In another exciting round of Bundesliga fixtures, Gladbach could be glad to be home while Leverkusen are favourites against Freiburg and Bayern look to bounce back big. Isaac Vorsah, Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro offer a mixed bag of goalscorer tips whilst Sunday’s fixtures could prove some correct score winnings for those willing to back home comforts.
Friday, 28th October
SC Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen (7.30pm)
Home win: 12/5 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 21/20
Betting tip: SC Freiburg sunk to a new low last week, with defeat sending the club to the bottom of the Bundesliga. Despite this, the visit of Bayer Leverkusen to the badenova-Stadion could prove to prove tricky for both parties, with the away side in far from sparkling form at the moment with just one win in their last five league games. First half goals could be in short supply too with both sides seeing just a single goal scored in two of their last three Bundesliga games. You can get odds of 7/4 on exactly one goal being scored in the first half of this encounter, and this could prove a shrewd tip for new registrants taking advantage of bwin’s free £25 bet as they could win £68.75 if it proved successful. And the last time these two played each other, Leverkusen went in 1-0 up at half time…
Saturday, 29th October
Borussia Monchengladbach v Hannover 96 (2.30pm)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 12/5
Betting tip: Hannover 96 will undoubtedly be on something of a high going into their away trip to Gladbach but could soon come crashing back to earth against Borussia. After all, the home side have made something of a habit of grinding out good results this season and are unbeaten at home, with three wins, two draws and nine goals scored. In contrast, Hannover 96 come into the game having failed to score away from home in over five and a half hours of football. Last time out, Borussia Monchengladbach were unfortunate to claim only a 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen and with goals starting to flow at home, odds of 17/2 on Gladbach winning 2-0 over Hannover 96 could be worth a small punt.
Bayern Munich v Nuremburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 9/50 Draw: 6/1 Away win: 23/2
Betting tip: Bayern Munich are something of a wounded animal following last week’s perceived “injustice” against Hannover 96. Fortunately for Jupp Heynckes’ men, this week sees a return to home comforts at the Allianz Arena and with it the potential for goals-a-plenty. In Nuremburg, they face ideal opposition too with the visitors having shipped seven goals in their last three Bundesliga games. Given this included letting in three at home to lowly Mainz, Nuremburg are likely to be dreading a trip to meet FC Hollywood. The hosts have developed something of a pattern too, with three of their last four Bundesliga matches at the Allianz Arena seeing Bayern leading 3-0 at half time. Given their penchant for early goals, odds of 33/4 on Bayern being 3-0 up at half time could be the top tip of the weekend.
Schalke 04 v Hoffenheim (2.30pm)
Home win: 91/100 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 14/5
Betting tip: Hoffenheim enjoyed their games against Schalke 04 last term, with three goals scored, none conceded and six points banked. Ghanaian star Isaac Vorsah will be particularly pleased about facing off against the Gelsenkirchen club, having scored in both games against the club for Hoffenheim last season. It could be Vorsah’s day again come Saturday, with Schalke having lost two of their last three at home. The 23-year-old is not the most regular of goalscorers, but odds of 5/1 on him scoring at any time in the game make them worth consideration.
VfB Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund (2.30pm)
Home win: 11/5 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 23/20
Betting tip: Borussia Dortmund are a side in form at the moment and look to be back to somewhere near their best, despite the continued absence of striker Lucas Barrios. If Dortmund fans have learnt anything over the past few Bundesliga games though, it’s that Jurgen Klopp’s side have a second half goal habit. In three of their last four games, the reigning Bundesliga champions have scored exactly two second half goals and with odds of 17/4 on Dortmund to score exactly two against a Stuttgart side who shipped two in their last match against Nuremburg, it’s a bet that’s well worth a look.
VfL Wolfsburg v Hertha BSC (2.30pm)
Home win: 11/10 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 9/4
Betting tip: There’s no getting away from the fact that Mario Mandzukic is the man of the moment for Wolfsburg at present. The Croatian was on the scoresheet once again last week, making it four goals in three games. Hertha, meanwhile, look to be going through something of a stale period with no goals in either of their last two Bundesliga fixtures. It’s all set up for Mandzukic to take centre stage once again and on this kind of form you would be mad to be against him. Odds of 4/1 are available on the Croat scoring the opener here, but he could deliver a little bit more on Saturday. Last time out at home Mandzukic scored two for Wolfsburg against Nuremburg. Facing a decidedly flat Hertha side, odds of 11/2 on the striker scoring two or more again look good to me.
Mainz 05 v Werder Bremen (5.30pm)
Home win: 8/5 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 3/2
Betting tip: Mainz 05 are certainly missing the goalscoring touch of former loanee Andre Schurrle, now back at Bayer Leverkusen. The young German had proven particularly useful against Bremen last season, scoring both home and away. Without him, Mainz have struggled for goals this season, drawing blanks in both of their last Bundesliga games. Instead, the mantle of goal hero is likely to fall to Bremen’s Claudio Pizarro. As one of the greatest foreign goalscorers in the modern German game, Pizarro has notched up strikes against most teams and Mainz are no different, with the veteran scoring three in his last four games against the club. The Peruvian, who enjoys scoring late goals, had the final word in a 1-1 draw between the teams last term. He’s in the mood for late goals too, having scored Bremen’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Augsburg last week. You can get odds of 4/1 on Pizarro scoring the last goal of the game this weekend.
Sunday, 30th October
Cologne v Augsburg (2.30pm)
Home win: 91/100 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 29/10
Betting tip: Cologne lost 5-0 to Borussia Dortmund last week, but while little was expected from a trip to the Bundesliga champions, this time round a win will be expected. Augsburg have shown some potential in recent games, but continue to look like the odd team out in Germany this year. With Cologne on home soil, the odds are certainly stacked against them too, with Lukas Podolski seemingly coming alive in front of his own supporters. Their last two matches have ended in 2-0 wins and you can get an impressive 19/2 on Cologne winning by the same scoreline again.
Hamburg v Kaiserslautern (5.30pm)
Home win: 22/25 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 3/1
Betting tip: Another new manager and renewed hope for Hamburg could see the home side grab a valuable win here. That said, Hamburg have proven anything but prolific, averaging just a goal a game in their last six Bundesliga fixtures. They could be up against the perfect opponents though, with two of Kaiserslautern’s last three away games this season ending in 1-0 defeats. With goalscorers hard to find, back Hamburg for a 1-0 win at 29/4. It may not be clever or pretty but it could bring obvious rewards.
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