Raphael Honigstein's Bundesliga Betting: Backing Muller Makes Sense


FSV Mainz 05 - TSG Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim's last 29 games in the Bundesliga have only brought 28 points. That's the sort of form you'd expect from a relegation candidate and it'll be tricky to prove otherwise at Mainz. Martin Schmidt has warned of Hoffenheim's quality going forward but his own side are good value to win here at 2.25.



VfL Wolfsburg - Hertha BSC


There's pressure on Julian Draxler to perform at Wolfsburg after his €36 million move from Schalke but his winner against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League showed he's settling in well so far. 

Next up, it's Hertha. They did what's all the rage in the Bundesliga this season by beating Stuttgart. Ending Wolfsburg's lengthy unbeaten home run is likely to be a step too far for the visitors, with a win for Draxler and co at 1.48.


Hamburg - Eintracht Frankfurt

There's an unfamiliar feeling of optimism around Hamburg just a month after lapsing into crisis mode. That comes after a strangely comfortable win at Gladbach last week.

On Saturday, they have the job of keeping Alex Meier and his free-scoring Frankfurt chums quiet. Meier hit a hat-trick on his return from injury last weekend as Eintracht walloped Cologne 6-2. The positive manner in which both Hamburg and Eintracht are playing points towards a few more goals this weekend, with over 3.5 goals at 2.48.


SV Werder Bremen -  FC Ingolstadt 04


The return of Claudio Pizarro turned out to be a victorious one for Werder Bremen last Sunday. He came off the bench to help clinch victory with an assist for Anthony Ujah. It's not clear though whether Pizarro has done enough to earn a start at the Weserstadion on Saturday. 

Ingolstadt travel north with two wins from their two away games so far. Ralph Hasenhüttl hasn't settled just yet on whether his number one goalkeeper is Ramazan Özcan or Orland Nyland. No matter who's between the sticks, a home win for Werder looks advisable at 2.05.


FC Köln - Borussia Mönchengladbach

One of Germany's biggest derbies takes place on Saturday. Gladbach have lost all four of their games so far this season and they go to arch-rivals Cologne who have started brightly, even taking into account their sizeable defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt last week.

Combative midfielder Granit Xhaka returns just in time for Gladbach whilst Cologne coach Peter Stöger has no new injury worries. The home crowd will demand they inflict more pain on their wounded rivals but a draw is more likely at 3.35.


SV Darmstadt 98 - Bayern Munich


Without playing all that well by their high standards, Bayern have won every game since losing the tremendously important DFL-Supercup to Wolfsburg. Thomas Müller has spearheaded that form, netting in every game for club and country since the start of the Bundesliga season. He made it 11 goals in 7 games against Olympiakos during the week.

Saturday brings the Bundesliga's biggest David v Goliath match up of the season as Bayern travel to Darmstadt. The promoted outsiders are unbeaten so far this season and can't be underestimated by Bayern. An away win with a Müller goal still has to be backed though at 2.14.