This weekend could see the return of Robert Lewandowski for Dortmund as well as a late show from Hamburg, a solid Bayern win, an unexpected goal hero for Wolfsburg and somewhat a predictable scoreline for Gladbach.
Friday September 30th
Kaiserslautern v VfB Stuttgart (7.30pm)
Home win: 37/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 7/5
Betting tip: Kaiserslautern have conceded the opening goal in each of their last four Bundesliga games. As such, I quite fancy Stuttgart to score the opener this Friday. The one man who looks likely to do it is Martin Harnik. The 24-year-old Austrian has been in good form of late, with three goals in two games. And on both of those occasions, Harnik opened the scoring, meaning odds of 5/1 on him breaking the deadlock against Kaiserslautern should not be sniffed at – particularly if you are a new customer looking to take advantage of bwin’s free £25 bet for registering. Should the boy come good, you could walk away with £150.
Saturday September 24th
Nuremburg v Mainz (2.30pm)
Home win: 11/10 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 23/10
Betting tip: Two of the last three encounters between Nuremburg and Mainz at the Frankenstadion have ended in goalless draws. You can get odds of 15/2 on no goals being scored again this Saturday and with both these clubs long overdue a clean sheet it may be worth a small punt at least.
1899 Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich (2.30pm)
Home win: 21/4 Draw: 13/4 Away win: 12/25
Betting tip: Bayern Munich are the team to beat in Germany at the moment, having won a record ten games in a row. A trip to Hoffenheim may cause Munich some problems but I still expect to see the visitors come out on top. Bayern have scored an average of two goals a game on the road this season and back them to carry on their fine form with a 0-2 win at odds of 15/2.
Bayer Leverkusen v VfL Wolfsburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 7/10 Draw: 14/5 Away win: 18/5
Betting tip: Wolfsburg are difficult to predict at the moment, but one thing that has emerged in recent weeks is the goalscoring ability of Ashkan Dejagah. The Iranian midfielder has scored in both of Wolfsburg’s last two games. Regardless of the final score this weekend, you can get odds of 9/2 on Dejagah scoring a goal against Leverkusen.
Borussia Dortmund v FC Augsburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 11/50 Draw: 21/4 Away win: 10/1
Betting tip: After the midweek mauling against Marseille, Dortmund will be expected to respond this weekend. They could not have a much better opportunity to grab some much needed goals with a home match against newly promoted Augsburg. One man who will be relied upon for goals is Robert Lewandowski. The Pole has grabbed two in Dortmund’s last two home games and you can get 5/1 on the striker scoring two or more against Augsburg.
SC Freiburg v Borussia Monchengladbach (2.30pm)
Home win: 7/4 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 27/20
Betting tip: Freiburg have gone three games without a win and this weekend come up against a team enjoying a good run in the Bundesliga. Last week, Gladbach secured a third consecutive 1-0 win. A trip to Freiburg may be a challenge, but the visitors came away with a 1-0 win against the mighty Bayern this season and like a broken record, we would back a 0-1 away win at 33/4 again.
Hertha Berlin v Cologne (5.30pm)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 13/5 Away win: 9/4
Betting tip: Cologne have conceded a whopping nine goals in their last three away games in the Bundesliga. Hertha Berlin meanwhile have enjoyed a strong return to the German top flight and have scored in each of their last six league games. This Saturday could be a day to remember for the Berliners and you can get odds of 11/4 on the home side scoring three or more against Cologne.
Sunday September 25th
Hannover 96 v Werder Bremen (2.30pm)
Home win: 33/20 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 27/20
Betting tip: Didier Ya Konan was the hero last time Hannover played at home in the Bundesliga, scoring the last-minute winner against Borussia Dortmund. The Ivorian has enjoyed his recent outings against Bremen too, scoring home and away for Hannover. If he’s on his game this Sunday, betting on Didier Ya Konan to score the last goal of the game at 6/1 could prove fruitful.
Hamburg v Schalke 04 (5.30pm)
Home win: 33/20 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 29/20
Betting tip: Hamburg finally got up and running with a much needed away win against Stuttgart last week. Hamburg also fare reasonably well against Schalke 04, who are still reeling from the departure of manager Ralf Rangnick. Last season, Hamburg and Schalke went in level at half time on both occasions before Hamburg snatched an eventual win. Given the current climate with both clubs, a bet on the match being level at half time before Hamburg steal the win in the second period at 23/4 could well prove a shrewd move.
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