Raphael Honigstein's Bundesliga: Hoffenheim To Edge Frankfurt Six Pointer As Bayern Pip Stuttgart

Eintracht Frankfurt v TSG Hoffenheim

This is a key game at the bottom with just a point separating Eintracht Frankfurt in 17th and Hoffenheim in 14th. The momentum is with Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim who have doubled their points tally for the season during his eight games in charge. In that same period, Frankfurt have only scored three goals but Niko Kovac only took over three games ago.

His side showed they do have some mettle by only losing by a single goal at Bayern last Saturday and they have improved defensively since his arrival. Yet, there’s more pressure on the home team here and without injured talisman Alex Meier, they might well suffer. Go for a Hoffenheim victory at 2.85.


Werder Bremen v FC Augsburg

Augsburg’s trip to Bremen is another significant match in the Bundesliga’s relegation battle. The away side dropped into the relegation playoff spot for the first time in 2016 after their 4-2 reverse at Mainz last weekend. Bremen meanwhile were eventually turned over at Dortmund after some decent resistance. Neither side are in particularly good form though and with Claudio Pizarro expected to miss the game for Werder Bremen, it’s just another reason to plump for a draw at 3.35.


FC Ingolstadt v Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gladbach currently occupy the final Champions League spot in the Bundesliga but if they’re to hold onto it, André Schubert’s side need to rectify their away form. They haven’t won on the road in the league since October and going to Ingolstadt won’t be an easy place to end that run either. The promoted outfit dispatched Schalke with surprising ease last weekend to put nine points between themselves and the relegation zone. Only Bayern and Dortmund boast better defensive records than Ingolstadt this season. That coupled with Gladbach’s away form suggests a low scoring encounter could be on the cards with under 2.5 at 1.74.


VfB Stuttgart v Bayern Munich

The chances of Stuttgart ending the season well were dented this week with news that midfielder Serey Die will miss the remainder of the campaign. He joins defender Kevin Grosskreutz on the sidelines ahead of Bayern Munich’s visit.

Pep Guardiola’s team have won their last three games by a goal to nil which is to say they’ve not looked their best of late. Yet Bayern have won their last eleven Bundesliga games against Stuttgart and you’d back them to make it twelve. Have a draw at half time though and an away win at full time at 4.70


Hamburg SV v SV Darmstadt 98

For the first time in three years, Hamburg are set to avoid the relegation playoff. Their win at Hannover last weekend pushed them seven points clear of third from bottom. Darmstadt meanwhile are just two points above 16th with their fate still looking rather murky. However, they have been one of the best teams in the division away from home this season, even if their style isn’t all that easy on the eye. Given Hamburg’s inconsistency at home, this may be a good weekend to back Darmstadt to secure an important win, at 3.85.


VfL Wolfsburg v FSV Mainz 05

Wolfsburg’s win over Real Madrid belied their recent poor performances in the Bundesliga. They’re seven points off the top four, so making the Champions League again next season looks a tall order unless they actually win the competition. Mainz could still qualify for it automatically however, with Martin Schmidt’s team just a point off Gladbach in fourth and a win at Wolfsburg would validate their credentials. The result against Real is likely to have taken something out of Wolfsburg, so perhaps it’s just best to back under 2.5 goals at 2.06.