Another quick and dirty guide, this time to the Bundesliga;
Title: Bayern Munich are understandably odds on for a seventh title, but it remains to be seen how Nico Kovac’s first season at the club goes and it’s possible that the core of their side has peaked. They’re too short to back seriously at 1/8, but if the rest of the league can’t get within hailing distance – and many of them have their own issues – then they might be worth backing on the handicap, giving 15 points and more to the rest of the league.
Advice: 1 pt Bayern Munich Scr on Season H’Cap (14/1 Sportingbet)
Top 4: The loss of Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer is a blow for Schalke, who must cope with Champions League football, but that said there was eight points between them and third so the 10/11 on them to finish in the European places once again. They’ve signed well to atone for the loss of their two tailsmen and with many other teams either rebuilding or losing players, the 3/1 on them winning without Munich or Dortmund, and in the without Munich markets, does make appeal. Borussia Dortmund started like a house on fire under Peter Bosz before things went haywire, but the arrival of Lucien Favre ought to change things right up and he has a lot of talent to work with. The club have claimed that this is a rebuild for them, but they managed to finish fourth last season after the breakdown with Bosz so even a return to normality should give them a serious chance.
Advice: 2 pts Schalke to finish in Top Four (evs Bet365, 10/11 general), 1 pt Schalke w/o Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund (3/1 general), 2 pts Borussia Dortmund w/o Bayern Munich (4/5 general)
Relegation: Freiburg finished last season poorly and could be at risk again, but Mainz have lost out in the transfer market with centre backs Leon Balgoun and Diallo having moved whilst top scorer Yoshiri Muto is now at Newcastle. They could be value at 4/1 to go down whilst Nurmberg and Fortuna Dusseldorf will obviously be in the running, but they’re evens.
Advice: 1 pt win Mainz (4/1 888Sport)
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski wins these in his sleep but he’s 1/2 for the accolade and there’s very little interest in taking him on.