Schalke - Eintracht Frankfurt
Despite being under the cosh for long spells, Schalke somehow escaped Stuttgart with three points, thanks to a standout display by goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann. Even coach André Breitenreiter said that their win was undeserved. Still, Schalke’s start hasn’t been too shabby and it’ll be interesting to see whether they can keep Eintracht Frankfurt goalless for a second game running after their 0-0 draw at Hamburg.
That may not be possible but a win certainly is for Schalke at 1.82.
Hoffenheim - Borussia Dortmund
Another test of Thomas Tuchel’s credentials was passed on Sunday as Dortmund overcame Leverkusen 3-0 to make it eleven wins from eleven competitive games. What’s ominous for an underperforming Hoffenheim side is that Marco Reus is likely to return to the starting eleven for BVB’s visit to Sinsheim. Hoffenheim played very well against Bayern Munich in August but still had nothing to show for it, so Dortmund must be wary. However, such is the success that Tuchel has had when he’s rotated so far, it’s difficult to see Dortmund not winning again at 1.38.
Borussia Mönchengladbach - FC Augsburg
The shock of the season so far arrived on Sunday night as Gladbach coach Lucien Favre resigned with his side having lost each of their five league games so far. Only in May, Favre led Gladbach to their best Bundesliga finish in 29 years but now, the club’s Under-23 coach André Schubert steps up to take charge against Augsburg.
Markus Weinzierl’s side won for the first time in the Bundesliga this season against Hannover but it’s difficult to predict what kind of side they’ll face at the Borussia-Park. Gladbach’s start has been illogical given their performance last season, so therefore back an equally illogical home win at 2.20, because this is football after all.
Hannover - Stuttgart
The losing coach of this one might well have to clear their desk soon after. Hannover have accrued just a single point from their five games so far under Michael Frontzeck. Stuttgart though have outdone them by picking up no points with Alexander Zorniger. The visitors have actually given performances that have merited points. It’s just the scoring part which they’ve struggled with. Hannover look the less convincing outfit of the two, so providing Stuttgart’s confidence isn’t totally shot, an away win looks the most likely outcome at 2.40.
Leverkusen - Mainz
Leverkusen’s defeat to Dortmund saw them go without a goal for a third game in a row in the Bundesliga – the first time that’s happened in 12 years. Roger Schmidt’s team have more than enough about them to overcome their sloppy start to the season and that should begin against Mainz. Javier Hernandez is expected to continue up front despite a pivotal one-on-one miss on Saturday whilst Mainz come into this with no such finishing problems - Yunus Malli fired in a hat-trick on Friday night against Hoffenheim. It’s difficult to envision a fourth straight league defeat for the hosts though, especially with Leverkusen to win at 1.55.