FC Bayern München - SC Paderborn
André Breitenreiter fearless men go to the Allianz Arena as league leaders. It sounds incongruous but it’s true. And in light of Bayern’s relatively slow start of the season and continued injury problems, it’s not inconceivable that the newly-promoted club from East-Westfalia could come away with “more than nil points,” as club president Wilfried Finke has vowed. The visitors should be largely unchanged but Guardiola will shuffle the pack again. He’s said that a lack of rotation would “kill the players”. Arjen Robben is a doubt, Robert Lewandowski not 100%, Benatia could come back in at the back. The Octoberfest might provide extra incentive for Bayern to play well. Expect them to start well. 1.43 for Bayern leading at half-time.
TSG Hoffenheim - SC Freiburg
Freiburg were unlucky to be held 2-2 by Hertha on Friday. Despite problems upfront, Christian Streich’s side played well; breaking them down won’t be easy for the home side. Markus Gisdol should soon be able to start Kevin Volland again. The Germany striker has overcome a back injury but Sejad Salihovic will be out for much longer with flesh wound that has become infected. Hoffenheim have only won two out of the last 10 games against the team from Breisgau. They are huge favourites here but Freiburg offer value on the double chance at 2.20
Werder Bremen - Schalke 04
As if Schalke didn’t have enough injured players out already, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Julian Draxler have joined the list of absentees by “virtue” of getting sent off in the 2-2 draw with Frankfurt on Saturday. The Royal Blues look thin at the back and in the centre but Werder are too inconsistent to imbue much confidence in a home win. Robin Dutt’s new 4-4-2 system has made them much more dangerous upfront - 19-year-old Davie Selke has been doing particularly well - but they’re even more porous as a consequence. Looking at both sides’s strengths and weaknesses, this could go either way. The only thing that seems remotely certain is goals. Over 2.5 at 1.58
Eintracht Frankfurt - Mainz 05
Frankfurt supporters hired a plane to fly over Mainz’s Coface-Arena in August. The message: “Nobody knows you in Europe”. Mainz, who have since been kicked out of the Europa League, have seen the funny side. The prelude to this derby game has been pretty quiet but inside the Commerzbank-Arena, the atmosphere should be electric on Tuesday night. Frankfurt midfielder Slobodan Medojevic is out after his dismissal in the Schalke game. Shinji Okazaki (four goals) is on fire for Mainz at the moment, and new Spanish signing Jairo has also been excellent in the 2-0 win over Dortmund on Saturday. I believe a draw at 3.40 is a result that everybody could live with.