This week’s preview of the German top-flight action includes a tip for Lukas Podolski to be among the goals. Meanwhile, the barren run could continue for Kaiserslautern.
Saturday, April 7th
Kaiserslautern v Hoffenheim (7.30pm)
Home win: 9/5 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 7/5
Key stat: Kaiserlautern have failed to score in eight of their last nine Bundesliga games.
Betting tip: Goals remain at a premium for Kaiserslautern in the Bundesliga, and that could well continue against a Hoffenheim side unbeaten in their last six games against the hosts. Backing Kaiserslautern to draw a blank at odds of 37/20 is an ideal punt for anyone using bwin’s free £25 bet. Should the tip come off, punters will win £71.25.
FC Cologne v Werder Bremen (2.30pm)
Home win: 37/20 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 27/20
Key stat: Lukas Podolski has scored four goals in his last three games against Bremen.
Betting tip: Lukas Podolski’s return last week may have failed to produce a win for Cologne, but the 26-year-old nonetheless marked his comeback with a goal. With Bremen suffering three consecutive defeats at the RheinEnergieStadion and Podolski’s recent record in mind, backing the German to score two or more at 15/2 is a worthy punt.
Bayern Munich v Augsburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 7/50 Draw: 27/4 Away win: 29/2
Key stat: Arjen Robben has scored six goals in Bayern Munich’s last four Bundesliga games.
Betting tip: Last week’s winner at Nuremberg saw Robben continue his rich vein of goalscoring form, which could continue against an Augsburg side with just one clean sheet in their last five league games. While you can get odds of 2/1 on Robben scoring the final goal of the game, backing the Dutchman to score two or more could prove more fruitful with odds of 9/4 on offer.
SC Freiburg v Nuremberg (2.30pm)
Home win: 23/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 23/10
Key stat: Freiburg have scored exactly two goals in three of their last four games against Nuremberg.
Betting tip: Freiburg’s last two Bundesliga games have seen them score exactly two goals. Backing Christian Streich’s team to score exactly two goals against a Nuremburg side on a run of four straight defeats looks good at odds of 13/5.
VfB Stuttgart v Mainz 05 (2.30pm)
Home win: 19/20 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 27/10
Key stat: Vedad Ibisevic has scored four goals in five games for VfB Stuttgart.
Betting tip: Vedad Ibisevic continues to do the business for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga following his January move from Hoffenheim. The Bosnian has scored five goals in nine games for die Roten and will be confident of adding to that tally following his goal against high-flying Dortmund last week. Ibisevic is available at 7/5 to score at any time or 5/1 to score the opener.
VfL Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund (2.30pm)
Home win: 9/2 Draw: 3/1 Away win: 57/100
Key stat: Borussia Dortmund have scored 11 goals in their last three Bundesliga games.
Betting tip: The goals could continue to flow for Dortmund following up on their 4-4 draw with Stuttgart last week. A trip to Wolfsburg could provide plenty of opportunities too, with Dortmund notching up three in their last two trips to the Volkswagen Arena. You can get odds of 7/4 on Dortmund scoring three or more here.
Borussia Monchengladbach v Hertha Berlin (5.30pm)
Home win: 57/100 Draw: 29/10 Away win: 19/4
Key stat: There have been exactly three goals in each of Gladbach’s last three games.
Betting tip: Gladbach’s early season promise has subsided slightly in recent weeks, with results proving difficult to predict. While the hosts are favourites here, you can’t count against the equally volatile Hertha Berlin. Backing exactly three goals to be scored at 31/10 could prove ideal, particularly as exactly three were scored the last time these two met in the league.
Sunday, April 8th
Schalke 04 v Hannover 96 (2.30pm)
Home win: 3/4 Draw: 27/10 Away win: 17/5
Key stat: There has been an average of over 3.5 combined goals at the VeltinsArena this season.
Betting tip: Schalke continue to entertain at home this season, scoring an average of 2.8 goals a game while conceding around 1.6 goals a game to boot. Given Hannover’s recent run of three straight away defeats with eight goals conceded, that could well continue, making odds of 3/1 on Schalke winning with over 3.5 goals scored a top punt.
Hamburg v Bayer Leverkusen (4.30pm)
Home win: 33/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 31/20
Key stat: Hamburg have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four league games.
Betting tip: Last week’s 1-0 win was the fourth game in which Hamburg registered a single goal and while you can get odds of 8/5 on that trend continuing here, it could prove more fruitful to back the hosts for a 1-0 win at 19/2, given Leverkusen’s rotten run of four defeats and no goals in 195 minutes of football.
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