SC Freiburg 9.00 The Draw 4.60 Bayern Munich 1.35
Freiburg are flying. A 3-0 win over knackered Stuttgart has taken them to sixth in the table, and they have only been beaten once - by Dortmund - in their last eight games. Christian Streich and his men have been careful to down-play their chances against the league leaders here, but at home they are strong. Bayern could also have one eye on Saturday’s Bundesliga clasico v Dortmund. The two best defences in the league suggest that this could be low-scoring, attritional affair but under the floodlights, the mood will be frantic. A score draw is not beyond the home side - so check out 1-1 at odds of 9.00 - despite Bayern’s excellent form.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2.50 The Draw 3.40 VfL Wolfsburg 2.65
“The Foals” were bad enough to lose away to Augsburg, the 1-1 draw at the bottom side somewhat flattered them. On paper, however, they still look marginally stronger than a Wolfsburg side who will be without captain Josué. Christian Träsch is likely to replace him. The problem for Wolves is their dependency on Diego. If the opposition target him, like Werder did in the 1-1 draw, there’s no one else who can step up to the plate, creatively. Because neither side are really convincing, this one’s wide open. With home support, Gladbach should just steal it.
VfB Stuttgart 1.65 The Draw 3.65 FC Augsburg 5.25
Stuttgart boss Bruno Labbadia is expected to ring in the changes after the disappointing 3-0 defeat at Freiburg. Left-back Boka, centre-back Niedermeier and attacking midfielder Traoré should replace Molinaro, Maza and Okazaki. Neither side have any new injury worries but 18th placed Augsburg will feel particularly despondent after another failed attempt to record a second home win of the season at the weekend. As such, Stuttgart will come back strongly to register a comfortable win. For some value, take a look at 3-0 to the hosts at 16.00.
Werder Bremen 2.60 The Draw 2.45 Bayer Leverkusen 2.50
The suspended Lukas Schmitz will be replaced by Clemens Fritz (don’t laugh) in the left-back position for Werder. Leverkusen are at full strength but they weren’t entirely convincing in their 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Sunday. They, too, have looked a little exhausted. In terms of sheer quality, the visitors are still superior, though. The historical stats are also interesting here: six of the last eight meetings have ended in a draw, Leverkusen won the other two. Make this the seventh draw in nine.
FC Nürnberg 2.40 The Draw 3.40 TSG Hoffenheim 2.75
“One more defeat and Babbel gets the sack,” cried tabloid paper Bild on Monday. But in fairness, Babbel's Hoffenheim showed good character in the second half of their 2-1 home defeat verus Bayer at the weekend. They are lacking that special bit at both ends of the pitch to pick up points more regularly, though. Nürnberg are without midfielder Markus Feulner after his silly red card v Fürth and have only won one of the last ten games. This feels like a home win but Hoffenheim are the better side and should be backed to save Babbel’s job - at least for a few more days.