Borussia Dortmund v Hamburg SV, Wednesday 7pm
Dortmund had the chances to kill off Schalke on Saturday but they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw. Sokratis didn’t have his best game but he’ll still be a miss at the back for them, particularly given the shaky recent performances of Matthias Ginter who’s likely to deputise.
Visitors Hamburg are on the up, having taken 10 points from their last four games. They beat Cologne 2-1 on Saturday but the scorer of their first goal, Nicolai Mueller, will miss this one with a knee injury. It isn’t unthinkable that Hamburg could get a result here but it’s probably safer to back both teams to score at 1.77.
TSG Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich, Wednesday 7pm
No Manuel Neuer between the sticks was no problem for Bayern against Augsburg as the 6-0 score-line suggests. Thomas Müller scored twice on Saturday but a sore ankle will keep him out of the trip to Hoffenheim, who will provide a sterner test. They moved up to third in the table after a 3-1 away win at Hertha.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side are one of the few in the division who can challenge Bayern when it comes to keeping the ball. Bayern are unbeaten in their last 20 games but the Hoffe haven’t lost a home game all season. Back something of a surprise here on the double chance, with a home win or draw for Hoffenheim at 2.28.
SV Werder Bremen v FC Schalke 04, Wednesday 7pm
In Werder Bremen’s last six games, they’ve collected as many points as Bayern Munich. That’s the extent of their recent revival, with their latest win a 5-2 thumping of Freiburg. Schalke are next up at the Weserstadion, fresh from young Thilo Kehrer rescuing them a point in the derby against Dortmund on Saturday. Their away form in general has been pretty inconsistent but Werder have quite a few personnel worries. Serge Gnabry is still injured whilst defensively, Robert Bauer and Lamine Sané were both crocked on Saturday. However, they’ve still got enough key players on the pitch (Kruse, Moisander, Delaney) to make a home win likely at 3.05.
1. FC Köln v Eintracht Frankfurt, Wednesday 7pm
Cologne lost at Hamburg on Saturday but Peter Stoeger wasn’t all that upset afterwards, perhaps because of the opportunity to get back on track against Eintracht Frankfurt. Captain Matthias Lehmann’s return from suspension is a particularly big boost.
Seven games ago, Frankfurt looked set to be fighting for a Champions League place. Since then, they’ve collected just two points and scored once. They’re level on points with Cologne in the table but despite their injuries, Cologne’s sharper attack, namely in the form of Anthony Modeste, should be the difference here. Back a home win at 2.28.