Fortuna Düsseldorf 2.95, the draw 3.35, Hamburger SV 2.30
Norbert Meier’s team are without a win in seven games and have yet to bank three points at home this season. Ever since centre-back Stelios Malezas got injured, the defence has looked very shaky: they have been breached 18 times over the course of their winless streak. Disciplinary problems with Andreij Voronin have also been a distraction. Hamburg will bring their recent minimalist approach - only Bayer and Stuttgart have managed to score against them in the last seven matches - but Marcell Jansen is injured. Hamburg have few options on the bench for the attack, but should prove strong enough. Away win.
Schalke 04 1.50, the draw 3.90, Eintracht Frankfurt 6.80
Rightback Uchida is available again for the Royal Blues, but their excellent centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulous is suspended. Joel Matip will replace him, with captain Benedikt Höwedes moving back inside. The home side will be a little less solid in defence but better going forward as a consequence. Huub Stevens has a lot choice in attacking midfield, with everyone being ready for action. Frankfurt should be unchanged. The Eagles will be a tough opponent and dangerous on the counter, but S04 will beat them narrowly.
VfL Wolfsburg 2.30, the draw 3.45, Werder Bremen 2.90
“It’s a cruel fixture list,” said Wolfsburg’s new sporting director Klaus Allofs, who will welcome his former club to the Volkswagen Stadion. Wolves are a team transformed under caretaker Lorenz-Günter Köstner, and there’ll be no major changes after their 3-1 win at Hoffenheim last week. But they’re a quite narrow side - Werder, without any grave injury concerns, will create plenty of chances. Go for a score draw and overs here.
Mainz 05 5.50, the draw 3.80, Borussia Dortmund 1.60
A devastating performance from Mario Götze in Amsterdam ensured the champion’s progress to the last 16 of the Champions League. Domestically, they’re close to their best as well. Klopp is likely to bring in an element of rotation in midfield but the key to their game is keeping up their impressive levels of intensity. The loss of the hard-running Sven Bender (broken nose) will hurt them in that respect against a Mainz side who’ve been a bit unlucky in recent weeks. Thomas Tuchel will privately fancy chances to get a point here, and taking the draw here is a good outside bet.
Greuter Fürth 2.50, the draw 3.40, 1. FC Nürnberg 2.65
It’s derby time in Franconia, and this would be a good time for Fürth’s fist home win in the Bundesliga. Striker Gerald Asamoah will return after a thigh strain and influential central midfielder Pekovic is back, too. It’s doubtful, however, whether that will be enough against the dogged visitors. Nürnberg made up their lack of quality with a fantastic fighting spirit in the draw with Bayern; if they replicate that performance, they will surely win here. Markus Feulner will stay in the team after his goal against Bayern, and Hanno Balitsch will introduce even more determination in place of the suspended Marco Gebhart.
Bayern Munich 1.15, the draw 7.00, Hannover 96 18.00
The visitors have less than 48 hours to recover after their lame 0-0 draw with Steve McClaren’s Twente. Mirko Slomka did rotate a few players accordingly; Lars Stindl and Mame Biram Diouf should be back to face the league leaders in the Allianz Arena. Bayern, despite their comfortable lead, are under pressure following two 1-1 draws (v Nürnberg and Valencia). “We have to change gear,” warned CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the wake of a lacklustre performance against ten-men Valencia. The absence of Luiz Gustavo has hurt Bayern, as Javier Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger are still learning to play with each other. Holger Badstuber and Mario Gomez are back, though. Anything but a home win will be an upset.
SC Freiburg 2.20, the draw 3.40, VfB Stuttgart 3.10
Both teams have 16 points but only Freiburg can be truly happy. The club from Breisgau have been in sensational form in recent weeks, culminating in a 2-1 away win at Hannover last week. Christian Streich has little reason to change the line-up. Jan Rosenthal will certainly keep his place - his vision and eye add another dimension to their blue-collar football. Stuttgart, however, also have their tails up. An emphatic 5-1 win over Bucharest has increased the feel-good factor. Centre-back Niedermeier is also back. A hard-fought draw looks likely.
FC Augsburg 2.30, the draw 3.35, Borussia Mönchengladbach 2.95
The home side were (erroneously) linked with Felix Magath in midweek, and the pressure on coach Markus Weinzierl is increasing all the time. Another game without a win - they’ve only won once this campaign - might make a change at the top inevitable for the bottom feeders. Gladbach made very hard work of their 2-0 win over Limassol on Thursday night. Igor de Camargo saved the day late on with two goals. They’re clearly the better team but have rarely performed at the level of last season. A home win, despite Augsburg’s rotten form, is a strong possibility.
Hoffenheim 3.10, the draw 3.40, Bayer Leverkusen 2.20
Talking of managers under pressure, Markus Babbel must feel quite nervous. Hoffenheim’s defeat at home to Wolfsburg have put them perilously close to the relegation places. “One or two more bad results, and it will get uncomfortable for me,” admitted the former Liverpool defender. One or two tactical mistakes haven’t helped. 1899 did create plenty of chances against Wolfsburg, though, and the returning Marvin Compper will make a difference at the heart of the defence. Leverkusen rested plenty of players in the 2-0 defeat at Metalist Kharkiv and will be favourites, though. A narrow away win will increase the problems for Babbel.