Raphael Honigstein's Bundesliga Betting: Stuttgart To Win Six-Pointer


All games start at 14.30 GMT Saturday and can be streamed on live Unibet TV

 

VfL Wolfsburg - Borussia Dortmund

Wolfsburg’s victory at Paderborn last week secured the club’s return to the Champions League group stages for the first time in six years. Bas Dost scored twice to move to sixteen goals for the season – he needs another four in his final two games to finish as the league’s top scorer.

To start with, the Dutchman will need to net against Dortmund in a rehearsal for the DFB-Pokal Final. Kuba Blaszczykowski isn’t available for the visitors whilst Marco Reus could return for Jürgen Klopp’s side. If they continue their good form, they could overtake Schalke but Wolfsburg haven’t lost at home in over a year – a draw is on the cards at 3.40.

 

SC Freiburg - Bayern Munich

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It was inevitable but Bayern headed out of the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday. On the face of it, they have little to play for in their final two games. At least, Freiburg will hope so here. The home side are in desperate need of points as they look to avoid slipping into the automatic relegation places. On too many occasions this season, their concentration has been poor and even a wounded Bayern Munich should still take the points here, with Guardiola's side to win -1 at 2.35.

 

Schalke 04 - SC Paderborn

Schalke's pitiful display at Cologne last week led to action in Gelsenkirchen. On Monday, midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sidney Sam were suspended indefinitely whilst some Schalke fans have said they won't turn up for the first half against Paderborn.

The away side are in the automatic relegation places after defeat to Wolfsburg last weekend. For what they lack in quality, Paderborn make up for it with endeavour. They couldn't be playing Schalke at a better time but that still may only be enough for a point at the Veltins-Arena, at 3.85.

 

SV Werder Bremen - Borussia Mönchengladbach

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A draw at Hannover last weekend saw Werder maintain their hopes of claiming a European place for next season. To do that though, they'll need to beat Germany's in-form side. Gladbach were jubilant after their victory over Leverkusen all but secured a group stage place for Lucien Favre's side in the Champions League. Sporting director Max Eberl compared the achievement as similar to the club winning the title. There's no new injury worries for them ahead of their trip to what will be a sold out Weserstadion. In their current form, you have to back Gladbach at 1.80.

 

FSV Mainz 05 - FC Köln

With Mainz now out of European reckoning and Cologne safe after their win against Schalke last weekend, there is little riding on this one on Saturday. Both sides can’t be too dissatisfied though with how their respective campaigns have gone, especially for Cologne, having achieved survival with two weeks to spare. Mainz’s home form of late has been iffy, winning just one of their last five. Even with not much at stake, don’t expect Cologne to stray far from their defensive approach which has seen them to safety. Plumping for a draw is valued at 3.40.

 

Hertha BSC - Eintracht Frankfurt

Despite not playing all that badly, Hertha are in danger of a late slide into relegation trouble. Facing Bayern, Gladbach and Dortmund one after the other certainly hasn't aided their predicament. What should soothe their relegation worries is the visit of the ever erratic Eintracht Frankfurt. They not only scored for the first time in four games last weekend but Thomas Schaaf's side even won 3-1 against Hoffenheim. This should be an altogether tighter affair given Hertha's need for a win. Expect under 2.5 goals at 2.12.  

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - TSG Hoffenheim

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After ten games unbeaten in the Bundesliga, Leverkusen were defeated by Gladbach last weekend but making it into the top four still represents a good first campaign for Roger Schmidt. That finish has been largely built around excellent home form with Wolfsburg the only side to beat them at the BayArena in the league this season.

Hoffenheim managed that feat last year but such was their tepid display at Frankfurt last week added to the fact they've only taken a point in away games at top half sides this season, a home win is on the cards here at 1.45.

 

FC Augsburg - Hannover 96

In one of the surprise stories of the season, Augsburg are set for a spot in the Europa League. They beat their Bavarian overlords, Bayern Munich, and a win this weekend against struggling Hannover could secure their maiden European berth.

Playing Augsburg will bring back fond memories for Hannover, mainly because that was the last time they won a game. Sixteen winless matches have followed and not enough has been shown in Michael Frontzeck's short tenure to suggest anything other than an Augsburg victory here at 2.15.

 

VfB Stuttgart - Hamburg SV

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The game with undoubtedly the most at stake this Saturday is down in Swabia. There, Stuttgart, last in the table on 30 points, take on Hamburg, four places above them but with just two points more.

Hamburg were poor in their six pointer against Freiburg last week and were fortunate to take a point late on. Stuttgart meanwhile saw off Mainz 2-0 with an assured performance. Their recent home form of three wins in their last four makes them the favourites here and it should give them the edge on what will be former Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia's first game back since being sacked nearly two years ago. To win this vital encounter, the hosts are 1.72.