The much lauded former boss of Barcelona has however, had a less than smooth start to life in Munich, losing his first competitive game (the German Super Cup) and seeing certain sections of the local media remain unimpressed with his vision for the side.
A win for Pep and for Bayern in their first match of the Bundesliga season is as expected as it is necessary though and Coral price them at just 2/13 (1.15).
Their opponents Borussia Monchengladbach meanwhile are recovering from a shock midweek exit in the German Cup to third division outfit Darmstadt 98, and win for Lucien Favre´s side is available at the optimistic price of 14/1 (15.00).
As is customary when one side are such clear favorites, finding any appealing prices in the numerous markets offered by Coral is tough.
Yet backing both teams to score at 23/20 (2.15) looks to be an excellent option.
In pre-season Bayern have not quite shown themselves to be as imperious as they were towards the end of last season, with Guardiola´s tinkering with formation and personnel leaving them on occasions vulnerable at the back.
This bet paid out when these two sides met in a friendly last month as well as in the previous league meeting on the final day of last season.
Bayern should win this game comfortably, but the visitors have enough about them to cause them some problems and with both teams to score paying out in 13 of the last 16 meetings between these teams, the price of 23/20 (2.15) is worthy of a mid sized investment.
|Both teams to score at 23/20 (2.15) 1.5 points with Coral|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid