If you ask any passionate fan about German Bundesliga football, they all respect FC Bayern Munich. The team has been one of the most successful in their domestic tournament, winning the title 22 times since 1989.
Over the years, they’ve had many star players, like Gerd Muller, who scored 523 goals in 580 games, and Robert Lewandowski, who scored 344 goals from 375 games. With new players coming and old stars leaving, we explore the chances for Bayern Munich to win the UCL in the 2022/23 season.
Bayern Munich’s Summer Transfer Reinforcements
There have been various moves by the club to secure new players during the summer transfer window. With a total of 16 incoming players, and 14 departing. The most notable new players include Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus for €67,000,000, Sadio Mané from Liverpool for €32,000,000, Mathys Tel from Stade Rennais for €20,000,000 and Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax for €18,500,000.
These players are all excellent options, each bringing their unique skills and style of gameplay to the team. However, for the new Champions League campaign to go well, these players will need to train hard so everyone can find their place and the team can play fluidly.
Unfortunately, Bayern lost its star player Robert Lewandowski this year, who departed the club after signing to Barcelona for €45,000,000. His departure could have a strong impact on Bayern Munich’s Champions League campaign.
In the 2019/20 season, he became the first player to be the top goalscorer in the German Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, and UEFA Champions League. He hit the back of the net 15 times just in UCL matches.
Other departures include Chris Richards to Crystal Palace for a potential fee of €20,000,000 (if bonuses are met) and Marc Roca to Leeds for €12,000,000. At the time of writing, Omar Richards is on his way to Nottingham Forest for €8,500,000, and Lars Lukas Mai will move to FC Lugano in Switzerland for €1,600,000.
What do the Sports Betting Odds Say?
The online gambling world is waiting for the action to unfold in the 2022/23 season, and the best sportsbooks and online casinos that cater German players are already accepting future bets on who will win the title.
Currently, the average odds are +700 or 8.00 for Bayern Munich to win the 2022/23 Champions League title. This represents significant value, considering Bayern are a strong team that have previously won the tournament.
Recently, the team has been performing well in the Bundesliga, club friendlies, and won the Super Cup. Over their last 10 matches, they’ve recorded 5 wins, 3 draws, and 2 loses, including an epic 3-5 victory against RB Leipzig in July.
At the bookies, Manchester City is the current favorite to win the UCL in 22/23, with odds of 3.85. Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain are next with odds around 6.5, Bayern Munich is fourth with odds around 8.00. After FC Bayern, title-holders Real Madrid are paying 12, while Barcelona and Chelsea are both over 14.00
Biggest Favorites to win the 2023 Champions League
As the tournament begins, millions of fans will watch matches live on the best football streaming websites, with locals around the world turning in to support their local teams. The current list of favorites to win the UCL based on betting odds are:
Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris-Saint Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Tottenham, Juventus, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Sevilla, Ajax, Napoli, Porto, Sporting Lisbon, Marseille, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Salzburg, Eintracht Frankfurt, Celtic, Club Brugge, Rangers, and Shakhtar Donetsk the underdog at +50,000.
Teams with the most previous UCL Cup wins present the biggest challenges Bayern faces. They will face opponents who have won the UEFA Champions League three times in a row, like Real Madrid, Ajax, Milan, Barcelona, and Liverpool.
These teams all have fresh signings and will be looking to secure their next trophy win to bring home, presenting many potential hurdles in Bayern’s campaign. Liverpool has been in solid form and won the tournament last year, and will be a strong competitor to face off against.
Bayern Munich’s Strengths and Weakness
Over the last decade, Bayern Munich has been a dominating force in the local German Bundesliga, as well as top-tier European tournaments. They’re well known for their fast-paced and strong attacking power. They’ve won nearly half the Bundesliga titles, and have some of the highest goal scorers in German football history.
However, with star players like Robert Lewandowski leaving the club, the team will have to put in hard work to coordinate the new players and achieve the same strength in their defensive and offensive areas.
During the last UEFA Champions League season, the team scored 31 goals and conceded seven times, and ended up winning the domestic league. They had four clean sheets, and conceded an average of 0.7 goals per match, showcasing their strong defensive power. Their strong back line has been one of the toughest in recent years and adding De Ligt will only bring in more stability at the back.
- Strong Defense
- Fast Attacking Power
- Strong history. Have won the UCL six times
- Co-ordination among long-term players
- Young coach with proven experience
While FC Bayern Munich have many strengths, like any team, they are prone to weaknesses. One area the team should work on is their aggressiveness, with some players tackling too hard and generating set pieces for their opponents. The team may also want to work on their free kick takers after scoring only 1 from 12 in the 2022 Bundesliga.
- Brazen tackles, leading to set pieces
- Need to work on their free kick conversions
- New players will need to adapt and fit in their roles within the team
- Reduction in attacking power with the loss of Robert Lewandowski
Overall, the chances for Bayern Munich to win the Champions League in 2022/23 are good, provided that their key players stay fit and healthy. They will be missing some key players that have previously helped the team to victories in the past.
But on the other hand, they’ve signed many star players from prominent European clubs, who all bring a wide variety of skills and experience. At 8.00 odds to win the league, punters can find excellent value in the current futures sports betting markets.