Football leagues all around Europe have either started or are starting, with the Bundesliga in Germany having played a full round of games. We focus on the upcoming game between two teams that won last weekend, with former Bundesliga champion side Borussia Dortmund travelling to the home of newly-promoted FC Ingolstadt 04. Take a look at our best bets and picks for this intriguing game.
For both Ingolstadt and Borussia Dortmund, it's been a time of many changes this year. Ingolstadt, having been in the fourth tier of German football as recently as 2004, when it was formed after a merger of two local clubs, has risen to the German top-flight for the first time in its brief history. Dortmund commemorated the end of the Jürgen Klopp era, before welcoming in new coach Thomas Tuchel, bringing with him a new philosophy.
Things certainly seem to be falling into place for the eight-times Bundesliga-winning and 1997 Champions League-winning Dortmund. There were rumours following the team around all summer of a player exodus, with Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and others all thought to be on their way out of Signal Iduna Park.
However, in spite of last season's seventh-place finish, the Yellow Wall (that intimidating single tier of fans at one end of the team's stadium) is still intact, Tuchel has brought hope for the season ahead, and with just over a week to go in the summer transfer window, all of BVB's star players are still in place.
Of course, it helps when you're winning, and an opening-weekend 4-0 win over Lucien Favre's Borussia Mönchengladbach, one of the best teams last season, demonstrated huge improvement for one of the teams expected to challenge Bayern Munich for this season's Bundesliga title.
Ingolstadt plays at the Audi Sportpark, named after the car giant that has its factory in the industrial town and has invested a great deal in the club's infrastructure. However, both the company and the club's chairman Peter Jackwerth have insisted that head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl will not get any more to spend than would be expected for a promoted club.
German football has always had a reputation for competitiveness, and Ingolstadt seems to be in the Bundesliga to perform well against established teams. A 1-0 victory against Mainz in its first match at the highest level showed that a modest but hard-working team including Australian international striker Mathew Leckie, and giant 24 year-old Lukas Hinterseer, who scored the goal, could go toe-to-toe with Bundesliga long-termers.
Prediction and Top Bets
We've chosen to focus on this match as we wanted to show that, below Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga is an exciting league, where every team can hope to beat another. It's too early to say that this will be Dortmund's renaissance season, just as it's too early to say Ingolstadt will survive relegation. However, this match sees the visiting team rated as huge favourite by bookmakers - even though Ingolstadt won last week, and is at home. You can get great potential value on a draw for the home club.
19/5 with BetVictor for a draw
21/5 with Unibet for Hinterseer to score anytime
8/1 with William Hill for a 1-1 scoreline