Defending champions Bayern Munich host Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the 2017-18 Bundesliga opener on Friday night.
Carlo Ancelotti has upgraded his squad further with the UEFA Champions League in mind after running away with the domestic league last season and are widely-expected to do so again this year.
Highly-rated centre-back Niklas Süle has signed from 1899 Hoffenheim, the exciting James Rodríguez has joined on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid.
22-year-old midfielder Corentin Tolisso has joined in a big money from Lyon after being a regular in the first team for the past three-and-a-half years. How much action he’ll see competing with the likes of Rodríguez, fellow new signing Sebastian Rudy, Thiago Alcântara, Arturo Vidal and Renato Sanches remains to be seen.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen have gone backwards after finishing 12th last season – Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Javier Hernández, Ömer Toprak and Kyriakos Papadopoulos have all departed whilst head coach Heiko Herrlich’s only notable signing so far this summer has been Sven Bender.
Bayern Munich certainly have Bayer’s numbers and we expect a comfortable home win on opening night for the record champions of Germany.
The hosts are 2/9 to win but they can be backed at 1.73 to win -1.5 on the Asian Handicap.