Friday, January 20th
Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayern Munich (7.30pm)
Home win: 15/4 Draw: 27/10 Away win: 7/10
Betting tip: Gladbach have enjoyed a fine start to the Bundesliga campaign, but with Marco Reus securing a summer move to Dortmund, some of that momentum could dissipate, particularly against a Bayern side with a decent goalscoring record away from home.
The Bavarians have scored twice in each of their last three Bundesliga games and are available at odds of 23/10 to repeat the feat. Meanwhile, Mario Gomez has also scored three in his last three away league appearances, including a double against Stuttgart. Using bwin’s free £25 bet, odds of 7/2 on Gomez scoring at least two goals means you could win £112.50 if the punt comes off.
Saturday, January 21st
Nuremburg v Hertha Berlin (2.30pm)
Home win: 11/10 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 23/10
Betting tip: Nuremburg have struggled at home and have picked up just one win from their last seven games at the Frankenstadion. Hertha Berlin meanwhile come into this match with a resilient away record that has seen them go four games unbeaten. Draws have been the order of the day for Hertha in recent games and with 1-1 draws on the road in both of their last two matches away from Berlin, odds of 21/4 on a repeat could prove shrewd.
Hoffenheim v Hannover 96 (2.30pm)
Home win: 91/100 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 3/1
Betting tip: Hoffenheim’s home form has summed up their season so far, with each of their last three games at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena seeing Holger Stanislawski’s side go in 1-0 up at the break only to end in a 1-1 draw. The visit of Hannover could prove tricky but with odds of 14/5 on Hoffenheim leading 1-0 at the break there’s money to be had. However, the real gains could come from backing Hoffenheim to be leading at half-time and a draw at full time, with impressive odds of 13/1 available.
Schalke 04 v VfB Stuttgart (2.30pm)
Home win: 83/100 Draw: 13/5 Away win: 3/1
Betting tip: Stuttgart’s Martin Harnik has a decent record against Schalke, with two goals in his last three games against the Gelsenkirchen club and is available at odds of 17/10 to score at any time.
However, Stuttgart are enduring woeful form away from home, with three losses and a draw in their last four games, meaning Schalke’s Raul could be the best bet for goals.
Schalke 04’s last game in the Bundesliga was a 5-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen, which highlighted the team’s attacking potential. Runs of rich goalscoring form always characterised Raul’s time in Madrid and with the veteran full of confidence, backing him to score two or more against the poor Stuttgart rearguard at 15/2 is worth a shout.
SC Freiburg v Augsburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 11/10 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 12/5
Betting tip: Confidence is likely to be low at Freiburg following the departure of their manager and star striker Papiss Demba Cisse. Freiburg come into the game with just one win in their last nine matches with ten goals conceded in their last five home games. The visit of Augsburg could bring more gloom too, with the unfancied visitors enjoying a decent run of form of late with two wins and a draw from their last four league games.
Second half goals have been the key for Augsburg, with each of their last nine league goals coming in the second period. Though you can get odds of 8/5 on the visitors scoring one in the second half, given Freiburg’s weak defensive record, backing Augsburg to score two at odds of 7/1 could bring even sweeter returns.
VfL Wolfsburg v Cologne (2.30pm)
Home win: 4/5 Draw: 13/5 Away win: 13/4
Betting tip: Cologne’s major weakness in the Bundesliga remains their away form and while Wolfsburg remain as erratic as ever under Felix Magath, their attacking talent suggests the goals could flow against the visitors.
Wolfsburg have scored 11 and conceded seven in their last five games, winning three times. Cologne’s recent form on the road has seen 16 goals conceded and just four scored. With chaos likely to ensue, backing Wolfsburg to win with over 3.5 combined goals scored at 16/5 could be one to consider.
Those looking for a long shot could also back the Wolves to win by three clear goals at 6/1 given Felix Magath’s last two games against Cologne have ended 3-0 and 4-1.
Kaiserslautern v Werder Bremen (5.30pm)
Home win: 9/5 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 7/5
Betting tip: Kaiserslautern come into this game having failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last seven Bundesliga games. The visit of Werder Bremen is unlikely to see that unfortunate run brought to an end, with the visitors continuing to score and concede goals at liberty in the league this season. Incredibly, five of Bremen’s last six Bundesliga games have featured exactly five goals. Backing exactly five goals to be scored at 31/4 could provide an entertaining bet this weekend.
Sunday, January 22nd
Hamburg v Borussia Dortmund (2.30pm)
Home win: 31/10 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 17/20
Betting tip: Kevin Grosskreutz looks to be hitting form again for Dortmund in the Bundesliga, with a goal and an assist in their last away game which saw Dortmund win 4-1 at Freiburg. The 23-year-old will undoubtedly be relishing a game against Hamburg after grabbing a memorable brace when the teams met earlier this season. On that occasion, Grosskreutz opened the scoring and you can get odds of 10/1 on a repeat performance from the electric winger this Sunday.
Bayer Leverkusen v Mainz 05 (5.30pm)
Home win: 3/4 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 17/5
Betting tip: Mainz continue to struggle in the Bundesliga with second half goals proving a major weakness for the club of late, with eight goals conceded in the second half of their last six Bundesliga games. Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok has scored two in his last three home games and could take advantage. Odds of 5/1 are available on him scoring first against lowly Mainz.
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