Munich Too Much for Leverkusen?
Bayern Munich saw off a spirited challenge from RB Leipzig to clinch the Bundesliga title last season and they begin their defence in front of their own fans when they take on Bayer Leverkusen on August 18. There have been a number of changes this summer, with Willy Sagnol being appointed as assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti and the arrivals of Kingsley Coman, James Rodriguez, Corentin Tolisso as well as the impressive Serge Gnabry.
The champions started the season with a 5-4 penalty victory over Dortmund to clinch the German Super Cup on August 5. Sven Ulreich was the hero, saving two penalties, and he is likely to retain his place in the side as new club captain Manuel Neuer continues his recovery from injury.
They will be without Douglas Costa and Medhi Benatia who have joined Serie A side Juventus but at 2/9, Bayern are expected to get off to the best possible start here.
Leverkusen had a topsy-turvy campaign last year and they were far from convincing when sneaking past lowly Karlsruhe in the DFB Pokal on August 11. They needed extra time to progress to the next round of the competition at the expense of the third tier outfit. There appears to be plenty of work to do for new manager Heiko Herrlich, who joins from Jahn Regensburg, and punters will be looking to back the hosts in a number of soccer betting markets including match handicap and Over/Under 2.5 goals.
Elsewhere, Hoffenheim, fresh from their Champions League Qualifier against Liverpool take on Werder Bremen, Bundesliga survivors Wolfsburg start against Borussia Dortmund whilst Schalke begin against last season’s runners-up RB Leipzig. The following day, Freiburg host Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Monchengladbach begin against FC Koln.