in back-to-back games for the first time since March 2015 – close to four years ago.

Mario Gotze was guilty of wasting chances for the visitors and after 17 shots on goal they were forced to admit that it simply was not their night. Borussia is now left looking nervously over its shoulder as Bayern Munich continues to close the gap to the top.

Dortmund’s last league win came on January 26 and Bayern has now caught them up on number of league victories (15). Borussia has drawn more games than any other side in the top six and while they may still be the leading scorers in the league, Bayern is now just four goals behind.

More dropped points means that the price on Borussia Dortmund winning the Bundesliga title has lengthened. Having been at -110, Favre’s side is now at +110 to finish top of the pile come the end of the season. Next up for Borussia is a home game against Bayer Leverkusen, and it goes without saying that they must pick up all three points by any means necessary.

BAYERN WINs AGAIN TO CLOSE GAP AT TOP

Defending champion Bayern Munich came from behind twice to beat Augsburg 3-2 in a hugely entertaining game this past Friday night. Kingsley Coman scored twice as the champions cut the lead at the top of the table down to just three points.

Augsburg took the lead after only 13 seconds, the fastest goal in Bundesliga history, but Coman leveled after 17 minutes. Augsburg went back in front through Ji Dong-won only for Coman to equalize once again right on the halftime whistle.

David Alaba completed the comeback for the visitors on 53 minutes to wrap up three valuable points. Niko Kovac now has his side playing some excellent football as they have found their rhythm, and in truth Bayern could have won this match by a greater margin as the second half wore on and Augsburg opened themselves up in search of an equalizer.

Robert Lewandowski wasted a golden chance while Coman put a header against the crossbar, missing the opportunity to net his hat trick. There is now little doubt, however, that Bayern is in the driver’s seat in this title race.

As mentioned above, they have now caught up to Dortmund in league victories and sit just three points off the top. Bayern is scoring comfortably over two goals per game and the only cause for concern at this stage will be its inconsistent defensive backline.

However, a second league win in a row has shortened the odds on Bayern defending their crown. They are now at just -150 to win the title once again (down from -110) and next week host Hertha Berlin in a quest for three more points.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of February 19 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -150
  • Borussia Dortmund +110
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +10000
  • RB Leipzig +20000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +100000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +150000
  • Wolfsburg +250000
  • Hoffenheim +250000
  • Hertha Berlin +450000
  • Werder Bremen +450000
  • Schalke +450000
  • Freiburg +450000
  • Mainz +450000
  • Augsburg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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Borussia Dortmund will be kicking themselves after dropping two hugely valuable points this past weekend in the race toward the Bundesliga title. Having been 3-0 up against Hoffenheim, Dortmund let that advantage slip, with their opponents scoring three times in the last 15 minutes to snatch a share of the spoils.

The error allowed defending champion Bayern Munich to make up ground on their rivals at the top of the table. Bayern recorded a comfortable 3-1 win over struggling Schalke as they continue to put pressure on Borussia in first place.

DORTMUND DRAWs FOR SECOND WEEK RUNNING

Bundesliga table topper Borussia Dortmund blew a 3-0 lead over Hoffenheim, collapsing in the final stages as their defence went to pieces and having to settle for a 3-3 draw. There was another fine display from Jadon Sancho, who opened the scoring for Borussia, and when Mario Gotze doubled their lead just before the interval, it looked as if Dortmund would wrap up the points with some style.

Dortmund started the second half where they left off in the first and when Raphael Guerreiro made it 3-0 after 66 minutes it looked like game, set, match. But then the comeback began.

Ishak Belfodil pulled one back with 15 minutes left, which at the time appeared to be nothing more than a mere consolation. Pavel Kaderabek then made it 3-2 on 82 minutes before Belfodil grabbed his second of the game three minutes from time to bring the scores level.

After such an excellent performance for the vast majority of the game and opening up a 3-0 lead, this draw will have the taste of a defeat for Dortmund. The true test will now lie in how they react to this setback.

They are still five points clear at the top of the table but they have now dropped points for the second week running. As mentioned before on these pages, if anything looks set to prevent Dortmund from winning the title, it will be their defensive backline, and that was in evidence over the weekend.

This draw has seen their odds on winning the title lengthen slightly. Having been at -125, Dortmund is now at -110 to finish top of the pile come May, and next time out they travel to an out-of-sorts Nurnberg outfit.

BAYERN WINs TO RAMP UP PRESSURE

Borussia was not helped by a dominant Bayern Munich performance as they swept Schalke aside 3-1. James Rodriguez put in an excellent performance as the champions proved that they are not about to give up their domestic crown without a fight.

Bayern took the lead on 11 minutes but it was not all clear sailing for the home side. Ahmed Kutucu leveled for Schalke on 25 minutes and Niko Kovac looked as if once again he would be coming under pressure in the dugout.

But Robert Lewandowski restored the champion’s lead just two minutes later, and Serge Gnabry put the result beyond any doubt just before the hour mark. In addition to the result, it was the manner of the performance that will have brought delight to the Bayern fans.

The side moved the ball swiftly and crisply and barely gave their opponents time to settle. This has not been one of Bayern’s finest seasons so far, but they are still very much in the hunt for the league title and of course host Borussia Dortmund in April – that game could well decide the outcome of the crown.

Bayern has now won 14 of 21 league outings to date, just one less than Borussia Dortmund. It is the four league losses that have damaged Bayern’s chances of retaining their title, but they are now scoring at a rate of over two goals per game – only Dortmund has scored more.

This latest victory has served to shorten Bayern’s odds on winning another Bundesliga crown. They are now level with Dortmund on -110, and it really is neck and neck between the two biggest clubs in the land as we head into the final third of the campaign.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of February 11 at Bovada

  • Borussia Dortmund -110
  • Bayern Munich -110
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +5000
  • RB Leipzig +20000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +150000
  • Hoffenheim +200000
  • Wolfsburg +450000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +450000
  • Hertha Berlin +450000
  • Werder Bremen +450000
  • Schalke +450000
  • Freiburg +450000
  • Mainz +450000
  • Augsburg +450000
  • Hannover 96 +450000
  • Stuttgart +450000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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Neither of the top two managed to take all three points this past weekend in Germany’s Bundesliga, but a point for Borussia Dortmund on the road means they have extended their lead at the top of the table as well as shortened their odds on lifting the league title. Borussia drew 1-1 away to in-form Eintracht Frankfurt and is now seven points clear of the chasing pack.

That is because Bayern Munich slipped up, losing 3-1 away to Bayer Leverkusen, once again putting coach Niko Kovac under pressure. They have now dropped down to third, with Borussia Monchengladbach moving up to second following a 2-0 win away to Schalke.

DORTMUND DRAWs BUT EXTENDs LEAD

Borussia Dortmund could only manage a 1-1 draw away to Eintracht Frankfurt but still extended its lead at the top of the table to seven points. Frankfurt made a bright start but Marco Reus gave the visitors the lead after 22 minutes, and in truth should have added to his tally, missing two golden chances five minutes after his goal.

Dortmund was made to pay for Reus’ profligacy in front of goal when Luka Jovic turned home for the hosts on 36 minutes. The second half was an open affair with both sides missing chances, meaning a share of the spoils was a fair outcome.

The point has actually shortened Dortmund’s odds on a first title win since Jurgen Klopp was at the helm of the ship. Having been at -110, Dortmund is now at -125 to get its hands on the trophy, and the league leaders host Hoffenheim next time out where they will fully expect to get back to winning ways.

