With the Bundesliga making its return behind closed doors this weekend, we have searched far and wide to find you a handful of helpful tips ahead of what should be an exciting Saturday afternoon in Germany.
Saturday 16th May
BST 12:00 Karlsruher SC vs Darmstadt 98
Starting with Saturday’s guests, while Darmstadt may have arguably left it too late to mount a serious promotion charge this year, the Lillies did catch the eye prior to the break and will be hoping to start off where they finished in March. Continuing a stellar rise up the Bundesliga 2, Dimitrios Grammozis’ men are unbeaten in their last 10 matchups on the bounce, a run that stems back to December 1st. Collecting 13 points out of a possible 15 on what has been their brightest run of the season, the former Greece coach will be growing more impressed by his side’s most recent displays on the road. Including back-to-back 2-1 and 3-2 wins away at Nurnberg and Dynamo Dresden, Darmstadt are unbeaten in their last five appearances on their travels and should be boosted by their most recent trip to Karlsruher. Picking up a 1-0 win the last time they made the trip to the Wildparkstadion, Saturday’s guests should be confident of extending on their success prior to the break. On the flip side, while Grammozis’ men might be showing plenty of positives, the same can not be said for a struggling Karlsruher. Opening the German return sat four points adrift of safety, the hosts were hit with back-to-back defeats against Heidenheim and a 1-0 loss at home against Nurnberg. Seen to be one of the leading contenders for the drop, a huge part of Karlsruher’s issues has been thanks to some glaring problems on home soil. Losing four of their last five Bundesliga 2 matchups at home, the Blues have also landed just a sole point at the Wildparkstadion since opening 2020.
Tip: Darmstadt 98 draw no bet @ 5/6
14:30 Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke
Starting with the hosts, while Borussia Dortmund may have seen their Champions League ambitions go up in smoke at PSG back in March, Lucien Farve’s side are enjoying what has been an eye-catching Bundesliga run. Still with their sights set on mounting a title charge and opening the weekend sat four-point adrift of Bayern Munich, BVB will be hoping to start off where they finished prior to the enforced break. With a growing reputation as one of the most exciting young outfits all across Europe, the German giants have won their last four Bundesliga appearances on the bounce and have collected 21 points out of a possible 24. Along with the likes of Erling Haland and Jadon Sancho continuing to gain plenty of admirers for their form in the final third, there is no doubt that Farve will be most excited by his side’s most recent displays at the back. Including a 4-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt back in February, Dortmund have conceded just a single goal in almost 400 minutes of action and should be relishing their bitter rivals’ trip across town this weekend. While Dortmund might have been continuing to shine prior to the break, the same can not be said for a struggling Schalke. Now on the verge of losing their European status after a bright start to the New Year, former Huddersfield boss David Wagner has seen his side fail to win any of their last 10 outings within 90 minutes. Also showing some rather glaring issues in front of goal, BVB should be confident of picking up local bragging rights on Saturday afternoon.
Tip: Borussia Dortmund win and under 4.5 goals @ 10/11
14:30 Augsburg vs Wolfsburg
While a worrying start to the New Year may have started to panic some in Wolfsburg’s camp, Saturday’s guests were a side really enjoying their football prior to the break. Playing themselves back into the European picture, Die Wölfe managed to snatch an eye-catching point off of title contenders RB Leipzig last time out and Oliver Glasner’s men make their return on the back of a six-match unbeaten run in the Bundesliga. With their most successful run of 2020 highlighted by back-to-back 4-0 and 3-2 wins against Mainz and Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg have also continued to catch the eye with their recent displays on the road. Along with putting four past relegation scrappers Paderborn back in February, Glasner’s men have now recorded a stunning nine goals in their last three matchups away from the Volkswagen Arena. With Augsburg entering the break in the midst of a real crisis, particularly at the back, Wolfsburg should be relishing their trip to the WWK Arena. Losing each of their last three Bundesliga appearances on the bounce and continuing to fall down the table, the Whites have managed to land a sole victory since opening the New Year and have shipped at least a pair of goals in six of their last eight outings. With no side outside the drop zone holding a worse defensive return, Augsburg should be in for another tricky test this weekend. While Glasner might be unable to call upon leading marksman Wout Weghorst due to suspension this weekend, Saturday’s guests should be looking to cash in on what is an extremely fragile Augsburg defence.
Tip: Wolfsburg to score over 1.5 goals @ 11/10
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Karlsruher SC vs Darmstadt 98 – Darmstadt 98 draw no bet @ 5/6
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke – Borussia Dortmund win and under 4.5 goals @ 10/11
Augsburg vs Wolfsburg – Wolfsburg to score over 1.5 goals @ 11/10
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