Champions Bayern and Wolfsburg open Bundesliga season
Bayern Munich in particular will still be on a high, after being defending Bundesliga champions (odds-on favourites at 1/6 to finish first again), as well as six of their players being World Cup winners. They welcome Wolfsburg to the Allianz Arena in the German top-flight season opener.
The title holders go into this contest having won their last seven matches against their upcoming opponents in all competitions, and are odds-on at 1/4 for victory again.
Two out of the last three times the duo have played, Bayern have been 6-1 winners, and the Bavarian side are 11/2 to score five or more goals again. They are a safer 9/4 to net four over over.
Munich having also kept five clean sheets in those last seven fixtures, and Pep Guardiola’s side are 5/4 to win to nil again.
Despite the club scoring an impressive 94 times in their 34 games last term, they have snapped up former Borussia Dortmund star striker Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer. The Pole is odds-on at 8/13 to score anytime, and a more enticing 2/1 to get two or more.
The likes of Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, meanwhile, have all enjoyed playing Wolfsburg in the past, having all scored at least four times against them in the league. They are 4/5, evens and 5/4 respectively to get a goal.
This match also represents the return of centre back Holger Badstuber, who could play in the Bundesliga for the first in 20 months, following a long standing knee problem. He is 10/1 to cap a goal on his comeback, having recently returned in the DFB Pokal 4-1 win over Preussen Munster
“I’ve worked towards this for a very long time and I’m looking forward to it,” the 25-year-old said.
“Wolfsburg are dangerous, because they’ve brought in a lot of potential in recent years. They have plenty of hungry players who are aiming high.”
The Wolves go into this game clearly already on the back foot, and have not beaten Bayern since 2009. However, they won the league that year completely against the odds under current Fulham manager Felix Magath, and thrashed his former side 5-1, with a certain Edin Dzeko scoring twice.
While that scoreline again is an impossible task (odds of 150/1), and with the Bosnian striker now at Manchester City, then can look to the experience of another Eastern European, Croatian Ivica Olic, who is 11/4 to net anytime.
Wolfsburg, who came fifth in the league last season, are 9/1 to claim a victory, or 5/1 to get a draw.