The usual suspects of Pizarro, Reus and Podolski could be among the goals this weekend, while Bayern face a bogey team and Schalke look likely to fly out of the blocks against Hoffenheim.
Friday, March 30th
Borussia Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart (7.30pm)
Home win: 3/10 Draw: 17/4 Away win: 8/1
Key stat: Shinji Kagawa has scored four goals in Dortmund’s last five games.
Betting tip: Shinji Kagawa has been back among the goals in recent weeks, with Jurgen Klopp’s side continuing to lead the way in the Bundesliga. Having scored the last goal in two of Dortmund’s last three games, the Japanese midfielder could be worth a punt to repeat the trick at 6/1.
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Saturday, March 31st
Kaiserlautern v Hamburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 33/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 31/20
Key stat: Kaiserslautern have failed to score in four of their last five games.
Betting tip: Goals have become something of a rarity for Kaiserslautern of late, with just a single strike to their name in five league games. Odds of 21/10 are available for those tempted to back the Red Devils’ hellish form in front of goal to continue with no goals against an admittedly hapless Hamburg.
Nuremberg v Bayern Munich (2.30pm)
Home win: 15/2 Draw: 15/4 Away win: 7/20
Key stat: Nuremberg have drawn their last three games against Bayern 1-1 at the easyCredit-Stadion.
Betting tip: Nuremberg may be in a lowly position compared with Champions League and Bundesliga-chasing Bayern, but the visitors have won just one of their last five games on the road. Backing a draw at 15/4 could prove a good bet, and punters confident of seeing history repeat itself could be tempted by a punt on 1-1 which is available at 31/4.
Bayer Leverkusen v SC Freiburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 13/20 Draw: 14/5 Away win: 4/1
Key stat: Bayer Leverkusen have won eight of their last ten encounters with SC Freiburg.
Betting tip: Bayer Leverkusen may be in poor form heading into this one, but their hoodoo over SC Freiburg provides room for optimism. Robin Dutt’s team have won their last two games against Freiburg by a score of 1-0 and with Leverkusen averaging exactly one goal in their last four competitive games, odds of 8/1 look tempting on a repeat of this result.
Augsburg v Cologne (2.30pm)
Home win: Evens Draw: 23/10 Away win: 11/4
Key stat: Lukas Podolski scored two goals in his last game against Augsburg.
Betting tip: While rumours of a move to the Premier League dog Lukas Podolski, his return for Cologne following a suspension could be well timed. With 16 goals this season the 26-year-old is one to watch, having scored the last time the visitors picked up a point on the road. Backing Podolski to score the opener is available at 5/1, with odds of 15/2 on the German scoring two or more.
Werder Bremen v FSV Mainz 05 (2.30pm)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 12/5
Key stat: Claudio Pizarro has scored in his last two games against Mainz.
Betting tip: The Peruvian has a good recent record against Mainz and with the visitors winning just one of their last four games, that could well continue here. Pizarro has scored the opener in his last two home appearances for Bremen and is available at 5/1 to continue the trend.
Hertha Berlin v VfL Wolfsburg (5.30pm)
Home win: 7/5 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 9/5
Key stat: Hertha Berlin have scored eight goals in their last two games against Wolfsburg.
Betting tip: Last week’s away win at Mainz is likely to have given Hertha a major boost heading into this game and with the Wolves taking just one win and a single clean sheet from their last 12 away games, the omens look good. Given their impressive goal tally against Wolfsburg and their three goals last week, Hertha could be worth backing for three or more goals at 17/4.
Sunday, April 1st
Hannover 96 v Borussia Monchengladbach (2.30pm)
Home win: 33/20 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 33/20
Key stat: Marco Reus has scored three in his last two games against Hannover 96.
Betting tip: Marco Reus may be another youngster set for a summer move this year, but he remains in fine form for Gladbach. Hannover 96 have stuttered in the league of late with one win in five, while the visitors’ away form has improved with three wins and a draw from their last five games on the road. Reus has scored the opening goal in Gladbach’s last two league games and is on at 5/1 to make it a hat trick.
Hoffenheim v Schalke 04 (4.30pm)
Home win: 7/4 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 29/20
Key stat: Schalke have led at half time and full time in each of their last three league games.
Betting tip: The Royal Blues may have had a night to forget in the Europa League, but they continue to impress in the Bundesliga. This form has been underlined by crucial early goals, with Schalke 04 scoring six of their last nine in the first half. Backing the visitors to be ahead at half time and full time against a woeful Hoffenheim team is available at 29/10.
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