Bayern Munich - FC Ingolstadt
Last Saturday was the first time under Pep Guardiola that Bayern have lost a meaningful game in the Bundesliga. Usually, they leave that sort of stuff until the spring when they’ve won the league. So the unenviable task of being the next team to face them in the Bundesliga falls to fellow Bavarians Ingolstadt.
Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl’s done what is becoming routine in the pre-match press conference by calling Bayern “perhaps the best team in the world.” Still, his side have shown they have the tools to frustrate the champions, especially as only their opponents on Saturday have a better defence them this season. However, a home win at both half time and full time is to be expected at 1.44.
VfL Wolfsburg - Hamburg SV
As Manchester United discovered this week, Wolfsburg aren’t an easy side to beat in Lower Saxony. It makes BorussiaDortmund’s win at the Volkswagen Arena last weekend look all the more impressive - that was Wolfsburg’s first home defeat in the Bundesliga in 29 games.
Next up, it’s difficult-to-predict Hamburg, who turned in a very Hamburg-esque performance last weekend. Having been in good form, they lost 3-1 at home to Mainz. They’re better away from home but they’ll be without Pierre-Michel Lasogga because of a shoulder problem. With Julian Draxler looking particularly sharp for Wolfsburg on Tuesday, you’d think the hosts will have enough to get through here – they’re at 1.55 to win.
TSG Hoffenheim - Hannover 96
Only one team has failed to win a home game this season and it’s Huub Stevens’ Hoffenheim. He’s yet to win any of his five games in charge so far either, collecting just four points. This weekend though, it’s Hannover in a relegation six pointer. They’re just four points ahead of the Hoffe on the bottom, even if their recent performances have been better than the results. Both sides will see this as a big opportunity and expect that to result in a few goals, with more than 2.5 priced at 1.90.
SV Werder Bremen - 1.FC Köln
In the last two meetings between Werder and Cologne at the Weserstadion, Anthony Ujah has been the winning goalscorer. Last season, it was for Cologne in the Bundesliga and this season, it was for Werder in the DFB Cup. Ujah is about the only Bremen player in-form at the moment too. Playmaker Zlatko Junuzovic is now out injured until the new year but he’d been struggling to make much of an impact this season. Cologne haven’t been faring much better in the last few weeks, having failed to score in six of their last seven Bundesliga games. This one isn’t likely to have too many goals in it either, with under 2.5 at 1.86.
SV Darmstadt 98 - Hertha BSC
It wasn’t pretty but Darmstadt managed their first win over Eintracht Frankfurt in 36 years last Sunday. Dirk Schuster is a coach who has sacrificed style for substance, yet it’s worked with his team on course to retain their place in the division next season.
Fellow overachievers Hertha BSC are the away side this weekend. Pal Dardai’s side occupy an unlikely place in the top four, having swatted aside the challenge of Leverkusen last weekend. Hertha have lost the away games against the teams around them but with Darmstadt only recording one home victory so far, this is one the away side should win at 2.40.
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Mönchengladbach
A win against Barcelona would have been enough to put Leverkusen through in the Champions League on Wednesday night but they ended up with a draw after spurning chance after chance. That hasn’t eased the pressure on coach Roger Schmidt and his next game is a tricky one too.
At Manchester City, Gladbach lost for only the second time under André Schubert but otherwise, they’ve excelled. The highlight of his time in charge so far came as they beat Bayern Munich last weekend. Striker Javier Hernandez will pose a threat to Schubert on Saturday but it’s unlikely to be enough for Leverkusen. Gladbach still look the team to back here, with an away win at 3.80 in this Rhine derby.