With Christmas fast approaching, the imminent winter break means this weekend represents your last chance to get involved in some top tips and even better betting action in the German Bundesliga this year.
As ever the usual round of fixtures see Germany’s finest face off against each other with plenty of surprises, plenty of gifts and plenty of goal scoring cheer to go round for one and all at this special time of year.
Goalscorer bets are available in plentiful supply this time round, with punters no doubt eager to give thanks to the likes of Franck Ribery, Paolo Guerrero, Mike Hanke and Mohammed Abdellaoue this weekend.
Correct scoreline tips are also available at half time for Dortmund and full time for Leverkusen while the prospects of another Wolfsburg home game and a familiar foe for Raul could see goals falling thicker than snow.
Friday, 16th December
Bayern Munich v Cologne (7.30pm)
Home win: 7/50 Draw: 37/5 Away win: 12/1
Betting tip: An away trip to the Allianz Arena looks a daunting task for Cologne, particularly as the visitors come into the game having played only three days previously against relegation strugglers Mainz. On that occasion, man of the moment Lukas Podolski was on the scoresheet again with an equalising goal five minutes from time to spare the hosts’ blushes. It marked the third game in a row in which Podolski has scored the last goal of the game and you wouldn’t bet against the 26-year old having the final word against his old employers with odds of 7/1 available.
That said, anyone looking for a banker of a goal scoring bet should consider backing Franck Ribery. The Frenchman has scored four goals in Bayern’s last three games at the Allianz and is available at odds of 6/5 to score at any time on this occasion. This bet could be ideal for those registering for a free £25 bet, with easy winnings of £55 available.
Saturday, 17th December
Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin (2.30pm)
Home win: 19/20 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 14/5
Betting tip: Hoffenheim’s recent form has been unpredictable at best, with last week’s 2-0 win over Nuremburg away from home their first Bundesliga win in five games. That said, it would prove foolish to write off the home side on this occasion, particularly against a Hertha side who have been decidedly patchy away from the German capital. The Berliners are without a win in five games and have picked up just one win from their last five away games. In an otherwise tough encounter to call, one statistic for Hoffenheim does offer potential: each of their last five Bundesliga games have seen a combined tally of exactly two goals scored. Odds of 5/2 are available on a repeat on Saturday.
Bayer Leverkusen v Nuremburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 12/25 Draw: 3/1 Away win: 6/1
Betting tip: Bayer Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno has certainly staked a claim for the number one keeper’s position at the club in recent weeks with four clean sheets out of their last six games. That run looks likely to continue with the arrival of Nuremburg, who have struggled for goals of late. The visitors have failed to score in four of their last six games and worse still, have not scored in their previous two visits to the BayArena. Recent matches have also seen Nuremburg shipping an average of two goals a game while Leverkusen have scored exactly two in three of their last five Bundesliga fixtures. All of which points to a 2-0 Leverkusen win at odds of 23/4
Hamburg v Augsburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 57/100 Draw: 14/5 Away win: 19/4
Betting tip: Augsburg may have come away with a shock win over Gladbach at home last weekend , but with the newly promoted side back on the road this weekend, it could be back down to earth with a bump for the visitors. Thorsten Fink’s newly rejuvenated Hamburg team are one of the form sides in the German top flight at the moment and come into this game brimming with confidence, particularly in front of their home support. One man certainly feeling the Fink effect is striker Paolo Guerrero. The Peruvian has been in fine form of late and comes into the match having scored in each of Hamburg’s last three games at home. Having opened the scoring in their previous two matches, you can get odds of 5/1 on Guerrero scoring first again.
Freiburg v Dortmund (2.30pm)
Home win: 5/1 Draw: 27/10 Away win: 57/100
Betting tip: Just as Borussia Dortmund looked set to reignite a title challenge with Bayern in the Bundesliga this season, the reigning champions have suddenly lost their golden touch in front of goal once again. In each of their last three home games, Dortmund have gone in at half time with a 1-0 lead, yet only once have the Bundesliga giants managed to hold onto that advantage. More interestingly still, opponents Freiburg have gone in behind at half time in three of their last four Bundesliga encounters, only to end up drawing at the final whistle. All of which presents two betting options for German football fans on this occasion, either to back Dortmund to be leading 1-0 at half time with odds of 5/2 available. Alternatively, you could back Dortmund to be winning at half time and drawing at full time with odds of 13/1 available.
VfL Wolfsburg v VfB Stuttgart (2.30pm)
Home win: 8/5 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 3/2
Betting tip: Wolfsburg remain a side riddled with inconsistency in the Bundesliga this season. The last five games alone have seen the Wolves win once, draw twice and lose twice with eight goals scored and 14 conceded. VfB Stuttgart have been similarly poor with just one win and one clean sheet in their last seven Bundesliga encounters. One thing does remain consistent though: there have been goals, and lots of them. There have been a total of 22 goals at either end across Wolfsburg’s last five Bundesliga games, helped by a 4-1 defeat by Werder Bremen, a 4-1 victory over Hannover and a 2-2 draw with Mainz. Odds of 8/5 on over 3.5 combined goals being scored looks a safe bet, but the more dangerous among you may be tempted on odds of 18/5 on over 4.5 combined goals in this one.
Schalke 04 v Werder Bremen (5.30pm)
Home win: Evens Draw: 5/2 Away win: 5/2
Spanish goalscoring legend Raul has enjoyed playing in Gelsenkirchen of late. In each of his last four games at the Veltins-Arena, the former Real Madrid star has found himself on the scoresheet. All of which makes the visit of Werder Bremen the perfect gift for the Spanish hero. Last season’s encounter between the two at Schalke’s home saw Raul run the show with three goals in a 4-0 demolition of a defensively fragile Werder Bremen team. This time round, little has changed, with Thomas Schaaf’s side still shaky in defence. All of which makes odds of 19/2 on Raul scoring two or more too good to resist.
Sunday, 18th December
Kaiserslautern v Hannover 96 (2.30pm)
Home win: 5/4 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 2/1
Betting tip: There is little to choose between these two side in terms of form, with neither managing a win in their last six Bundesliga games and sliding further and further down the league standings. With both sides registering four draws and two defeats in that period, it remains tough to pick a winner or correct score bet. But one man who could provide a good tip is Hannover striker Mohammed Abdellaoue. Last season, the Norwegian found the net both home and away for Hannover 96 against Kaiserslautern and with the 26-year-old likely to be on penalty taking duty too, odds of 6/1 on Abdellaoue silencing the home crowd with the last goal of the game is as good a goalscorer tip as any you will find this season.
Borussia Monchengladbach v Mainz 05 (5.30pm)
Home win: 83/100 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 16/5
Betting tip: Prior to their better best forgotten blip against Augsburg last weekend, Borussia Monchengladbach were enjoying a great run of form in the Bundesliga. Now, with the return of home advantage and the arrival of the lesser lights of lowly Mainz, confidence is likely to still be high among fans of the popular German club. Gladbach’s recent home form has been nothing short of stunning in recent weeks, with a 5-0 demolition of Werder Bremen arguably the result of the season so far. But while youngster Marco Reus may have gained most of the plaudits, it’s his strike partner Mike Hanke who has been grabbing the goals of late, with three in two games before the Augsburg incident. Hanke could be back on form again here and with odds of 5/1 on the 28-year old being the first goalscorer, you would be wise to restore your faith in this exciting Gladbach side.
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