Last week’s Bundesliga round-up made four correct predictions with other tips for Sidney Sam and Hertha Berlin coming agonisingly close to fruition. This week, after the midweek drama of the Champions League, the Bundesliga returns with expectations of a high scoring win for Gladbach and a low scoring victory for Hamburg. Elsewhere, Michael Ballack could be set to hit the net while new boys Anthony Ujah and Dorge Kouemaha could also be ones to pencil in for goalscorer bets this weekend.
Friday, 25th November
Cologne v Borussia Monchengladbach (7.30pm)
Home win: 2/1 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 6/5
Betting tip: Cologne may have a formidable home record in the Bundesliga, but there are unlikely to be many teams playing as confidently as Borussia Monchengladbach at the moment. Last weekend, die Fohlen were in rampant form against a well fancied Werder Bremen team, winning 5-0 with man of the moment Marco Reus grabbing a deserved hat trick. The omens look good for Gladbach against Cologne too, with the visitors enjoying 4-0 and 5-1 victories in their last two meetings. You can get odds of 21/4 on Gladbach to win and over 3.5 goals combined goals being scored in the game which, if using the free £25 bet for registering, could see you take home £156.25.
Saturday, 26th November
Nuremburg v Kaiserslautern (2.30pm)
Home win: Evens Draw: 23/10 Away win: 11/4
Betting tip: Kaiserslautern will have reason to be hopeful on their trip to the Frankenstadion given Nuremburg’s current plight. Dieter Hecking’s team have claimed just two points from a possible 18 and are without a win in eight Bundesliga games. Kaiserslautern, meanwhile, come into the game having scored an average of a goal a game on the road this term, with Cameroonian striker Dorge Kouemaha grabbing the final goal in two of their last three matches on their travels. You can get odds of 8/1 on the 28-year-old having the final word this weekend.
Hoffenheim v SC Freiburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 31/50 Draw: 3/1 Away win: 4/1
Betting tip: Hoffenheim have developed a nasty habit of leaking goals of late, with six conceded in their last three Bundesliga matches – an average of two a game. In contrast, Freiburg have finally found themselves back amongst the goals following a barren spell that saw them slide down the table. Bet on Freiburg to continue their good attacking form and for Hoffenheim to concede another two goals at 15/4.
Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04 (2.30pm)
Home win: 7/10 Draw: 11/4 Away win: 18/5
Betting tip: Borussia Dortmund are once again in the Bundesliga limelight this weekend with a derby against sworn enemies Schalke 04. But while last weekend’s trip away to Bayern Munich saw Dortmund adopt a more defensive approach, it should be a different story at home against a Schalke 04 developing a habit of being involved in high-scoring games. The last three Schalke 04 games have seen 4-0, 2-2 and 3-1 scorelines in favour of die Knappen. While this one is tough to call given the recent impressive form of both sides, you can get odds of 17/4 on exactly four goals being scored between the teams, thus covering your bases against a number of eventualities. After all, Dortmund did beat Schalke 04 3-1 last term…
FC Augsburg v Wolfsburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 39/20 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 13/10
Betting tip: FC Augsburg continue to be tipped for disaster in the Bundesliga this season. Recent weeks have seen the promoted side put up some battling performances though and the visit of Wolfsburg could be a competitive affair. That said, the Wolves remain firm favourites, particularly after their impressive 4-1 win over a solid Hannover 96 side last week. Given their home advantage though, Augsburg should be fancied for a goal, having scored once in four of their last five league games. During that same period Wolfsburg have notched up an average of two goals a game, all of which makes odds of a 2-1 final score in favour of the Wolves at 8/1 an intriguing prospect.
Hertha BSC v Bayer Leverkusen (2.30pm)
Home win: 17/10 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 29/20
Betting tip: Bayer Leverkusen come into this game on the back of a major high in midweek after the German side defeated Premier League heavyweights Chelsea in the Champions League. Indeed, the past three weekends have seen Leverkusen enjoy a return to form with two wins and a draw. Of those games two have been away wins and on both occasions talismanic midfielder Michael Ballack has led by example with the opening goal. You can get odds of 9/1 on the former Chelsea man scoring the opener against a fragile Hertha Berlin side.
Hannover 96 v Hamburg (5.30pm)
Home win: 6/5 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 11/5
Betting tip: Recent games have seen these teams swap their form with Hannover 96’s early promise falling further away with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg. Hamburg meanwhile are continuing to climb out of relegation danger following a terrible start to the season. Goals remain at a premium for Hamburg though and with Thorsten Fink’s side playing away, backing Hamburg to win with under 2.5 combined goals scored at 13/2 could be a shrewd bet.
Sunday, 20th November
Werder Bremen v VfB Stuttgart (2.30pm)
Home win: 23/20 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 11/5
Betting tip: While there has been plenty of attacking action in games involving Werder Bremen this season, few fans or pundits expected Thomas Schaaf’s team to suffer a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach. However, in the truth the game summed up Werder Bremen to a tee in that it was totally unpredictable other for fact that there were goals, goals and even more goals. The visit of Stuttgart could see that trend continue with the visitors having scored and conceded 13 goals in their last four Bundesliga games. Prior to their 5-0 mauling, Bremen also picked up 3-1 and 3-2 wins which makes a bet on five or more goals being scored in the match at 18/5 a decent tip. New betting fans can also take advantage of the free £25 bet for registering to score winnings of £115.
Mainz 05 v Bayern Munich (5.30pm)
Home win: 25/4 Draw: 4/1 Away win: 37/100
Betting tip: Bayern Munich’s air of invincibility evaporated last week when the heat was on against nearest challengers Borussia Dortmund. The game served as a reminder to other sides of the continued fallibility of Jupp Heynckes’ side, who have now lost two of their last four league games. Mainz may come into this match off the back of a much needed win over Stuttgart, but they remain major underdogs despite home advantage. That said Mainz have scored five goals in their last four games against Bayern and could find the net again here. One man to watch could be Nigerian forward Anthony Ujah, who scored twice against Stuttgart and is available at 11/4 to score at any time against Bayern, whether it be a winner, equaliser or merely a consolation goal.
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