Hannover 96 - Hertha BSC
According to Hannover coach Tayfun Korkut, nothing else counts apart from winning on Friday night. He’s right too – because even though they came back from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Frankfurt last weekend, Hannover continue to slide towards the drop zone having not yet won in 2015.
Their opponents tonight are Hertha and under Pal Dardai, they've been in good nick. He’s only been in charge for eight games, yet Hertha have taken 14 points in that time. Victory over Paderborn on Sunday continued a five match unbeaten run despite a string of injury problems. Hertha have kept four clean sheets in that period and a nervy encounter may ensue in Lower Saxony with under 2.5 goals at 1.64.
Bayern Munich - Eintracht Frankfurt
The injuries keep on coming but Bayern continue to struggle on and win. Mehdi Benatia picked up a thigh injury on Wednesday night but Pep Guadiola’s side still went on to beat Leverkusen on penalties. The positive for this weekend is that Bastian Schweinsteiger should be back on the bench for the champions.
With or without him, they face Eintracht Frankfurt – perhaps the Bundesliga’s flakiest side this season albeit entertaining given the 105 goals in their 27 games so far. There will be a few more at the Allianz Arena. Just expect the majority to end up in the Frankfurt net with over 3.5 goals in total at 1.88.
Borussia Mӧnchengladbach - Borussia Dortmund
On Wednesday, Gladbach became the third side to fall to third tier Arminia Bielefeld in this season's DFB-Pokal. They only had themselves to blame according to forward Max Kruse but they’ll have a chance to react against Borussia Dortmund, who did make it through to the semi-finals.
Their unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga though was ended in the Klassiker against Bayern last weekend. Marco Reus and Mats Hummels both face late fitness tests ahead of Dortmund’s trip to the Borussia Park. High flying Gladbach haven’t fared well after midweek encounters this season, so a draw is perhaps the best bet here at 3.40.
Schalke 04 - SC Freiburg
Schalke’s draw at Augsburg last weekend saw them fall further behind Leverkusen in the race to make it into the Champions League. Making up eight points in the final seven games will be difficult and for that to happen, a win over Freiburg is a must.
The relegation threatened visitors though have started to get the points their performances have merited with back-to-back home wins lifting them out of the bottom three. Julian Draxler is back in the squad for Schalke after a lengthy lay off but regardless, they’re still likely to overcome Freiburg at 1.62, though it should be close.
Mainz 05 - Bayer Leverkusen
This week, for the umpteenth time, Leverkusen were so near yet so far to a big win. Like against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League though, Roger Schmidt’s team couldn’t hold their nerve on penalties. Still, spot kicks and Emir Spahic’s off field headbutting antics aside, Leverkusen have been excellent of late.
Mainz meanwhile are approaching the safety mark in the Bundesliga under Martin Schmidt. They’re unbeaten in the three home games he’s taken charge of so far but Leverkusen have only conceded one goal in their last 15 hours of football. That should give the visitors the edge in this Schmidt against Schmidt battle. Expect Roger and Leverkusen to be the winners at 2.15.
SC Paderborn - FC Augsburg
For a surprising amount of time, it looked like Bundesliga underdogs Paderborn perhaps had enough to survive. The second half of the season has proven otherwise with André Breitenreiter’s side failing to score in 10 of their last 11 games.
Augsburg are still well placed to qualify for Europe in sixth but their charge has slowed since their win at Dortmund in February, winning just one of their last eight games. A visit to Paderborn should cure that with the Bavarians 2.25 to win.