Bundesliga Odds: Bayern Munich Betting Favorite to Repeat as German Champions

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2014

Bayern's Thomas Mueller, left, lifts a ball besides his teammate Bayern's Rafinha of Brazil during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart, in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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To say Bayern Munich was the class of the Bundesliga last season would be an understatement.

They suffered just two losses all season and were 19 points clear of second-place finisher Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern is loaded all over the pitch and have one of the best goalies in the world in Manuel Neuer, who won the Golden Glove at the World Cup.

Bayern Munich is at 1-6 to win the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund at 6-1, according to soccer betting shops monitored by Odds Shark.

All of the other squads are long shots in terms of betting odds with Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen the nearest challengers, both at 33-1.

Germany won the World Cup, and many of the players on the squad play for Bayern including Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Also with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, who also had a good World Cup despite his flopping antics, Bayern has a ton of world-class talent. It would be a major surprise if they did not win the league title.

Even the summer transfer of Mario Mandzukic to Atletico Madrid won’t knock them down a peg on the league betting ladder.

Borussia Dortmund lost Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich, but they still have a good squad that finished second last season. However, they have not made any big moves to improve their squad, which is why they don’t have great odds.

They finished far behind Bayern last season but did beat them 4-2 in the German Super Cup.

Schalke 04 is obviously a long shot at 33-1, but they have a good attack with the likes of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Julian Draxler and newcomer Christian Clemens. They finished third last season in the league and have to avoid the poor start that hurt their title chances last season.

Bayer Leverkusen (33-1) finished fourth in league play last season, and they let a few players go on loans. However, they have not made any moves of note in the off-season and must improve their road record, as they recorded seven losses last season.

Here are the odds to win the Bundesliga per Odds Shark as of July 28.

Bayern Munich 1-6

Borussia Dortmund 6-1

Schalke 04 33-1

Bayer Leverkusen 33-1

VfL Wolfsburg 50-1

Monchengladbach 200-1

Hoffenheim 250-1

Mainz 05 500-1

VfB Stuttgart 500-1

Hamburg 500-1

Hannover 96 1000-1

Augsburg 1000-1

FC Koln 1000-1

Werden Bremen 1000-1

Freiburg 1500-1

Hertha Berlin 1500-1

Eintracht Frankfurt 1500-1

Paderborn 2500-1