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Ex-player to pose first real threat to Bayern Munich’s unbeaten start

| 20.10.2012

Bayern Munich lave looked nigh on invincible at the start of this Bundesliga season, with an unblemished record of seven wins from seven fixtures and none by less than a two-goal margin.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has only picked the ball out of the back of his net twice thus far and has kept four consecutive clean sheets.

Therefore, identifying what the next ten league games hold is an interesting proposition and given their start, it is only 3/1 that Bayern are still unbeaten after facing Borussia Monchengladbach on December 15th.

This would certainly be ironic as Monchengladbach won 1-0 at the Allianz Arena on the opening day of last season and it is 33/1 that this represents Bayern’s first defeat for the second domestic campaign running.

However, Bayern have some potential banana skins before that, none more so than a home clash with Borussia Dortmund for their 15th scheduled league game of the season.

Dortmund have won away games with Bayern in the last two seasons en route to the Bundesliga and it is 8/1 that this is where the unbeaten start of Jupp Heynckes ends.

But Bayern are surely more likely to be beaten on their travels and it is a trip to Hamburg in early November that stands out as a logical upset.

Next for Bayern is a trip to Fortuna Dusseldorf, but they are without a home win this season.

With five clean sheets in their opening seven games, Fortuna will keep things tight, but Bayern are good enough to edge an eighth straight success.

A home game with Leverkusen follows, who are expected to be one of the bigger title rivals.

Yet Leverkusen have already lost away to Frankfurt and Dortmund this season, so there is no reason to suggest that Bayern won’t follow suit.

Then it is Hamburg, who have already beaten Dortmund at home this season and the Imtech Arena is a ground where Bayern have failed to leave with three points in each of the last five seasons.

It is 11/2 that Bayern’s first defeat comes at Hamburg and manager Thorsten Fink would have no problems downing the club for which he made approximately 150 appearances in six seasons towards the latter stages of his playing career.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.