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Odds to Win Bundesliga: Borussia sinks Bayern in derby to remain four points clear

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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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