BAYERN SLIPs UP AWAY FROM HOME

Meanwhile, defending champion Bayern Munich was stunned by Bayer Leverkusen as they fell to a 3-1 defeat. Bayern took the lead through Leon Goretzka against the run of play just four minutes before the interval, but a strong second-half performance from the home side wrapped up the points.

Leon Bailey curled in a free kick to level just eight minutes into the second half, and that was enough to rock the champions. Kevin Volland finished off a swift counter-attack just after the hour mark to put the hosts ahead, before Argentine forward Lucas Alario made sure of the points with just three minutes remaining on the clock.

The defeat means Bayern drops down to third place in the standings and is now seven points behind Borussia. They have lost four times already this season and their leaky defence is causing them all sorts of unwanted problems.

This defeat has seen the odds for Bayern to retain its domestic crown lengthen somewhat. Having been at -110 to win the title once again, Bayern is now at +100 to finish top of the pile, and next week hosts Schalke in what is simply a must-win game for the German giants.

MONCHENGLADBACH GOes SECOND WITH WIN

Bayern’s defeat has allowed Borussia Monchengladbach to go second after a 2-0 win away to Schalke. Two goals in the last five minutes, from Christoph Kramer and Florian Neuhaus, made sure of the points as Borussia edged ahead of Bayern Munich on goal differential.

Monchengladbach has now won three games in a row and is without doubt the surprise package of this Bundesliga campaign. They have won over half of their games, are scoring at over two goals per game and boast the joint best defensive record in the division.

They are still a long way behind Borussia Dortmund and Bayern in terms of odds for winning the title, but their consistent form means that they cannot be ruled out at this crucial juncture in the season. Having previously been all the way out at +15000, they are now at just +6600 to snatch an unlikely domestic title.

Monchengladbach comes in at just -900 to grab a top-four finish and qualify for next season’s edition of the UEFA Champions League, however. Next up for them is a home game against Hertha Berlin, where they will be looking to make it four league wins in a row.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of February 4 at Bovada

  • Borussia Dortmund -125
  • Bayern Munich +100
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +6600
  • RB Leipzig +20000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +150000
  • Hoffenheim +200000
  • Wolfsburg +450000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +450000
  • Hertha Berlin +450000
  • Werder Bremen +450000
  • Schalke +450000
  • Freiburg +450000
  • Mainz +450000
  • Augsburg +450000
  • Hannover 96 +450000
  • Stuttgart +450000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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Another round of fixtures in Germany’s Bundesliga brought another victory for both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich as the old rivals establish themselves very much as the front-runners in this title race. Table toppers Borussia Dortmund got the ball rolling with a 5-1 thrashing of struggling Hannover 96 this past Saturday afternoon.

The following day, Bayern put in an equally impressive performance as they brushed Stuttgart aside with a 4-1 victory. The defending league champions have now won seven league games in a row but remain six points behind Dortmund at the top of the table.

DORTMUND WINs AGAIN TO KEEP LEAD

Jadon Sancho turned in an inspired performance as league leader Borussia Dortmund thrashed Hannover 96 5-1 this past weekend. Marco Reus was one of the names on the scoresheet as he made his return following an ankle injury, and Lucien Favre’s side showed no sign of slipping up in what is turning into one of the most thrilling title chases of the European season – Bayern may have the financial power but right now it is Borussia whose consistency has allowed them to build up a six-point advantage.

Dortmund has won 15 of 19 league games played so far and has lost just once, a shock reverse against Fortuna Dusseldorf. They are scoring at over 2.5 goals per game, but as noted before, if anything is likely to cost them the domestic crown it will be their leaky defence – they are currently conceding at a rate of a goal a game.

However, the way they are scoring has so far meant that leaking the odd goal here or there has meant little. They are the leading scorers in the division by some distance.

And this latest win has cut their odds on claiming the Bundesliga crown come the end of the season. Having been at +100, Borussia is now at just -110 to finish top of the pile and given the way they have been playing so far this season, they look good value for the bet.

Next up for them is a tricky trip away to Eintracht Frankfurt, but right now the task is clear. They must keep picking up three points, especially now that Bayern Munich appears to have found its form.

BAYERN maintains PRESSURE on front-runners

There was a seventh straight league win for Bayern Munich this past Sunday afternoon as they brushed Stuttgart aside 4-1. Bayern went ahead after only five minutes before the visitors found an equalizer midway through the first half.

But three goals after the break allowed Bayern Munich to saunter home as they now look to have found their footing under new coach Niko Kovac. The boss came under pressure earlier in the campaign but has recovered well, and must now try to make up that six-point deficit to Borussia as his side looks to retain its domestic title.

Robert Lewandowski was on the scoresheet once again and the forward is the clear favorite to win the Golden Boot Award come the end of the season. The striker is at just -138 to finish top of the scoring charts, with Borussia Dortmund forward Paco Alcacer out at +800 to do the same.

Bayern has now won 13 of their 19 league games but those three losses earlier in the season have hurt their cause gravely. They are scoring at well over two goals per game but are also leaking at over one goal per game, a record which must improve if they are to claw back the points they have already lost.

And despite this win their odds on retaining their crown have actually lengthened, if only very slightly. Bayern is now at -110 to win the title in May, meaning that Borussia and Bayern are now priced identically to win a title which only one can take – this really is neck and neck stuff.

Next up for Bayern is a potential banana skin away to Bayer Leverkusen. Like their rivals Borussia, their task at this crucial juncture in the campaign remains very simple: just keep winning.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of January 28 at Bovada

  • Borussia Dortmund -110
  • Bayern Munich -110
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +15000
  • RB Leipzig +50000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +150000
  • Hoffenheim +200000
  • Wolfsburg +450000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +450000
  • Hertha Berlin +450000
  • Werder Bremen +450000
  • Schalke +450000
  • Freiburg +450000
  • Mainz +450000
  • Augsburg +450000
  • Hannover 96 +450000
  • Stuttgart +450000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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There were victories for both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga got back underway following its short winter hiatus at the start of the month. Current league leader Dortmund started where it left off with a narrow but vital 1-0 win away to RB Leipzig.

And defending champion Bayern Munich continued its recent winning streak with a comfortable 3-1 win away to Hoffenheim. Bayern has now won six league outings in a row as the team looks to try to close the gap on their old rivals, who currently hold a six-point lead at the top of the table.

DORTMUND PICKs UP ANOTHER THREE POINTS

A strike from Belgian midfielder Alex Witsel was enough to give all three points in a 1-0 win on the road at RB Leipzig. Witsel’s well-placed drive secured a first win for the table toppers after the winter break and allowed them to keep some much-needed breathing space between themselves and Bayern.

Home side RB Leipzig played the better football on the day – particularly in the second half – but simply could not find a way past a stubborn Borussia defence. It was the first clean sheet in the league for Lucien Favre’s side since the first week of December.

All that mattered by the final whistle was that his players had collected another three points, and they have now won a hugely impressive 14 of 18 league games so far this season, losing just the once. They are scoring goals at a rate of 2.5 goals per game – they are the leading scorers in the division – as well as boasting the joint best defensive record, alongside Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig.

However, despite their victory, Borussia’s price on a first Bundesliga crown since the days of Jurken Klopp has actually risen. Having been at just -138 to win the title, Dortmund now comes in at +100 to finish top of the pile, meaning it is no longer the favorite to do so.

Next up for Dortmund is a home game against Hannover 96, and a further three points will be needed if they are to keep that six-point lead. As the pressure mounts, the second half of the season will become increasingly challenging for a thin squad, and whether they will be able to go all the way remains to be seen.

