Raphael Honigstein's Bundesliga Betting: Leverkusen Can Trouble Brilliant Bayern


Friday

VfL Wolfsburg v Schalke 04

With moves away from the club in the offing, Kevin De Bruyne and Ivan Perisic won’t be in Wolfsburg’s squad against Schalke. The visitors have a wanted man too in Julian Draxler but the midfielder linked with Juventus is expected to start at the VW-Arena.

Neither side have started the season particularly well but face each other having both collected four points from two games. They should still be level after this encounter, with a draw priced at 3.45.

 

Saturday

VfB Stuttgart v Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh failed with Stuttgart last season in his second incarnation as coach. Now, he returns with Eintracht, at the start of his second spell with them too. They secured a late point against Augsburg last week but had goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky to thank for keeping them in the game up to that point.

Stuttgart, meanwhile, have no points after the first two games of the season – but they should have six. Against both Hamburg and Cologne, they had more than enough opportunities but a lack of defensive discipline cost them. Despite a pointless start, Stuttgart, with in-form striker Daniel Ginczek, look most likely to win here at 1.95.

 

FC Augsburg v FC Ingolstadt

After being dismantled against Borussia Dortmund, Ingolstadt coach Ralph Hasenhüttl seemed to accept that his team had faced excellent opposition. They will have a better chance in their Bavarian derby at Augsburg on Saturday.

The home side are still searching for their first league win of the season after conceding a late equaliser against Frankfurt. They have Raul Bobadilla back from suspension and the home side should have enough here at 1.90.

 

FC Köln v Hamburg SV

Cologne could have comfortably seen off Wolfsburg on the counter last time out. Instead, they ended up with a draw but it was still an encouraging performance by Peter Stöger’s side.

Hamburg, meanwhile, completed an unlikely turnaround at home to Stuttgart to give Bruno Labbadia a much needed win. From how Cologne have played so far this season, this one depends on how disciplined Hamburg are. Sadly for HSV, there is still enough defensive naivety about them to suggest a Cologne win at 1.78.

 

FSV Mainz 05 v Hannover 96

After an opening day defeat at home to Ingolstadt, Mainz came up with a fine response by winning away at Gladbach last Sunday, whilst Hannover fell to a tame defeat at home to Leverkusen.

That Hannover have only won one of their last nine games against Mainz certainly points towards a home victory here, with coach Michael Frontzeck doing little to convince so far that this is going to be a season spent at the wrong end of the table. Mainz to win is at 1.90.

 

SV Darmstadt v TSG Hoffenheim

After just nine seconds, Hoffenheim’s Kevin Volland scored the quickest goal in Bundesliga history against Bayern Munich last weekend. The away side though inevitably came back and won as Hoffenheim lost after leading for the second game in a row.

Darmstadt have also squandered advantages in both of their matches so far but they have come away with a point in each game. Both teams liking for not making the most of their advantage points towards goals on Saturday afternoon – over 2.5 is well priced at 1.90.

 

Bayern Munchen v Bayer Leverkusen

In what promises to be the game of the weekend, Leverkusen, fresh from qualifying for the Champions League group stages, travel to Munich to face the champions. Roger Schmidt’s side are one of the few in the division who, at their best, can match Bayern in one-on-one combat.

They’ll have to start by keeping the speedy Douglas Costa quiet but the problem for Leverkusen is that he’s just one of many threats. Bayern will need to be equally wary of their set pieces prowess of Hakan Calhanoglu. Don’t expect this to necessarily turn into a goal fest - with both sides well matched, under 2.5 goals looks a good bet at 2.55.