Bayern Munich - VfL Wolfsburg
As last season’s top two prepare to face off, both Bayern coach Pep Guardiola and Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking have been saying nice things about each other. Wolfsburg though have beaten Bayern twice in 2015 (once in the league and once in the Supercup), so this should be a tight encounter.
Naturally, Bayern will have to be wary of Nicklas Bendtner being on the prowl again, though Bas Dost’s double at the weekend might mean a start for him in Munich. Thomas Müller is likely to be in the starting lineup for Bayern once more, after he was on the bench for the majority of their win over Darmstadt. Both sides are well matched, so under 2.5 goals looks worth backing at 2.80.
SV Darmstadt - Werder Bremen
Darmstadt’s defeat to Bayern was nothing to be ashamed of. It was after all only their first loss of the season. They’ll hope to emulate their fellow newly promoted counterparts Ingolstadt, who grabbed a last gasp win against Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Werder’s Philipp Bargfrede is suspended for the next three games after he was sent off late on in that defeat. Crucially though for Werder, their most creative midfielder, Zlatko Junuzovic,is back in the squad after missing out on Saturday with a cold. His return should help bring an away win for Werder at 2.60.
Hertha BSC - FC Köln
It’s been 26 years since Cologne made this good a start in the Bundesliga after Anthony Modeste nodded them to a derby win over Gladbach on Saturday. There’s been nothing particularly spectacular about their performances so far this season but ten points from five games is an excellent return for Peter Stöger’s side.
Hertha play a similar kind of functional football, so this may not be the most entertaining game. Pal Dardai’s team need to get back on track after they fell to a late defeat at Wolfsburg. Defender Sebastian Langkamp was injured then so Niklas Stark will come into replace him. This game might turn out to be well contested, which is a polite way of saying “go for a draw” at 3.30.
FC Ingolstadt - Hamburg
For those who like clichés of German efficiency: look no further than FC Ingolstadt. From just three goals scored, they have amassed ten points. None of those goals have come at home just yet but perhaps that will change when Hamburg come to visit.
The northern giants have been much better so far this season as Bruno Labbadia looks to have turned them into something approaching a respectable outfit. Their two wins though have come against the two pointless sides in the division (Stuttgart and Gladbach), so tonight could be the night when Ingolstadt get their first home win of the campaign at 2.30.