Raphael Honigstein’s Bundesliga Betting Tips
1899 Hoffenheim 1.80, the draw 3.45, Greuther Fürth 4.40
Furth president Helmut Hack said in midweek: “We have lost our confidence and lightness of touch.” The Clovers have lost just about all the qualities that helped them to win promotion last season – Mike Busken’s side have looked out of their depth in their maiden Bundesliga season. The problems are particularly acute up front where a record of two goals in seven games is simply not enough to stave off relegation fears. On the other hand, Hoeffenheim look in fairly decent nick after recovering from a horror start. Sejad Salihovic is suspended and perma-tanned Conan the Barbarian impersonator Tim Wiese will be back in goal for the hosts but they should still go on to win this fairly comfortably.
Borussia Dortmund 1.70, the draw 3.55, Schalke 04 4.95
It’s derby time in the Ruhr and for a change Royal Blues represent the more settled side. They visit the Signal Iduna Park knowing that a humble draw will do a lot of damage to their rivals’ championship credentials. Key central defender Kyriakos Papadopolous (virus) will be replaced by the less imposing figure of Joel Matip and there are still concerns about full back Christian Fuchs (bruised foot), but Schalke haven’t been this confident heading into a derby for a while. Dortmund have Real Madrid on Wednesday to look forward to and will do well to beat the visitors without Mario Götze and Jakub Blaszczykowski – Ivan Perisic and Kevin Großkreutz come in. Jurgen Klopp looked uneasy in the press conference; no wonder with a host of players carrying knocks. Schalke will get the draw.
Bayer Leverkusen 1.68, the draw 3.65, 1. FSV Mainz 05 5.00
Thomas Tuchel’s side are without centre back Niko Bungert (cruciate ligament) for most of the rest of the season; Jan Kirchoff will deputise. They also have problems in attack where Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Ivan Klasnic are out, so Tuchel was in Stuart Pearce territory in midweek as he tried out keeper Christian Wetklo as striker in a test match. The keeper scored twice but is unlikely to feature outside his own box against a Leverkusen side who are still one or two wins short of hitting their stride. Sidney Sam, who has been a useful impact sub in recent weeks, is out and one or two others (Lars Bender and Stefan Reinarzt) are doubts but Bayer’s attacking prowess should still just about make the difference here.
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