BAYERN WINs AND is BACK AS FAVORITE

Despite finishing the round six points behind their rivals, Bayern Munich’s sixth league win in a row has made the team the favorite once again to retain its Bundesliga crown. A slow start to the season under Niko Kovac saw the side lose three times and the coach come under some early pressure, but Kovac has since steadied the ship with aplomb.

Robert Lewandowski was also on the scoresheet, wrapping up the points late on in the game, and the Polish international will need to be at his best if Bayern is to win the league title yet again. Leon Goretzka also bagged a brace as Bayern rarely came under sustained pressure from its hosts.

The league champions have now won 12 of their league games this term, but those three losses could well end up costing them dearly. They are now scoring at a rate of over two goals per game, and they have scored a solitary goal in a league game just once since the middle of November – in short, Bayern would appear to now be going from strength to strength.

As such, their odds on another title triumph have been cut considerably. Having been out at +110 beforehand, Bayern is now at just -120 to retain its domestic title, meaning that it is fully expected to claw back that six-point deficit over the second half of the season.

Bayern’s next league encounter is a home game against struggling Stuttgart and is one they will expect to win with authority. The sleeping giant has most certainly awakened and now it is up to Borussia Dortmund to try to hold their nerve in what should be a thrilling second act to this spectacle.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of January 21 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -120
  • Borussia Dortmund +100
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +10000
  • RB Leipzig +15000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +20000
  • Hoffenheim +100000
  • Werder Bremen +100000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +150000
  • Wolfsburg +150000
  • Hertha Berlin +200000
  • Schalke +250000
  • Schalke +300000
  • Mainz +300000
  • Augsburg +450000
  • Hannover 96 +450000
  • Stuttgart +450000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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With a midweek round also played in Germany’s Bundesliga this past week, two matches have been played in the past seven days with potential repercussions in the title race. Current table topper Borussia Dortmund was handed its first league defeat of the season away to struggling Fortuna Dusseldorf before recovering with a narrow yet important win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

However, that loss has left the door slightly further ajar for defending champion Bayern Munich. The giants recorded two straight wins without conceding a goal, thus cutting Borussia’s lead at the top of the table to just six points.

Dortmund’s lead pared after first defeat

Of the two league games played by Borussia Dortmund in the last week, the first was the real shock. The leader’s unbeaten start to the league campaign was wiped out as it went down 2-1 to Fortuna Dusseldorf in a shock defeat.

In a surprisingly lethargic performance, Dortmund failed to click and fell behind midway through the first half. Even that failed to kick them into gear, however, and the home side doubled its lead just before the hour mark, leaving Dortmund with the proverbial mountain to climb.

Paco Alcácer pulled a goal back with nine minutes remaining but it was too little, too late. The loss allowed their rivals to cut that previous nine-point advantage.

However, the side got back to winning ways this past weekend with a 2-1 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach. Jadon Sancho netted his seventh goal of the season to open the scoring before their opponents leveled on the stroke of halftime.

Marco Reus put Dortmund back in front soon after the interval for his 14th goal of the season, and that was enough to get Dortmund back to winning ways. The win maintained its now-shortened six-point lead at the top.

Despite a first defeat of the campaign, Borussia Dortmund is still in the pole position to claim the league crown. They have won 13 of 17 league encounters and are comfortably the highest-scoring side in the division.

However, tasting defeat has lengthened their odds slightly for finishing top of the pile come May. Having previously been at -163, Dortmund is now at -138 to hold on to first place, and its first game following the winter break will be a real test, on the road against in-form RB Leipzig.

Munich given chance in title chase

Two straight wins over the last seven days have seen defending champion Bayern Munich climb up to second. First, a late strike from Franck Ribery was enough to give Bayern a narrow 1-0 win over RB Leipzig.

It was far from a vintage performance from the champions but they recorded another win and kept another clean sheet as they kept up their positive streak. And things got even better over the weekend.

With Dortmund defeating Monchengladbach, previously in second place, Bayern’s 3-0 win away to Eintracht Frankfurt helped move them up to second place. Again, Ribery was the main inspiration for the Munich club as the French midfielder helped himself to two goals on the way to the win.

Ribery opened the scoring after 35 minutes but Eintracht dug in as they went in search of an equalizer. Bayern was forced to wait until the 79th minute to double its lead through Ribery, before Rafinha made sure of the points with just a minute remaining on the clock.

Bayern has now won five league games in a row and kept clean sheets in the last four. There is no denying they are now very much back in the title race, after falling to as low as sixth in the standings.

They are scoring at a rate of over two goals per game and those four clean sheets have improved their goals conceded ration enormously. Two more wins has also cut their odds on retaining their domestic crown.

Having previously been at +130, Bayern Munich is now at +110 to pip leaders Dortmund to the post. Their first game following the winter break will be a tough test away to Hoffenheim.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of December 24 at Bovada

  • Borussia Dortmund -138
  • Bayern Munich +110
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +5000
  • RB Leipzig +10000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +15000
  • Hoffenheim +50000
  • Werder Bremen +100000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +150000
  • Wolfsburg +150000
  • Hertha Berlin +200000
  • Schalke +250000
  • Freiburg +300000
  • Mainz +300000
  • Augsburg +450000
  • Hannover 96 +450000
  • Stuttgart +450000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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Once again, Borussia Dortmund did what was necessary to keep its nose out in front in the title race, winning by a 2-1 scoreline for the second week running, this time against Werder Bremen. With Borussia Monchengladbach held to a goalless draw by Hoffenheim, Dortmund has now managed to stretch its lead at the top of the table to nine points.

However, there were further signs of a domestic recovery from Bayern Munich, and the second half of the season is shaping up nicely as the defending champions look to get themselves back in the title hunt. The Munich giants thrashed Hannover 96 4-0 and now have Borussia Monchengladbach in their sights before focusing on old rivals Dortmund.

Dortmund narrowly sees off Werder Bremen

Borussia Dortmund continued its unbeaten start to the domestic campaign with a narrow 2-1 win over Werder Bremen this past weekend. Having only managed to finish fourth last season, Dortmund has won 12 and drawn three of its opening 15 league games this term and is nine points clear of Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich, who sit second and third respectively.

Spanish striker Paco Alcácer opened the scoring, and his 11 goals have been instrumental to Dortmund’s blistering start to the season. Marco Reus added a second before Max Kruse pulled a goal back for the visitors, but it was not enough to take anything from the game or stop Dortmund in their tracks.

Borussia has now won six league games in a row and they have hit their stride with aplomb. They are the only unbeaten side in the division and they are the leading scorers, with 41 goals, by some distance. As noted previously, if anything is likely to throw them off kilter it could be their less than consistent backline.

However, a sixth league win in a row has seen their odds on lifting the Bundesliga title shortened once again. Having been at -150, Dortmund is now at just -163 to wrest the crown from Bayern Munich’s grasp, and given the way they have been playing over recent weeks they are certainly more than capable of pulling off the feat.

Next up for the table toppers is a trip to struggling Fortuna Dusseldorf, who sit third from bottom with just three wins and 12 points to their name. It should be a seventh win in a row for the current league leaders.

Bayern rediscovering magic touch

Meanwhile, defending champion Bayern Munich recorded its third straight win with a 4-0 thrashing of Hannover 96. The victory keeps them third in the table but they are now level on points with Borussia Monchengladbach in second. Borussia Monchengladbach could only manage a goalless draw away to Hoffenheim.

