Ever since stating their objective was not a Champions League place<, but the Bundesliga stay, Borussia Dortmund started playing better. Now, BVB are getting ready for the Bundesliga trip to Hamburg while they await on the news about Marco Reus’ injury.
Borussia Dortmund secured a DFB Pokal quarter final qualification after a 2-0 win over Dynamo Dresden, where Immobile scored a brace in the second half. They would have lost the tie if it were up to Mats Hummels, who lost the ball to Eilers right after Immobile opened the score. Langerak saved the team from the blushes and they can now fully concentrate on Bundesliga. BVB had three different goalscorers in the Revierderby win, all in the last 15 minutes of the game, and it remains to be seen just how well they can build a team around Immobile if Reus will be set to miss the Hamburg match.
After the 0-8 disaster against Bayern Munich, Hamburg’s attempts to escape relegation zone are proving futile. They lost against Eintracht Frankfurt (they have Meier) but managed to record an unexpected 1-1 draw against Gladbach. They tend to play more stable at Imtech Arena, which had Zinnbauer state that his team is not thinking about relegation because they will start winning points soon. The good news in their camp came from Behrami and Cleber who took part in team training and are targeting their return on Saturday. Hamburg’s coach also expects Lassoga, Olic and Jansen in today’s training session, but he is unsure whether they will be able to start from the beginning.
Zinnbauer is aware Behrami will lead Hamburg on the pitch and is willing to build the team around him if the medical staff will give the ok until Friday. Dortmund have improved greatly in the last couple of matches, and they are the obvious favorites to win, even if in the last five matches, including the ones when they were at the top of their form, they only have one win, while Hamburg have four wins. If Cleber does indeed return in his center-back role, Immobile and Aubameyang will have trouble scoring early in the game. Speaking about goals, BVB have scored at least three in their last four Bundesliga matches, and in their four wins they have conceded four goals, against Mainz and Stuttgart, the last placed Bundesliga team.
Hamburg have 6.00 odds to win, Dortmund 1.53, and a draw with a lot of goals has 4.33 odds. Both teams to score have 1.80 odds, BVB with a -1 handicap has 2.25 odds, Hamburg with a +1 handicap 2.60 and over 2.5 goals in the second half 3.75 odds. Ramos, Immobile and Aubameyang have 2.30 odds to score, Nicolai Müller 4.00, Van der Vaart 5.50 and Stieber 6.00 as an anytime goalscoer. We are going to bet 7 units on Hamburg to score in the second half with 2.20 odds from Bet365.
Wolfsburg will put an end to the 22nd Bundesliga matchday when they get ready to host Hertha Berlin to continue their unbeaten run. The hosts are currently the second Bundesliga team, not giving up on the title, with eight points behind the leaders. Hertha Berlin are 17th in Bundesliga and with only 21 points are in the path of direct relegation.
Bas Dost and De Bruyne are where Wolfsburg’s latest goals are coming from, with the Dutchman scoring a brace that gave Wolfsburg the win in their clash against Sporting. Ever since winning against Bayern Munich the Wolves are on a goalscoring spree, Bas Dost leads with six goals in just two matches and Kevin De Bruyne has four goals in this year’s Bundesliga. Perisic and Felipe are still missing for Wolfsburg, while Hertha will be without Ben-Hatira, Cigerci, van der Bergh, Jarstein and Baumjohann.
Hertha Berlin has only one win in this year’s Bundesliga, which is coincidentally the only match where they managed to score, against Mainz 05. The match against Wolfsburg is not meant to help Hertha avoid relegation, if they were unable to score against Freiburg, how are they expected to do so against a team that scored 13 in 2015? Granted Hertha won against Wolfsburg back in September with 1-0, but the Wolves were still finding their Bundesliga footing which they have found now.
Wolfsburg might have invested too much effort in the Sporting game, and might end up being tired, but they can’t afford any points being dropped which is why they can easily score in both halves with 1.98 odds from 888sport. Hertha Berlin have 8.65 odds to win, Wolfsburg have 1.35 and over 2.5 goals comes with 1.60 odds. Wolfsburg to win at least one half have 1.16 odds, Hertha Berlin 3.85 and a Bas Dost goal has 1.93 odds. De Bruyne and Schürrle both have 2.70 odds to score, while Salomon Kalou and Julian Schieber both have 5.50 odds as anytime goalscorers. We are going to bet 7 units on Hertha Berlin with the most corners with 2.95 odds from 888sport.
