Schalke 04 - Borussia Mönchengladbach
After defeat to third place Hertha last Friday, the pressure is on Schalke to beat the team who overtook them last weekend. Gladbach however have struggled on their travels on late. They’ve not won any of their last seven away games but their Brazilian forward Raffael is in excellent form, having scored in six of his last seven matches.
Schalke are a former club of his, so given the way football works, back him to score anytime here at 2.70.
SV Werder Bremen - Mainz 05
It wasn’t too surprising to see Werder Bremen get hammered at Bayern last weekend but most importantly, they remain outside the bottom three. Mainz meanwhile lost at Borussia Dortmund but they’re just two points off the top four. Their win at Bayern Munich at the start of the month showed what Martin Schmidt’s team are capable of. If they’re to continue their push for the Champions League, they need to win here.
Such has been Werder Bremen’s shoddy home form this season, it’s worth backing Mainz too at 3.15.
Hamburg SV - TSG Hoffenheim
There was an injury blow for Hamburg this week as on loan Gladbach striker Josip Drmic was ruled out until the end of the season. Bruno Labbadia’s side aren’t far off securing safety whilst opponents Hoffenheim currently sit in an automatic relegation spot.
However, they won 1-0 against Wolfsburg last weekend to continue the good run they’ve been on since the arrival of Julian Nagelsmann. There shouldn’t be too much between these two, so it’s best to go for a draw at 3.40.
Hertha BSC - FC Ingolstadt
Hertha are on course to join Bayern and Dortmund in the Champions League group stages next season. Saturday’s game against Ingolstadt is an opportunity to take another step towards that considerable pot of gold. Ingolstadt cannot be taken for granted though. They’ve not lost any of their last five, showing their stubborn streak but four of those have been draws.
Despite that, Hertha’s push for the Champions League should act as a rather good incentive to help them over the line here, with a victory for the hosts at 2.00.
VfL Wolfsburg - SV Darmstadt
Darmstadt blew a two goal lead at home to Augsburg last weekend but they’re still above the drop zone for now. Their gravity defying act though looks like it might be about to end and it could well start at Wolfsburg. The Wolves defeat to Hoffenheim wasn’t all that encouraging for their European hopes but they should get back on track here.
Only the top two have won at the VW Arena this season and that’s still likely to be the case come full time on Saturday. Back Wolfsburg to be winning at half time and full time at 2.23.
FC Köln - Bayern Munich
They cut it close but Bayern Munich’s extra-time victory over Juventus in the Champions League should embolden them ahead of their trip to Cologne. That said, the 120 minutes might take something out of Pep Guardiola’s team. What’s more, Cologne are a side that have tended to raise their game against the bigger sides in the division but this might just be a step too far for Peter Stöger’s side.
The momentum is with Bayern and they should win -1 at 1.73.
Eintracht Frankfurt - Hannover 96
The Saturday evening game is a huge one at the bottom of the table. Eintracht Frankfurt are in the relegation playoff spot. Defeat in Niko Kovac’s first game in charge brought yet another limp display from Eintracht making it eight games without a win. They’re by no means the worst team in the division currently – that’s Hannover, who are dead last and seven points adrift of Frankfurt with eight games to play.
Kovac has had more time to work with his new team and given how listless Hannover looked under Thomas Schaaf so far, the home side are likely to edge them out at 1.90
Look out for Raphael's tips for Sunday's games over the weekend!