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Ali-Preview: Bundesliga MD 8

It's getting to that point in the season where it should be getting easier, not harder, to pick some decent looking tips out from each Bundesliga weekend. But as ever in Germany, the only real certainty on any given match day is that Bayern Munich will win. In match day 8 they are playing against Borussia Dortmund, so even that isn't guaranteed! I will pick apart what I can but proceed with caution; make no mistake, this is the toughest league in the world to predict.

Match results

Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg to draw
Gladbach have finally kicked into life after a dismal start to the season, with 2 wins on the bounce since their defeat to Cologne led to the resignation of boss Lucien Favre. The man who rebuilt Gladbach can be proud of his achievements there and they come into this game with some notable returning players. Wolfsburg are yet to win away from home this season and were on the end of a Robert Lewandowski shaped thrashing last time they were away from the VW Arena. This one looks too close to call.

Hannover 96 and Werder Bremen to draw
Hannover are still searching for their first win of the season after their opening 7 games has dredged up just the 2 points, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the German top-flight. Consistently dropping down the table throughout the end of last season and now into the new season, they will be looking forward to the calendar turning to a new year. Werder have lost 3 on the bounce, including against the 2 new teams in the division. Hannover's defence is less impressive than Darmstadt or Ingolstadt's, but seeing as this is a derby and Werder have a tendency to get players sent off anyway, I'm going for a low scoring draw.

Hertha Berlin to win
Form? What even is form?! Hertha Berlin host Hamburger SV with both teams having won 2, lost 2 and drawn 1 of their last 5. Hamburg laboured to victory against Ingolstadt last week and lost in an equally laboured match on Saturday against Schalke 04, so free flowing football is unlikely to be on the cards from their point of view, although they are at least picking up points this year. Hertha have enjoyed a reasonably solid start to the season and with Vedad Ibisevic breaking his 18 month goal duck last Tuesday they could once again have a line-leading striker opposition defences will hate.

1899 Hoffenheim to win
Inconsistent could again describe Hoffenheim this season, as they have often burst into life but even more regularly faded out with a whimper. 5 points from the opening 7 matches won't please their fans, but VfB Stuttart have picked up just the one win all season, losing all of the other 6. Defensively they often let stupid goals in, which Hoffenheim need less help with having scored in all but one of their games so far. At the other end, they've kept just the one clean sheet all season, so the goal-shy Stuttgart attack arrives at just the right time for them.

FC Ingolstadt and Eintracht Frankfurt to draw
This one will be easy right?! Newly promoted team coming up against one of the oldest and best supported clubs in the Bundesliga who currently sit in mid-table having only lost twice this season? Wrong. Ingolstadt sit above their illustrious opponents as it stands and have a solid team that was promoted as champions of Bundesliga 2 last year and have continued to impress this year. Their home form has been less impressive than their away form, as they have only picked up 1 point so far, but Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Hamburg were never going to be easy first games at home. They will fancy their chances against a Frankfurt side who have only picked up 2 points since their thrashing of Cologne, scoring only once in the process. Should be a cagey affair.

Score Predictions
Gladbach 2-2 Wolfsburg
Hannover 0-0 Bremen
Hertha 1-0 Hamburg
Hoffenheim 3-1 Stuttgart
Ingolstadt 0-0 Frankfurt

Over/ Under 2.5 goals
Gladbach vs. Wolfsburg: Over
Hannover vs. Bremen: Under
Hertha vs. Hamburg: Under
Hoffenheim vs. Stuttgart: Over
Ingolstadt vs. Frankfurt: Under

BTTS: Yes
Gladbach vs. Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim vs. Stuttgart

BTTS: No
Hannover vs. Bremen
Hertha vs. Hamburg
Ingolstadt vs. Frankfurt

First Goalscorers
Bas Dost (Wolfsburg)
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Kevin Volland (1899 Hoffenheim)
Alex Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Anytime Goalscorers
Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen)
Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha Berlin)
Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburg)
Eduardo Vargas (1899 Hoffenheim)
Daniel Didavi (VfB Stuttgart)

Super Sunday looks incredible this week so keep an eye on the site for more tips and ideas from the two guys going great guns. As always you can find me and my other opinions on football and the NFL on twitter at @AliHaggis so have a follow. 

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