Last year’s league success has not been enough to install Borussia Dortmund at the head of bwin’s Bundesliga betting market.
Die Schwarzgelben have odds of 5/1 to retain their title, making them second-favourites to finish first in Germany’s top division.
Bayern Munich are the favourites for this season’s championship, and they are heavy favourites at that, with odds of 11/20.
So why is it that a team who won the title last campaign have such relatively long odds, and the one which finished in third is so heavily tipped to achieve domestic supremacy?
On Dortmund’s part, the loss of Nuri Sahin will surely be a factor.
The 22-year-old was in sparkling form for the 1997 Champions League winners last season and was voted the Bundesliga’s player of the year.
This helped him earn a transfer to Real Madrid earlier in the summer, leaving Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp with a significant hole to fill.
That is not to say that Dortmund are now bereft of quality, for in players like Lucas Barrios and Sven Bender they still have players the envy of the league.
Barrios scored 16 league goals last season while Bender acted as a successful shield in front of the Dortmund back four which helped the club achieve the best defensive record in the league.
What’s more, Shinji Kagawa, another of Dortmund’s attacking talents, has handed the club a boost by rubbishing claims he is angling after a move to another side.
“I’ve repeatedly emphasised how comfortable I feel in Dortmund. I’m not wasting a thought on a change of club,” Kagawa told Bild.
“We have truly the best fans that I know. Why should I not stay here any longer?”
Nevertheless, the feeling is that Dortmund will be slightly weaker this year, which has cleared the way for Bayern.
Having said that, not being favourites didn’t stop Dortmund from claiming last year’s title, suggesting Bayern could be denied for the second season in a row.
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