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Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen – Bayer expected to win on Bundesliga opening day
With Bayern Munich winning five Bundesliga titles consecutively it is no shock to see the bookmakers have them down as favourites to win again in the upcoming season. Tipbet have them at 1.12 with the season bets option, and they have made numerous key signings in the window so far – adding to what was already the team with the most depth.
Despite a very disappointing pre-season – in which they suffered defeats in the International Champions Cup and their own home Audi Cup – that saw losses to Liverpool, Arsenal, AC Milan, Napoli and Inter, Bayern should still be considered major contenders to succeed in both their domestic Bundesliga and also the UEFA Champions League. Their best player is arguably Robert Lewandowski and the Pole has scored 30 league goals in each of the past two years. In terms of signings, Niklas Sule, Sebastian Rudy, Corentin Tolisso, James Rodriguez and Kingsley Coman have all been transferred to the Allianz Arena and Renato Sanches has stayed so far, despite being linked with moves away constantly throughout the off-season.
In contrast, Bayer Leverkusen have lost many key men this summer. Omer Toprak has joined Borussia Dortmund, Hakan Calhanoglu has left for Milan, and Javier Hernandez headed back to the Premier League to join West Ham United. Heiko Herrlich has a lot to do in his first season, then, as he looks to improve Die Werkself’s 12th-place finish. Lars Bender is joined by his brother Sven after the defensive midfielder joined from Dortmund.
Tipbet have the champions as 1.25 favourites to win on Friday night in a result that would see them go top, until the remaining matches begin on Saturday on Sunday, at least. The football odds also show that it would be a big surprise if Bayer came away with anything: they are 6.50 to get a draw, while an away victory is available at 12.2. In total Tipbet are providing 61 odds markets for this 20:30 (CEST) kick-off.
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