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Ali-Preview: Bundesliga MD 33

It has been a long, hard season in the Bundesliga and this weekend could prove to be pivotal at both ends of the table. With all 18 teams playing at 2.30 on Saturday there should be a number of good value selections available, but bear in mind it is the business end of the season and careers are hanging on the next two games. Nerves, upsets and of course the incredibly unpredictable nature of the Bundesliga could yet throw up some shocks! I will outline some hopeful bankers, as well as the usual selection of BTTS, scorers and over/under 2.5 goals. Viel Glück!

Match In Focus: VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund

There are a number of crucial games that could finalise, or all but finalise, the fate of some of the biggest names in German football tomorrow. If results go as expected and Wolfsburg beat Dortmund at home then the Schwarzgelb will miss out on Europe altogether next season after a poor season which will see Jurgen Klopp stand down in just two games time. If FC Schalke and FC Augsburg win, then anything other than a win for Dortmund will see them miss out on Europe, whilst a Wolfsburg win should be enough to hold off Borussia Mönchengladbach from taking second place and a better seeding in the Champions League draw.

Wolfsburg's form has slipped in recent weeks, as they've won only 2 of their last 5 games in the league. With this game being a preview of the German cup final in a few weeks they will be wanting to beat their opponents tomorrow and gain the mental advantage going into that clash. They are unbeaten at home all season and will be confident of maintaining that form and giving their fans a good send off before they depart for the summer. They average 2.25 goals per game at home this season, an impressive statistic which they will hope will continue to be true against a Dortmund side which has struggled defensively all season, keeping only 3 clean sheets away. Wolfsburg have scored at least one goal in every home game this season too, which doesn't bode well for Dortmund. Bas Dost went through a bit of a slump recently after his blitzing start to the second half of the season, but his 16 goals could be added to. Kevin de Bruyne (10) is on the form of his life and will be good value to score.

Dortmund's form has been considerably better since Christmas and the team will be wanting to send Jurgen Klopp away from Signal Iduna Park with a Europa League place secured after their relatively awful season. They have only lost three times since Christmas, but all three of those defeats came against European qualifiers, revealing their weakness against the very best in the league. They have started scoring and keeping clean sheets again, but they have failed to score on 5 occasions away from home, with no clear replacement for Robert Lewandowski appearing this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14) remains their most potent goal threat, but there will need to be more support for him from his midfielders if he is to fire them to victory here, especially with Marco Reus out injured. This weekend may confirm their non-participation in Europe next season, but keep an eye out for next weekend; the Dortmund fans are notoriously fanatic and the goodbye they have planned for Klopp should be spectacular.

Verdict: Wolfsburg should be too strong and could finish their home season unbeaten. They have been defensively tight at home, Dortmund have failed to score a number of times and the Wolfsburg attack is the second highest scoring in the league. Prediction: VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Dost (Wolfsburg) and Aubameyang (Dortmund) have been far and away their team's best strikers
Anytime Scorer: Naldo and Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) are 2 of the most attacking defenders in the league with 12 goals between them
Easy Money: Wolfsburg to win
Long Shot: Kevin de Bruyne to score and Wolfsburg to win
Acca-Selection: Wolfsburg to win

Match Results:

Schalke to win
Bayer Leverkusen to win
Mainz 05 vs. FC Cologne: Draw
Augsburg to win
Hertha Berlin to win
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach: Draw
Bayern Munich to win
Stuttgart to win

Score Predictions:

Schalke 1-0 SC Paderborn
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 1899 Hoffenheim
Mainz 05 0-0 FC Cologne
Augsburg 2-0 Hannover 96
Hertha Berlin 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Werder Bremen 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
SC Freiburg 0-2 Bayern Munich
VfB Stuttgart 2-1 Hamburg SV


Schalke vs. Paderborn: No
Leverkusen vs. Hoffenheim: Yes
Mainz vs. Cologne: No
Augsburg vs. Hannover: No
Berlin vs. Frankfurt: No
Bremen vs. Gladbach: Yes
Freiburg vs. Bayern: No
Stuttgart vs. Hamburg: Yes

Over/ Under 2.5 Goals:

Schalke vs. Paderborn: Under
Leverkusen vs. Hoffenheim: Over
Mainz vs. Cologne: Under
Augsburg vs. Hannover: Under
Berlin vs. Frankfurt: Under
Bremen vs. Gladbach: Under
Freiburg vs. Bayern: Under
Stuttgart vs. Hamburg: Over


Augsburg to win
Bayern to win
Bremen vs. Gladbach under 2.5 goals
Mainz vs. Colonge BTTS: No

First Goalscorers 

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Mouting (Schalke)
Heung-Min Son (Leverkusen)
Shinji Okazaki (Mainz)
Raul Bobadilla (Augsburg)
Stefan Aigner (Frankfurt)
Franco di Santo (Bremen)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)
Martin Harnik (Stuttgart)

Anytime Goalscorers

Hakan Calhanoglu (Leverkusen)
Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim)
Anthony Ujah (Cologne)
Yunus Malli (Mainz)
Haris Seferovic (Frankfurt)
Zlatko Junuzovic (Bremen)
Patrick Herrmann (Gladbach)
Nils Peterson (Freiburg)
Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburg)

Should be a good weekend of German football, let me know how you get on with your bets at @AliHaggis on twitter. 









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