The win has seen the pressure ease somewhat on coach Niko Kovac, who endured a rocky start to life in the Bayern hot seat. However, the signs over recent weeks suggest he has settled on a best XI and formation, and we could well see Bayern roaring forward over the course of the second half of the campaign.

Bayern took the lead in this game after only 63 seconds and from there never looked back. Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry were also on the scoresheet as the visitors ran riot. This was the kind of performance we are used to seeing from the champions, and they have now scored 10 goals in their last three games across all competitions, as well as having won their last two league contests by an aggregate score of 7-0.

However, despite such an excellent performance and resounding victory, Bayern’s price on retaining the league title has actually lengthened. Having been at +125, the champions are now slightly higher, at +130, to hang on to their crown, as rival Borussia Dortmund continues recording win after win.

Next up for Bayern is a key fixture at home against RB Leipzig, which sits just two points below them in the table. A win would prove that they are once again back in top fighting form; a fourth loss of the domestic campaign could see Kovac immediately back under pressure.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of December 17 at Bovada

  • Borussia Dortmund -163
  • Bayern Munich +130
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +6600
  • RB Leipzig +10000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +15000
  • Hoffenheim +30000
  • Werder Bremen +100000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +150000
  • Wolfsburg +150000
  • Hertha Berlin +200000
  • Schalke +250000
  • Freiburg +300000
  • Mainz +300000
  • Augsburg +450000
  • Hannover 96 +450000
  • Stuttgart +450000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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Borussia Dortmund just keeps on going, and this past weekend the team recorded yet another victory as it maintained a lead of seven points at the top of the table. Borussia recorded a narrow 2-1 win away to Schalke, and in what was not a vintage performance, it did nevertheless tell us that this side is capable of winning ugly.

In addition, there were also signs of a continued recovery from defending league champion Bayern Munich. A comprehensive 3-0 win over struggling Nurnberg took the giants up into third place, although they remain nine points off the summit.

DORTMUND TAKEs POINTS IN DERBY WIN

Young star Jadon Sancho netted the winner as Borussia Dortmund saw off Schalke 2-1 to take another three points on its Bundesliga title quest. Thomas Delaney had put Dortmund ahead before Daniel Caligiuri leveled for the hosts from the penalty spot.

But the teenager made sure of the points 16 minutes from time with his sixth goal of the season as it looks increasingly like nothing can halt Borussia’s current head of steam, on the domestic front at least. The side has now won five league games in a row and confidence must be soaring in the camp as we approach the winter break.

Their numbers over the opening months of the campaign prove that this is more than deserved. Borussia remains the only undefeated team in the division and has now won 11 of 14 league outings – to put that achievement into context, no other side is yet in double figures.

In addition, they comfortably have the best attack in the league, something which shows no sign of abating. Lucien Favre’s players are netting at a rate of 2.8 goals per game.

All of which has left Borussia as the clear favorite to get its hands on the Bundesliga crown come the end of the season. This latest victory has actually done very little to change that position as their odds remain the same – Dortmund continues to be at a price of -150 to finish top of the pile.

Next up for Borussia in the league is a home encounter with Werder Bremen. Given the way they have been playing recently, they will come in as the red-hot favorites to make it six league victories on the bounce.

Bayern cruises past Nurnberg

The signs are encouraging for Niko Kovac as his Bayern Munich side romped to a 3-0 win over lowly Nurnberg this past weekend. Besides the goals and dominant display, there was a much-needed clean sheet for the champions, and this was the kind of performance we have become accustomed to seeing from Bayern over recent seasons.

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski helped himself to a brace, while veteran midfielder Franck Ribery put the icing on the cake to put the result beyond any doubt – with Bayern this season, you just never know until the final whistle. The win lifted the champions up into third place, but they remain a huge nine points off rivals Borussia.

Bayern may now have won eight of 14 league games, but those three defeats (not to mention three disappointing draws) mean they have probably dropped as many points as they can afford to. They are now scoring at a rate of two goals per game, but their defence, despite a clean sheet this weekend, remains a cause for concern going forward, with lapses in concentration costing the team dearly on more than one occasion.

However, the recent win has served to shorten Bayern’s odds on retaining their crown, although they remain some distance behind Borussia. Having previously been the favorites but as far out as +137 to win the title just a week ago, Bayern now find themselves at +125 to overtake Borussia over the remainder of the season.

Bayern has now won three games in a row across all competitions, but consistency has deserted the club at key moments this term, particularly on the domestic front. Next up for the defending champions is a trip to Hannover 96, and once again three points will be an imperative.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of December 10 at Bovada

  • Borussia Dortmund -150
  • Bayern Munich +125
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +4000
  • RB Leipzig +6600
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +10000
  • Hoffenheim +30000
  • Werder Bremen +100000
  • Schalke +150000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +150000
  • Hertha Berlin +200000
  • Wolfsburg +200000
  • Augsburg +300000
  • Freiburg +300000
  • Mainz +300000
  • Hannover 96 +450000
  • Stuttgart +450000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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There was yet another win for Bundesliga table toppers Borussia Dortmund this past weekend as the team established a seven-point lead over the chasing pack. It was their third league win in a row and kept Lucien Favre’s men as the firm favorites to get their hands on the domestic crown come the end of the season.

Meanwhile, there was relief for Bayern Munich as it saw off 10-man Werder Bremen to get back to winning ways. The defending champions are down in fourth, although they sit just two points behind Borussia Monchengladbach in second place.

ANOTHER DORTMUND WIN KEEPS THEM OUT IN FRONT

Borussia Dortmund maintained its unbeaten start to this league campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over struggling Freiburg. Goals from Marco Reus and Paco Alcácer were enough to give the home side all three points as Favre’s side goes from strength to strength as we head toward the winter break.

Alcácer now has 11 goals for the German club and is looking an astute piece of business. Borussia has become one of the most dangerous attacking sides in Europe and its form over recent weeks, on the domestic front at least, has been blinding.

Borussia is the only undefeated side left in the Bundesliga and has now won 10 of 13 league encounters. They are the leading scorers in the division by some distance – netting at a rate close to three goals per game – and if you were to point to a weakness, their defence can be somewhat fragile at times.

Borussia is currently conceding a goal a game and if anything is set to stop the team from becoming champions, then it is likely to be that backline. Nevertheless, they remain the favorites for the title after another victory.

The odds on Borussia winning the league title are exactly the same since last week. Favre’s men remain at -150 to finish top of the pile, and with that seven-point advantage they are looking more than capable of going all the way.

Next up for Dortmund is a tricky trip to Schalke, but given the form they are in, their fans will surely expect another three points in the bag. Victory this coming weekend could well send out another huge statement of intent from this hugely exciting Borussia Dortmund outfit.

BAYERN MADE TO SWEAT FOR WIN

Bayern Munich got back to winning ways with a narrow 2-1 win away to Werder Bremen as coach Niko Kovac was able to ease the pressure slightly on both himself and his struggling side. The current champions had previously gone three league matches without a win – their last victory coming all the way back on October 27 – but this triumph helped them climb the table, although they remain a huge nine points behind old rivals Borussia Dortmund. Catching the league leaders will now mean Dortmund having to slip up on more than one occasion.

Bayern has won seven times but has already lost three of just 13 matches so far this season – not the form of a side with title-winning intentions. The side is scoring at less than two goals a game while leaking at a rate perilously close to 1.5 goals per game – at current rates, Bayern is on target to concede around 50 goals in this Bundesliga season.

