Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Eintracht’s season has been held up by the performances of the Bundesliga’s top scorer Alexander Meier. He won’t be taking to the pitch again this season though with a knee injury meaning he’ll miss the remaining six games.
“If Schalke still overtake us, I will stop playing football”, was the confident claim of Gladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka. With 12 points between them and Gladbach playing a Meier-less Eintracht on Friday, Xhaka will still be in a job come next season. The visitors are 1.90 to win on Friday night.
Borussia Dortmund v SC Paderborn 07
You might not have noticed, so in case you didn’t, Jürgen Klopp announced on Wednesday he will be leaving Dortmund in the summer. Given the manner Dortmund were limping to the finish line of this season, the announcement doesn’t come at a good time for Paderborn. They gained a crucial win in their fight for survival last weekend against Augsburg but are now likely to face a revved up Borussia Dortmund. As Klopp’s final six games with BVB get under way, there should be a few goals here with over 3.5 at 2.30.
SC Freiburg v FSV Mainz 05
Freiburg have produced their usual late season resurrection to seemingly beat the drop once again. They played well at Schalke last weekend and would have perhaps even won, had captain Julian Schuster not missed from the spot. Mainz fell to their first defeat in four under Martin Schmidt against in-form Leverkusen last weekend but they have shown enough about them to suggest they’re not bound for the second division. Still, Freiburg are likely to have the edge here at 2.80.
Hertha BSC v FC Köln
Hertha’s players were rewarded with both Saturday and Sunday off last weekend but to get that privilege, coach Pal Dardai made his players do their warm down from their 1-1 draw at Hannover at 2.30 in the morning. Dardai’s methods are working though – that point last Friday meant Hertha are unbeaten in six.
Cologne are the visitors to the capital on Saturday and Peter Stöger’s side impressed in their win over Hoffenheim last Sunday. Like Hertha, they look to be safe from relegation but a victory for either side will assure that. Home advantage may just nudge things in Hertha’s favour here – they’re at 2.45 to win.
TSG Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich
Three individual errors cost Bayern in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final away at Porto. It’s the injuries to the likes of Schweinsteiger, Robben, Ribéry, Alaba and Benatia that are causing the headlines especially with the resignation of club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.
Yet on Saturday, they face a Hoffenheim side which has only taken 11 points in their 10 games in 2015 but coach Markus Gisdol’s contract was extended until 2018 this week. Despite the Bayern injury crisis, Hoffenheim haven’t shown enough in recent weeks to suggest anything other than an away victory here at 1.60.
Bayer Leverkusen v Hannover 96
Leverkusen have been in excellent form in the Bundesliga with victory at Mainz last weekend their sixth consecutive league win. Roger Schmidt’s side haven’t even conceded a goal in that period. Hannover on the other hand are winless in their last 12. As Leverkusen chase a place in the group stages of the Champions League, it’s unlikely that Hannover’s run will end at at the BayArena. Expect Leverkusen to be on top all the way here with the hosts at 1.96 to be winning at half time and full time.
FC Augsburg v VfB Stuttgart
It may have taken until injury time but Stuttgart’s dramatic win over Werder Bremen last week was further proof they have the stomach for a relegation fight. They remain in the bottom two though and will be without the suspended Martin Harnik this weekend. That may be a good thing given the chances Harnik missed last Sunday.
Augsburg are in a far loftier position in the table despite having an inferior budget in comparison to Stuttgart. However, their sixth place standing hides how results have dropped off in the past two months. Such has been the improvement in Stuttgart’s performances, Huub Stevens are good value for a surprise victory on Saturday evening at 3.30.
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