Result: -5 units, bet lost
Bayer Leverkusen will try to get back in the shape they used to have before New Year, and they intend to do so in the match against the second placed Bundesliga team. For one player of the visitors this match will have extra meaning as Andre Schürrle, recently returned to Bundesliga action as a Wolfsburg man will have to score against one of his former teams.
Wolfsburg are on an unbeaten run since November of last year when they lost against Everton. Schürrle is already having a great impact on the team’s style of play as he and De Bruyne, both create and convert the scoring chances. Against Hoffenheim Wolfsburg kept a clean sheet and Schürrle assisted two of the goals. Wolfsburg are eight points behind Bayern Munich and while they looks solid, recent history has shown they have the tendency to fizzle out quickly. A case to study would be the match against Frankfurt where the Wolves were unable to count for much apart from having two shots on target, once of which De Bruyne converted in a goal on the 88th minute.
Bayer Leverkusen are sixth in Bundesliga, nine points behind Wolfsburg and inconsistent results lately. Despite being one of the teams to represent Germany in Champions League’s last 16, they only have one win in three Bundesliga matches. Their latest result is an unexpected loss against Werder Bremen where only Calhanoglu managed to salvage some of the pride Leverkusen were supposed to display in the attack. Kiessling is almost absent and only Bellarabi intends to score. Notice the fact that the hosts managed to score five goals in seven games, but are still conserving their unbeaten run on home soil.
Toprak, Wendell and Kruse will be missing for Bayer Leverkusen while Perisic is under doubt for Wolfsburg. The head to head results between the two are in favor of the visitors, however, their good results on Bay Arena are not that good, they never won there. Unibet give the edge to the hosts to win with 2.30 odds, Wolfsburg got 3.00 and a draw has 3.40 odds. Both teams to score has 1.50 odds, Bellarabi and Brandt have 3.30 odds to score, Bas Dost 2.85, De Bruyne 3.75 and Schürrle 4.10 odds. Bayer Leverkusen to win at least one half has 1.58 odds, Wolfsburg 1.87 and the possibility of a red card has 4.75 odds. We are going to bet 5 units on De Bruyne as an anytime goalscorer with odds from Unibet.
Result: -5 units, bet lost
Schalke 04 open the 20th Bundesliga matchday by hosting Borussia M’Gladbach in a direct battle for the third place. The first match of the season ended with a serious setback for the Royal Blues as they fell to an unexpected 1-4 defeat. This time around, Schalke look better defensive wise with the new transfer as Nastasic is trying to learn Bundesliga’s ins and outs.
The hosts come from a 1-1 draw against the Bundesliga champions who had to play for the majority of the match with 10 men. Benedikt Höwedes stated his team should have been bolder and convert all the scoring opportunities they had or perhaps they should learn how to convert penalties first. For the match against Gladbach the Royal Blues will have to ply with their third goalkeeper as both Fährmann and Giefer are injured. The 19 year old Wellenreuther will reprise his role as Schalke’s number one after having to replace Giefer in the match against Bayern Munich. Huntelaar’s suspension was reduced to four matches; the remaining two will only come into effect if he picks up another red card in the next year.
Borussia M’Gladbach are currently third in Bundesliga with 33 points, same as Augsburg, but with a better goal difference. They also have a winning streak of four matches and have recently won against Freiburg, but their away record in Bundesliga is far from being perfect or worthy of their position on the table. Gladbach was unable to win an away game in Bundesliga since November of last year, but their recent win against Stuttgart might have proved the visitors have improved something in their form. Stranzl is under doubt after his head injury from the Freiburg match and it is yet unclear who will start alongside Kruse in the forward line.
The visitors have a good track record against Schalke, who have changed their defensive system and are expecting results. The bookmakers don’t seem to make that much of a difference between the two teams and for example 888sport gives Schalke 04 2.55 odds to win and Borussia Mönchengladbach got 2.65 in the same market. Gladbach with a +1 handicap has 1.21 odds, Schalke with a -0,5 one 2.60, over 2.5 goals has 1.96 odds. Schalke to win at least one half has 1.76 odds, Gladbach 1.82 and we’re betting 5 units on both teams to score in the second half with 3.45 odds from 888sport.
Result: -7 units, bet lost