2020 Bundesliga Opening Odds: Bayern Munich Open as Heavy Favorites to Retain Title

Bayern Munich will be looking to make it eight consecutive Bundesliga titles next season and have opened at odds of -350. Photo By Jason Paris (Flickr) [CC License]
  • Bayern odds-on to win 2020 Bundesliga
  • Dortmund already busy in summer transfer window
  • Leipzig and Leverkusen playing catch up

Having just won their seventh consecutive Bundesliga title, it’s no surprise that Bayern Munich has been immediately installed as odds-on favorites to do the same again in 2020. We’ll have a look to see if there is any chance of them slipping up and if there’s any value to be had elsewhere.

2020 Bundesliga Odds

Team Odds at Bovada
Bayern Munich -350
Borussia Dortmund +625
RB Leipzig +1600
Bayer Leverkusen +2500
Borussia Monchengladbach +15000
Eintracht Frankfurt +15000
FC Schalke 04 +15000
Hoffenheim +15000
Hertha Berlin +50000
SV Werder Bremen +50000

*Odds taken June 5, 2019. For a full list of teams click the link in the table.

For the Bavarians to be pitched with -350 Bundesliga odds before a ball has even been kicked appears ridiculous. But such has been Bayern’s grip on German football, that it really is difficult to see how the others can bridge the quality gap.

Much, as ever, will depend on what happens over the summer and how successful they are in strengthening their squad ahead of the start of next season. But with a host of ex-players, including Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, pulling the strings behind the scenes, it’s a good bet they will start it stronger than they finished the last.

New Faces?

One player who looks certain to be departing Munich is James Rodriguez, who has completed a two-year loan spell from Real Madrid. The Germans have announced they will not be signing him on a permanent deal after a stop-start two years that never really hit the heights that they had hoped.

Possibly heading in the opposite direction is Atletico Madrid’s 22-year-old defensive midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez, who is being courted by both Bayern and Manchester City.

Another player in Bayern’s sights is Bayer Leverkusen’s young midfielder Kai Havertz, who has reportedly been the subject of an opening €90 million bid. The sum involved shows that they mean business in the summer window, and this is only the start.

Bayern’s dominance in the Bundesliga has been such that winning it alone isn’t enough anymore. The club needs to also go a long way in next season’s Champions League and much of this summer’s rebuilding will be done with that in mind.

Dortmund in a Hurry

Equally, Bayern’s closest rivals, Borussia Dortmund, will also be looking to strengthen, specifically with a view to closing the gap with the champions, and already three new faces are through the door.

First in was German international Nico Schulz from TSG Hoffenheim, with the 26-year-old left back signing a five-year contract with a fee reported to be around the €27 million mark. Next up was the arrival of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard – brother of Eden – on another five-year deal, with the fee believed to be around €25.5 million.

For the Bavarians to be pitched at -350 before a ball has even been kicked appears ridiculous, but such has been Bayern’s grip on German football

A trio of new Dortmund signings was complete when, on the same day Hazard was announced, Julian Brandt arrived from Bayer Leverkusen – the 23-year-old winger joining for a reported €25 million.

So, Dortmund means business and there will undoubtedly be more new faces before the season begins. A couple more ‘names’ and it really starts to look as if they can challenge Bayern.

Best of the Rest

The only other two teams who really look capable of getting close to Bayern are RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen, but both have a big points gap to close and it’s hard to see, especially with neither having the financial clout of the top two.

So, while Bayern will clearly start the season with a stronger squad, we do wonder if their clear desire to get to the final stages of the Champions League may see them take their eye off the ball in the Bundesliga.

Therefore, we’re going bold here and are going to say we think Dortmund will have what it takes to win it in 2020.

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