The Bundesliga has always been one of the most intriguing divisions in Europe and although Bayern Munich have again plundered their opposition, there looks set to be plenty of excitement behind them.
There is also likely to be intrigue at the bottom where Fortuna Dusseldorf and FC Nurnberg are back in the big time so without further ado, let’s go looking for the value.
With Bayern 4/27 to win their seventh straight title, it is worth searching elsewhere and improving Schalke look the price in the betting to top the table without the Bavarians.
Domenico Tedesco enjoyed a fine first season in Gelsenkirchen, guiding Die Konigsblauen to second in the standings and back into Europe.
The Champions League will provide a new challenge and they will have to take on Europe’s elite without playmakers Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer. Goretzka has joined Bayern on a free transfer, while Meyer also chose to run down his contract.
In their stead, Schalke have signed Omar Mascarell and Suat Serdar, both young yet proven players at this level, while Salif Sane is a solid acquisition at the back and Mark Uth provides depth in attack.
While Schalke will need to acclimatise back into European football, Borussia Monchengladbach have a year off from continental duties after finishing ninth.
The ingredients look all there for Die Fohlen, who on their day are one of the Bundesliga’s real entertainers.
Again they have added well, beating off competition for Nice’s Alassane Plea, while Andreas Poulsen and Michael Lang will provide further depth in the full-back positions.
They also have the canny Dieter Hecking in the dugout and although they may be short of the Champions League places, their quality, and lack of European football, means they can get back into the top six.
This is a bit of a long shot but one of the traditional heavyweights often struggle in the Bundesliga and with Hamburg finally biting the dust last term, it could be Hertha’s turn.
Die Alte Dame have sold some key players and look like they need to raise funds with the way they are hawking Marvin Plattenhardt to anyone who will listen.
Pal Dardai has done a great job on a shoestring at the Olympiastadion but they seem to be trending the wrong way and a lack of big signings so far this summer suggests there may be trouble ahead.
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