Hamburger SV – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Five points in six games may not seem the most impressive run of form but it was enough to earn Hamburg coach Joe Zinnbauer a contract until 2016 on Monday.
That was followed by a cup defeat to Bayern on Wednesday.
Leverkusen on the other hand were nearly dumped out by fourth tier FC Magdeburg but they squeaked through on penalties.
With Hakan Calhanoglu returning to the club he left in the summer, don’t expect a warm reception even if Leverkusen are likely to take all three points, at 2.05
Hannover 96 – Eintracht Frankfurt
Both of these sides were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal during the week.
Hannover endured the most acrimonious exit as they lost 2-0 at Aalen, second bottom of the 2. Bundesliga.
Eintracht will hope their talismanic forward Alexander Meier is able to return after missing their midweek defeat to Gladbach through injury.
The visitors are averaging a Bundesliga high of nearly four goals per game this season.
A few more are on the cards here, with over 3.5 at 2.55
FSV Mainz 05 – Werder Bremen
After Robin Dutt was sacked last Saturday, Werder’s trip to Mainz will be Victor Skripnik’s first Bundesliga game as coach.
Mainz suffered their first league defeat of the season on Sunday away at Wolfsburg.
Even though Werder are likely to be revved up after a second round cup win, Mainz have enough to see them off at 1.80
VfB Stuttgart – VfL Wolfsburg
In their last two games, Stuttgart have shown their resilience.
They came from 3-0 down to earn a point against Leverkusen before last Saturday they recovered from 4-3 down at Frankfurt to win 5-4.
Next up, they face the Bundesliga’s form team. Wolfsburg have taken the most points in the division over the last six games.
In Swabia, they’ll be looking for a fifth straight win but Stuttgart’s recent resolve suggests they may just leave with a point, with the draw valued at 3.45
FC Bayern Munich – Borussia Dortmund
A mere 526 days ago, these two were playing in the Champions League final. This latest edition of the “Klassiker" though sees leaders Bayern Munich taking on a Borussia Dortmund in 15th place.
Bayern haven’t beaten Borussia at home in the Bundesliga since 2010, however BVB are also the only team to overcome the Champions so far this season, even if it was only in the DFL-Supercup.
Despite a dreadful start, Dortmund will no doubt raise their game at the Allianz Arena.
A draw at 4.40 is not beyond them
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