This weekend could see Bayern put the hurt on Hertha with first half goals aplenty and Gladbach continue their one goal trick. Plus, Schalke 04 and Cologne are in line to provide predictable scorelines and the usual suspects of Pizarro, Demba Cisse and Cacau could be on the scoresheet along with the more unusual suspect Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Friday October 16th
Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund (7.30pm)
Home win: 2/1 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 6/5
Betting tip: While Bayern Munich have grabbed the headlines in Germany, Werder Bremen have quietly snuck into second place in the Bundesliga, despite last week’s defeat away at Hannover 96. Even though they are at home this week, the visit of reigning champions Borussia Dortmund makes this a tough one to call.
That said, one man to watch could be Bremen’s Claudio Pizarro. The Peruvian striker has been in fine form of late and is developing quite the habit for having the final word for Werder after scoring the last goal in three of the last four games for the home side. He’s got a good track record for the scoring the last goal in this fixture too, after finding the net with Bremen’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Dortmund last season.
All of which makes odds of 4/1 on Pizarro scoring the last goal of the game too good to miss out on. New customers can also take advantage of Bwin’s free £25 bet and using it on this tip would secure winnings of £125.
Saturday October 17th
Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen (2.30pm)
Home win: 17/10 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 3/2
Betting tip: Mean defences have been the order of the day for Monchengladbach, with the home team struggling for goals while also maintaining a relatively tight defence throughout the season so far. Incredibly, Gladbach’s last five consecutive Bundesliga games have ended in a 1-0 scoreline with three 1-0 wins and two 1-0 defeats.
In Leverkusen, they face a team that has had an up and down start to life in the Bundesliga this season. The visitors may have enjoyed goals aplenty so far but, on the road, they have remained fragile.
With Bayer Leverkusen proving hard to predict and Gladbach’s season following a rigid structure, the 4/1 odds on exactly one goal being scored by either team in this game seems the wisest punt on offer.
Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin (2.30pm)
Home win: 1/5 Draw: 23/4 Away win: 10/1
Betting tip: Bayern Munich were left frustrated in the last round of Bundesliga games following a goalless draw away at Hoffenheim , but this week FC Hollywood are set to return to home comforts at the Allianz Arena.
Hertha Berlin are in the firing line, with the visitors enduring a pretty poor recent record away to Bayern. In total, Hertha have conceded 20 goals in their last five trips to Munich and despite a promising start to the season, little is expected of the visitors here.
In fact, with Bayern baying for blood, this one could see early goals. Two of Bayern Munich’s last three home games have seen FC Hollywood score three goals before the interval and with odds of 5/1 on the home side scoring three or more in the first half, it’s well be worth a punt.
Mainz 05 v FC Augsburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 13/20 Draw: 14/5 Away win: 4/1
Betting tip: Augsburg have endured a torrid start to the current Bundesliga campaign and having gone two games without a goal, are unlikely to fare much better against Mainz. In a game offering little reason for excitement the man to watch could be Mainz’s fantastically named Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
The young striker has broken into the Mainz first team in recent games and having scored two in the home side’s last three he could well be worth a look. You can get odds of 8/1 on Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scoring the first goal against Augsburg this weekend.
VfB Stuttgart v 1899 Hoffenheim (2.30pm)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 12/5
Betting tip: Hoffenheim must have been delighted following their 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich last week, however this Saturday could be a different story, particularly if Stuttgart’s Cacau is starting.
The Brazilian striker has enjoyed his games against Hoffenheim of late, having scored in three of the last four encounters between the clubs. He also comes into this game having made an improved start to the current campaign and was back amongst the goals last week against Kaiserslautern.
Given how much Cacau seems to enjoy facing off against Stuttgart, betting on the Brazilian to score two or more goals at odds of 19/2 may be worth a small punt.
VfL Wolfsburg v FC Nuremberg (2.30pm)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 5/2
Betting tip: Considering both teams’ current form and league standing, there’s little to separate the sides. That said, recent history certainly suggests Nuremberg possess the upper hand having won seven of the last ten encounters.
Last season, the visitors won 2-1 both home and away against Wolfsburg and with the Wolves having scored a single goal in each of their last three Bundesliga matches, putting a bet on Nuremberg to win 2-1 away at 10/1 could prove shrewd.
Schalke 04 v Kaiserslautern (5.30pm)
Home win: 11/25 Draw: 17/5 Away win: 23/4
Schalke 04 may be a steadier side this season, but they continue to concede a steady amount of goals whether playing at home or away. The recent departure of coach Ralf Rangnick has also added further complications to the complex Royal Blues soap opera.
Interestingly, in three of Schalke 04’s last four games, the Gelsenkirchen side have gone in with the score at 1-1. Taking into account their propensity for first half goals at either end, you can get odds of 25/4 on the score between Schalke 04 and Kaiserslautern being 1-1 at half-time which certainly makes it one to watch.
Sunday October 18th
SC Freiburg v Hamburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 3/2 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 8/5
Betting tip: Given Hamburg’s current defensive struggles, a trip to Freiburg is the last thing the visitors need, as they attempt to regroup before the arrival of Thorsten Fink as manager next week.
Goals aplenty are expected from Freiburg with the usual suspect Papiss Demba-Cisse likely to be the main threat for the home side. Cisse has opened the scoring in both of SC Freiburg’s previous Bundesliga games and you can get solid odds of 7/2 on the striker scoring the first goal of the game.
However, given Cisse’s impressive record of three goals in two games against Hamburg last season, the 5/1 odds on the African goal machine scoring two or more could be worth a punt.
Cologne v Hannover 96 (5.30pm)
Home win: 7/5 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 7/4
Betting tip: Hannover 96 may be some way ahead of Cologne in the Bundesliga table, but with Stale Solbakken’s side enjoying a vociferous home support, this result could be one to buck the trend.
After all, Cologne have not struggled for goals this season, with an average of two goals scored per game over their last six Bundesliga fixtures. In contrast, Hannover 96’s form away from home has been somewhat stale of late, with no goals scored in either of their last two league fixtures.
All of which makes a bet on Cologne to win 2-0 over Hannover 96 a potentially smart move, particularly with odds of 23/2 making it the perfect choice for a small, but perfectly calculated, punt this Sunday.
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