Raphael Honigstein's Bundesliga Betting: Rotated Leverkusen To Recover From Lazio Loss


Friday

Hertha BSC - SV Werder Bremen

An away win at Augsburg last weekend was a great start to the season for Hertha. About the only thing that went wrong was Roy Beerens sending off, meaning he’ll miss the visit of Werder Bremen.

Werder toiled fruitlessly against Schalke, creating few chances. Their recent signing from the Netherlands, American striker Aron Johannsson could be in line for his first start in Berlin but Werder’s early creative problems make a Hertha win most likely at 2.12.

 

Saturday

FC Köln - VfL Wolfsburg

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Amid the round-the-clock coverage of Kevin De Bruyne’s transfer/non-transfer to Manchester City, Wolfsburg and De Bruyne played football again on Sunday. They won 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt but that man De Bruyne was noticeably off colour amidst chants of naughty words at him by the visiting fans.

Cologne on the other hand weren’t necessarily convincing at Stuttgart but they still managed an impressive 3-1 victory. With Diego Benaglio and André Schürrle still out for Wolfsburg and Kevin De Bruyne’s future unresolved, the home side are good value for either a win but more likely a draw here at 1.91.

 

Eintracht Frankfurt - FC Augsburg

A slow start at Wolfsburg last weekend ultimately cost Armin Veh on his second coming with Eintracht Frankfurt. The best news for the club this week came at the training ground as Alex Meier began light training once again.

Augsburg meanwhile, who surprised everyone last season, managed to surprise this column last weekend with a home defeat to Hertha with coach Markus Weinzierl not amused by the refereeing performance. Even without the suspended Raul Bobadilla, things should improve in Frankfurt but expect a draw between these two at 3.40.

 

Hannover 96 - Bayer Leverkusen

Hannover coach Michael Frontzeck talked of finding a balance after their topsy-turvy draw at newly promoted Darmstadt. They were perhaps fortunate to leave with a point in the end whilst Bayer Leverkusen started sluggishly before overcoming Hoffenheim. A bad result in their Champions League qualifier against Lazio followed, so expect some rotation ahead of the return leg in Germany next week. There should still be enough strength in the Leverkusen squad to win this one, with Roger Schmidt’s side at 1.75 to win.

 

Schalke 04 - Darmstadt 98

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Their three goal margin of victory against Werder Bremen might have suggested otherwise but Schalke forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar still wasn’t entirely satisfied with their performance. Darmstadt meanwhile have been acclaimed for their display in their opener against Hannover.

Schalke will have to keep a close eye on the speedy Marcel Heller, scorer of both of Darmstadt’s goals in their 2-2 draw. Defender Matija Nastasic won’t be present though for the next six months after he ruptured his Achilles in Bremen. Still, expect Schalke to win here, at 1.38.

 

TSG Hoffenheim - Bayern Munich

Hoffenheim started well but faded badly in the end against Leverkusen. Coupled with their cup exit at 1860 Munich, it’s been an underwhelming start to the season for the Hoffe and next, they face Bayern Munich. Attacker Kevin Volland says they have nothing to lose. Pep Guardiola and co might say otherwise after they stripped Hamburg of their dignity in the season opener. This won’t be as comfortable for Bayern as last Friday but the champions should still win by more than 1 at 1.76.

 

Hamburger SV - VfB Stuttgart

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It’s only Hamburg’s second Bundesliga game of the season and striker Svenn Schipplock has called their game against Stuttgart “tremendously important”. That’s after HSV received their yearly thrashing in Munich whilst Stuttgart created enough to beat Cologne.

Instead, Alexander Zorniger’s side lost 3-1 but given the collapse of HSV on matchday one, Stuttgart look the most likely winner in the Saturday evening game, at 2.45.

 

Look out for Raphael's previews of Sunday's two matches over the weekend