Leipzig Face A Difficult Opener at Schalke
Ralph Hasenhuttl guided his newly promoted side Red Bull Leipzig into second place last season, much to the surprise of the majority of Bundesliga fans and pundits. Bayern may have wrapped up their sixth league title in a row but Leipzig weren’t far behind and gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side a few scares along the way.
The club have kept the majority of their players over the course of the summer, even fending off bids in the region of £75million ($123million AUD) for star asset Naby Keita amidst interest from EPL club Liverpool.
Central defender Willi Orban impressed in the heart of the defence last season and has been rewarded with the captaincy for the 2017-18 Bundesliga season. Their campaign begins on August 19 with a difficult-looking trip to face Schalke and they will be looking to get off to the best possible start.
The hosts finished in the final European spot last season and remained unbeaten in their last seven home matches, a run which included a 1-1 draw with Red Bull Leipzig. The draw will once again be a popular selection and it is priced around 23/10. Punters may wish to sign-up to a new bookmaker prior to the commencement of the new Bundesliga campaign and they can take a look at the top 10 Australian online bookies here.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund start their campaign on the road as they travel to face Wolfsburg without wantaway winger Ousmane Dembele and Hoffenheim host Werder Bremen. Champions Bayern Munich open up against Bayer Leverkusen on August 18 at the Allianz Arena and Stuttgart make their return to the top flight with a trip to the capital to face Hertha. Finally, Borussia Monchengladbach face a tricky assignment as they aim to break down a stubborn FC Koln outfit on August 20.