Borussia Dortmund - FC Augsburg
Jürgen Klopp said he was satisfied with the point but Borussia Dortmund still went to the bottom of the Bundesliga after Saturday’s draw at Leverkusen. That alone isn’t a bad result but it’s imperative Dortmund follow it up with a victory against Augsburg.
The problem is Augsburg have proved themselves as one of the canniest sides in the division and in Markus Weinzierl, they have one of the best young coaches. His team have won six of their last eight in the Bundesliga. Surely though, Dortmund will have too much for them, at 1.42. Anything else for BVB, even at this stage, is a worrying prospect.
SC Paderborn - Hamburger SV
These two lost their respective 2015 openers on Saturday with Paderborn thrashed at Mainz whilst Hamburg were beaten at home by Cologne. Paderborn coach André Breitenreiter says he wants a reaction from his players. If they are to complete an unlikely survival, this is the sort of game they need to win to survive. Such is the predicament Hamburg find themselves in, the same applies for Joe Zinnbauer’s side. Yet home advantage makes Paderborn the more likely to win this particular bout, with the hosts 2.55 to win.
Hertha BSC - Bayer Leverkusen
If results go against them, Hertha could drop into the relegation zone on Wednesday night and that would leave coach Jos Luhukay in a precarious position. His side barely showed up against Werder Bremen on Sunday and haven’t consistently performed for any major period of time this season.
Even though, Leverkusen have only won seven of their first 18 games, their worst tally in nine years, Roger Schmidt’s side are still in the thick of the hunt for Champions League places. As Heung-Min Son returns from the Asia Cup, he’s unlikely to play for Leverkusen in Berlin. It’s unlikely to impact too much given that Luhukay has lost all six of his league games as a coach against Leverkusen. This will probably be another defeat, with the away side to win at 1.67.
TSG Hoffenheim - Werder Bremen
Hoffenheim became the latest victims of surprise package Augsburg at the weekend but coach Markus Gisdol has talked of his side being a force at home which is born out in them having one of the better home records in the division. Part of that reason is that dealing with Roberto Firmino and Kevin Volland isn’t a relaxing prospect for defenders.
Werder Bremen meanwhile have almost become a good outfit under Viktor Skripnik. Considering that Robin Dutt took 4 points from the first nine games, Skripnik’s tally of 16 points from the following nine since is impressive. Franco Di Santo’s return from injury on Sunday saw him net twice but Hoffenheim are likely to prove more resistant. The home side might just edge it, at 1.67.
FC Köln - VfB Stuttgart
Both Cologne and Stuttgart have shown this season that they prefer playing away. The pair meet on Wednesday night having both only won once at home so far this season. However, Cologne won for the fifth time away at Hamburg last weekend – a league high.
Stuttgart meanwhile traipsed to a new club record as they went without a goal for a fifth home game running in their defeat to Gladbach. Yet bizarrely, they have the worst attack at home in the division but have the best attack away. What on earth then will Wednesday bring? At 3.35, a draw looks likely.