Borussia Dortmund - Werder Bremen Betting Preview: Expect the champions to start the season with a bang

After adding Marco Reus to their attack, Jurgen Klopp's side look well-placed to defend their title. Al Hain-Cole expects them to lay down an early marker with a big win
Friday night's Bundesliga curtain raiser pits last year's runaway champions Borussia Dortmund against a Werder Bremen side who will be looking to put previous disappointments behind them.

Dortmund's rise under Jurgen Klopp has seen them challenge Bayern Munich as Germany's preeminent team, and this season they will be chasing a hat-trick of consecutive league titles that would surely cement this claim.

BVB won 14 of their 17 games at Signal Iduna Park last year, and are clear 3/10 (1.30) favourites with William Hill to hit the ground running with a victory on Friday.

Visitors Werder Bremen did not manage a single win in their last nine league games of the season on their way to an unsatisfying ninth-place finish, and they will be up against it to end that run by beating the champions, at odds of 8/1 (9.00).

Werder's long-serving coach Thomas Schaaf would surely be more than happy with a point against such imposing opposition, but will be hard pressed at 9/2 (5.50) to secure even that.

Having replaced the outgoing Shinji Kagawa with possibly Germany's most effective attacking player of last season in Marco Reus, and with Robert Lewandowski still wearing yellow and black despite a summer of speculation, Dortmund certainly have the firepower to run away with this game.

Having won 10 of last season's home games by at least two goals, Jurgen Klopp's men should have no trouble triumphing by that margin against a Werder Bremen side who have suffered heavy defeats in their last two away from home.

You can get odds of 10/11 (1.91) on the hosts overcoming a one-goal deficit to win in this one.

After ending last season in fine goal-scoring form by bagging four goals or more in three of their last five games, Dortmund will certainly fancy their chances of boosting their goal difference against a side who have just conceded four in a cup game against lower-league opponents.

With that in mind, a small investment on the home side scoring four or more could certainly prove to be fruitful in this one, and would pay off handsomely at 17/5 (4.40).

Dortmund -1 at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill
Dortmund to score 4 or more at 17/5 (4.40) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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