Raphael Honigstein's Bundesliga Betting: A Farewell Win For Klopp


For the final time this season . . .

Bayern Munich v Mainz 05

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Bayern will lift the Meisterschale on Saturday after their game against Mainz. The focus first will be ending their three game losing run in the Bundesliga which has seen them fail to pick up a point since they actually secured the title.

Mainz hope to be the latest team to take points off the wounded champions. It doesn't mean that the game will necessarily open up with Bayern still very likely to dominate possession meaning a low key and low scoring affair is on the cards with under 2.5 at 3.55.

 

FC Köln v VfL Wolfsburg

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Cologne lost 2-0 to Mainz last weekend but as a promoted side, they've done well to steer clear of relegation trouble for the entirety of the campaign. Part of the reason for that has been their home form where losing has been a rare occurrence.

Dieter Hecking's Wolfsburg rock up on Saturday to try and secure a second place finish. Making sure they head into the DFB-Pokal Final next week in good nick will also be a priority. Captain Diego Benaglio and Ricardo Rodriguez are likely to miss out through injury. It should be a well matched encounter, so backing a draw doesn't look a bad shout at 3.70.

 

Borussia Dortmund v SV Werder Bremen

It will be an emotional afternoon at the Signal Iduna Park as club captain Sebastian Kehl and of course, coach Jürgen Klopp have a final farewell in front of the Yellow Wall. Klopp's tried to play down the nostalgia ahead of the game as he attempts to clinch a Europa League place for the club next season.

That's something opponents Werder Bremen are looking to achieve on Saturday but Viktor Skripnik's side have faltered of late. Add to that the fact that Werder have lost their last seven at Dortmund and Jürgen Klopp looks likely to have the swansong the fans desire. Pick Dortmund to be winning at half time and full time at 1.70.

 

SC Paderborn v VfB Stuttgart

Few would have believed going into the final day that Paderborn had a chance of safety. Yet despite a crushing late defeat to Schalke last weekend, a victory against Stuttgart coupled with Hamburg failing to beat Schalke would guarantee them the relegation play off spot.

In turn, Stuttgart, who have made a late dash for survival, know that a win will see them play in the top flight again next year. The pressure is on though - because if they lose, the 2007 champions will be relegated to the second tier. Form suggests Stuttgart will edge through here, particularly with a sharp attack and Paderborn's leaky defence, with an away win priced at 2.10.

 

SV Hamburg v Schalke 04

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It is win or bust for Hamburg after their defeat at relegation rivals Stuttgart last weekend. Anything other than three points against Schalke will see them relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time.

Their advantage may be in that they're playing a Schalke side who have barely limped into next year's Europa League. Rafael van der Vaart is suspended for Hamburg but despite the drop in performance after an initial bounce from Bruno Labbadia's arrival, HSV should squeak through nevertheless at 2.30. Be warned though: that may not be enough still to keep them afloat.

 

TSG Hoffenheim v Hertha BSC

A goalless draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt means there is a small chance that Hertha could end up in the relegation play off spot.

For that to happen they need to lose by a few goals at Hoffenheim but Markus Gisdol's team are another in the division who have slowed in recent weeks. Under Pal Dardai, Hertha have still displayed enough about themselves that they will earn the draw here at 3.60 which would take them to Bundesliga safety.

 

Hannover 96 v SC Freiburg

In another clash between two of the bottom six, both Hannover and Freiburg meet in the tantalising knowledge that a win means Bundesliga survival. That's after Hannover ended their 16 game run without a win at Augsburg last Saturday whilst Freiburg came from behind to beat Bayern Munich.

Hannover will be without Hiroki Sakai after he was sent off in their victory. Christian Streich meanwhile is able to pick from a fully fit squad but despite that, there isn't likely to be much between these two sides. A point could well end up seeing both sides to safety and with neither team particularly convincing, it's worth backing a draw at 3.10.

 

Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayer 04 Leverkusen

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Not much is riding on this encounter with Leverkusen assured of fourth place and Eintracht set to finish in a clustered mid-table. The challenge here for Roger Schmidt's away side is to break Frankfurt's unbeaten home run which stands at 10 games. Eintracht aren't the sort to sit back and with Leverkusen favouring an attacking outlook under Schmidt, expect a few final day thrills with over 3.5 goals at 2.12.

 

Borussia Mönchengladbach v FC Augsburg

Gladbach have been the best team in the Bundesliga in 2015 - a status guaranteed to stand even after the game against Augsburg. Victory at Werder tied down their spot in the Champions League group stages but defender Tony Jantschke is suspended for their final game.

Augsburg have their captain Paul Verhaegh and top scorer Raul Bobadilla both out through suspension too. They were both sent off in a surprise defeat to Hannover last weekend, though Markus Weinzierl's side are basically assured of a Europa League place next season. Only Eintracht Frankfurt have beaten Gladbach at home this season and that is likely to remain after Saturday, with the hosts at 2.33 to win -1.