SC Freiburg v Borussia Dortmund
So Borussia Dortmund are still bottom of the Bundesliga after a 1-0 home defeat to Augsburg. Jürgen Klopp’s plea for the team to fight is a repetitive one and Kevin Grosskreutz, one of many players to be off colour this season, was injured in their latest defeat against Augsburg. He will be out for six weeks and as a result, the first game he’ll miss will be the crucial relegation clash at Freiburg. Christian Streich’s side were defeated 1-0 at Gladbach on Saturday but his team enjoy defying the odds and they should relish the prospect of a wounded Dortmund travelling to the Black Forest.
It may sound unusual but on current form, it makes more sense to back Freiburg at 5.50
VfL Wolfsburg v TSG Hoffenheim
Wolfsburg were unable to follow up their emphatic victory over Bayern Munich at Eintracht Frankfurt. In fact, it took a late Kevin De Bruyne goal to salvage a point. They face Hoffenheim at a good time though as Markus Gisdol’s side have lost seven of their last ten in the Bundesliga. André Schuerrle could make his debut for Wolfsburg and with or without the former Chelsea man, the Wolves should be comfortable here. They’re 1.56 to win.
FSV Mainz 05 v Hertha BSC
Mainz’s Kasper Hjulmand wasn’t happy with his players after their first half performance at Hannover. So much so, he sent them back onto the pitch after just five minutes in the dressing room. It did the trick though as they came back to draw 1-1.
There was to be no comeback for Jos Luhukay at Hertha on Wednesday however. He was sacked the following day after their 0-1 reverse against Leverkusen left them in the relegation zone. Cult hero Pal Dardai has been promoted from his youth team coaching responsibilities to take charge of the first team. With a reaction likely and Mainz not afraid to attack at home, over 2.5 goals at 2.02 looks likely.
VfB Stuttgart v Bayern Munich
It would be something of an understatement to say that Bayern Munich enjoy facing Stuttgart, having won their last 12 games against the Swabians. They will be without Jerome Boateng at the back after he was sent off early on against Schalke during the week.
Stuttgart’s start to the Rückrunde doesn’t offer much hope for Saturday. They drew a blank for a second time at Cologne on Wednesday evening and at home, they haven’t scored in their last five. Putting Bayern to win isn’t the perhaps the most fruitful option – instead, for some better value, back Bayern to score over 2.5 at 1.95.
FC Köln v SC Paderborn
As the two promoted sides face off, Paderborn come into the game looking by far the weaker. Not only have they lost their first two games of the new year by a total of 0-8, they’ve now only picked up four points in their last nine.
Cologne though have the second worst home record in the division and are only four points above Paderborn in the table after their 0-0 home stalemate against Stuttgart. However, it’s difficult to draw much out of Paderborn’s poor start to 2015, so plump for Cologne to win at 1.85.
Hamburger SV v Hannover 96
It’s been nearly two years since Hamburg won back-to-back games in the Bundesliga but the opportunity to break that duck presents itself in the Saturday evening game after they beat Paderborn on Wednesday evening.
Hannover on the other hand produced a good first half display against Mainz but were unable to follow it up as they were forced to settle for a point. Tayfun Korkut’s side have struggled to convince for prolonged periods this season though they haven’t left the top half so far. Hamburg should have a bit momentum but that may not quite be enough to beat Hannover. A draw is well priced at 3.40.
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