Raphael Honigstein's Bundesliga Betting: Leverkusen To Make It Six Wins In A Row At Schalke


Friday

Hamburg SV v SV Werder Bremen

The Nord derby is one of the biggest rivalries in German football and there's an extra incentive for Bremen heading into this one. They currently occupy the relegation playoff spot but a win will move them level on points with their arch-rivals.

Hamburg have lost five of their last seven and will be without goalkeeper René Adler after he was sent off against Dortmund last weekend. Bremen aren't in much better nick themselves meaning it looks best to back a draw at 3.40.

 

Saturday

1. FC Köln v SV Darmstadt 98

Cologne and Darmstadt are within touching distance of survival after important wins last weekend. Both were surprising in their own way - Cologne came from two goals down to win at Mainz whilst Darmstadt won a Bundesliga home game for only the second time this season.

It's away from home where promoted Darmstadt have excelled, with the best away record outside of the top three this season. Cologne have lost their last four home games too, so it's worth backing outsiders Darmstadt at 4.55.

 

FC Ingolstadt 04 v Hannover 96

If Hannover fail to win on Saturday, they will be relegated. Yet, the team has looked much improved since Daniel Stendel took over as interim coach.

As for Ingolstadt, it's looking increasingly likely that coach Ralph Hasenhüttl will leave the club at the end of the season, such has been the good job he's done. It's their first season in the Bundesliga and Ingolstadt are in the top half. The pressure then is off both sides, so expect some rare goals in Ingolstadt with over 2.5 at 1.92.

 

VfL Wolfsburg v FC Augsburg

Augsburg are still playing for their place in the Bundesliga next season whilst Wolfsburg's chances of making the Europa League faded with defeat at Bremen last week.

Augsburg though have a man in form. Alfred Finnbogason has scored five goals in ten games since arriving in January. Given Wolfsburg's recent haphazard defending, he's good value to score anytime at 3.70.

 

Hertha BSC v Bayern Munich

Bayern will be making two trips to Berlin in the next month. The first is on Saturday to face Hertha. The second will be for the DFB Cup Final in May after they beat Werder Bremen in their semi-final on Tuesday.

Hertha on the other hand lost their semi-final to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night. They're still in the top four but that doesn't mean they'll be able to hold off Bayern. An away win is priced at 1.40.

 

VfB Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund

Stuttgart are lurking just two points above the relegation playoff spot after one win in their last nine games. Being without injured midfielder Serey Dié of late hasn't helped their cause either.

Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to still be out with injury too. However, Thomas Tuchel's side coped quite well without him on Wednesday. Their 3-0 win over Hertha was as comfortable as the scoreline suggests and you'd back another victory in Swabia at 1.65

 

Schalke 04 v Bayer Leverkusen

Leverkusen are finishing the campaign in strong fashion. They've won their last five league games, all whilst keeping a clean sheet and are now well on course to be in the Champions League again next season.

Then there's Schalke, who are falling apart. Rumours over coach Andre Breitenreiter's future don't seem to be helping the club on the pitch. They've won just one of their last five games and even that victory over Gladbach was fortunate. Back Leverkusen to keep their run going with an away win at 2.45.

 

Sunday

Borussia Mönchengladbach v TSG Hoffenheim

Gladbach welcome back midfielder Granit Xhaka from (yet another) suspension on Sunday. They could do with him staying card free until the end of the season, with a Champions League place still in their grasp.

Hoffenheim won't be an easy opponent to overcome though. They've taken 20 points from 10 games since Julian Nagelsmann took over. Yet aside from the top two, Gladbach have the best home form in the division. Back them to improve on that further with a home victory at 1.60.

 

Eintracht Frankfurt v Mainz 05

The relegation trap door is closing quickly on Frankfurt. They're four points off 16th with only four games to play and their inability to score without Alex Meier looks like costing them their place in the division.

Mainz have the chance then to inflict more pain on their local rivals in this Rhine-Main derby. They lost in surprising fashion to Cologne last week but have them to bounce back in Frankfurt with an away win at 2.55.