FC Augsburg v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Augsburg exited the Europa League at Liverpool on Thursday but they showed enough to suggest avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga shouldn’t be an issue. Gladbach are challenging for a Champions League place meanwhile but their current away form is an issue. They’ve lost their last three on the road in the Bundesliga and they’ll be without key forward Lars Stindl due to suspension. A close game looks on the cards – so don’t expect too many goals with under 2.5 at 2.06.
Borussia Dortmund v TSG Hoffenheim
So far so good for new Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann with four points taken from two games to date. However, Borussia Dortmund will present him with a stern test. They eked out an impressive 1-0 win at Porto in the Europa League, proving their continual evolution under Thomas Tuchel. He’ll be without Sokratis for the next few games because of a muscle injury. His absence shouldn’t be of significance here though. Back a Dortmund victory to -1 at 1.56.
Mainz v Bayer Leverkusen
After his show of stubbornness last weekend, Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt has received a three match touchline ban. That starts at Mainz where his side will look to keep pace in the race for an automatic Champions League spot with 3rd place Hertha. In a surprise twist, Mainz are up there with them just two points back. Leverkusen won’t have influential defender Ömer Toprak at their disposal and he’s likely to be missed. Mainz have been strong at home of late but Leverkusen still have enough to claim a draw here at 3.45.
Eintracht Frankfurt v Schalke 04
André Breitenreiter has called for fire from his Schalke players on the pitch. That’s after they were knocked out of the Europa League in tame fashion against Shakhtar Donetsk. Eintracht Frankfurt aren’t in great shape themselves with talk in the press of coach Armin Veh leaving at the end of the season. They’re just a point above the relegation playoff spot and could dearly do with a win. Schalke though have been good at putting away bottom half opposition away from home this season. Even without injured midfielder Leon Goretzka, it’s worth backing them to respond from Thursday’s debacle here. An away win is priced at 2.32.