As was the case 12 months ago, Borussia Dortmund claimed the first trophy of the German season, slaying mortal enemies Bayern Munchen 2-0 to win the Super Cup.
Comprehensively dispatching the Bundesliga overlords could have inspired several to revise their staking plan for the forthcoming season, but die Schwarzgelben’s success is laden with false promises so don’t touch their 19/4 odds to win the title.
Bayern suffered a 4-2 pounding from the very same yellow and black fists in the corresponding fixture last season, but went on to hoist both the league and cup during Pep Guardiola’s first campaign at the helm, indicating the result bore no relevance whatsoever.
A 5/4 payday awaits those wise enough to back the Bavarian force to repeat their double-winning heroics in 2014/15 and their Super Cup loss shouldn’t shake anyone’s confidence in them to do so.
Firstly, just three of Bayern’s World Cup winners started the game at the Westfalenstadion.
Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller were the only individuals on show in Brazil to make the teamsheet and they can hardly have been at their freshest just one month after claiming the richest prize in the game.
Greenhorns in the shape of Pierre Hojberg, Sebastian Rode and Gianluca Gaudino were pitched in to tackle a near full strength die Borussians outfit, rendering victory a big ask.
The win was the sixth for Jurgen Klopp’s side in Super Cup history, but they’ve only gone on to win one Bundesliga crown in the seasons that followed.
Bayern, on the other hand, have won the title in two of the campaigns that unfolded beyond their four silver medal Super Cup finishes.
Furthermore, and somewhat amazingly, FCB have followed up their last seven league wins with DFB Pokal glory, doing so in all but four seasons since 2002/03.
Should they go on to claim a 25th top-tier title this term, cup success won’t be far behind according to recent history, so don’t let their Dortmund defeat be a cause to dilly dally in pursuit of a fantastic price about FC Hollywood claiming a routine domestic double.