Bayern Munich 1.18 - The Draw 6.50 - VfL Wolfsburg 14.50
The Bavarians have been down-playing their excellent performances this week. “There’s no euphoria,” said Holger Badstuber, a man who’d rather eat his own feet than crack a smile. That’s actually the most worrying thing for the rest of the league: despite four wins out of four, there’s an acute sense that Bayern can play a lot better still. Against Felix Magath’s pretty shambolic Wolfsburg - defender Simon Kjaer is moonlighting as a central midfielder, that says it all, really - the home side can be expected to live up their perfect record, even if Heynckes will rotate a few players again. Bayern all the way here, even at sucg a short price.
Schalke 1.52 - The Draw 3.80 - Mainz 6.50
Ibrahim Afellay (illness), Jermaine Jones (ankle) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (toe) are all doubtful after the disheartening 2-0 defeat by Bayern on Saturday. The Royal Blues know that they must redeem themselves for an anemic second half but Mainz’s pressing game will make it hard for them to find the break through. A full-strength side should overcome Tuchel’s energetic but limited side by a single goal but a draw is not impossible if Huntelaar in particular fails to recover in time. Schalke to win 1-0 at 8.00 looks good to me.
Greuther Fürth 2.10 - The Draw 3.30 - Fortuna Düsseldorf 3.40
It’s a clash of the newly promoted sides and goals might be well be at a premium in the Trolli-Arena. Fürth have only netted once all season if you discount Emanuel Pogatetz’s slapstick own-goal in the 1-1 with Wolfsburg on Saturday. At home, they haven’t found the net at all. The surprisingly obdurate Fortuna, meanwhile, have not conceded a single goal in this Bundesliga campaign. Only six goal-scoring opportunities were created by both sides in the 0-0 draw v Freiburg. The good start by Norbert Meier’s team makes the away side slight favourites to sneak this one. Just don’t expect any fireworks, in fact a goal-less draw could be best value at 8.75.
Eintracht Frankfurt 4.65 - The Draw 3.70 - Borussia Dortmund 1.70
“It’d be normal if we lost,” Armin Veh has said before this match. No one ever accused the Frankfurt coach of being too bullish, but his side have clearly benefitted from his relaxed approach to life in the top flight. The Eagles will be without the powerful Canadian striker Daniel Occean and could also lose captain Pirmin Schwegler, who is rated “50-50” to make it by Veh. Schwegler, the linchpin of the side, cannot be easily replaced: Martin Lanig, his possible deputy, is a much more technical player. As for the champions, they’re desperate to bounce back following their mostly self-afflicted 3-2 defeat at Hamburg that cost them their 31 game unbeaten run. A gritty, ugly 2-1 would do Jürgen Klopp just fine, and you can back that at 8.00.