Another season, another title for Bayern Munich. The German juggernauts ended the year with a sizeable lead over the league, but newcomers RB Leipzig gave them a bit of a scare early on.
As the German clubs rebuild before the 2017-18 season, let’s preview where our favorites stand. Will RasenBallsport Leipzig go one better this season and finish first? Will Bayern Dortmund disrupt the party like they did in 2011 and ‘12? Or will Bayern Munich prevail once again?
Below is a look at how the league should shape up. But what do all the odds mean? Check out our in-depth guide on how to bet online for the answers.
In the meantime, here are the numbers!
2017-18 Bundesliga Odds
The Bavarian behemoths are seeking their sixth consecutive title, and once again, they open as the heavy odds-on favorite. With Colombian superstar James Rodríguez joining the ranks, Bayern adds a little more depth to their star-studded line-up.
They also have three promising youngsters entering the squad — Corentin Tolisso, Serge Gnabry, and Niklas Süle. As they begin their careers at Bayern, Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso are hanging up their boots.
After an early scare from RB Leipzig, the perennial favorites closed the 2016-17 season with 15 points to spare. With all the fresh new talent coming into the squad, Bayern will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
- Odds to win the 2017-18 Bundesliga title: 1/3
- Odds to finish in the top four: 1/9
Once again, Borussia Dortmund is Bayern’s greatest threat leading into the 2017-18 season. But the club is facing an all-too-familiar problem. Their star striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, is now one of the most sought-after players in the world. The likes of Chelsea, Milan, and even the Chinese Super League are all opening their checkbooks for the Gabon international, so it’s going to be incredibly tough for BVB to hold onto him.
Star midfielder Ousmane Dembele, who was linked to Barcelona, PSG, and Man City in recent weeks, is also under threat. But Dortmund seems hell bent on retaining the young Frenchman.
Even without Aubameyang, Dortmund will be a strong side. But it’ll be tough without their main goalscorer.
- Odds to win the 2017-18 Bundesliga title: 7/1
- Odds to finish in the top four: 1/3
From the fifth division in 2009 to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga last season, it’s impossible to deny RB Leipzig’s meteoric rise through the ranks of German football. They opened the 2016-17 season in spectacular fashion, running unbeaten in their first 13 games and posing a serious threat to defending champs Bayern Munich.
After snapping up PSG’s Jean-Kévin Augustin and Galatasaray’s Bruma over the transfer window, they’ll have a few more promising young players in their mix.
It’ll be interesting to see how the young, inexperienced squad performs this year given the added pressure of the Champions League.
- Odds to win the 2017-18 Bundesliga title: 20/1
- Odds to finish in the top four: 1/2
Hoffenheim finished the season in fourth place, which was a remarkable achievement for the club. They boasted a strong lineup, comprising of key players like Andrej Kramarić, Niklas Süle, Sandro Wagner, and Sebastian Rudy.
Wagner and Kramarić will be returning next season, but both Süle and Rudy were snapped up by Bayern over the summer. They’ll have a bit of trouble adjusting without them.
- Odds to win the 2017-18 Bundesliga title: 80/1
- Odds to finish in the top four: 1/1
A tenth-place finish last season wasn’t a great result for Schalke, but the underperforming club still boasts a strong squad and a rich history. It may be a stretch for them to finish above Bayern Munich, Dortmund, or even RB Leipzig, but a top-four finish is within reach.
- Odds to win the 2017-18 Bundesliga title: 90/1
- Odds to finish in the top four: 3/2
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