Wolfsburg were champions in 2009 and Champions League quarter-finalists in 2016, but then only salvaged their top flight status in both 2017 and 2018 by winning the Bundesliga’s promotion/relegation playoff. After those years of turmoil, they are back among the best in Germany and will compete in the Champions League again this season; a season in which they have started with two wins from two, and are a huge 50/1 to end up as champions.
Wout Weghorst has been a revelation since joining in 2018, scoring 53 league goals in his three seasons at the club, and his physical ability and eye for goal could have Wolfsburg aiming even higher than their fourth-place finish last season. Koen Casteels is one of the best goalkeepers in the league and the athletic attacking duo on the right, Kevin Mbabu, and Ridle Baku can cause problems if they are able to get service to Weghorst.
Bayer Leverkusen are another one of the sides hoping to end years of underachievement. Despite selling Kai Havertz last summer, his heir apparent has already broken into the side in the form of 18-year-old Florian Wirtz, partnering Euro 2020 sensation Patrik Schick in attack.
A 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach has got neutrals to sit up and take notice by this exciting youthful-looking side, which also includes Moussa Diaby, Paulinho, Jeremie Frimpong and Odilon Koussounou, all in their early-20s who could have breakout seasons.
Leverkusen are 40/1 to be Bundesliga winners.