Our new Betfair Ambassador, Michael Ballack, reflects on the Neymar transfer and its implications for Borussia Dortmund, and also casts his eye over this weekend's German Cup action, where he is expecting an upset or two...
"The German Cup draw was amazing for my home club Chemnitzer FC. All hell will break loose on Saturday afternoon when Bayern Munich arrive for the first round. It will undoubtedly be the highlight of the year for the Chemnitzer fans and the whole region."
Will Dembele depart Bundesliga?
€222m for Neymar. That's an astronomical amount. I totally understand why such a figure is hard to comprehend for the fans but I am also excited to follow his progress and to see whether there will be new rules launched in the near future as a result. Yet at the same time, you can't blame players and clubs for dealing in such amounts, that's just part of football these days.
The thrilling ride will continue until deadline day with the possibility that such big transfers can set off a chain reaction. Let's see if Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund joins FC Barcelona and whether BVB will get the majority of the Neymar transfer funds.
For the Bundesliga it would be great if Dembele stays but the odds on him to do so are now 3/1. One thing is for sure, it will definitely be exciting between now and August 31.
'All hell will break lose' as my home team host Bayern
The German Cup draw was amazing for my home club Chemnitzer FC. All hell will break loose on Saturday afternoon when Bayern Munich arrive for the first round. It will undoubtedly be the highlight of the year for the Chemnitzer fans and the whole region.
If there was ever to be a slim chance for the underdog, it's now. Chemnitz have already played four matches in the 3.Liga, while Bayern have only just recovered from their "pre-season crisis" with their Supercup win.
A Cup trip to a third division club is always unpleasant - I know that from my own experience. I wish Chemnitzer FC the best of luck, and for a great game of football. However my prediction still remains - 3-0 to Bayern @ 6/1.
There are always big upsets every year
I believe FC Magdeburg (3.Liga) should have enough about them to get the win over FC Augsburg (Bundesliga) @ 12/5.
Meanwhile Borussia Mönchengladbach (Bundesliga) could struggle against RW Essen (4.Liga) and HSV (Bundesliga) will not find it easy when VfL Osnabrück (3.Liga) visit. I expect both games to go into extra-time and for the home sides to eventually get the victory.