Bet Bayern Munich -400 as they Host VfL Wolfsburg

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:11 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 4:11 PM UTC

The defending Bundesliga champions will kick off the start of the season by taking on Wolfsburg on Friday. They haven't enjoyed the best of preseason campaigns so far, but you know Pep Guardiola's talented bunch will be ready to start off their title defense in positive fashion.

Odds Overview
As they gear up to try their best to protect the Allianz Arena, the defending champions are locked in as significant favorites for Friday's match against Wolfsburg. Bayern is listed near the -400 threshold, with the visitors up above +1000 and a draw (+550 or so) also acting as a long-shot.

Bayern Munich
In one of the most dominant manners you'll see, Bayern cruised to the Bundesliga title last season, and they're number one on the futures list to do it again.

The Bavarians have already started competitive play, following up a loss to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup by topping Preussen Munster 4-1 in the DFB-Pokal over the weekend. The firepower of Pep Guardiola's team shone through yet again.

One bit of bad news: Bastian Schweinsteiger has been slow in his recovery from a knee issue and is expected to miss the league opener. With Javi Martinez (torn ACL) also out, all of a sudden the Bavarians are looking a little thin in the middle of the park.

However, this is Bayern we're talking about, a team comprised of some of the most talented players in all of world soccer.

When you've got names like Robben, Ribery, Muller, Lewandowski, Gotze, Neuer and Lahm all on the same side, you know some serious damage will be done. Some are still trying to re-gain their full fitness after busy summers, but that sheer quality is second to none in the Bundesliga. Lewandowski appears ready to top the charts as the leading scorer with his new club.

VfL Wolfsburg
The Wolves had a highly successful season in 2013-14, finishing in fifth place after logging 18 wins, six draws and 10 defeats. They scored 63 goals and allowed in 50 in those 34 league fixtures.

Wolfsburg, because of their showing in the Bundesliga, was able to earn a direct spot into the Europa League group stages. It's going to be tough to match that performance come 2014-15, but we wouldn't count out the Wolves.

Standout players for Wolfsburg include Ivica Olic, who had 14 league goals last season, Ivan Perisic, Kevin De Bruyne and Luiz Gustavo. Perisic, however, is recovering from a fractured shoulder and will not be available for Friday.

The Wolves were also recently involved in some interesting activity in the transfer market, as they reached a deal with former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who will have to prove his worth in order to get consistent playing time amongst a talented group of attacking players.

Last season, the Wolves finished with seven wins, three draws and seven losses (26 goals, 28 goals against) in 17 away Bundesliga matches. In this corresponding fixture in 2013-14, Wolfsburg only lost 1-0 inside Allianz Arena, though they were demolished 6-1 on their own pitch later on.

Bundesliga Pick
There only one route we're focused on and it revolves around the supremacy of Bayern Munich.

This is a team that will challenge for all of the major honors again this season. While they try more than ever to re-live Champions League glory, we know the Bavarians are still going to keep their focus for the league campaign.

It all starts on Friday, and we can't foresee any other result besides a convincing victory for the home team, even in spite of the fact Wolfsburg has some top-tier talent too. To get better value out of your soccer picks, consider backing Guardiola's side to win by two or more goals.

Soccer Pick: Bayern Munich 3 Wolfsburg 1

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