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Bundesliga Weekly: Fade Bayern’s Title Hopes

After 11 straight Bundesliga titles, Bayern Munich’s unprecedented dynasty looks to finally be coming to an end. The Bavarian giants currently sit eight points adrift of league leaders Bayer Leverkusen. They were eliminated by third-tier Saarbrucken in the second round of the DFB-Pokal, and they lost 1-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie at Lazio.

The odds are against them as they look to make up the distance on Xabi Alonso’s side and continue their domestic dominance. The Bundesliga betting lines are backing Leverkusen to take home their first-ever league championship.

Bundesliga Weekly: Fade Bayern’s Title Hopes
Munich's Harry Kane adjusts his mourning flag on his arm | Tom Weller / DPA / dpa Picture-Alliance via AFP

Bayern have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight matches; in that same time frame, they’ve lost to Bochum, Leverkusen and Werder Bremen, and they’ll be looking to kick off March with a win at Freiburg on Friday. As for Leverkusen, they remain the sole undefeated team in Europe. On Sunday they will be traveling to Cologne, who occupy the relegation play-off spot, before heading to Azerbaijan for the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie.

It should come as no surprise that Leverkusen comes in at -700 in our Bundesliga betting lines, with Bayern placing at +450 to win the 2023-24 Bundesliga title. Those are tantalizing odds for a team that has won each of the last 11 championships, but I’m here to tell you right now: don’t take the bait.

Leverkusen is the last remaining undefeated team in Europe, they have won five in a row as well as 10 of their last 11, and nobody is stopping them from claiming their first-ever Bundesliga championship. Having finished as runners-up on five occasions between 1996-97 to 2010-11, Xabi Alonso’s men are well on their way to erasing the Neverkusen tag and ending a 31-year trophy drought.

Can Red-Hot Kane Fire Bayern Back Into Title Race?

Bayern Munich’s Harry Kane is running away with the Golden Boot, and we’re backing him to score in the third straight match on Friday.

With just 11 matches remaining, there are various certainties and near-certainties in the Bundesliga. It is a certainty that Thomas Tuchel will leave his post at Bayern Munich in the summer, a little more than a year after taking charge, and it is a near-certainty that Harry Kane will take home the Golden Boot for the fourth time in his career.

The Englishman has scored 27 goals, nine above Serhou Guirassy, and the odds are in his favor as he looks to come away with the top scorer award, with our sportsbook backing him at -10000.

Having scored three goals in his last two matches, Kane is a surefire addition to your player prop bets. He has ample time to match Robert Lewandowski’s Bundesliga record of 41 goals from 2020-21, but time is running out for him as he looks to claim his first-ever trophy at club level. Bayern has been eliminated from the DFB-Pokal, lost 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie to Lazio and are eight points back of Leverkusen.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Which Bundesliga player is likely to score 2+ goals this weekend?


Harry Kane has his eyes set on Robert Lewandowski’s 41-goal record from 2020-21, and I’m expecting him to take a huge step towards that with a big performance against Freiburg.

Does Bayern have what it takes to make up the distance on Leverkusen?


Don’t take the bait: Bayer Leverkusen are not throwing away the opportunity to win their first-ever Bundesliga title.

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