Given Bayern Munich's dominance of the Bundesliga in recent years, punters would have been forgiven for looking past the German top flight as offering any value from an outright perspective in pre-season.
With plenty of work to do, Bayern are 11/20 (1.55) to beat Hoffenheim on Friday night in the first game after the winter break. Despite their struggles, Nico Kovac's men have the best away record in the league, having taken maximum points in each of their nine matches on the road.
That makes it tough to expect 21/5 (5.20) shots Hoffenheim to stop that winning run with a victory of their own, while the draw is 17/5 (4.40) with 888Sport. It's worth noting each of the hosts' last six league games have ended all square.
The way to go from a betting perspective here seems to be in backing action after the break. 72 per cent of Hoffenheim's league goals have come after the break while the same is true of 56% of Bayern's strikes in this competition so far.
This selection landed in the first meeting between the pair. Adam Szalai levelled the game at 1-1 in the 57th minute before late goals from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben ensured Bayern got the campaign off to a winning start.
Indeed, this wager has landed in seven Bayern games this season and while they were on an impressive run before the mid-season interval, there are still defensive question marks over Kovac's men.
Hoffenheim for their part have seen this wager land on eight occasions this term so 7/5 (2.40) about more late action on Friday night looks a solid selection at a tasty price, especially with this being the first game back after the winter break.