Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayer Leverkusen
The international break came at a good time for both Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen. Defeat in their derby with Cologne was Leverkusen’s third straight defeat in all competitions. Eintracht, meanwhile, weren’t on a great run either, with just one win in their last eight and no goal scored in nearly five hours of play. One man though who was finding some rhythm was Leverkusen’s Chicharito with eight goals in six games. In what’s likely to be a close game, he could prove the difference with the away side at 1.95 to win.
FC Köln v FSV Mainz 05
Last time out, Cologne and Mainz recorded impressive wins against Leverkusen and Wolfsburg respectively which should restore some confidence in both sides. Cologne however have been struggling to find their groove at home recently, though coach Peter Stöger might point out that they haven’t been helped by refereeing decisions. This is just the sort of game where they could be frustrated again with Mainz similarly placed to them in mid-table and Cologne not suited to taking the initiative. A low scoring game looks likely to ensue, with under 2.5 goals at 2.00.
Borussia Mönchengladbach v Hannover 96
André Schubert is no longer the interim coach at Gladbach. Last week, he became the coach on a full time basis after six wins in seven games. Yet whilst he got a better deal over the international break, another injury arrived with centre back Alvaro Dominguez out until 2016 with a back injury. He’ll be missing against Hannover, as will influential midfielder Granit Xhaka who’s suspended. Hannover though aren’t the most convincing side in the division and you’d still expect the Schubert effect to continue, with the home team at 1.45 to win.
VfB Stuttgart v FC Augsburg
One of the biggest games of the weekend is at the bottom of the table where Stuttgart in 16th host Augsburg in 18th. Stuttgart coach Alexander Zorniger has said both teams are capable of performing better and he’s not wrong. Had his side been able to make more of the vast amount of opportunities they create and been able to hold their nerve, they’d be in a European spot.
That’s where Augsburg ended up last season but having qualified for the Europa League, their coach Markus Weinzierl has spoken about the difficulty of playing every three or four days this time around. Recent home form might give Stuttgart the edge here too, with the hosts at 1.90 to win.
VfL Wolfsburg v SV Werder Bremen
Away from home, Wolfsburg have struggled this season, winning just once in the Bundesliga but back at the VW-Arena, teams haven’t been able to get near them. Not since March 2014 have they lost a home league game. That’s a worrying sign for Werder Bremen but they did grab an important away win at Augsburg last time out. Max Kruse though is set to return from injury for the hosts and that should propel them on to a home victory at 1.60.
Schalke 04 v Bayern Munich
Both Schalke and Bayern have been talking each other up ahead of their Saturday night encounter. According to Schalke midfielder Roman Neustädter, Bayern are the best team in the world whilst Pep Guardiola has been effusing over Schalke’s big talent Leroy Sané. The away side though will be missing one of their many big talents with Thiago Alcantara injured during Spain’s win over England. Yet with Schalke not in great shape currently, you’d still fancy Bayern to be winning at both half time and full time at 1.79.