Bayern have made good transfers
German champions Bayern Munich will take on Hamburg at the Allianz Arena on Friday to open the new Bundesliga season 2015/2016. Bayern have been very active on the transfer market this summer and signed two top-class players in Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa. With the sale of Schweinsteiger, however, Bayern lost one of their iconic figures for over a decade. He has left behind supporters who mourn his departure even if most of them understand his reasoning and that of Bayern. Bayern’s pre-season has been anything but easy. They put on a great display against Valencia and Inter Milan and crowned their strong perfomance at the 2015 Audi Cup with a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid. Their defeats against Augsburg and Gladbach at the Telekom Cup were a hard pill for them to swallow. In the German Super Cup final, Bayern lost 5-4 to Wolfsburg on penalties after the regular game ended 11. Bayern took the lead thanks to Arjen Robben but Wolfsburg’s Nicklas Bendtner became the hero of the evening when he leveled the game in the 89th minute and scored the winning penalty. Bayern now want to put down a marker in the first game against Hamburg. Last season, the first game ended in a scoreless draw and in the return game Bayern produced a gala performance, securing a 8-0 victory over Hamburg. With the new signings will come improvement but it remains to be seen if it is enough to win the Bundesliga this season.
HSV want to play a better season than last year
Hamburg finished in 16th place last season and avoided relegation thanks to a two-legged play-off victory against Karlsruhe. Some activity on the transfer period has seen Hamburg improve their squad significantly, but the question is if it is enough to retain the league once again. Hamburg have signed Sven Schipplock from Hoffenheim and left winger Michael Gregoritsch from second-division side Bochum. Bruno Labbadia has acted quickly to replace central midfielder Rafael van der Vaart who moved on to Seville. In comes 26-year old Albin Ekdal from Italian second-division side Cagliari Calcio. Japan defender Gotoku Sakai has joined Hamburg from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart on a three-year deal. After the poor season Hamburg had last year, it is important for them to get off to a good start against Bayern. The Bundesliga dinosaurs will try everything to avoid a loss and not get involved that much in the relegation battle this season. It remains to be seen, however, if their squad is good enough to compete with the other teams in the Bundesliga. Hamburg had a good pre-season and their fans enjoyed watching their team defeat Italian side Hellas Verona 2-1 in the final friendly ahead of the start of the new season.
Odds and tips
Bayern are heavily favoured to win their season opener against Hamburg at the Allianz Arena with odds between 1.03 and 1.15. Hamburg travel to Munich with relatively high odds between 15.00 and 29.00 and a great value of 17%. A draw between the two sides will pay out odds varying from 7.00 to 11.50. Our tip: Bayern have significantly improved their squad this summer and will head into this match in sensational form. Hamburg will give everything to beat the odds but Bayern are the better side and will win this game. Go to odds comparison FCB vs HSV