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11/2/2010 12:00:00 AM
Who is leading the pack so far in the Bundesliga and who will ultimately be there at the end? We take a look at the odds.
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The season is still young, but bettors can already start to get a feel for how the top German teams will perform both in the Bundesliga and European competitions and the football lines available.
Bayern Munich, finalists in last season's Champions League as well as resident Bundesliga champions, are again the obvious favorites to claim the league title. Right now, you can get 8/15 odds with German football betting at Paddy Power that the repeat is in order and Bodog will give you Bundesliga Soccer odds as well.
Featuring stars such as Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm, Bayern will be a force to be reckoned with once again this term. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mark Van Bommel are also top-class players for the German side.
To top it off, Louis Van Gaal's outfit includes young sensation Thomas Müller, who was voted as the Best Young Player in the recent World Cup after a number of dazzling performances.
Last year's champs opened the new campaign with a win before losing 2-0 away to lowly Kaiserslautern. An embarrassing defeat like that is sure light the fire under Bayern before the side's next encounter against Werder Bremen.
It would be no surprise if the German giants were to have another successful run in the Champions League and they are currently priced by punters at 14/1 UEFA Champions League betting odds to outright win the cup.
Bayern Munich's biggest competition in the Bundesliga this term is likely to be Hamburg, who have gotten off to a fast start with two victories with one coming against another league contender in Schalke 04.
Hamburg, guided by the impressive form of Ruud Van Nistelrooy, is listed at 15/2 to win Germany's premier competition. They will not be participating in either European cup which means they can turn all of their attention towards competing for the Bundesliga crown.
While Schalke 04 have begun the new campaign on the wrong foot with two close losses, the squad has
the talent to hang with the best of the Bundesliga. The legendary Raùl signed from Real Madrid over the summer and the side have also just snapped up Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Schalke is at 10/1 odds to win the Bundesliga and are quoted at 66/1 to outright claim the Champions League trophy.
Two other teams that could challenge for the league trophy are Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen. Leverkusen's most notable name is former Chelsea man Michael Ballack who opted to return to Germany to continue his career. His new team is at 10/1 to win the Bundesliga with the Europa League odds to win the trophy more far-fetched at 22/1.
Werder Bremen will be taking part in the Champions League (66/1 to win the cup) as well as the chase for the league crown (14/1 odds). The side, who have been placed in the same group as EPL squad Tottenham, are led by midfielder Torsten Frings and Italian forward Claudio Pizarro.
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