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German Bundesliga Returns: Gameweek 26 Preview


RB Leipzig dropped points before the quarantine period and lost ground on leaders Bayern Munich who are on track for their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title. Dortmund’s promising youth kept delivering the goods and their momentum was broken but BVB will be raring to go and to kick on from where they left off, four points off the reigning champions. Make sure you don’t miss out on our 18/1 treble.

Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

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Saturday 16 May

Hoffenheim 11/10
Draw 49/20
Hertha Berlin 24/10
(15:30)

Hoffenheim fans were fed up with owner Dietmar Hopp and protests and acts of defiance had escalated in weeks before football was paused. In two seasons, the club went from a Champions League team to a mediocre midtable side that are winless in five games, faced with an outside chance of achieving Europa League football if they finish strong. Julian Nagelsmann continues to be a great loss after three years steering Die Kraichgauer ship. Krzysztof Piatek has recovered from a hamstring injury that cost him a potential move to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in January and will look to regain his best form to again be on the most wanted strikers list. Both Teams to Score looks a banker in this matchup at 13/20.

Dortmund 11/20
Draw 32/10
Schalke 47/10
(15:30)

Dortmund are on track for their quest to break Bayern Munich’s seven-season reign as Bundesliga champions. Jadon Sancho has been the key component in an attacking and creative sense to Dormund’s resurgence. The potent English winger made an impact and was the difference against Monchengladbach, assisting the 2019 African Youth Player of the Year, Achraf Hakimi for the winner five minutes after coming off the bench. Former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner’s Schalke left off enduring their worst form of the season. The Miners are winless in five games across all competition, shipping 10 goals. The home win is tipped but if you are looking for more value, take the Yellow and Black on the (-1) Handicap at 27/20.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 23/20
Draw 5/2
Paderborn 9/4
(15:30)

Coach Uwe Rosler had steadied the ship at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in the last six league matches, beating Freiburg 2-0, drawing four times and losing just once to strong opposition Monchengladbach. These seven points have helped distance the Flingeraner from the drop zone as they continue their fight to stay in the top division. Paderborn are unsurprisingly rooted to the foot of the table following four consecutive league defeats. The Royal Blues have only picked up maximum points four times this season, notably beating the hosts 2-0 in the reverse fixture. They have become too reliant on striker Dennis Srbeny to keep scoring goals in recent weeks. The 25-year old German has scored three of the visitors last four goals. Back the away team on the Win/Draw Double Chance for good value at 13/20.

Leipzig 3/10
Draw 17/4
Freiburg 8/1
(15:30) 

Leipzig will keep one eye on their Champions League campaign but will put their full focus on this clash as their impressive development continues under their talented coach. Julian Nagelsmann’s troops have dropped eight points in six matches by drawing four times. Victories in these clashes would have seen Die Roten Bullen sit comfortably at the Bundesliga summit. Christian Streich’s Freiburg won 3-1 last time out, snapping a three-match winless streak and shocked the hosts earlier this season with a 2-1 win. Streich has been at the helm for nine years now and is trying to replicate the seventh place finish his team earned two seasons ago, rather than 35 points of last season that saw them stay in the top flight by the skin of their teeth. Take Leipzig and Yes in the Matchbet and Both Teams to Score market at 7/4.

Augsburg 9/4
Draw 47/20
Wolfsburg 12/10
(15:30)

Augsburg had been facing the best teams that the league has to offer in previous games and are winless in five matches. Wolfsburg massacred the Fuggerstadter 8-1 last season but played to a goalless draw last October in the most recent meeting. The Wolves are expected to have more quality as they are competitors in the Europa League. However, my value bet of the weekend is the draw at 47/20. 

Eintracht Frankfurt 19/10
Draw 49/20
Monchengladbach 27/20
(18:30)

Adolf Hutter’s Eintracht Frankfurt left off struggling to balance Europa League football and Bundesliga fixtures. The Eagles were thumped 4-0 by Bayer Leverkusen and 3-0 by Basel in their last two matches. Midfielder Lars Stindl was enjoying an uncharacteristically rich vein of goalscoring form for Monchengladbach, contributing five goals in four games. The Foals were knocked out in the group stages of the Europa League and had to put their all into finishing as high as possible in the Bundesliga. My money is on the visitors to bag all three points in this clash at 27/20.

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Sunday 17 May

Cologne 1/1
Draw 26/10
Mainz 5/2
(15:30) 

Cologne were in fine form. The Billy Goats had won five of their last seven matches and lost the other two games to Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Columbian forward Jhon Cordoba had scored six goals in his last seven appearances. Mainz are precariously hovering above the relegation zone with a four-point cushion. Midfielder duo Danny Latza and Ridle Baku will face suspension if they pick up their fifth yellow card of the season at the RheinEnergieStadion. Put your money on the home win.

Union Berlin 11/1
Draw 11/2
Bayern Munich 1/5
(18:00)

Union Berlin have been poor on their travels. However, in Berlin, they have picked up six of their nine league victories, including wins against Dortmund and high-flying Monchengladbach. Bayern Munich are unbeaten in 15 matches across all competitions, winning 14 games and scoring 49 times in this streak. Banker the Bavarians on the (-1) Handicap at 11/20.

Monday 18 May

Werder Bremen 33/10
Draw 28/10
Bayer Leverkusen 15/20
(20:30)

Werder Bremen are heading for relegation with little sight of any improvement. The Green-Whites' inability to score (league’s lowest 27 goals) and leaky defence (league’s highest goals conceded) doesn’t offer much hope. Last time out Bremen were leading 2-0 after six minutes, but succumbed to the pressure and left Hertha Berlin with only a single point. Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen were exceptional against Frankfurt, handing out a 4-0 hiding while playing very beautiful attacking football. Die Werkself were victorious when they travelled to Scotland and knocked Rangers out of the Europa League. For now, the visitors will be trying to consolidate their fourth position in Bundesliga. Jump on the Winning Margins market and take Leverkusen to win by 3 or More Goals at 9/2, or you can play it safer with the away win.

TREBLE @ 18/1
Bayern Munich (-1) Handicap 11/20
Monchengladbach Win 27/20
Leverkusen Win By 3 or More Goals 9/2

Written by Thomas Becker