Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 11:51 PM (Germany)
Borussia Monchengladbach are the surprise leaders at the top of the table, but can they keep up their title charge by overcoming Wolfsburg? Hoffenheim are dropping, while Augsburg are on the rise. Who will come out on top when the two teams meet on Friday? Can Union Berlin make it six wins in eight? Let’s check out the best bets for this week’s Bundesliga fixtures.
Hoffenheim vs. Augsburg – 12/13/19
Following a run of promising results, Hoffenheim have slipped to eighth after failing to win any of their last three league games. Hoffenheim’s goal difference of –4 is below par. Augsburg find themselves twelfth in the Bundesliga standings, but after three wins in four, they are only four points behind Hoffenheim. I don’t think there’s much separating these two teams at the moment. Hoffenheim are the favorites at 1.83, while an Augsburg win is 4.00. But given the sides’ contrasting form, a draw seems like the most probable outcome here.
Pick: The Draw – 3.60
Paderborn vs. Union Berlin – 12/14/19
Paderborn remain second from bottom in the table with just two wins from 14 games. Only Mainz have conceded more goals than Paderborn in the German top-flight this season, and this has left the club battling relegation. On the other hand, Union Berlin have turned their season around with a string of excellent wins. The club from the capital have won five of their last seven league games – a run that has lifted them up to tenth. I’m backing Union to continue their rise up the table by beating Paderborn on Saturday.
Pick: Union Berlin to Win – 2.38
Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Monchengladbach – 12/15/19
Wolfsburg boast the best defensive record in the division. They have conceded 14 goals in 14 games and currently sit ninth. However, their lack of goals scored is a cause for concern. Only bottom side FC Koln have scored fewer goals than Wolfsburg. Gladbach are sitting pretty at the top of the table – one point clear of second-place RB Leipzig. Due to Gladbach’s impressive form, Wolfsburg are likely to sit back and defend on Sunday. For that reason, under 2.5 goals seems like a sensible bet for this matchup.
Pick: Under 2.5 Goals – 2.00