Raphael Honigstein's Bundesliga Tips: Leverkusen To See Off Sinking Stuttgart

Bayer Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart

Leverkusen made a slow start to the new year but their first leg win over Atlético Madrid seems to have been a turning point for Roger Schmidt’s side. That result has ignited a four game winning streak in all competitions. Contrast that with Stuttgart who are bottom of the Bundesliga and hopelessly out of form. Huub Stevens won’t be able to utilise Martin Harnik again as he completes a suspension. Leverkusen’s form should see a sinking Stuttgart dispatched at 1.48.


SV Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich


Bayern have had it good against Werder of late but this game promises to be tougher than usual with the hosts sitting alongside the league leaders in terms of the most points collected in the calendar year to date.

The home side’s top scorer, Franco Di Santo is suspended but fresh from seeing off Shakhtar to the tune of seven goals, Bayern will be without Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery because of injury. Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik was coy on the impact this will have but in all likelihood, his side will run Bayern close. There may not be many goals as a result, with under 2.5 at 2.85.


Hertha BSC v Schalke 04

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No one, not nobody, saw Schalke going to the Bernabeu and sticking four past Real Madrid as the Royal Blues did on Tuesday night. Even though they exited the Champions League, it was perhaps the most encouraging game of the Roberto Di Matteo reign so far as his side pushed forward, as they had to, with far greater intent than before.

Next, it’s Hertha who continue to teeter above the division’s drop zone after they played out a goalless draw at Stuttgart last Friday. Coach Pal Dardai will be without the suspended Nico Schulz but he will be hopeful of taking advantage of Schalke’s suspect Bundesliga away form. The visitors should be able to use Tuesday night’s result as a platform though. Schalke are a favourable 2.50 to follow it up.


TSG Hoffenheim v Hamburg SV


Hoffenheim showed why they may just miss out on a European spot this season with a poor defensive showing at Schalke last weekend. Fortunately for them, Hamburg are in Sinsheim this weekend. HSV are the worst team on the road in the Bundesliga this season.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga could be back on the bench for Joe Zinnbauer’s side as they look to improve their poor scoring record. It’s at the other end though that both of these sides have struggled in the second half of the season with Hoffenheim and Hamburg two of the weakest teams defensively in 2015, so it’s worth backing over 3.5 goals at 2.90.


FC Augsburg v FSV Mainz 05


Augsburg had been without a win in over a month prior to Wolfsburg’s visit and impressively, they beat Germany’s most in-form team. When Augsburg achieve such results though, it’s becoming more difficult to class them as surprises, such is the amount of them that they have produced under coach Markus Weinzierl.

The home side are the favourites for Saturday’s game against Mainz. Martin Schmidt’s team did make a good recovery from 2-0 down last Saturday to claw a point back against Gladbach. Schmidt has said Mainz need to three more wins to ensure survival. The next of those is unlikely to come on Saturday with Augsburg likely to succeed at 2.00.


Eintracht Frankfurt v SC Paderborn


Alexander Meier went top of the Bundesliga’s scoring charts last Sunday with a double at Cologne. The problem was at the back for Eintracht as they let in four against the usually shot shy hosts. Paderborn should be a welcome sight on Saturday given that they’ve only won one of their last 14 games and relegation looks increasingly likely with each passing week. Expect this to be an open affair but for Eintracht to come out on top by full time, with the hosts at 1.70 to win.


Borussia Dortmund v FC Köln


Last weekend for only the second time this season, Cologne won a home game with Anthony Ujah getting a bit excited with Hennes VIII, the club mascot and goat. Their only other victory at the RheinEnergieStadion in this campaign came against Borussia Dortmund. Since that shock result in October, BVB look to have overcome their demons even if they drew 0-0 in Hamburg last time out.

Jürgen Klopp will be without Lukasz Piszczek and Nuri Sahin because of injury whilst Cologne boss Peter Stöger won’t have defender Kevin Wimmer at his disposal after he was sent off in their win over Eintracht. The loss of Wimmer is a blow for Cologne and with Dortmund starting to play with the fluidity which has come to be expected of them, a home victory should follow here, with BVB to win -1 at 1.91.


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