TSG Hoffenheim v Hertha BSC
Hertha only stayed up on the final day of last season at Hoffenheim but this time, they travel to the south west hoping to consolidate their spot in the top four. Hoffenheim on the other hand are now the side in trouble but coach Julian Nagelsmann has steadily been dragging them out of it. Since he took charge, they’ve taken a commendable 17 points from 9 games.
Hertha have wobbled in their past two matches, losing 5-0 at Gladbach and drawing with Hannover 2-2 last Friday. Defender John Anthony Brooks missed both of those through injury but he returns for this one. The momentum is with Hoffenheim but Hertha are by no means a bad side as their lofty position in the table shows. It’s best to back a draw then at 3.30.
SV Darmstadt 98 v FC Ingolstadt
As the two sides promoted to the division last season meet, it’s safe to say that Ingolstadt will be playing in the Bundesliga again next season. They are ten points clear of the bottom three with five games to play after a 1-0 victory against Gladbach last weekend. Darmstadt also won their previous game, 2-1 at Hamburg. Yet they are just four points above the relegation playoff spot and are definitely suited to playing away from home. Ingolstadt won’t open up just because they’re safe and that combined with plenty riding on this game for Darmstadt means you can expect a tight match with under 2.5 goals at 1.66.
FC Augsburg v VfB Stuttgart
There was an initial upturn in fortunes under Jürgen Kramny but now Stuttgart have won just one of their last eight games, leaving them five points ahead of the bottom three. “We know that we’re in a relegation fight. We’re not blind,” said Kramny ahead of their trip to Augsburg, who are in a little more trouble than their visitors. Markus Weinzierl’s side did win 2-1 at Werder Bremen last weekend but they’re in 15th, only two points ahead of their previous opponents. Defending is not a strong point for either of these sides, so expect any relegation nerves to develop into a few goals, with over 3.5 at 2.38.
SV Werder Bremen v VfL Wolfsburg
After a good showing in the home leg, Wolfsburg displayed at Real Madrid on Tuesday night why they’ve been the second worst Bundesliga side away from home this season. A place in the Europa League is all they can aim for now but they’re six points off the top seven currently.
Werder Bremen are not in great shape though at all. They’re in the relegation playoff spot currently, having taken just a point from their last four games, putting coach Viktor Skripnik under plenty of pressure.
A lot has been made over whether Claudio Pizarro will be fit for this weekend’s game. It says something about a team’s predicament when you’re relying on a 37-year-old striker to pull you out of trouble time and again. Back Wolfsburg to win this at 2.80.
Bayer Leverkusen v Eintracht Frankfurt
Leverkusen sauntered to a derby victory over Cologne last weekend. Brazilian defender Wendell was sent off late on meaning he’ll miss the visit of Eintracht Frankfurt. He might not be missed though because Eintracht are yet to produce a convincing performance since Niko Kovac arrived as coach. They’re in the automatic relegation places and with Leverkusen winning their last four on the bounce, you’d think they’ll remain there come full time on Saturday too. Back a home win -1 at 1.92.
Bayern Munich v Schalke 04
Fresh from going through to the Champions League semi-finals, Bayern host Schalke with a seven point cushion at the top of the table. That’s after Schalke drew 2-2 with a weakened Dortmund side last weekend. If anything, that showed the gap between the top two and Schalke in so much as Dortmund were still able to come away from Gelsenkirchen with a draw despite starting off with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench. Robert Lewandowski was also a substitute for Bayern in midweek at Benfica but he’s likely to start here. His return to the starting line-up should bring a goal for him and a win for Bayern at 1.86.