Raphael Honigstein's Bundesliga Betting: Bayern Munich To Prepare For Atletico By Strolling To Title Success


FC Augsburg - 1. FC Köln

Alfred Finnbogason made it six goals in 11 games for Augsburg last weekend. It helped Markus Weinzierl’s side to an important third win in a row as they look to avoid relegation. That’s something Cologne managed to do with their emphatic victory over Darmstadt last weekend.

Their performances have picked up in the last two games but there is still a defensive lapse in them. Back Finnbogason to take advantage of that once again, with the Icelandic striker at 2.90 to score anytime.



Borussia Dortmund - VfL Wolfsburg


On Thursday, Dortmund announced captain Mats Hummels had told them of his wish to leave the club and go to Bayern Munich – a huge blow to Dortmund given their resurgence this season under Thomas Tuchel. Against Wolfsburg on Saturday though, they shouldn’t have too much trouble even if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still isn’t fit.

No Bundesliga team is in worse form than Wolfsburg, having only taken two points from their last six games. Have Dortmund to score over 2.5 goals at 2.08.


1. FSV Mainz 05 - Hamburg SV

In their last two games, Mainz have gone in front only to lose on each occasion. Had they hung on against Cologne and Eintracht Frankfurt, Martin Schmidt’s team would be in fourth, the division’s final Champions League place.

Hamburg all but secured their spot in the Bundesliga next season with a derby victory against Werder Bremen last Friday. It wasn’t the most convincing display, showing that so long as Mainz don’t capitulate again, they should have enough to beat this Hamburg side. A home win is priced at 1.75.


SV Darmstadt 98 - Eintracht Frankfurt


Darmstadt had their six game unbeaten run ended at Cologne last weekend with a 4-1 defeat. Eintracht Frankfurt on the other hand got a vital win meaning they’re just a point off the relegation playoff spot heading into this Hesse derby. Only five points separate the two sides in the table meaning that Darmstadt would definitely avoid finishing in the bottom two with a win on Saturday.

Expect this to be a scrappy game, with just enough goals to make backing over 2.5 goals worthwhile at 2.06.


Hannover 96 - Schalke 04

SportBild magazine have billed Schalke’s trip to Hannover as coach André Breitenreiter’s last chance, with the prospect of playing in next season’s Champions League slipping fast. It’s the sort of game his side should win but one victory in their last six games suggests that won’t be the case.

Hannover were relegated last weekend but they haven’t lost in the three games since Thomas Schaaf left the club. Back that momentum to continue under coach Daniel Stende, with Hannover to win or draw priced at 1.96.


TSG Hoffenheim - FC Ingolstadt 04


Despite defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend, Hoffenheim remain one of the form teams in the division. They are only three points above the relegation playoff spot but it would be a big surprise were they to go down now. Ingolstadt meanwhile are definitely safe but coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has told the club he wishes to leave at the end of the season.

Hoffenheim have taken 13 points from a possible 15 at home since Julian Nagelsmann took charge. Expect that tally to improve here, with the Hoffe at 1.80 to win.


Bayern Munich - Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gladbach can still qualify for the Champions League but their wretched away form might just stop them. They have the third worst record in the division on their travels and heading to Bayern Munich is not generally the place to improve it.

Bayern did lose the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Atletico during the week but they have the chance here to secure their fourth consecutive Bundesliga title with a win. Expect that to happen with Bayern winning at half time and full time at 2.17.


Bayer Leverkusen - Hertha BSC


Should Gladbach lose at Bayern, then a win for Leverkusen against fourth placed Hertha will guarantee them a place in the Champions League group stages next season. Leverkusen’s form at the moment is excellent too, having won each of their last six Bundesliga games.

Hertha’s performances meanwhile have dropped off in the last few weeks, leaving them clinging on to fourth spot as it stands. That’s likely to be the state of play by full time too, even though Leverkusen’s dependable centre back Jonathan Tah will be out with a virus. Pick the home side to win again at 1.65.



SV Werder Bremen - VfB Stuttgart

Werder Bremen captain Clemens Fritz has gone back on his decision to retire at the end of the campaign, saying that he couldn’t leave the club after a season like this. Indeed, it’s not been a vintage campaign for Werder who started the weekend in the relegation playoff spot.

Stuttgart are only two points above them making this a rather significant game in the relegation shakeup. Both sides are as out of form as their lowly positions in the table suggest. As a result, an unsatisfying draw looks the most likely thing to happen at 3.85.