Bundesliga Betting: Weekend Tips



Borussia Dortmund 1.15, the draw 7.00, Greuther Fürth 16.00

Dortmund skipper Sebastian Kehl will not be available (knee problem) and centre-back Neven Subotic is doubtful. Felipe Santana, his possible replacement, is pretty capable too, however. Kuba Blaszczykowski will be back in the squad after his ankle injury he's been nursing since the Man City game. The champions haven’t won two league games in a row all season - but they should do it on Saturday. Mike Büsken’s men are without a win in nine games. Fürth have almost their best squad available, but that won’t be enough to win a point at the Westfalenstadion.

1. FC Nürnberg 10.00, the draw 5.40, Bayern Munich 1.27

Former Bayern midfielder Markus Feulner will replace the suspended Hanno Balitsch for the Bavarian derby. Coach Dieter Hecking hasn’t made up his mind whether he’ll bring back Javier Pinola on the left side of defence in place of Marvin Plattenhardt but regular keeper Raphael Schäfer will definitely be in goal again after getting over his ankle problems. Bayern are without Jerome Boateng (groin) and could suffer from a bit of post-international tiredness but centre-back Holger Badstuber and striker Mario Gomez should be back in the squad to offer even more quality. Arjen Robben - surprise, surprise - is injured again but the league leaders’ greater quality will prevail regardless.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1.75, the draw 3.55, FC Augsburg 4.50

“Many people are worse off than us,” said Augsburg general manager Jürgen Rollmann. He’s right, in the grand scheme of things. But in the league, his club have hit rock bottom after a hat-trick of defeats. Injuries to key players and lack of intensity have hampered their chances this season. At home, Markus Weinzierl’s side will continue to cause problems. Away to Frankfurt, though, it’s hard to see them doing well. Eintracht’s 2-0 defeat in Munich seems to have only reinforced the confidence within the team. Frankfurt are also in full-force, personnel-wise. Home win.

Hannover 96 1.96, the draw 3.45, SC Freiburg 3.70

96 have almost too many hot strikers for their own good, and have only lost once at home (3-2 v Gladbach on matchday nine) since April 2011. Their 4-2 comeback win at Stuttgart also showed their incredible mentality. Freiburg have only lost one of their last six games (2-0 against Dortmund) but are short in defence. Centre-backs Matthias Ginter and Immanuel Höhn are out, and replacements Fallou Diagné and Pavel Krmas could hardly train all week with muscle strains. The fifth centre-back, Beg Ferati, has fallen out with Christian Streich. Hannover to win, in emphatic style.

Hamburger SV 2.35, the draw 3.40, Mainz 05 2.85

The northerners look to get back to winning ways after two disappointing results, the 3-0 defeat by Bayern and the 0-0 at Freiburg. Thorsten Fink has his favoured starting line-up ready, but needs to decide whether to play Jeffrey Bruma or Michael Mancienne next to Heiko Westermann at the heart of the back four. Mainz welcome back the influential defender Bo Svensson and will feel confident about their chances. They’ve only lost one of the last six (2-1 to Werder), and even then they were the better side. If you’re looking for an upset, this is the one.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2.40, the draw 3.40, VfB Stuttgart 2.75

The Foals were tactically astute last season but this year, they’re all over the shop and totally unpredictable. Out of their last ten games in all competitions, they have won four, lost four and drawn two. How they’ll fare against Bruno Labbadia’s men is hard to fathom, too: the Swabians are the better, more capable team, especially in attack, but prone to huge swings in confidence. Losing 4-2 after leading Hannover 2-0 was some kind of feat last Sunday. In the absence of any clear, logical guidelines, the overs look most attractive here.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2.55, the draw 3.50, Schalke 04 2.55

Saturday night’s top game should be hugely entertaining affair. Despite the Royal Blues’ strong run this autumn, Bayer must be favoured. They have keeper Bernd Leno, captain Simon Rolfes and centre-back Ömer Toprak back. What’s more, Bayer had far fewer key players in mid-week action than the visitors, who will probably have to do without Ibrahim Afellay and could well give Lewis Holtby a rest. An important Champions League appointment v Olympiakos will also loom large for S04 while Leverkusen have already qualified for the next round of the Europa League. Home win.

Werder Bremen 1.53, the draw 3.90, Fortuna Düsseldorf 6.25

Werder are reeling from the shock departure of sporting director Klaus Allofs in midweek. “I’m not happy,” said manager Thomas Schaaf. But then again, he’s never really happy, at least not in public. On the pitch, Bremen will be more or less unchanged. Only four wins in ten games explain their mid-table malaise, but there’s enough quality up front to beat a Fortuna side whose days of impregnability are well over. The Norbert Meier-coached team have shipped thirteen in the last four league games. Werder will usher in the post-Allofs era with a big win.

TSG Hoffenheim 1899 2.35, the draw 3.40, VfL Wolfsburg 2.85

Markus Babbel has had plenty of problems in defence in the past. Now the TSG manager has to replace captain Marvin Compper, who is suspended after getting sent off in the 1-1 draw at Düsseldorf, as well. Youngster Pelle Jensen and Matthieu Delpierre, back from a three-week  lay-off, will be protecting Tim Wiese’s goal. In midfield and attack, he has plenty of options, however. And so do Wolfsburg. Playmaker Diego is close to his best again: after Felix Magath’s departure and with the team set-up to bring the best out of him, the Brazilian is both a goal-threat as well as one of the league’s best providers. Wolves might be slight favourites here, but a score draw looks probable, too.