Last season’s second-placed team Bayer Leverkusen are third-favourites in bwin’s title betting market for the 2011-12 campaign, although questions remain about their ability to mount an effective challenge.
Odds of 9/1 certainly look attractive for a team who only finished seven points off top spot – and ahead of favourites Bayern Munich – last time around.
A successful £25 free bet on Leverkusen to finish first, available to new customers who sign up for a new bwin account, would return £250.
However, recent developments suggest that Leverkusen might have to wait a while longer before clinching their first ever league crown.
Coach Jupp Heynckes has moved from Leverkusen to Bayern Munich and is keen on bringing one of Leverkusen’s star players with him to the Allianz Arena.
Arturo Vidal attracted the attentions of a number of leading European clubs with his displays last season, during which he scored ten league goals from midfield.
However, it appears that Bayern are leading the race for his signature and the Bavarians are in a strong position given the Chilean has just a year remaining on his contract.
But rather than wait for a year, Heynckes is keen to tie up the deal sooner rather than later.
“Arturo has insisted to me he is keen on joining Bayern Munich. If it does not work out this summer, it will go through next summer on a Bosman,” Heynckes told Bild.
“It’s not very clever to keep hold of a player that definitely wants to move on, although he has a year left on his deal. History has proved that.”
As if the prospect of losing your top league goalscorer isn’t enough, new Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt has also been hit by the news that goalkeeper Rene Adler looks set to miss some of the season after damaging his knee in a friendly.
With this in mind, the title could be beyond Leverkusen’s reach and a better bet might be on them securing a place in the top four at odds of 11/20.
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