[DD] Bundesliga Odds; Gündogan Deal; Blanc

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skybet95THURSDAY 03 JULY 2014: SkyBet have opened the book on the 2015 Bundesliga, installing last year’s top two – Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich as 3-1 joint-favourites. Schalke and Leverkusen are at relatively long odds, 16-1. Last year’s 3rd-placed side Mainz are at 33s, with Wolfsburg at 40s.

Kicker! magazine has predicted the final standings. Last year’s positions are in bracket:

1. Bayern Munich (2) |  7. Mainz (3)      | 13. Hertha BSC (2*)
2. Dortmund (1)      |  8. Hamburg (8)    | 14. Hannover (15)
3. Schalke (5)       |  9. Suttgart (13)  | 15. Hoffenheim (1*)
4. Leverkusen (4)    | 10. Gladbach (6)   | 16. Nürnberg (14)
5. Werder Bremen (9) | 11. Frankfurt (10) | 17. Düsseldorf (12)
6. Wolfsburg (7)     | 12. Freiburg (11)  | 18. Augsburg (3*)
 
* 2.Bundesliga 2013-14

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guendoganIlkay Gündogan has been rewarded with a three-year extension to his current deal, which was due to run out next summer. The 23 year-old midfielder scored his first international goal for Germany in their 3-1 win over Argentina on Tuesday.

The new deal increases his weekly wage from £30k to £75k with standard additional benefits for appearances, goals scored, and making the Bundesliga team of the year.

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Laurent Blanc has returned to club football in France after four years with the national side, and later Genoa, by replacing Co Adriaanse at Saint-Etienne, who walked out of the job after just seven months in charge at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard.

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Manchester United have upped their summer spending to £18m with the £10m purchase of 23 year-old centre-back Mateo Musacchino from Villareal. The Argentinian international had been one of the first names on the teamsheet for Villareal for the past four seasons, making 128 appearances.

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