Bundesliga betting: Bayern to take out Madrid frustrations on Hamburg


Eintracht Frankfurt - Bayer Leverkusen

Both of clubs attempted to lure Roger Schmidt from Red Bull Salzburg to be their new coach but Bayer won that particular battle, securing Schmidt's services from this summer. The visitors need to make sure that he'll be in the Champions League when he arrives and that means two wins from Bayer's final two are a must.

Used in 118 consecutive match days, main striker Stefan Kiessling won't play a part though - he’s injured (hamstring). Winger Sidney Sam is also unavailable for Sascha Lewandowski.

The game marks Armin Veh’s last home match and the crowd are expected to give him a good send-off. “It’s nice when you can leave on an amicable basis,” he said. Leverkusen will leave with the three points, however and are at 1.75.

 

Borussia Mönchengladbach -  Mainz 05

It’s also farewell for Marc-André ter Stegen - the Foals keeper is off to Barcelona.

Only two points separate these sides, and both are heading for the Europa League. But if Gladbach win their next two games - and if Bayer lose one of theirs - the Foals will be in the Champions League next season.  That would be quite the parting gift from ter Stegen.

Lucien Favre is widely expected to stick with the same team that beat Schalke 1-0 last Sunday, and Thomas Tuchel won’t make any drastic changes either. It could be a quite cagey affair so I like the draw at half-time at 2.25

 

Hamburg - Bayern Munich

Almost a thousand fans turned up for HSV's training session on Thursday in support of their side. Rafael van der Vaart promised a game “to the death” and “pain” for Bayern in the Imtech Arena but Mirko Slomka has none of his regular strikers available. Hakan Calhanoglu will be moved up front as a makeshift attacker.

Bayern will want to respond with a strong performance after their 4-0 mauling by Real Madrid. They will take this game much more seriously now, since Pep Guardiola sees it as preparation for the incredibly important DFB Cup final against Borussia Dortmund on May 17.

This spells bad news for Hamburg. Bayern -1 are 1.85

 

FC Nürnberg - Hannover 96

The “Club” have to beat Hannover on Saturday to take over the 16th-placed Hamburg. But that will be tricky with 96 in a fine patch of form. Tayfun Korkut has won seven points from the last three games.

Nürnberg, now on their third manager, are the worst home team in the Bundesliga this season.  And no one's conceded more goals in 2014 than FCN either. Experienced midfielder Markus Feulner has not recovered in time and centre-back Per Nilsson is still highly doubtful. The away team have nothing to play for but they’re full of confidence whereas Nürnberg look nervous. Hannover on the double chance are 1.70.

 

Eintracht Braunschweig - FC Augsburg

Much like Nürnberg, Eintracht will see this weekend's game as pivotal to their survival chances. Only once before has a Bundesliga club survived relegation having been bottom with two games to play.

Thorsten Lieberknecht’s men go into this last home game of the season - and possibly their last Bundesliga home game for a while - on the back of three 2-0 defeats. Augsburg won 3-1 v Hamburg last Sunday, but they have struggled away from home of late.

Expect the home side to do all the running, and Augsburg to counter with pace and quality. The away win is 2.45.

 

VfB Stuttgart - VfL Wolfsburg

Huub Stevens  has steadied Stuttgart's sinking ship. Three clean sheets in seven games under his guidance have followed two in their previous 25. That speaks volumes about the shift in emphasis as well as more confidence at the back. The Swabians will be fairly cautious here again - a point against Wolfsburg, who are only one point behind fourth spot, will be enough to avoid relegation.

Martin Harnik (shoulder) is the main doubt for Stuttgart, while Wolves will welcome back Luiz Gustavo in midfield. The away team tripped up against Freiburg (2-2) last weekend, but their in-form Croatians - Ivan Perisic and Ivica Olic - will provide the main threat again.They’ve scored seven goals in total over the last three league games.

Stuttgart will hold out for a draw, however, at 3.55.

 

Borussia Dortmund - TSG Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim are once again the final home opponents for Borussia - the blood pressure will be significantly lower this time though. Last season, a win for the away team helped Hoffenheim to save themselves from the drop.

There isn’t much at stake for TSG on Saturday, and Dortmund cannot be caught out in second place by Schalke 04, either. This could well be a pretty open and entertaining game. The overs are short, so I’d recommend more than 1.5 goals for the away team at 2.60

 

SC Freiburg - Schalke 04

This is another important game which occurred on the final day of last season. Had Freiburg won, they would have played Champions League in 2013/14 but they didn't. Only Borussia Dortmund are in better form than them over the last eight games though.

Should Schalke fall victims in in the Breisgau, there's a chance the Royal Blues could be ousted from the Champions League spots on the final day. “Everyone has to do their best now,” Royal Blues sporting director Horst Heldt said. His team looked tired in the home defeat against Gladbach, and they could well come under pressure again here.

I expect a nervy, low-scoring game, with under 2.5 goals at 2.35.

 

Werder Bremen  - Hertha BSC

A tough game to talk up given how mediocre both sides have been of late. There’s also nothing to play for for either side. Robin Dutt’s men at least will be keen to put on decent show in their last home game, by way of thanking their supporters for keeping the faith in an altogether dreadful season.

The away team are likely to start with Per Skjelbred in the number ten spot - not a move that spells entertainment. Best not to tune in for this one at all but if you fancy a bet, take Aaron Hunt to score at 3.85.

It’s the 27-year-old’s last game at home for Werder and he’ll do anything to get on the scoresheet. 

 

All this weekend’s games kick off at 14.30 GMT on Saturday, and you can watch them all on our live streams!