With Bayern Munich already hoovering up the next round of promising young talent in Germany, there is no reason to think that they will not be able to add another title to their impressive list in 2017/18.
The bookies seem to think so too with odds currently sitting at 1.14 with Bet365 and others. To be fair there probably is a sliver of value in there as it’s about the closest you’ll come to a sure thing in football right now. Of course, the long wait for a payout is what should be holding you back.
The better market to be looking at is the Bundesliga WITHOUT Bayern Munich. Then things get much more interesting.
There are probably (just about 4 sides) that could finish in second place (and thus win you this bet) in the Bundesliga next season.
The first of those is Bayer Leverkusen who have a fairly impressive squad of players. Certainly a side with Chicharito up front will score some goals and with Bellarabi, Brandt, and Calhanoglu supplying the bullets, the Mexican striker is unlikely to be short of chances. Julian Baumgartlinger stiffens up midfield and Jonathan Tah is the dominant figure at the back. At odds around 8, this is an “ok” outside bet but not one I’d be jumping all over. Most notably because of their poor overall showing last season.
Hoffenheim are next in the bookies odds at around 7.5. With the youngest manager in the Bundesliga, they are an interesting prospect but they are going to have to do some work in the transfer market after the departures of Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy. So far the young Hoffenheim manager has invested in youth with players like 19-year-old Justin Hoogma arriving but the experience is necessary for a title fight and I think Hoffenheim are short on this.
RB Leipzig finished 2nd last season but the bookies currently have them tipped for 3rd place at around 4.33. With the added complication of Champions League football next season that’s probably not a bad call. They have already added to the young squad that did so well last season with Bruma from Galatasaray probably being the pick of their incoming transfers. This is a side based on pace and strong technique and he fits that mold nicely. At 4.33 I do think there is some value here and they could go on to repeat last season’s achievements with a settled squad.
Borussia Dortmund are the bookies favourite for this market but I wouldn’t be backing them. At around 1.83 the odds aren’t horrendous but manager Peter Bosz newly arrives from Ajax, is highly likely to lose his main striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and could still lose Ousmane Dembélé before the summer is out. Maximilian Philipp is a good striker but I don’t think he’s ready to fill PEA’s boots.
There’s plenty to be monitored before the season starts, but for my money, RB Leipzig are the team to be backing in the WITHOUT Bayern Munich market right now.