2012 Bundesliga Season Preview
With only two Bundesliga titles in six years, Bayern Munchen are going through somewhat of a baron spell for a club of such decorated achievement. Having seen a rivalry with Borussia Dortmund flourish in the past seasons, with 'Die Schwarzgelben' notching two consecutive titles, a strong preseason has football odds starting to turn in their favour.
A win in the newly revamped DFL-Supercup has seen Bayern tipped to take the honours in 2012, and big signings such as Mario Mandzukic and Xherdan Shaqiri have bolstered their already impressive squad. The squad has more depth than in 2011/12, and the team is 5/6 favourites with Hills to win the Bundesliga shield.
Of course, one pre-season loss doesn't rule out Dortmund, who have some impressive attacking options, including Polish pair Jakub Blaszxzykowski and Robert Lewandowski. A big addition to the squad from Borussia Monchengladbach is 2011/12 Bundesliga Player of the Year Marco Reus, who adds a new dimension to the already free-flowing forward play, and are worth a bet on making it a magnificent hat-trick of championships, priced at 5/4 with William Hill.
Of course, the Bundesliga isn't just built on the relative successes of two teams, and last season's surprise package Borussia Monchengladbach will look to progress even further and push for the title. Having lost their best player, Swiss manager Lucien Favre has instilled a strong work ethic and filled the void by signing his fellow countryman, and young sensation, Granit Xhaka.
Away from the top two, fighting it out with Borussia Monchengladbach, Schalke 04 have impressed since Huub Stevens began his reign last September. Within the squad is a wealth of talented players, and a consistency in playing style, therefore results. Klass-Jan Huntelaar and Julian Draxler will be expected to star for the Gelsenkirchen-based team after the loss of Raul, whose boots are difficult to fill. If Stevens can readapt his system to deal with the loss of Raul, he will propel 'Die Knappen' to push Bayern and Dortmund all the way.
If you are the type who likes and outside bet, then look no further at the odds offered on Hannover. At 66/1, the 96ers looked like a new side last season, and with impressive performances in the Europa League so far this campaign, it is easy to see why Hannover are a dark horse to challenge for the title. Some believe that playing in a domestic competition can hinder a side such as Hannover, however for players and fans alike, one taste of relative success can breed further success, and the attitude that has been brought to the club since the arrival of Mirko Slomka in 2010 suggests that this team is destined for a great fate than a mere Europa League challenge.
Whilst at times it is difficult to look past the likes of Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund to win 'die Schale', much like Ligue 1 in recent times, the Budesliga offers a wide range of talent, and the opportunity for one team to propel themselves on to a stage of their own, and you will be able to find odds on a similarly wide range of Bundesliga markets on William Hill throughout the season, with weekly coverage of live matches on William Hill TV.