Bayern Munich are a prohibitive price to be crowned German champions for the seventh straight year, so we’re looking at other betting markets for our Bundesliga predictions.
Borussia Dortmund dominate the ‘best of the rest’ list, but new manager Lucien Favre has plenty of work to do at Westfalenstadion after a fourth-placed finish.
The 2011 and 2012 title winners were also disappointing in Europe and we’re not convinced about the quality of players coming in this summer.
Andriy Yarmolenko, Sokratis, Mikel Merino and Andre Schurrle have all moved to the Premier League, so there are some pretty big holes to fill.
Plenty of money has been spent on replacements, but 22-year-old centre-half Abdou Diallo and midfielders Thomas Delaney and Axel Witsel do not leave us awe-struck.
There is still talent in the squad but we fear they may be fragile at the back once more.
Bayer Leverkusen continue to flatter to deceive and we reckon last season’s runners-up Schalke have been underestimated in the Bundesliga odds.
Domenico Tedesco came out of nowhere to be given the top job at Veltins Arena and what a masterstroke that proved.
The 32-year-old led his side to second place in the table, 21 points adrift of Bayern but eight clear of Hoffenheim, Dortmund and Leverkusen.
Mainz may struggle to survive
There has since been little movement in the transfer market, but 21-year-old Mainz midfielder Suat Serdar has represented Germany at all youth levels and is clearly well thought of.
Former Real Madrid trainee Omar Mascarell made a good impression at Eintracht Frankfurt before injury problems and Senegal defender Salif Sane is another signing with plenty of upside.
Guido Burgstaller is still there to bang in the goals and we reckon 6/1 for Schalke in the market without Bayern is worth putting in our Bundesliga betting tips, along with Evens for them to finish in the top four.
In the relegation market, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Nuremberg are both fancied to go straight back down, but we feel 5/2 for Mainz to fall is a tempting quote.
Diallo and Serdar are the headline departures, but Newcastle-bound Japan forward Yoshinori Muto will also be missed.
Experienced duo Nigel de Jong and Leon Balogun have gone through the exit door, while the replacements coming in are young and unproven.
That makes us nervous and Mainz to be relegated is added to our Bundesliga predictions.
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