Serge Gnabry saved Bayern this weekend after they conceded an equalizer yet again, and sloppy mistakes at the back are costing this team dearly. It is something that will need to be amended as soon as possible if Bayern is to start closing the gap on Dortmund.

Despite winning this past weekend, the odds on Bayern retaining its title have actually lengthened slightly. Having previously been at +125, the defending champions are now up to +137 to get their hands on another league trophy.

Next up in the league for the champions is a home match against Nurnberg and to describe the game as a must-win would be something of an understatement. We may only be in early December but Bayern is now at a stage where every game is like a cup final.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of December 4 at Bovada

  • Borussia Dortmund -150
  • Bayern Munich +137
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +4000
  • RB Leipzig +4000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +6600
  • Hoffenheim +20000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +100000
  • Schalke +100000
  • Werder Bremen +100000
  • Hertha Berlin +200000
  • Wolfsburg +200000
  • Augsburg +300000
  • Freiburg +300000
  • Mainz +300000
  • Hannover 96 +450000
  • Stuttgart +450000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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Borussia Dortmund pulled off yet another win in this season’s edition of the Bundesliga to retain its four-point advantage at the top of the table. The victory also meant that the side is still unbeaten in the league so far this season as it looks to knock serial winners Bayern Munich off its perch at the summit of German club football.

Bayern Munich, meanwhile, was forced to deal with yet another setback in its title challenge. The current champions were held to a stalemate by lowly Fortuna Dusseldorf – who find themselves in the relegation zone – as coach Niko Kovac would appear to be struggling to hold on to his job.

Dortmund wins again and keeps pole position

Goals from Paco Alcácer and Lukasz Piszczek were enough to give Borussia Dortmund a vital 2-1 win away to Mainz as it maintained a four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. The league leaders, having beaten champions Bayern Munich in their most recent league outing, picked up where they left off as they peppered the Mainz goal.

Both Alex Witsel and Marco Reus went close and it looked only a matter of time until Borussia found the breakthrough it was looking for. Offensive boldness has been a huge part of their play this season – attacking opponents until they wilt under the intense pressure.

Taking a look at Borussia’s numbers over the opening months of the campaign certainly make for impressive reading. They remain undefeated after 12 matches, winning nine of those while scoring at a rate very close to three goals per game.

The only worry going forward for coach Lucien Favre may well be the defence – the side is leaking over a goal a game and it is an area that will surely need tightening over the winter months of the season.

Nevertheless, their odds to win their first German league crown since the days of Jurgen Klopp – over half a decade ago now – have fallen considerably since the start of the season.  Not only that, they are now the favorites to get their hands on the trophy come the end of the campaign.

Borussia Dortmund is now at just -150 to win the title, having been at +100 in the week prior to the international break. Next up for them is a home match with Freiburg and they will expect to build on their advantage in front of their own fans.

Bayern playing catch-up, Kovac under pressure

Meanwhile, the champions were left frustrated by a Dodi Lukebakio hat trick which earned lowly Fortuna Dusseldorf a share of the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw. More dropped points piles the pressure onto the shoulders of young boss Niko Kovac, who has seen his side – the overwhelming favorite for the league title at the beginning of the season – slip down to fifth place, an almost insurmountable nine points behind league leaders and old rivals Borussia Dortmund. It would take a minor miracle for the giants to claw that deficit back.

The champions had opened up a two-goal advantage after only 20 minutes and at that point it looked more a case of how many Bayern would score. Yet not for the first time this season defensive frailty was their undoing, as they allowed their lowly adversaries a way back into the game.

Bayern has lost three times already this season and has won just half of its league encounters. Of an even more pressing concern is the fact that they are conceding goals at a rate close to 1.5 goals per game, while scoring less than two per game.

For the first time this season, they are no longer the favorites to get their hands on the league title. Having been at -110 despite defeat to Borussia last time out, Bayern is now out at +125 to be crowned champions once again.

Next up for the champions is a potentially tricky trip to Nurnberg. In normal circumstances you would say that this is the type of game that Bayern would win with aplomb, but these are far from normal circumstances at the Munich club – another setback this coming weekend could well spell the end for Niko Kovac and his brief tenure at the helm of the ship.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of November 26 at Bovada

  • Borussia Dortmund -150
  • Bayern Munich +125
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +5000
  • RB Leipzig +6600
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +15000
  • Hoffenheim +20000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +50000
  • Werder Bremen +75000
  • Schalke +100000
  • Hertha Berlin +200000
  • Wolfsburg +200000
  • Augsburg +250000
  • Freiburg +250000
  • Mainz +30000
  • Hannover 96 +450000
  • Stuttgart +450000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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It was a game worthy of the occasion as Borussia Dortmund came from behind twice to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 and strike an impressive blow in the race for the German league title. The win meant Borussia remains unbeaten in the Bundesliga this term and, even more importantly, stretched its advantage over Bayern to a hugely impressive seven points.

For Bayern, it was yet another worrying slip-up in the league. Having been held to a 1-1 draw by Freiburg in their last league encounter, defeat here saw the defending champions slip all the way down to fifth in the table, behind the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig.

Dortmund wins again to stay clear at the top

League leaders Borussia Dortmund twice came from behind to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 and remain four points clear at the top of the table as we head into the international break. Robert Lewandowski scored twice for the champions against his former club – opening the scoring on 26 minutes and restoring the lead on 52 minutes – but ultimately it was not enough as coach Niko Kovac begins to come under increasing pressure.

Dortmund scored an equalizer from the penalty spot with Marco Reus converting, with the German international bagging a brace of his own in a thrilling encounter. And Spanish striker Paco Alcácer proved his worth to the Dortmund cause with 17 minutes remaining, racing through to score what would turn out to be the winner with aplomb.

Lewandowski thought he had equalized, as well as scored a hat trick, three minutes into injury time, but his clever back heel was correctly ruled out for offside. The points stayed in Dortmund, and coach Lucien Favre as well as the club’s fans can start thinking about a sustained title challenge.

The club is undefeated in the league, has won eight of its 11 matches and is scoring at an impressive rate of three goals per game. Furthermore, they have a four-point cushion over Borussia Monchengladbach and a seven-point advantage over defending champions Bayern Munich.

As a result of this pivotal victory, Borussia’s price on winning its first Bundesliga crown since 2012 has been slashed. Having previously been at +275, Dortmund is now at just +100 to get its hands on the league trophy. Next up for Favre and his players is a tricky trip to Mainz, but it is one they must overcome if they harbor genuine title aspirations.

Bayern falling behind

The defeat, of course, saw current champions Bayern Munich slip further behind in an effort to retain their title. Niko Kovac is certainly having a few teething problems in the early days of his Bayern reign, with the club in fifth place, just three points above Werder Bremen in seventh and a worrying seven points off Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.

The club has already lost three games this term and has won just over half. They are scoring at a rate of less than two goals per game and, most worryingly of all, are leaking over a goal a game. Kovac needs to find a solution to his side’s deficiencies soon or his days in the Bayern hot seat will be numbered.

Defeat this weekend saw odds on Bayern winning the league title lengthen once again. They may still be the favorite to retain the title, but previously having been at -350, the champions now find themselves at -110 to win the league title. Next up for Bayern is a home game against struggling Fortuna and to describe it as a “must-win” match would be something of an understatement.

And finally, another club that saw its odds slashed on a league title win was RB Leipzig. RB comprehensively beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 this past weekend to go third, just five points off the top of the table.

