Bet Free Bets continue their rundown of Europe's top leagues. This time we take you to Germany and the Bundesliga. There are some familiar faces at the league's summit and some very unfamiliar ones. Here were look at who's hot and who's not in the top division of one of football's elite nations.
Likely Winners – Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich have dealt with the loss of coach Pep Guardiola incredibly well, currently seven points clear at the summit, they look set to win a fifth consecutive league title. Guardiola's replacement, Carlo Ancelotti, hardly lacks experience at the top level. The former Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid manager has won a host a trophies wherever he has gone.
With their recent dominance in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich fans will be hoping Ancelotti can continue his own proud tradition in the Champions League. In his three seasons in Germany, Guardiola failed to lift the coveted European crown once. Can Ancelotti win the title he's previously won at Milan (twice) and Real Madrid, without their domestic form being affected?
Surprise Package – RB Leipzig
Who else? The club dubbed the "most hated football club in Germany", have capped their meteoric rise from non-league football as they go toe-to-toe with giants Bayern Munich at the Bundesliga summit.
Leipzig, bankrolled by energy drink giants, Red Bull, set a new Bundesliga record after they remained unbeaten in their first thirteen games following promotion. A run that saw them sat top of the league for three weeks. Although two consecutive defeats against Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg have led to Bayern opening up a seven point lead, they remain the closest challengers to the Bavarian giants.
Although RB Leipzig have grabbed all of headlines this season, there must also be a notable mention for third place, Eintracht Frankfurt. Former Croatia head coach, Niko Kovac was brought towards the end of last season the help the club successfully avoid the possibility of relegation. This season Kovac has transformed them into potential Champions League qualifiers. The second meanest defence in the league have left Eintracht Frankfurt just one point short of their points tally of last year.
Underachievers – Borussia Dortmund
Perhaps slightly unfair, but such are the high standards now expected at Dortmund, their current position is just not good enough. After running Bayern Munich so close last season, they now find themselves trailing, in fourth position, a huge fifteen points off top spot. Dortmund have already lost four games this season, the total amount of losses in the entire 2015/16 campaign.
Dortmund have, however, not been the only underachievers in what has been an unpredictable Bundesliga season. The four sides who finished just below Dortmund last season, occupying 3rd to 6th are now all stuck in mid-table. Bayer Leverkusen (9th), Borussia Monchengladbach (10th), Schalke (11th) and Mainz (12th), all made up last season's top six but look unlikely to be taking part in next season's Champions League or Europa League
With 20 games gone in the German domestic season, we at Bet Free Bets, provide up to date odds courtesy of partner, Bet365.
Bundesliga 2016/17 odds
Bayern Munich - 1/100
RB Leipzig - 28/1
Borussia Dortmund - 100/1
Winner Without Bayern
RB Leipzig - 8/15
Borussia Dortmund - 13/8
Hoffenheim - 40/1
Eintracht Frankfurt - 50/1
To Be Relegated
Darmstadt - 1/33
Werder Bremen - 4/6
Ingolstadt - 8/11
Hamburg - 10/3
Augsburg - 10/1
Wolfsburg - 12/1