Bayern Munich - Hertha BSC
Now is the best time to face Bayern according to Hertha forward Salomon Kalou. The champions recent results at the Allianz Arena suggest otherwise, with Bayern having scored 32 goals in their last seven home games. Pep Guardiola isn’t one to underestimate his opponents though and opposite number Pal Dardai deserves credit for lifting his side to fourth spot.
Hertha only lost by one at Bayern last year but such is the champions’ recent goal scoring run, it looks a good shout to back them to score over 3.5 at 2.22.
SV Werder Bremen - Hamburg SV
One of Germany’s biggest derbies takes place on Saturday as Werder Bremen and Hamburg meet in the Nordderby. It’s the visitors who come into the game in better nick after proving worthy winners against Borussia Dortmund last Friday despite a notable number of injury absentees.
Speaking of worthy results, Werder also very much deserved to lose 6-0 at Wolfsburg. Their recent home form isn’t good either, having lost their previous four Bundesliga home games. It’s the away side with the personnel problems with Emir Spahic, Gojko Kacar and Aaron Hunt all missing out. Pierre-Michel Lasogga is also a doubt whilst Werder need an out-of-form Zlatko Junuzovic to rediscover his creative touch. It’s been six and a half years since Hamburg won in Bremen but at 2.95, it might be time for another away victory for HSV.
Hannover 96 - FC Ingolstadt
Despite missing several key players through injury, Hannover ended up being unfortunate to lose at Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend. Next however, they return home to Lower Saxony where they’ve lost five of their six home games. That’s not a good sign with Ingolstadt the visitors at the weekend. Only Bayern and Dortmund boast better away records than Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side this season. Expect Ingolstadt’s incessant attempts to press Hannover to succeed, with the away win priced at 2.85.
TSG Hoffenheim - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Hoffenheim coach Huub Stevens has talked this week of getting points as quickly as possible. The reason for that being that they’re bottom of the league and are yet to score in his three game tenure. Then there’s Gladbach, who will bounce into Hoffenheim full of confidence after a ninth win in 13 games under André Schubert.
Granit Xhaka is able to play again in the Bundesliga as he returns from suspension. Recent league performances have slowed a touch from Schubert’s side but with Hoffenheim in poor shape, another Gladbach win looks likely at 2.30.
Mainz 05 - Eintracht Frankfurt
A little less than 20 miles separates Mainz and Eintracht Frankfurt in distance. In the table, there’s only three points between them but it’s Martin Schmidt’s side who have looked the stronger of late. They’re unbeaten in their last three whilst Eintracht have just one win in their last nine games.
Last season’s top scorer in the division Alex Meier is part of a front line which has only scored three times in Eintracht’s last five Bundesliga games. Mainz have to be the favourites to collect the points on that basis, with a home win on the cards at 2.25.
Read Raphael's tips for Sunday's matches over the weekend