RB has lost just once in the league all season and if they can start turning some of those draws into wins, they could challenge Borussia over the winter months. They are scoring at a rate of two goals per game and are now at +5000 to win a first-ever Bundesliga crown.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of November 12 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -110
  • Borussia Dortmund +100
  • RB Leipzig +5000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +7500
  • Hoffenheim +15000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +15000
  • Werder Bremen +25000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +50000
  • Hertha Berlin +50000
  • Schalke +100000
  • Wolfsburg +100000
  • Augsburg +100000
  • Freiburg +200000
  • Stuttgart +250000
  • Mainz +300000
  • Hannover 96 +400000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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Borussia Dortmund got back on track in the Bundesliga with a narrow 1-0 win over Wolfsburg this past weekend. The victory not only maintained the side’s 100 per cent start to the campaign, it increased their lead at the top to four points, over both current champions Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach.

There was another slip-up for Bayern, meanwhile, as they conceded an 89th-minute goal to be held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Freiburg. The result allowed Monchengladbach to snatch second place after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

DORTMUND BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Borussia Dortmund maintained its excellent start to the Bundesliga campaign with a narrow 1-0 win away to Wolfsburg over the weekend. This was far from their best performance under coach Lucien Favre but nevertheless there were encouraging signs for their supporters. One sign of a champion is picking up points even when you are not at your best.

Favre is now unbeaten in his first 15 matches across all competitions and 10 of those have come in the league. They have won seven of those league outings, are scoring at a rate of three goals per game and are four points clear of their nearest rivals.

As a result, the price on Borussia Dortmund winning its first Bundesliga crown since the days of Jurgen Klopp has fallen slightly. Having previously been at +300, Dortmund is now at +275 to lift the league trophy come the end of the season.

And next Saturday is the big one. Dortmund welcomes Bayern Munich, knowing that victory in their biggest domestic game of the season would lay down a serious marker of intent as the winter months approach.

BAYERN DROPs POINTS AGAIN

Bayern Munich’s recovery was halted in dramatic fashion this past weekend as Freiburg struck a late goal to hold the champions to a 1-1 draw. Unsurprisingly, it was the champions who dominated the match but they were unable to turn the lion’s share of possession into a tangible advantage – goals – as Freiburg stood firm.

Bayern made a slower start to the second half, but looked like they had done enough to take the points when Serge Gnabry gave them the lead with just 10 minutes to go. But Freiburg was not done yet and Lucas Holer earned a share of the points with just a minute of normal time remaining.

The setback saw Bayern’s price on retaining the league title rise slightly. Having been at -450, the defending champions are now at -350 to win the league crown once again – leaving them as still the clear favorites to do so.

Next up comes two big challenges for the German giants. First up, they take on AEK Athens in the UEFA Champions League, before that crunch Bundesliga clash away to Borussia Dortmund. The outcome of that match could go a long way to deciding the title.

MONCHENGLADBACH TAKEs SECOND PLACE

And finally, a convincing 3-0 win for Borussia Monchengladbach over Fortuna Dusseldorf allowed the club to take second place. Monchengladbach has won six of its first 10 games of the domestic season and is scoring at an impressive rate of 2.3 goals per game. In addition, their goal difference has left them above Bayern Munich in the table and just four points behind Borussia Dortmund.

Thorgan Hazard bagged two and Jonas Hoffman got the other as Borussia Monchengladbach brushed Fortuna aside with minimum fuss. This was their third league win in four outings – including a hugely impressive 3-0 win over Bayern Munich – and they are looking like a real force to be reckoned with.

This win has seen their priced slashed in half to go on and win the Bundesliga crown. Having previously been at +10000, Monchengladbach are now at +5000 to get their hands on the league title and while it may not be likely, it is certainly not beyond the realm of possibility given the way they are playing.

Next up for the club is a tricky trip away to Werder Bremen. However, if Borussia Monchengladbach has designs on the crown, this is the type of game the club must be winning.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of November 5 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -350
  • Borussia Dortmund +275
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +5000
  • RB Leipzig +6600
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +12500
  • Hoffenheim +12500
  • Werder Bremen +25000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +25000
  • Wolfsburg +50000
  • Hertha Berlin +50000
  • Schalke +75000
  • Augsburg +100000
  • Freiburg +200000
  • Stuttgart +250000
  • Mainz +300000
  • Hannover 96 +400000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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Defending German league champion Bayern Munich looks to be very much back on track following a 2-1 win away to Mainz this past weekend that was its third in a row across all competitions. Coach Niko Kovac came under increasing pressure a few weeks ago following a run of four games without a win but looks to have steadied the ship as his side moved up to second place in the standings after nine rounds.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Borussia Dortmund as it was held to a 1-1 draw by Hertha Berlin following a 91st-minute penalty. The dropped points mean that Bayern is now just two points behind the league leaders as the title race heats up.

BAYERN MAKEs IT THREE IN A ROW

Bayern’s rocky spell would appear to be over as the defending champs closed the gap on rivals Borussia at the top of the table this past weekend. Leon Goretzka and Thiago Alcantara got the goals for the Munich club in a 2-1 win which was their third straight victory.

However, what will have most pleased Kovac was the convincing display from his players, despite the relatively narrow scoreline. Despite their poor recent form, Mainz threatened the visitors, particularly during the second half, but ultimately did not have enough in the bank to take anything from the game.

Bayern has now won six of its nine league outings so far this season and will need to work on its leaky defence. The team is conceding at a rate of over a goal a game and stronger sides than Mainz could well punish them for such lapses of concentration across their backline.

Nevertheless, the win has served to shorten slightly the odds on Bayern retaining its Bundesliga crown. Having previously been at just -350, Bayern now finds itself at the shorter price of -450 to lift the trophy come the end of the season.

Their next league meeting is a home match against Freiburg this coming weekend and it will be one the champions will very much be expecting to win. Judging on recent evidence, Bayern has got its swagger back, and Borussia will need to keep its own performances up if they are to keep them at bay over the next few months.

DORTMUND HELD AT HOME

English sensation Jadon Sancho scored twice but ultimately it was not enough, as Borussia Dortmund was held to a 2-2 draw at home by Hertha Berlin. Sancho had given Dortmund the lead before half an hour had been played before Salomon Kalou leveled for the visitors four minutes before the interval.

Sancho again gave the home side the lead just after the hour mark and it looked at that point as if the points were in the bag. But an injury-time penalty from Kalou earned the Berlin club a share of the spoils as Borussia is now left looking over its shoulder.

They still sit top of the pile but two dropped points in front of their own fans means Bayern is now just two points behind them. Dortmund remains the only undefeated side in the Bundesliga and has been scoring goals for fun, at a rate comfortably over three goals per game.

However, just like Bayern, their defensive backline remains a cause for concern. They are leaking goals at a rate of over a goal a game, and it is something which will surely need to improve if they are to pip Bayern to the post this term.

The draw has also seen Dortmund’s price rise slightly on them being crowned champions. The club is now at +333 (up from +300) to win its first league title since the days of Jurgen Klopp, and with Bayern finding its groove, they can afford precious few slip-ups over the winter months.

Next up in the league is a tricky trip to Wolfsburg, but with a team as technically strong as Bayern breathing down their necks, the message is very clear. Borussia must keep winning to keep the wolf from the door.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of October 29 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -450
  • Borussia Dortmund +300
  • RB Leipzig +8000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +10000
  • SV Werder Bremen +12500
  • Bayer Leverkusen +15000
  • VfL Wolfsburg +25000
  • Hoffenheim +40000
  • Hertha Berlin +50000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +75000
  • FC Schalke 04 +75000
  • Augsburg +100000
  • Sport-Club Freiburg +200000
  • VfB Stuttgart +250000
  • FSV Mainz +300000
  • Hannover 96 +400000
  • Nurnberg +450000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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A 25-minute blitz from Bundesliga table toppers Borussia Dortmund helped the side to a 4-0 win over Stuttgart in the eighth round of fixtures this past weekend. Under the stewardship of Lucien Favre, the Dortmund club continues to score goals for fun and is currently converting chances at a rate of 3.37 goals per game while sitting three points clear of Borussia Monchengladbach and Werder Bremen.

