This season’s German Bundesliga is still in its early stages but could Bayern Munich finally have its dominance brought to a halt?
The German champions are competing to win their 11th domestic title in a row, but a number of teams are fighting at the peak of the table with them after around a month has been played.
SC Freiburg currently leads the table and Borussia Dortmund is fighting near the top as they often do – following a number of key sales this summer Dortmund have brought in quality replacements in the form of Ivory Coast international Sebastian Haller as well as Niklas Sule on a free from rivals Bayern.
Done deal, completed. Borussia Dortmund are set to sign Sébastien Haller, €35m fee to Ajax and personal terms agreed. BVB are prepared for medical tests and paperworks to be signed. 🟡⚫️🤝 #BVB
Schlotterbeck, Sule, Adeyemi, Braaf, Ozcan and now Haller – huge window for BVB. pic.twitter.com/wcB0vjsmKC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 22, 2022
Bayern remains the firm favourites in Betfair’s Bundesliga football betting tips offered at odds of 1/14 suggesting they are extremely likely winners.
The addition of Sadio Mane to replace Robert Lewandowski in the attack was a vital acquisition, not just for the Senegalese’s ability to break in behind opposition defenders, but also for his winning mentality, as the forward won every trophy possible while at Liverpool, as well as leading his nation to AFCON success in February.
On the base of it, Bayern would appear to be almost certain eventual winners in May, but their shaky start has perhaps shown some of their weaknesses.
The Bavarians struggled to break down Union Berlin and Borussia Monchengladbach drawing both games, and Julian Nagelsmann may be starting to feel the effects of a squad losing many key players in the past few years.
Thiago Alcantara and Lewandowski were both long-term regulars and absolutely pivotal to Bayern’s style of play and success including winning the UEFA Champions League title in 2020 at the expense of Paris Saint Germain.
On the Dortmund front, they have also looked unconvincing at times this season including their remarkable late collapse against Werder Bremen, in which they lost the game after they led two-nil with just two minutes plus added time remaining.
The result showed some of Dortmund’s defensive fragilities, being carved open repeatedly in the late stages, with little help from a midfield that pressed the opposition passively.
Lucien Favre will hope that was a blip for his side and that they can go on with their relatively fresh squad which has been rejuvenated by young emerging stars and many new signings and mount a serious title challenge.
Freiburg would provide a huge shock if they were to sustain a title challenge but the current league leaders look extremely strong and are managing to find win after win at the moment.
Italian Vincenzo Grifo has been impressive having scored a number of matchwinners against the likes of VfB Stuttgart and VFL Bochum to earn his side the maximum three points.
— SC Freiburg (@scfreiburg) September 7, 2022
It would take an exceptional feat to beat Bayern to the title this season, but the early season has provided good signs for some other teams and has shown that they are far from the inevitable force they once were.
The Munich side is a team in somewhat of a transition and this season could offer the greatest chance of an unlikely winner pouncing.