Hannover 96 - Hertha BSC
Hannover coach Michael Frontzeck has said his players will get three days off if they beat Hertha. Their recent results suggest that’s certainly possible after they somehow came from behind to win at Hamburg last weekend.
Hertha meanwhile were the latest team to feel the force of the Gladbach revival as they suffered their first home reverse of the season. The away side are likely to have a patient approach here and with Hannover not being the most extravagant of teams, under 2.5 goals looks worth backing at 1.73.
Bayern Munich - VfB Stuttgart
For the fifth home game running, Bayern tonked at least four goals past the away side and it was Arsenal who were on the end of a beating on Wednesday night. It was quite a response by Bayern having dropped points for the first time in the Bundesliga last Friday.
Stuttgart arrive in Munich having beaten Darmstadt last Sunday but Bayern’s recent form suggests it’s not unreasonable to back the home side to score over 3.5 goals at 2.10.
Borussia Mönchengladbach - FC Ingolstadt
Gladbach bowed out of the Champions League group stages albeit with a good display in their draw against Juventus. The question now is whether coach André Schubert can keep up his marvellous run in the Bundesliga where he’s won all six of his games so far.
Ingolstadt had a decent draw at Schalke last weekend as they continued to keep their heads above water in an inevitable fight against relegation. Julian Korb and Tony Jantschke could return from injury for the hosts but such has been the way they’ve coped with injuries recently, a home win looks foreseeable either way at 1.62.
TSG Hoffenheim - Eintracht Frankfurt
There’s a surprising sell out in Hoffenheim for their first home game under coach Huub Stevens. His goalless opener at Cologne wasn’t a game which exactly set the pulse racing but his side showed less fragility than they had in the last few weeks.
Eintracht Frankfurt on the other hand were busy frustrating Bayern Munich last Friday night. Having achieved that result, they may have a bit of a come down at Hoffenheim. The hosts are second from bottom but expect that to change under Stevens, with a first home win of the season at 2.12.
Bayer Leverkusen - FC Köln
The first of two Bundesliga derbies takes place on Saturday as Cologne cross the river Rhine to take on Leverkusen. Both sides have their own problems coming into the game.
Leverkusen are having some defensive struggles whilst Cologne have gone over six hours since they last found the net but a little encouragement from the home side’s defence should do the trick. A few goals could be on the cards with over 3.5 at 2.50.
Mainz 05 - VfL Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg have not been very convincing on the road this season. Their away day blues continued in Eindhoven with a defeat to PSV on Tuesday. They were still missing forward Max Kruse then and he’s unlikely to be ready for the trip south to Mainz.
Martin Schmidt’s side secured a draw at Augsburg last weekend as Yoshinori Muto netted a hat-trick and salvaged a draw with the last kick of the game. Mainz’s defensive frailties have been exposed in the last few weeks but they offer enough going forward to hold Wolfsburg to a draw here at 3.45.
SV Darmstadt - Hamburg SV
Everything hadn’t seemed to be going too badly for Hamburg – that was until they tossed away a one goal lead to Hannover last weekend. The pressure is back on then heading to Darmstadt. Coach Bruno Labbadia will be without Aaron Hunt which is something of a blow given how he’s performed for HSV this season.
Darmstadt on the other hand also had a disappointing result as they were defeated at Stuttgart. Their abrasive style may be well suited to this game, especially given how unconvincing Hamburg were last weekend. A Darmstadt win here is priced at 2.80.