Meanwhile, current league champion Bayern Munich finally got back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory away to Wolfsburg. Robert Lewandowski bagged a brace as boss Niko Kovac eased some of the pressure on his shoulders somewhat with a much-needed three points.

Bayern ends poor run of form

Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich eased its troubles with a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg, although the three points hit a bitter note with the dismissal of veteran winger Arjen Robben. The win lifted Bayern to fourth in the standings, and they remain four points off rivals Borussia Dortmund. Their defensive record also needs to desperately improve, with Kovac’s side currently leaking goals at a worrying rate of over a goal a game.

Coming into this game on the back of two straight league defeats, Bayern took the lead on the half-hour mark and rarely looked back. Having doubled their lead shortly after the interval, Robben’s dismissal allowed the home side back into the contest temporarily before James Rodriguez made sure of the points for the champions.

In many ways, this was the perfect opponent for Bayern. Wolfsburg had gone five games without a win prior to this encounter and as soon as they were a goal down, heads started to drop. Munich was able to capitalize.

Yet despite the victory, Bayern’s odds have not shortened on securing yet another Bundesliga crown – in fact, they have gotten slightly longer. Having been at -500 to retain their crown, Bayern Munich is now at -350, meaning the defending champs are still very much the favorites to be in pole position come the end of the campaign.

Next up for Bayern is another game on the road, this time away to Mainz. Having managed to recapture that winning feeling, a further three points will be an absolute must if Borussia Dortmund is not to sprint out of sight over the winter months.

Dortmund four points clear at the top of the table

Borussia Dortmund maintained its fantastic start to the campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of hapless Stuttgart. The visitors picked up where they left off against Augsburg, opening the scoring through Jadon Sancho after only three minutes.

Dortmund doubled its lead on 23 minutes, and two minutes after that they were up 3-0, effectively killing the game off as a contest at that point. Spanish forward Paco Alcácer scored the third to continue his recent fine goalscoring form, and if he can maintain that throughout the season, Borussia has a real chance of getting its hands on the title.

Stuttgart had nowhere near the level of technical expertise that Borussia could boast and never looked like getting back in the game. Dortmund added a fourth after the interval and it is no exaggeration to suggest that they are looking stronger and stronger with each passing week.

Borussia is the only side in the Bundesliga to remain undefeated after eight games, is the highest-scoring team with 27 goals (the next-best record is 19) and has the joint-strongest defence in the league. On this evidence, they are more than capable of challenging Bayern Munich over the course of this season.

And as a result of their fifth league win in a row, the odds on Borussia wresting the Bundesliga title out of Bayern’s grip have shortened once again. Having previously been at +450, the Dortmund club is now at just +300 to be crowned champion, and judging on the last few weeks, those odds are set to get shorter and shorter with each passing week. Next up for the club is a crunch home game against Hertha Berlin.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of October 22 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -350
  • Borussia Dortmund +300
  • SV Werder Bremen +5000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +8000
  • RB Leipzig +12500
  • Bayer Leverkusen +15000
  • Hertha Berlin +20000
  • Hoffenheim +20000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +20000
  • VfL Wolfsburg +25000
  • FC Schalke 04 +75000
  • VfB Stuttgart +100000
  • Augsburg +100000
  • Sport-Club Freiburg +100000
  • FSV Mainz +100000
  • Hannover 96 +250000
  • Nurnberg +300000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +450000

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A second-half hat trick from Spanish striker Paco Alcácer gave Borussia Dortmund a thrilling 4-3 win over Augsburg and extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings. It took until the 96th minute of a hugely memorable encounter for Borussia to finally wrap up the points, and with it they went three points clear in first place after seven rounds of action.

Their win was made to feel all the sweeter after Bayern Munich suffered a shocking 3-0 loss at home to Borussia Monchengladbach. The champions are now down in sixth place, four points off the top, and even more worryingly have now gone four games without a win across all competitions.

BACK-TO-BACK BUNDESLIGA DEFEATS FOR BAYERN

It is now two straight defeats for German league champions Bayern Munich, and Niko Kovac’s side has taken just one point from a possible nine. First came the disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg, which at the time looked like a minor blip.

Then came their first loss of the season, a 2-0 reverse away to Hertha Berlin. Now that blip is in real danger of turning into a slide as Bayern was barely in this game against Monchengladbach as a contest.

The side was two goals down inside 16 minutes and despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession rarely troubled the Borussia backline. Having won their first four league games of the season and established themselves at the head of the pack, Bayern has now dropped behind the likes of Werder Bremen and RB Leipzig in the league table.

The champions are scoring at a rate of less than two goals per game, and have failed to score at all in their last two league encounters. More concerning is the fact that they are now conceding at a rate of over a goal per game, and have leaked five goals in those last two matches.

As a result, the odds on Bayern Munich retaining its Bundesliga crown have stretched over recent weeks. They remain the favorites to finish the campaign top of the pile, but have gone from -1000 up to -500 to make that happen.

Their next league game is another tricky proposition, away to Wolfsburg. It is a game where Bayern desperately needs something, anything, to stop the rot.

DORTMUND GOES THREE POINTS CLEAR

It was a fantastic weekend for Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, managing a 4-3 win over Augsburg to extend its lead at the top of the table to three points. They now go into the international break in pole position, and remain unbeaten after seven games.

Perhaps most impressive of all is Borussia’s scoring rate. Lucien Favre’s side has scored a whopping 23 goals in its seven league outings to date, at a rate of 3.28 goals per game.

Their most recent form in the final third has been even more impressive, however. Dortmund has scored 18 goals in its last four games at a barely believable rate of 4.5 goals per game, including a 7-0 thrashing of Nurnberg which kick-started this run.

Dortmund has now won four matches in a row across all competitions, and if anything is going to slow them down in their quest for the title, it may well be their defence. Favre’s side has conceded eight goals so far this term at a rate of over a goal per game. In addition, they have leaked five goals in their last two Bundesliga matches, the same number as Bayern Munich.

However, their recent form has seen their odds on winning the league title slashed. Having previously been out at +800, Borussia Dortmund is now at just +450 to beat Bayern Munich to the crown come the end of the season. In addition, they are at just -1200 to finish in the top four which will be the minimum requirement.

Following the international break, Borussia travels to take on Stuttgart, which sits rock bottom with just one league win so far. Another three points would go a long way to Borussia pipping Bayern to the post.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of October 8 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -500
  • Borussia Dortmund +450
  • RB Leipzig +5000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +10000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +15000
  • SV Werder Bremen +15000
  • Hertha Berlin +15000
  • Hoffenheim +25000
  • FC Schalke 04 +25000
  • VfL Wolfsburg +50000
  • VfB Stuttgart +100000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +100000
  • Augsburg +150000
  • Sport-Club Freiburg +150000
  • FSV Mainz +200000
  • Hannover 96 +200000
  • Nurnberg +300000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +400000

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There was a change at the top of the Bundesliga this past weekend as title challengers Borussia Dortmund went to the top of the table following a hugely impressive turnaround away to Bayer Leverkusen. Rallying from two goals down, Borussia put in a strong fight back to win 4-2 and head to the top of the pile.

