The midweek games provided a mixed bag of results for Bundesliga teams in the Champions League with Bayern losing the battle against Premier League big spenders Manchester City but winning the war for qualification.
Back on the domestic front, the Bundesliga looks set to offer another round of intriguing fixtures, providing betting opportunities for those with a little or even a lot to spend on the German top flight.
There are two goal tips for Hertha, Bremen and Hoffenheim while Gladbach and Dortmund are favourites for big goal wins and Stuttgart could provide a nasty half time wake up call for Bayern.
Elsewhere, Lukas Podolski could be one to bag a few goals, man of the hour Eren Derdiyok is another tip for early goals and the man from nowhere Marcell Jansen may provide the final word for Hamburg this weekend.
Friday, 9th December
Hertha Berlin v Schalke 04 (7.30pm)
Home win: 19/10 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 13/10
Betting tip: Hertha Berlin have been in fine goalscoring form of late, with ten goals scored in their last five games especially impressive considering their status as a newly promoted side. The visit of Schalke is likely to provide a stern test, but while the Gelsenkirchen side remain an imperious force at home, a trip to the Olympic Stadium could prove tricky. In four of their last six games on the road Schalke 04 have conceded two goals and with Hertha averaging the same amount in goals scored over the last five games, odds of 14/5 on Hertha scoring exactly two goals is one to watch. Those registering for a £25 free bet could take home £95 if the tip proves successful.
Saturday December 10th
Cologne v SC Freiburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 6/5 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 21/10
Betting tip: Stale Solbakken has certainly steadied the Cologne ship over the past few months, and though the home side have suffered heavy losses to high fliers like Dortmund and Gladbach over the last few weeks, they look to have developed something of a flat-track bully status in the Bundesliga. Comprehensive home wins over Hannover, Augsburg and Hoffenheim highlighted Cologne’s particular penchant for flattening opponents at the RheinEnergieStadion. In each instance, striker and local hero Lukas Podolski has been the man to watch. Last time out the 26-year-old grabbed a double away against Stuttgart and he’s available at odds of 11/2 to score two or more against lowly Freiburg. It certainly looks like a bet to watch, given that Podolski also netted a brace in Cologne’s last home win.
Nuremburg v Hoffenheim (2.30pm)
Home win: 5/4 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 21/10
Betting tip: Both of these sides come into the game on the back of poor form, but it’s Hoffenheim’s recent away record than is the biggest cause for concern here. The visitors are on terrible run on the road, with just two points from a possible 15 in their last five away matches. Their last four away games have seen an interesting pattern develop too, with two 2-0 defeats and two 1-1 draws. Given Nuremburg’s equally poor form, the prospect of exactly two goals being scored, whether it be a 2-0 win for either side or a 1-1 draw, looks the safest tip in an otherwise difficult-to-predict encounter. You can get odds of 12/5 on exactly two goals being scored in the game.
Augsburg v Borussia Monchengladbach (2.30pm)
Home win: 14/5 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 19/20
Betting tip: Gladbach’s 1-1 draw with Dortmund signalled their intentions as a major force in the Bundesliga this season and with strikers Marco Reus and Mike Hanke enjoying a rich vein of form up front the goals continue to flow for the popular German club. An away trip to Augsburg could prove a tricky encounter though with the newly promoted side gradually gaining confidence in their own abilities. That said, Gladbach remain the toughest of visitors with 13 goals scored in their last five games. Either way, the game could be set for goals aplenty, making odds of 19/4 on a Monchengladbach win with over 3.5 combined goals being scored just the ticket.
Mainz 05 v Hamburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 6/5 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 11/5
Betting tip: Hamburg’s revival under Thorsten Fink continued to gather pace with a 2-0 win over Nuremburg last week which was capped off by a another goal for left winger Marcell Jansen. The 26-year-old has made a habit of having the final word in recent weeks for the rejuvenated Hamburg, notching up the last goal in three of their last four games in the Bundesliga. All of which makes odds of 16/1 on Marcell Jansen scoring the last goal of the game astonishing odds given the circumstances and arguably the best long punt in Europe this weekend.
Werder Bremen v VfL Wolfsburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 13/20 Draw: 3/1 Away win: 15/4
Betting tip: Bremen will be pleased to return to home comforts after crushing defeats against Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach in recent weeks. There is something of a pattern for home matches involving Thomas Schaaf’s men. In their last four home games, eight of the nine games Bremen have scored have come in the second half – an average of two a game. Wolfsburg meanwhile have conceded two goals in the second half of both of their last two Bundesliga games, making odds of 31/10 on Bremen scoring exactly two goals in the second half a tempting bet for anyone with cash to spare.
Hannover 96 v Bayer Leverkusen (5.30pm)
Home win: 33/20 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 29/20
Betting tip: Hannover’s poor run of form since their 2-1 win over Bayern Munich continued with a 1-1 draw with SC Freiburg last week. Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile remain erratic, with their heartening 2-0 win over Hoffenheim followed up by an inept draw against a poor Genk side in the Champions League. But while Leverkusen remain a relatively unknown quantity, one man hitting a good patch of form for the visitors is Eren Derdiyok. The Swiss star followed up his hat-trick against Hertha Berlin with the opener against Hoffenheim last week. You can get odds of Derdiyok continuing that run with the opening goal against Hannover, which is available at odds of 5/1.
Sunday, 11th December
Borussia Dortmund v Kaiserslautern (2.30pm)
Home win: 1/4 Draw: 19/4 Away win: 19/2
Betting tip: Dortmund will be pleased to greet Kaiserslautern at the Westfalenstadion given their midweek woes in the Champions League. The visitors’ last three trips to Dortmund have ended in defeat with a high frequency of goals – 14 have been spread across the three encounters. Dortmund have been in rampant form at home of late too, with 12 goals scored in their last three home matches. All of which makes a bet on a Dortmund win with over 3.5 combined goals at odds of 17/10 the perfect punt.
VfB Stuttgart v Bayern Munich (5.30pm)
Home win:17/4 Draw: 13/4 Away win: 11/20
Betting tip: Bayern have seen their lead at the top of the Bundesliga disappear in recent weeks, thanks in no small part to their poor recent away form. FC Hollywood have lost two of their last three games away from home, with the single win coming against Augsburg. Stuttgart could prove tricky opponents too and will be eager to catch Bayern unawares from the start. The home side will have no doubt taken note of the fact that the visitors lost on both occasions after going behind to a first half goal. Bayern may be favourites on paper, but football has proven to be a funny game and odds of 6/1 on Stuttgart leading 1-0 at half time is another long shot with real potential.
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