Bundesliga Betting: Lewandowski to fire in final Dortmund league game

Schalke 04 - 1. FC Nürnberg

There’s a strong fan friendship between these clubs but both need the points. Schalke have to defend third place against Leverkusen, Nürnberg could yet climb to 16th and make it into the relegation play-offs.

The “Club” are without keeper Raphael Schäfer (shoulder), youngster Patrick Rakovsky will come in for him. They’re also missing right-back Timmy Chandler and veteran Javier Pinola at the back. Schalke have to make without key striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar but they should have enough to see off the Franconians here.

Take Adam Szalai to score at 1.92.


Bayer Leverkusen - Werder Bremen

Werder have nothing to play for, apart from a bit of pride for their coach Robin Dutt, who used to be in charge at the Bay-Arena not long ago. Leverkusen’s form has improved a lot under interim coach Sascha Lewandowski, and I have no doubt that they will win this game as well.

The team that played so well in the win at Frankfurt last week is expected to start again;  Sidney Sam will get a few minutes by way of a farewell present. Werder are expected to line up with a similar sort of formation and the counter-attack tactics that worked reasonably well in Munich two weeks ago.

Both teams to score is at 1.53.


FC Bayern Munich - VfB Stuttgart 

End of season games with beer showers and trophy presentations at the Allianz Arena usually present good opportunities for the opposition. Stuttgart, who will play without pressure after avoiding relegation last week,  should be backed for point - under normal circumstances.

However, with the DFB Pokal final looming large next week, Bayern will use this game to find some much-needed momentum. The last thing Pep Guardiola wants is to go into next week on the back of another poor result (i.e. anything but a win) in the league.

Jerome Boateng’s suspension won’t make a difference. Bayern will win this one. Take them to be ahead at half-time at 1.50.


VfL Wolfsburg - Borussia Mönchengladbach 

The outstanding tie of the round - possibly.

Both sides need Leverkusen to slip up in order to make a late push for fourth spot in the table. But if Bayer are ahead early, this game could become a dead-rubber, as both are qualified for the Europa League in any case. Neither side will make any significant changes after their recent wins. Depending on Leverkusen, this will be either quite cagey or incredibly open.

I believe the latter is more realistic, with Gladbach to score at least two at 2.35


FSV Mainz - Hamburger SV 

Pierre-Michel Lassogga is back for HSV up front, and he personifies hope. Mirko Slomka has vowed to go for a win in this game  - Hamburg need to defend 16th spot - but they haven’t won all year (2014) away from home and Slomka, the former Hannover coach,  hasn’t won a game in twelve months away. Nerves and results at other grounds will undoubtedly affect the visitors.

Mainz have no such worries. They want to get into the Europa League and only need to match Augsburg’s result to do so. I like the draw here at 4.25.


Hannover 96 - SC Freiburg 

A game without pressure for either side. Christian Streich has no injury problems and no real incentive to win this game. Hannover, at home, and with a chance to finish a disappointing season as high as 9th position, will surely go for it, even if they’re a bit short up front.

Second-best striker Didier Ya Konan is unlikely to start but might come on a bit later, with Hannover at 1.98 to win.


FC Augsburg - Eintracht Frankfurt 

“The dream is possible,” coach Markus Weinzierl has said about Augsburg’s chance to make it to the Europa League in only their third-ever season in the top flight.

Frankfurt looked a bit de-mob happy in the 2-0 home-defeat by Leverkusen last Saturday. Armin Veh, the departing coach, has probably lost interest a while ago. He’s being linked with the Greece job.

Andre Hahn is back for Augsburg and will be keen to shine following his call-up to the Germany World Cup squad, so take him to score a goal at 2.40


Hertha BSC - Borussia Dortmund

Hertha are a workmanlike team, but without Ronny in attacking midfield and it’s hard to see them causing too much trouble for a Dortmund team that has been close to their best in recent weeks .

Jürgen Klopp’s side will treat this a dress-rehearsal for next week’s repeat visit to the Olympic stadium - they will face Bayern Munich in the German Cup final then.

Robert Lewandowski is chasing the leading goal-scorer trophy. The Polish striker is desperate to score and has been promised penalty kicks. Take him to hit the net in his final league game for the Black and Yellows at 1.60.


TSG Hoffenheim - Eintracht Braunschweig 

Braunschweig have been widely tipped to leap-frog Nürnberg and Hamburg on the last day of the season but I’m not sure I share that optimism. They have been playing well recently, that much is true, and Thorsten Lieberknecht’s side also look more capable of dealing with the pressures of the relegation fight than the two clubs ahead of them. The numbers, however, are not good.

Braunschweig have won a single game away from home this season. Hoffenheim, meanwhile, average 1.5 points at home, and they tend to punish teams on the counter with their fast football. I’d back them to be ahead at half-time at 2.20