Borussia Mönchengladbach v Hamburger SV
It’s been Gladbach’s worst ever start to a Bundesliga season with three defeats from three, but what better time for Hamburg then to rock up at the Borussia-Park. The visitors’ first choice goalkeeper René Adler is injured and their best centre back Emir Spahic is suspended but so is Gladbach’s Granit Xhaka. The home side’s Patrick Herrmann will miss out too but club captain and key defender Martin Stranzl is back in the squad. It should be a winning return to the pitch for Stranzl too – take Gladbach to win at 1.62.
Bayern Munich v FC Augsburg
In the past two seasons, Augsburg have managed a pair of victories against Bayern Munich. Both of those have come though after Bayern have won the Bundesliga. Augsburg coach Markus Weinziel, nevertheless, says that their victory at the Allianz Arena in May is giving them encouragement for this Bavarian derby despite a poor start. The hosts will be without Arjen Robben who’s been sidelined for the next month with a thigh injury. Don’t expect that to slow Bayern’s fast start though with the champions to be winning at both half time and full time at 1.56.
Bayer Leverkusen v SV Darmstadt 98
Chicharito, Leverkusen’s deadline day signing from Manchester United, goes straight into the squad against Darmstadt. Coach Roger Schmidt says though that he wouldn’t be doing him any favours if he played him from the start.
That said, whilst Darmstadt arrive at the BayArena unbeaten after the first three games, Leverkusen may not need the diminutive Mexican to overcome their newly promoted opponents. In a run stretching back to last season, Leverkusen have won their last seven home games in the Bundesliga and a victory by a two goal margin here certainly isn’t out of the question, with -1 at 1.71.
Hannover 96 v Borussia Dortmund
Thomas Tuchel hasn’t had many problems with results at Borussia Dortmund so far – his record reads eight games, eight wins. Now comes a little bit more of a test of his coaching acumen as he has to cope without injured star man Marco Reus. However, Hannover are perhaps not the opponents take advantage of a Reus-less Dortmund. The manner of their defeat at Mainz before the international break suggests that you still have to take BVB to win here at 1.45.
Hertha BSC v VfB Stuttgart
Alexander Zorniger has made history as new Stuttgart coach, becoming the first to lose all three of his opening games. The away side’s first choice goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton is suspended, so 21-year-old Odisseas Vlachodimos gets a chance between the sticks. The pressure is on against Hertha who you’d expect to be rooting around a similar part of the table as Stuttgart this season. This one is unlikely to be the most free flowing game you’ll see in the Bundesliga this year, so pick a draw at 3.45.
FC Ingolstadt 04 v VfL Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking has spoken of Ingolstadt floating on a wave of euphoria before his side’s trip to Bavaria. That’s after Ingolstadt took six points from their first three games – around six more points than some people might have predicted.
Both wins for Ingolstadt have come on the road whilst they were outplayed by Borussia Dortmund in their only home game so far. Wolfsburg aren’t the strongest away from home but they have Julian Draxler available for the first time and goalkeeper Diego Benaglio back from injury. It won’t be straightforward but still expect a Wolfsburg win at 1.88.
Eintracht Frankfurt v 1. FC Köln
For the first time this season, the man they call “football god” in Frankfurt returns to the squad. Alexander Meier was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season but he wasn’t missed too much last time out by Eintracht, as they spanked four past Stuttgart. Meier did net four goals against Cologne last season but the visitors arrive at the Commerzbank-Arena off the back of their best start in 19 years. With Eintracht unlikely to be shy and Cologne at their best on the counter, more than 3.5 goals is worth backing here at 3.15.