Borussia Dortmund - VfB Stuttgart
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the latest Borussia player to join the queue outside the physio's treatment room. The Armenien picked up a foot injury and will be out for four weeks. Jürgen Klopp warned that the World Cup and sheer number of games would lead to more players retiring early. In more encouraging news, Mats Hummels is fit again; the German international could make his season debut but is more likely to start from the bench. The Swabians have altogether bigger concerns. Coach Armin Veh has been unable to stop the rot and sporting director Fredi Bobic is reportedly close to biting the bullet. A focused performance from Dortmund should be enough to win comfortably.
Dortmund -1 at 1.93
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - FC Augsburg
It’s been a poor week for Roger Schmidt. The Leverkusen coach took his side to Monaco as favourites to win their Champions League group but poor finishing led to a 1-0 defeat. On Sunday, Leverkusen were beaten 4-1 at Wolfsburg after the Giulio Donati was sent off inside eight minutes. Are Leverkusen regressing to the mean? Augsburg, on the other hand, have now won two in a row and look much more like their former selves. Markus Weinzierl will be able to field an unchanged side. I believe they’re good enough for an upset here.
Augsburg draw no bet at 2.40
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Hamburger SV
The Foals were largely disappointing in the 0-0 derby draw against 1. FC Köln on Sunday. Lucien Favre’s team still struggle to open up well-organised defences. Hamburg, who come to the Borussia-Park with renewed confidence and hope following their 0-0 draw v Bayern under new coach Joe Zinnbauer will pose exactly that problem. This could be slow burner.
Draw at half-time at 2.30
Hannover 96 - 1. FC Köln
Peter Stöger’s Köln side are yet to concede a single goal this season - pretty impressive for a newly-promoted side. Things could change against a Hannover team desperate to make amends for the 2-0 defeat by Paderborn on Saturday. Tayfun Korkut’s team have been playing good stuff throughout the campaign, with Spanish striker Josélu and Artur Sobiech catching the eye. The home sides are favourites but Köln will make it tough for them.
Take both teams to score at 1.88
Hertha BSC - VfL Wolfsburg
The club from Germany’s capital were extremely lucky to come away with a draw at Freiburg last Friday. There’s a distinct lack of pace upfront, and Brazilian midfielder Ronny will not score two goals from free-kicks every game. Wolves were in full flow against ten-men Leverkusen and will go into this game with lots of belief. Their options in attack are manifold.
I’d back Wolfsburg at 1.34 draw no bet.
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