Bayern will remember only too well the last time that Roberto Di Matteo visited the Allianz Arena as a coach. Roberto Di Matteo most certainly will too. Back in May 2012, Chelsea came and conquered Bayern to win the Champions League.
A similarly impressive rearguard display will be required from Di Matteo’s Schalke on Tuesday because Bayern will be hungry to avenge their surprisingly heavy defeat at Wolfsburg on Friday night. Schalke will be without Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after his (needless) red card in their win over Hannover brought a six match ban. That’s unlikely to make a difference on Tuesday – expect a reaction from Bayern with a win to -2 at 1.92.
It’s up to Wolfsburg on the other hand to follow up on what was a magnificent win on Friday night. A trip to free scoring and free conceding Frankfurt will be a good test. Dieter Hecking’s side showed on Friday night their willingness to be patient before countering with venom.
Given Eintracht’s devotion to attack, a trait tied inimitably to their coach Thomas Schaaf, the game should suit Wolfsburg – so long as they can contain the home side. Because while Eintracht have the worst home defence this season, only Bayern have scored more home goals than them. It should be a good game but Wolfsburg are 1.90 to edge it.
Gladbach saw off a toothless Stuttgart on Saturday, allowing them to nip into third place but just one point less takes you down to Leverkusen in sixth. Lucien Favre though has shown his strength in rotating his squad in the Europa League this season. Players such as Raffael who didn’t start against Stuttgart may well face Freiburg.
Christian Streich’s team were also winners on the weekend. They came from behind to thrash Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to an incredible debut by January loan signing Nils Petersen. He scored a hat-trick and joked after that a crate of beer could have scored all three of his goals. He’s likely to start at Gladbach but he may be on the losing side this time, with Gladbach to win at 1.52.
Mainz will be buoyant heading to Hannover after they ended a nine match winless run by thrashing Paderborn 5-0. Particularly impressive was the combination between Pablo De Blasis and Yunus Malli as they set each other up for the first three goals.
Coach Kasper Hjulmand will want more heading to Hannover who were edged out by Schalke on Saturday. They’ve only won one of their last seven games but remain out of relegation trouble for now. Both of these sides are likely to end up in mid-table come the end of the season and as a result, this should be quite an even contest. Goals may be hard to come by, with under 2.5 at 1.98.