FC Köln v Hertha BSC
“We didn’t have the best game against Gladbach,” admitted Cologne coach Peter Stoeger after their limp derby defeat last weekend. Their opponents Hertha are up in third despite having not won any of their last five league games. Still, they’ve only lost one of those, epitomising how difficult they are to beat. Cologne will be improved here meaning this’ll be a well matched encounter, so a draw is good value at 3.30.
SV Werder Bremen v SV Darmstadt 98
Werder and Darmstadt will see this game as a huge opportunity as both battle against relegation. The hosts have far greater Bundesliga pedigree but the signs point towards Darmstadt having the edge in this one. Bremen haven’t won at home in the Bundesliga since August and their form has steadily dropped off since victory against Schalke in their first game of 2016. Darmstadt meanwhile continue to look spirited with only Bayern and Dortmund having better away records in the division this season. They’re worth backing here too with an away win priced at 3.75.
VfB Stuttgart v Hannover 96
Stuttgart coach Jürgen Kramny says they won’t underestimate Hannover but in truth, this should be a straightforward home win. His side’s run of five straight victories ended with a respectable draw at Schalke last weekend whilst Hannover lost an eighth consecutive game. Kramny won’t have important midfielder Daniel Didavi at his disposal but such is the momentum his side have, you have to go with a home win at 1.55.
VfL Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich
After their Champions League draw in Turin, Wolfsburg is the next stop for Bayern. They eased past them in the DFB-Cup in October but as Tuesday night showed, injuries have left Pep Guardiola’s side vulnerable at the back. The question is whether Wolfsburg are in good enough shape to take advantage of that as they have just one win in their last nine Bundesliga games. Perhaps it’s best to rely on the away side’s Thomas Müller. He has four goals in his last three games and is good value to score anytime here at 2.08.
Hamburg SV v FC Ingolstadt
In their first Bundesliga season, Ingolstadt are safely tucked away in mid-table to the credit of coach Ralph Hasenhüttl. Hamburg meanwhile are in a similar position for now but after their close shaves with relegation in the past few seasons, that’s a welcome relief for their fans. Breaking down Ingolstadt has proven a difficult task for many a Bundesliga club this season but they’ve found it equally tricky to score. With Hamburg still pretty unpredictable, it seems best to plump for a draw at 3.20.