Borussia Dortmund 1.30 Draw 5.50 FSV Mainz 05 9.00 (FRIDAY)
In an otherwise turbulent season, it's been quite a week for Borussia Dortmund. Not only did they gain a much needed win at Freiburg but on Tuesday, Marco Reus signed a new deal with the club until 2019 which crucially now doesn’t have a 25 million euro release clause.
Jürgen Klopp's former side Mainz are the next team to face Dortmund. They've only won one of their last twelve and are without first choice goalkeeper Loris Karius after he was sent off in their defeat against Hertha last weekend. There shouldn't be an upset here with Dortmund at 1.33 to win.
Werder Bremen 2.60 Draw 3.40 FC Augsburg 2.60
Few would have expected Werder Bremen to be the only side in the Bundesliga with a 100% record in 2015. Their phenomenal form under Viktor Skripnik continued though with a 2-1 victory over Leverkusen as Zlatko Junuzovic scored yet another free kick – his fourth in seven games.
Augsburg could only draw with Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 having had a two goal lead but for them to be in fourth place at this stage of the season is still remarkable. They'll be without injured skipper Paul Verhaegh this weekend. It's likely to be a close game at the Weserstadion but at 2.60, Werder's home advantage should allow them to sneak another win.
Bayern Munich 1.07 Draw 10.50 Hamburger SV 30.00
It took three games but finally, Bayern won their first game of 2015 as they overcame Stuttgart rather comfortably last weekend. Arjen Robben netted once again to make it eight goals in his last nine Bundesliga games.
Arriving at the Allianz Arena this weekend are in-form Hamburg - something which has rarely been said over the last few years. With the help of a few deflected goals though, they secured back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly two years with their victory over Hannover last time out. Hamburg old boy Jerome Boateng will still be missing through suspension but the worry for HSV is Arjen Robben's form. His price at 4.30 for first goalscorer is a very tempting one.
Bayer Leverkusen 2.30 Draw 3.40 VfL Wolfsburg 3.00
Werder Bremen have been in good form but it was still a surprise to see Leverkusen lose in the tame fashion they did at the Weserstadion last weekend. That ended a five match unbeaten run but performances have dropped off from Roger Schmidt’s side.
Wolfsburg meanwhile had little trouble in swatting Hoffenheim to one side thanks to an excellent debut showing by André Schürrle coupled with another top performance by Kevin De Bruyne who netted twice. Leverkusen are yet to lose at home this season but will be missing defenders Omer Toprak and Wendell through suspension. It could be a good time for Wolfsburg to visit with Dieter Hecking’s side at 3.00 to win.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1.72 Draw 3.55 FC Köln 5.00
It’s Karneval weekend in Cologne, so the importance of this Rhein Derby is only heightened. It also marks four years in charge for Gladbach coach Lucien Favre and a victory in this fixture would only enhance his hero status with Foals fans.
This fixture in the first half of the season though turned out to be a drab anticlimax. It’s not an encouraging prospect for this encounter that together, Gladbach and Cologne’s games so far in 2015 have only produced five goals in six matches. As a result, under 2.5 goals at 1.70 looks likely.
TSG Hoffenheim 1.90 Draw 3.55 VfB Stuttgart 3.95
“Believe me, the time will come, when we score again.” Those words from Huub Stevens before this weekend’s Baden-Württemberg derby at Hoffenheim tell you just how bad Stuttgart have been in front of goal of late. To be exact, they haven’t scored in just under seven hours and are bottom of the table.
Hoffenheim haven’t looked too clever recently either having lost eight of their last eleven games, including their first three games of 2015. With both sides desperate for a win, tension in this case might lead to a few goals (because Stuttgart are going to score sooner or later). Over 2.5 is priced at 1.62.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2.30 Draw 3.50 Schalke 04 2.95
Saturday evening brings up game number 500 as a Bundesliga coach for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Thomas Schaaf. To make it a happy occasion, he’ll need to break down Roberto Di Matteo’s Schalke to end a run of six games without a win.
The Royal Blues have shown they’re comfortable without the ball under the former Chelsea man, winning six of their last nine league games. With Eintracht being at home and inclined to attack, this game looks well suited to the visitors given their recent form. Another win for Di Matteo and Schalke is 2.95.
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