German Bundesliga Matchday 13
After what seems like a never ending international break, we are back in business this weekend in the Bundesliga, and what a weekend we have in store. Without a doubt the fixture of the weekend is Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich on Saturday evening, with a host of other potential crackers as well.
Eintracht Frankfurt v Schalke – Saturday 2.30pm
Recent weeks have seen Frankfurt hit a big dip in form, losing their last 4 games in all competitions (3 in the league). Schalke on the other hand have been on some decent form, winning 6 of their last 9, with their 2 losses in that run coming against Bayern Munich and Dortmund, which isn’t anything to mull over. Frankfurt also have the added pressure of a Europa League game after the visit of Schalke, away at Bordeaux in a game that could be extremely vital if they are to progress to the next stage. Schalke also face a tough midweek trip away at Steau Bucharest, a game they really must win.
With Schalke’s current run of form and Frankfurts, well, lack of it, I am going with a Schalke based result here. I really think they can add to the pressure Frankfurt have been under this season compared to their brilliant efforts last season.
BET: Schalke DNB at 5/6 Bet365
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich – Saturday 5.30pm
The game of the weekend without a doubt, a repeat of the Champions League final and a game that always provides entertainment. Dortmund face a defensive nightmare this week, with all 4 regular first team defenders (Hummels, Schmelzer, Subotic, Pisczcek) all out through injury. This would leave defensive options very limited and they may even have to play regular midfielders Kevin Grosskreutz and Jacub Blaszczykowsi as wingbacks. Regularly I wouldnt see this as a ‘big’ problem for die Schwarzgelben, but when they are coming up against one of the most fearsome attacking teams in the world, I think it creates a lot of problems.
Bayern on the other hand will be without midfield maestro Franck Ribery, who is out with a broken rib. Other than that, the attacking force of Gotze, Muller, Mandzukic, Robben and Kroos are all ready for potentially Bayern’s hardest game this season.
BVB need a result here to keep the pressure up on Bayern in the title race, anything less than a point is an awful result for BVB and I believe that even this early in the season, this is the game that will decide the title winners.
MATCHFACT: Bayern have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 games against BVB, and have gone 1-0 in 9 of those.
BET: Bayern win and over 2.5 goals at 7/4 Bet365
Side Bet: Bayern win from behind at 7/1 (purely based on the MATCHFACT, this is not a tip)