Their win came on the back of a shocking loss for Bayern Munich, who went down 2-0 to in-form Hertha Berlin on Friday night. The reigning champions failed to react to an abject first-half performance and Niko Kovac’s side slipped to their first league defeat of the season.

BAYERN SLIPs UP FOR FIRST TIME

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich fell to their first league defeat of the season at the hands of Hertha Berlin. Goals from Vedad Ibisevic and Ondrej Duda before the interval were enough to claim victory, and allowed Hertha to move level on points with Bayern. Both teams have 13 after six rounds of action.

Bayern searched for an equalizer after the break but rarely threatened Thomas Kraft in the Hertha goal. There was a worrying lack of cohesion to Bayern’s buildup play and Hertha’s intensity, particularly in the first half, severely tested an aging side.

The result was a major setback for the champions, who have now taken just one point from their last two league outings. Following a 100 per cent record in their first four matches, their early-season advantage has already been wiped out and the momentum they had built up is in danger of evaporating altogether.

Bayern’s next league encounter is a home match against another in-form side, Borussia Monchengladbach. Should they fail to collect three points again, then Kovac may well start to feel under pressure.

The two disappointing league results have seen Bayern’s price to maintain their Bundesliga crown rise. Having previously been as low as -2500, Bayern are now at -1000 to win the domestic league title once again.

However, Hertha may well have provided a blueprint to other sides who feel they can have the beating of the champions, particularly when playing in front of their own fans. Boss Niko Kovac is about to face his first big test in the Bayern dugout, and there will be little let-up on the continental front either, with Bayern set to host Ajax in the UEFA Champions League this week.

DORTMUND STORMs TO TOP OF TABLE WITH RESOUNDING WIN

Borussia, meanwhile, went top of the table following that fantastic 4-2 win away to Bayer Leverkusen. Jordan Sancho provided two assists as Borussia turned the game on its head in the second half, fighting back from two goals down to seal all three points.

Mitchell Weiser and Jonathan Tah had given Bayer that two-goal cushion, but Borussia boss Lucien Favre sent on Spanish forward Paco Alcácer and his gamble paid rich dividends. The visitors scored four goals in the last 25 minutes of the contest and now sit top with four wins and two draws from six league games so far.

Leverkusen, meanwhile, had been staging a revival of its own, having won two league games in a row prior to this game, but the upsurge in form was brought crashing to a halt. Bayer is all the way down in 14th place, having lost four of its opening six games, and any chances the team had of challenging for the league title look to have gone already.

Borussia, by way of comparison, has seen its own odds to win its first Bundesliga crown since the days of Jurgen Klopp slashed. Having previously been all the way out at +1800, you can now back Borussia to get their hands on the crown at just +800.

In addition, Dortmund has now scored 11 goals in its last two league outings and will look to carry that momentum into the following rounds. Their next domestic commitment is a home match with Augsburg, and it will give Favre and his players the perfect chance to try to extend their advantage at the top of the table. At long last, the Bundesliga boasts a side more than capable of challenging Bayern Munich.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of October 1 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -1000
  • Borussia Dortmund +800
  • RB Leipzig +8000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +12500
  • Hertha Berlin +15000
  • Hoffenheim +20000
  • SV Werder Bremen +20000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +20000
  • FC Schalke 04 +25000
  • VfL Wolfsburg +25000
  • VfB Stuttgart +100000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +100000
  • Augsburg +150000
  • Sport-Club Freiburg +150000
  • FSV Mainz +200000
  • Hannover 96 +200000
  • Nurnberg +300000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +400000

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It was very much business as usual for German league champions Bayern Munich this past weekend, as they recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over struggling Schalke to keep their place at the top of the table, as well as keeping their 100 per cent record intact. Goals from James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski were enough to get the job done as Bayern Munich looks very much to have started as they mean to go on.

There was frustration for Dortmund, however, as they were forced to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw away to Hoffenheim. The result means that they are already four points behind Bayern and down in third place, with surprising Hertha Berlin in second and on 10 points after a 4-2 win against Borussia Monchengladbach.

BAYERN GOES MARCHING ON

There was a first league start and a goal for Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez as Bayern Munich brushed Schalke aside 2-0. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bayern dominated the game from start to finish and its quest for a seventh successive Bundesliga crown would appear to be on the right track after a hugely impressive start to the domestic season.

Bayern is the only team in double figures in the goals scored column of the table – with 11, for a rate of 2.75 goals per game – and has conceded just two. Catching them will be no mean feat, and it is beginning to look as if this season could well be another procession toward the league title in May.

Another win has seen the odds on Bayern being crowned Bundesliga champions slashed, from -1800 to -2500. In addition, Robert Lewandowski, who converted the penalty to double Bayern’s lead against Schalke, is the overwhelming favorite to finish the term as top scorer, and is priced at just -300 to do so.

There was finally a win, meanwhile, for Bayer Leverkusen, which had started the season with three straight losses. They beat Main 1-0 to lift themselves off the foot of the table, and can now look to build up some momentum and climb the table over the coming weeks.

Bayer are all the way out at +25000 to actually win the league crown, but are very much in the mix to finish in the top four. They are at just +137, ahead of the likes of Schalke (+275) and Hoffenheim (+300), to achieve the feat.

DORTMUND DROPs POINTS AGAIN

Having been reduced to 10 men, Borussia Dortmund was able to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw away to Hoffenheim. Already trailing in the game, all looked lost for Borussia when Abdou Diallo was sent off in the 76th minute, and it looked as if Dortmund was staring at its first league defeat of the season.

But they were able to snatch a point and maintain their unbeaten start thanks to a late strike from Christian Pulisic, his second goal in as many games. The result leaves Dortmund with eight points from four games, four behind Bayern, and this is the kind of game they should be winning if they are to offer a sustained challenge to the league champions over the coming months.

The dropped points has seen Borussia’s price to win the Bundesliga jump from +1200 to +1800, and slip-ups between now and May must be few and far between. Next up for Dortmund is a home game against Nurnberg and, with the gap to Bayern at the top widening again this past weekend, three points is an absolute must for Lucien Favre and his Dortmund players.

Meanwhile, there is no doubt as to the surprise package of the Bundesliga season so far. Hertha Berlin sits in second place with 10 points from four games, and went temporarily top of the table after beating Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2.

However, Hertha’s challenge at the top is not expected to be an extended one. The Berlin club is all the way out at +15000 to win the league crown outright and is at +500 to secure a top-four finish. Next up for them is a daunting trip to take on Werder Bremen, where their good fortune may well come to an end.

Odds to win German Bundesliga 2018-19

Odds as of September 24 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich -2500
  • Borussia Dortmund +1800
  • RB Leipzig +6600
  • Hoffenheim +12500
  • Hertha Berlin +15000
  • FC Schalke 04 +20000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +25000
  • SV Werder Bremen +25000
  • Borussia Monchengladbach +50000
  • VfL Wolfsburg +50000
  • VfB Stuttgart +50000
  • Eintracht Frankfurt +75000
  • Augsburg +100000
  • Sport-Club Freiburg +150000
  • FSV Mainz +150000
  • Hannover 96 +200000
  • Nurnberg +200000
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf +300000

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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.

DORTMUND GETs BACK TO WINNING WAYS

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.

BAYERN POWERs PAST LEVERKUSEN

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 Bovada

  • 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 Bovada

  • 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

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