Borussia Dortmund represent great betting value at 15/8 to win away at fellow Bundesliga title contenders Bayer Leverkusen in the first round of games after the German winter break based on their impressive form on their travels in the opening half of the season.
Dortmund have won 14 of their opening 17 Bundesliga games to surge into a ten-point lead at the head of the standings, which includes being the first team ever to win all of their opening eight away games.
This run was finally brought to an end in their final fixture before the winter break at Frankfurt and manager Jurgen Klopp has had this period to motivate his squad and prevent them getting cold feet ahead of the title run in.
Meanwhile, Dortmund have only lost one of their last seven meetings with Leverkusen, which was a 2-0 reverse on the opening day of the season.
Leverkusen themselves have also only lost two league games this season and will see the game as a must-win encounter if they want to win the Bundesliga.
It is 11/8 in the Bundesliga betting odds that Leverkusen beat Dortmund.
One of the big decisions that Klopp has to make is who to pick to replace the highly influential Shinji Kagawa, who will miss Dortmund’s next three games representing Japan in the Asian Cup.
Kagawa is Dortmund’s joint top scorer with Lucas Barrios this season and the Paraguayan striker could also miss out on facing Leverkusen if he does not pass a late fitness test.
Therefore, there could be big pressure on Mohamed Zidan to shine in a rare Dortmund start and he is priced at 8/1 in the football betting to open the scoring.
Patrick Helmes is the 5/1 favourite in this betting market to strike first and hand Leverkusen the initiative, but those wanting longer odds could instead opt for young German attacker Sidney Sam at 8/1.
A £25 bet on Dortmund beating Leverkusen 1-0 could see a return of £175. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.