With the Bundesliga entering "englische Woche" (English week, in reference to how many games are played in England) I'm going to take a look at the interesting match-ups on Wednesday. After a week or so of moving house, keyboard malfunctions and going to games (Dortmund and Leverkusen, tick) I'm back with some betting ideas about the games this week.
One to Watch
I'm heading to Gelsinkirchen to see the might of Schalke 04 take on Eintracht Frankfurt at the Veltins Arena on Wednesday evening and one player I'm excited to watch is Alex Meier of Frankfurt. The talismanic striker missed 6 months with a terrible injury but announced himself back on the scene just over a week ago with a deadly hat-trick against usually solid Cologne. He was the top scorer last season and against an occasionally shaky Schalke defence he could have another successful night. Team mates Castaignos (4 in 5) and Seferovic (2 in 5) have also been chipping in with goals so it should be an exciting night at the Veltins!
TOP TIP: Meier to score anytime
TIP 2: Over 2.5 goals (Schalke vs. Frankfurt)
TIP 3: Meier and Castaignos both to score
New Manager Alert
Borussia Mönchengladbach host FC Augsburg with the shock resignation of boss Lucien Favre reverberating around Borussia Park. The man who led them into the Champions League last season is the first manager to depart this season in the Bundesliga after his side's appalling start to the campaign. Rooted to the bottom of the table with only 2 goals and not a single point to their name, Gladbach's interim coach Andre Schubert has a difficult task of getting them going again this week before Man City come calling in the Champions League next week. FC Augsburg have started slowly too but picked up their first win of the season at the weekend and came very close to upsetting Bayern Munich two weeks ago. Whilst a new manager often brings a new burst of optimism and energy to a club, Favre was part of the soul of Gladbach and his departure has thrown the club into disarray. I'm expecting an Augsburg win.
TOP TIP: Over 2.5 goals
TIP 2: BTTS, Yes
TIP 3: Augsburg to win
Any Other Business
Bayer Leverkusen come into the game having lost 3 league games in a row for the first time under Roger Schmidt, having been shocked by Darmstadt and outplayed by Dortmund. They face a Mainz 05 side who are on a run of three wins from their last four games. This could be at least another test for the Werkself, who did at least get a win in their Champions League group last week.
There's an early season relegation clash in Hannover, as Hannover 96 take on VfB Stuttgart with both sides still looking for their first three points of the season. Between them they average less than a goal per game in attack, leaking 2.5 per game at the other end. Stuttgart have been at times unfortunate, at times awful, whilst sloppy defending and a lack of cutting edge have really cost Hannover. It is hard to see who will break that duck.
Finally Thomas Tuchel and his Borussia Dortmund destroyers come rolling into out-of-sorts Hoffenheim with the intention of maintaining their 11 game winning run. It would be a brave man who bet against Klopp's replacement and his electrifying team of passing footballers. Aubameyang, Kagawa, Mkhitaryan, Reus and co have had quite a season so far, whilst Hoffenheim have lost all rhythm since the departure of Firmino to Liverpool and have collected just one point so far. Away win for the Schwarz-Gelb looks likely.
TOP TIP: Dortmund to win
TIP 2: Dortmund vs. Hoffenheim: Over 2.5 goals
TIP 3: Dortmund vs. Hoffenheim: BTTS: Yes
TIP 4: Leverkusen vs. Mainz: Under 2.5 goals
TIP 5: Hannover vs. Stuttgart, draw
So there you have it, Wednesday it Bundesliga day. Friday sees Cologne host Ingolstadt so check back then for the next preview. Follow me on twitter (@AliHaggis) and don't forget to tweet your slip or look at the amazing blogs my very talented colleagues are putting up, winners all over!
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