Werder Bremen - FC Köln
Robin Dutt is under serious pressure at bottom of the table Werder Bremen. He can ill afford a Ioss on Friday night or else he’s likely to become the third coach to be dismissed in the Bundesliga this season.
Köln arrive at the Weserstadion having turned over Borussia Dortmund last weekend. Peter Stöger’s side are defensively sound but not the best going forward meaning despite Werder’s predicament, a draw is well priced at 3.40.
FC Augsburg - SC Freiburg
Freiburg started slowly last season, not winning any of their first 10 games before a late run saved them. Coach Christian Streich finds himself in a similar position this season with his team winless after their first eight. Augsburg will be without attacking midfielder Tobias Werner through suspension but they are usually strong at home and are 1.80 to win on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund - Hannover 96
Borussia continued their 100% start in the Champions League this week with a 4-0 win at Galatasaray. Now they must rectify their poor Bundesliga form which has seen them pick up a point in their last five league games.
Hannover travel to Dortmund off the back of three straight defeats and are notoriously shaky on the road. This will surely be the weekend where BVB get back on track. Marco Reus scored a spectacular goal in Turkey during the week and he’s set to make his first appearance at the Signal Iduna Park since the opening day. For Reus to score anytime and Dortmund to win, it’s 2.02.
Eintracht Frankfurt – VfB Stuttgart
This is Stuttgart coach Armin Veh’s first game back at Eintracht Frankfurt since leaving in the summer but there were contrasting fortunes for each side last Sunday. Eintracht let slip their lead at Paderborn as they lost to the newly promoted minnows. Stuttgart meanwhile mounted an unlikely comeback from three goals down at home against Bayer Leverkusen. One recurring theme for both Eintracht and Stuttgart was that of poor defending and that may contribute to a few goals on Saturday, with over 3.5 goals at 2.60.
Hertha BSC – Hamburger SV
Despite some good business done in the summer, Hertha’s campaign has yet to really ignite. They sit two points above Hamburg in 13th. Still, at least the man who dubbed himself “the fresh prince of Berlin”, Salomon Kalou, has been enjoying life in the capital so far, scoring in both of their last home wins.
This weekend though sees the return of Pierre-Michel Lasogga. After helping Hamburg avoid relegation, he signed a permanent deal in the summer and Lasogga has two in two. For the curse of the ex to strike at the Olympiastadion, Lasogga to score anytime is 3.30.
TSG Hoffenheim – SC Paderborn
Hoffenheim aren’t quite as fun to watch as last season for the neutral but the side from Baden Württemberg are still enjoying themselves. Unbeaten in their opening eight matches for the first time in the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim will be boosted this weekend by the return of Ermin Bicakcic from injury.
Their newly promoted opponents, Paderborn, have shown that size isn’t everything this season. André Breitenreiter’s side have exceeded expectations with 12 points in eight games and their trip to the Rhein Neckar Arena should prove an entertaining one but Hoffenheim are likely to just be too strong this weekend at 1.58.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Schalke 04
Whilst the likes of Karim Bellarabi and Hakan Calhanoglu have excelled, Roger Schmidt’s Bayer Leverkusen have shown a knack for getting into winning positions and tossing away the points. The best example of this came at Stuttgart last weekend as Leverkusen drew 3-3 having been 3-0 up at half-time.
Like the visitors on Saturday, they secured a midweek win in the Champions League albeit Schalke’s 4-3 win over Sporting was a bit more dramatic. It still made it two out of two for Roberto Di Matteo. Saturday may just prove to be the former Chelsea man’s toughest test so far, with Leverkusen to win at 1.70.
Raphael’s previews for Sunday’s games will be published over the weekend
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