Bayer Leverkusen - Hertha BSC
Leverkusen Sporting Director Rudi Voeller celebrates his 54th birthday on Sunday afternoon – he’d probably exchange any cake though for three points given die Werkself’s recent form. Sunday’s the first game since Sami Hyypia was sacked and Sascha Lewandowski was reinstalled as head coach. This time he’ll be flying solo and he must fancy his chances against Hertha.
Jos Luhukay’s side haven’t won any of their last seven and they’ll be without top goalscorer and leader of the line Adrian Ramos. It was confirmed he’ll be moving to Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, so we might get an insight into how Hertha can cope without him. With Leverkusen likely to be primed for Lewandowski’s first game in charge, it might not be pretty. They’ll win at 1.62.
TSG Hoffenheim - FC Augsburg
They’re the only two teams to take points off Bayern in 2014. For the second Sunday running, it’s left to Hoffenheim to bring the curtain down on the matchday. Yet the most entertaining team in Europe’s top five divisions – if it’s goals you’re after that is – disappointed last time out as their encounter with Hertha produced just two goals (1-1) - underwhelming given that their previous eight had contained 42.
Fresh from conquering their Bavarian overlords, Augsburg will have their Gladbach-bound winger André Hahn back from a virus. They’ve actually been playing better away from home in the second half of the season and depending on which Hoffenheim turn up, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see Markus Weinzierl’s side pick up all three points at 2.80.