Canadian Alphonso Davies has become a regular starter for Bayern Munich. Bayern is a huge favourite to win the Bundesliga as play resumes this weekend.
The German Bundesliga returns with a full slate of games this weekend in Matchday 26, becoming Europe’s first major soccer league to get back on the pitch in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bayern Munich has dominated this league for years as the seven-time defending champion and is a massive -10000 favourite on Sports Interaction’s soccer odds to win it again. Bayern has 55 points in the table, four ahead of second-place Borussia Dortmund. Those teams will play May 26.
Bayern plays FC Union Berlin on Sunday and is -556 to win that match with a draw at +450 and Union Berlin at +1000. The teams most recently met in October and Bayern won 2-1 on goals from Benjamin Pavard and star Robert Lewandowski. He leads the league in goals with 25 and is a -375 favourite to take the goal-scoring title on the Bundesliga odds page. RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is second with 21 and +273 on this prop.
Bayern Munich Tops Bundesliga Odds
Lewandowski fractured his tibia near his left knee joint in February Champions League action but is fully fit now. Lewandowski has 40 goals in 36 games (all competitions) this year. The Polish captain made history in November when he became the first Bundesliga player ever to score in the first nine matches of a season. Bayern has totaled 73 goals in its 25 games, scoring four or more in nine of its wins. Also in November, Bayern fired manager Niko Kovac following an embarrassing 5-1 loss at Kovac’s former team Eintracht Frankfurt. He was replaced by Hansi Flick, and Bayern took off almost immediately.
Alphonso Davies a Staple Starter for Bayern Munich
Canadian Alphonso Davies has become a regular starter for the club at 19 years of age and had contributed a goal and eight assists in Bayern’s 31 games before play was stopped. He signed a two-year extension with the club last month and is considered to be a star in the making at left back. He came over from the MLS in 2018 after Bayern swung a $22-million transfer with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Borussia Dortmund, which finished just two points behind Bayern last season, has the breakout young star of the Bundesliga this season in 20-year-old Jadon Sancho, who also plays for the English national team. His 14 goals are third in the league and his 15 assists second – thus, he has been involved in more goals overall than any other player.
The Bundesliga has nine matchdays remaining, and the goal is to finish the season by June 30. No fans will be allowed into any matches as the German government has instituted a ban on mass gatherings until Aug. 31. Teams resumed training in small groups in early April. Some European leagues have cancelled the rest of their seasons, but the English Premier League, Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga are also still aiming to finish.
The top-four finishers in the Bundesliga also qualify for the next Champions League. RB Leipzig is third with 50 points and Borussia Monchengladbach fourth with 49. Bayer Leverkusen is fifth with 47 points. The fifth-place finisher gets an automatic spot in the Europa League.
Teams that finish 17th and 18th are relegated. Currently, those clubs are Werder Bremen (18 points) and SC Paderborn 07 (16). To finish bottom, SC Paderborn 07 is the -500 favourite.
Bayern wins an eighth straight title. Werder Bremen finishes bottom at +351.