Bundesliga winner odds: Bayern stay hot as Leverkusen slashed
Bundesliga winner odds and preview
The Bundesliga has got off to a flying start and although it will surprise no one to see Bayern Munich at the top of the table, only one point separates the top four.
Former RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann took over from Hansi Flick at the start of the season and the early part of his reign has been successful with five wins and a draw from seven games, scoring a league-high 24 goals.
Bayern are 1/7 favourites in the Bundesliga winner odds, which is about what they were before a ball had been kicked, so let’s look at their prospects and those of their rivals.
Bayern started the season with a 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach which they followed with five successive victories but signed off for the international break with a 2-1 home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 11, 2021
Robert Lewandowski broke the Bundesliga scoring record for a season with 41 goals last season and has hit the ground running with seven already, so he will be a major factor in whether Bayern are successful once again.
It will take a monumental effort from their rivals to end their nine-year reign as champions, but Frankfurt will have given them all hope.
Dortmund have finished in the top three in the last three seasons and that’s where they are after seven games, one point adrift of Bayern thanks to five wins and two losses.
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— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) October 7, 2021
Marco Rose’s side have been banging in the goals but the 13 they have conceded is the highest of any of the teams in the top half of the table.
Rose will need to tighten up the defence if they are to win the Bundesliga for the first time in 10 years for which they remain 7/1 second favourites as they were at the start of the campaign,
Leverkusen were 66/1 at the start of the season, but five wins and a draw from their opening seven games have seen their Bundesliga winner odds cut to 14/1.
Their only defeat came against Borussia Dortmund during which Leverkusen led three times before succumbing to a 4-3 defeat.
Patrik Schick has been in great form with six goals in his last six appearances, while four apiece from Florian Wirtz and Moussa Diaby mean only Bayern have scored more than Leverkusen’s 20 this season.
Last season’s runners-up were 12/1 before the season started but three defeats in their first seven games have seen their Bundesliga winner odds drift to 20/1.
Jesse Marsch replaced Nagelsmann at Leipzig in the summer and he is already under pressure having lost both Champions League games against Manchester City and Club Brugge.
Only four clubs in the Bundesliga spent more than Leipzig during the transfer window, so the American coach will need to start delivering soon.
Best of the rest
Wolfsburg finished fourth last season and have made a decent start to the new campaign with four wins and a draw leaving them in fifth place on 13 points.
Mark van Bommel’s side beat Leipzig at the end of August but lost their last two games 3-1 to Frankfurt and Gladbach, so we go 40/1 on an unlikely title tilt.
Borussia Monchengladbach ended last season in eighth but are 10th this time round and 66/1 to finish top of the table, the same price as Frankfurt whose only victory came against champions Bayern Munich.
The only unbeaten side in the Bundesliga are…wait for it…fourth-placed Freiburg, who beat Dortmund in the second game of the season and are 250/1 to win the title.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication