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Atalanta v Lazio (BTTS or over 2.5 goals)
Lazio moved to the top of Serie A last weekend when they beat Bologna 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico when the other title challengers had their matches postponed because of the threat of Coronavirus in Italy. Atalanta’s trip to Lecce also went ahead and they made the most of the trip by scoring seven goals in the match for the third time this season. Currently sitting fourth, Atalanta are on course to qualify for the Champions League next season.

  • BTTS has landed in 6 of the last 8 meetings
  • BTTS has landed in 5 of the last 6 meetings in Atalanta
  • BTTS has landed in Atalanta’s last 4 league games
  • BTTS has landed in 2 of Lazio’s last 3 league games
  • Over 2.5 goals has paid out in Atalanta’s last 8 league and cup games
  • Over 2.5 goals has landed in 2 of Lazio’s last 3 league games
  • Over 2.5 has landed in 3 of the last 4 meetings in Atalanta

RB Salzburg v Sturm Graz (BTTS)
RB Salzburg’s title hopes took another major blow last weekend when they were beaten 3-2 at Altach while league leaders LASK strolled to a 5-1 win at home to Hartberg. Salzburg are now six points behind LASK and six points clear of third-placed Rapid Vienna. Sturm Graz, who drew 1-1 with home to Austria Vienna last weekend are battling to stay in the mix for a place in Europe next season sitting fifth, five points behind Wolfsberger.

  • BTTS has occurred in RB Salzburg’s last 7 league games
  • BTTS has occurred in 6 of Sturm Graz’s last 7 league games
  • BTTS has occurred in 6 of the last 7 meetings
  • The first meeting this season finished 1-1

Vitesse v Twente (BTTS)
Vitesse Arnhem host FC Twente this weekend looking to get back to winning ways after losing three of their last four in the Dutch Eredivisie and their last two at home to PSV Eindhoven and at PEC Zwolle. FC Twente have also lost their last two after losing 3-2 at home to Heerenveen last weekend. A win for Twente could see them climb two places in the league to 12th while Vitesse could move past Utrecht.

  • BTTS has paid out in Vitesse’s last 3 league games
  • BTTS has paid out in Twente’s last 2 league games
  • BTTS has paid out in 3 of the last 4 meetings at Vitesse

Feyernoord v Willem (BTTS)
Feyernoord extended their unbeaten league run to eight during which they have taken 22 points from a possible 24. They will need to continue that form for the remainder of the season if the third-placed team are to wipe out the six-point gap between them and Ajax and AZ Alkmaar who are locked at the top of the table with 53 points from their 24 games. Willem, fifth in the table, have European hopes of their own and victory in this game will edge them closer to those dreams.

  • BTTS has landed in 8 of Feyernoord’s last 9 league and cup games and their last 3 league matches
  • BTTS has landed in Willem’s last 3 league games
  • BTTS has landed in 3 of the last 4 meetings

Mattersburg v LASK (BTTS)
Barring a disaster, LASK should claim their first Austrian Bundesliga title in 55 years this season. They travel to Mattersburg with a six-point lead over nearest rivals RB Salzburg and with a Europa League clash with Manchester United next after this fixture, LASK will want to welcome the Premier League side to the Linzer Stadion with a win behind them. Squad rotation could come into play as manager Valerien Ismael could rest some of his star players. Mattersburg need the win to climb away from a congested bottom of the table where St Polten, Swarovski Wattens and Admira Wacker are all just two points behind Mattersburg.

  • BTTS has paid out in 3 of Mattersburg’s last 4 league games
  • BTTS has paid out in LASK’s last 5 league games 
  • BTTS has paid out in the last 5 meetings and 7 of the last 8 meetings
  • BTTS has paid out in 8 of the last 9 meetings at Mattersburg

Borussia M’gladbach v Borussia Dortmund (Over 2.5 goals)
It’s a battle of the Borussias this weekend as Munchengladbach take on Dortmund. The home side are enjoying one of their best seasons in recent times and they welcome third-placed Dortmund knowing a win will see climb above their opponents. If Munchengladbach win their game in hand, they could also go above RB Leipzig into second place in the Bundesliga. Dortmund may have one eye on the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie at Paris St-Germain which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday night.

  • Over 2.5 goals has landed in 19 of Dortmund’s last 21 league and cup games
  • Over 2.5 goals has landed in 8 of Dortmund’s last 9 league and cup games
  • Over 2.5 goals has landed in 4 of M’gladbach’s last 5 league games
  • Over 2.5 goals landed in the last meeting in the German Cup which Dortmund won 2-1 

Mechelen v Eupen (Over 2.5 goals)
Mechelen have moved into the European places thanks to three straight wins over Anderlecht, W Beveren and St Truiden. Mechelen are currently two points clear of Genk who have eyes on a top six finish themselves. Eupen ended their run of three successive defeats in the Belgian Jupiler League when they beat Mouscron 2-1 at the Kehrweg Stadion on Saturday.

  • 7 of Mechelen’s last 8 league games have seen over 2.5 goals pay out
  • 3 of Mechelen’s last 4 home league games have seen over 2.5 goals pay out
  • Eupen’s last 4 league games have seen over 2.5 goals pay out
  • Eupen’s last 2 league games away from home have seen over 2.5 goals pay out

Bologna v Juventus (Over 2.5 goals)
Juventus lost their place at the top of Serie A after their league game with Inter was postponed because of threats over the Coronavirus. The defending champions, who fell to second in the table after Lazio’s 2-0 win over Bologna, should be fresh ahead of their trip to Bologna. Bologna, who are without a win in their last three matches, look set to finish in the mid-table.

  • 12 of Juventus’ last 13 league games have produced 3 or more goals
  • 5 of Juventus’ last 6 league games have produced 3 or more goals
  • 4 of Bologna’s last 6 league games have produced 3 or more goals
  • Juventus won the first meeting 2-1 in October

Bayern Munich v Augsburg (Over 2.5 goals)
There is a look of familiarity about the top of the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich holding pole position and a three-point gap over RB Leipzig who were top for a spell until recently. Bayern have taken 28 points from a possible 30 in the last 10 league games and they will be expected to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 11 games. Augsburg, who are six points clear of Dusseldorf in 16th place, could still be dragged into a relegation battle if they don’t find a way to win matches. Augsburg are winless in their last four league games.

  • 3 of Bayern’s last 4 home games have seen 3 or more goals scored
  • 4 of Bayern’s last 5 games have seen 3 or more goals scored
  • 3 of Augsburg’s last 5 league games have seen 3 or more goals scored
  • 9 of the last 10 meetings have seen 3 or more goals scored
  • The first meeting this season finished 2-2

Barcelona v R Sociedad (Over 2.5 goals)
A 2-0 defeat in last weekend’s El Clasico saw Barcelona replaced at the top of La Liga by Real Madrid. It brought an end to their four-game winning streak. Lionel Messi and co face an in-form Real Sociedad side who are going to the Nou Camp looking for their fourth successive win in La Liga. Sociedad face a battle from Valencia to stay in the top six and guarantee European football next season.  Sociedad have lost on their last 23 visits to the Nou Camp.

  • Over 2.5 goals has paid out in 4 of Barcelona’s last 5 league games
  • Over 2.5 goals has paid out in Barcelona’s last 4 home games in all competitions
  • Over 2.5 goals has paid out in Sociedad’s last 6 away games 
  • Over 2.5 goals has paid out in 6 of the last 7 meetings

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Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund (Over 2.5 goals)
Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 defeat at Werder Bremen in the German Cup on Tuesday night was Dortmund’s 16th successive league and cup game in which a minimum of three total goals were scored. The last time Dortmund were involved in a match with under 2.5 match goals was on October 26 when they were held to a goalless draw at Schalke. In the January transfer window, Dortmund won the race to sign Europe’s hottest young talent, Erling Braut Haaland. The Norwegian striker had already scored eight goals in this season’s Champions League group stage for RB Salsburg and has hit the ground running in Germany with seven goals in his first three games for Dortmund who have scored five goals in each of their last three Bundesliga matches. The last three Bundesliga matches Bayer Leverkusen have played have seen over 2.5 goals scored and includes their 2-1 defeat at Hoffenheim on Saturday. In the last six meetings between Leverkusen and Dortmund, a total of 29 goals have been scored at an average 4.8 per game. Over 2.5 goals has landed in five of those six meetings and with goals galore in recent matches involving both sides, there could well be three or more goals netted at the BayArena this weekend.

Verona v Juventus (Over 2.5 goals)
When Juventus beat Verona 2-1 on September 21, they had to come from behind to claim all three points at the Juventus Stadium. Miguel Veloso gave Verona the lead before Aaron Ramsey scored his first goal since joining the Old Lady from Arsenal in the summer. A Cristiano Ronaldo penalty four minutes into the second half secured victory for Juventus, who opened a three-point lead at the top of Serie A after they beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Turin on Sunday. Ronaldo scored twice from the spot with Matthijs de Ligt scoring their third goal in the last minute. The significance of that third goal should not be underestimated. It was the tenth successive league game involving Juventus that saw over 2,5 total goals scored. Five of Verona’s last eight Serie A matches have seen three or more goals scored and if they score against Juventus, they will extend their run of games in which they have at least one goal to 13. Verona’s chances of beating Milan at the San Siro on Sunday were dealt a blow when they had midfielder Sofyan Amrabat sent off in the 68th minute. Verona held an early lead when Marco Davide Faraoni scored in the 13th minute, but Hakan Calhanoglu levelled for the home side on the half hour mark.

Freiberg v Hoffenheim (BTTS)
Hoffenheim are always good value to be included in BTTS accumulators. Last season, 28 of their 34 Bundesliga matches (82%) ended with goals for both them and their opponents. That trend has continued into this season with 12 of their 20 games (60%) seeing BTTS land. So, it should not have been a surprise to many to see their last league game at home to Bayer Leverkusen finish with both teams finding each other’s net in a 2-1 win for Hoffenheim. Three of the last five league league games Freiberg have featured in have seen goals for both them and the team they have been playing. This is a match-up that could well see goals for both the home side and Hoffenheim especially as 12 of the last 13 meetings have seen it happen including the last six encounters played at Schwarzwald-Stadion. Hoffenheim won the corresponding fixture 4-2 with Andrej Kramaric scoring twice for the visitors. Freiburg can move to within a point of their opponents if they can win their first game in three.

Heerenveen v VVV Venlo (BTTS)
In the Dutch Eredivisie, Heerenveen possess the longest run of games in which there have been goals for them and the team they have been playing. Heerenveen’s 2-1 loss at Fortuna Sittard on Sunday was their 12th consecutive game in which both teams to score (BTTS) has landed. October 5 was the last time it did not land when Heerenveen beat PEC Zwolle 1-0 thanks to Mitchell van Bergen’s goal on the stroke of half-time. Four of VVV Venlo’s last five league games have seen goals for both them and their opposition and includes their 1-1 draw at home to FC Utrecht on Sunday. Both goals in the game came from the penalty spot with Oussama Darfalou opening the scoring for VVV Venlo in the 51st minute only for Simon Gustafsson to score for the visitors to the Seacon Stadion – De Koel to level nine minutes from time. Both Heerenveen and VVV Venlo have scored in six of the last eight meetings between the two sides. Don’t be surprised if this fixture ends in a 2-2 draw given that has been the result the last three times VVV Venlo has played Heerenveen at the Abe Lenstra Stadion in the last three seasons.

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Cologne v Mainz (2.5+ goals)

Cologne host Mainz looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat at Borussia Munchengladbach on Wednesday night. It keeps Cologne tenth in the Bundesliga and they will be expected to beat Mainz this weekend who are slowing finding a bit of form that might lift them away from the relegation zone. Mainz, 15th in the table, have lost just one of their last five league games.

  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in Cologne’s last 8 league games
  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in Mainz’s last 7 league and cup games
  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in the first meeting this season when Mainz won 3-1

Dusseldorf v Paderborn (BTTS)
If Dusseldorf are to secure their place in next season’s Bundesliga, then they will really need to win this six-pointer against the side currently bottom of the league. Dusseldorf are six points clear of their opponents and they are four points adrift of Mainz who are one place above them and the relegation zone. Paderborn have lost five of their last six league games including their last four while Dusseldorf are unbeaten in their last three league games.

  • BTTS paid out in 7 of Dusseldorf’s last 8 league and cup games, including the last 3
  • BTTS paid out in 5 of Paderborn’s last 6 league games

Union Berlin v Bayern Munich (2.5+ goals)
Union Berlin are looking to end their run of three league and cup games without a win when they welcome Bayern to the An der Alten Forsterei Stadium on Saturday. Bayern, who lead the Bundesliga by four points from Borussia Dortmund, have their Champions League Round of 16, second leg tie at home to Chelsea with a 3-0 advantage from the first leg. Bayern are currently unbeaten in their last 15 league and cup games.

  • 3 or more goals landed in 4 of Bayern’s last 6 league and cup games 
  • 3 or more goals landed in Union Berlin’s last 5 league and cup games
  • 3 or more goals landed in the first meeting this season when Bayern won 2-1

Utrecht v Vitesse Arnhem (BTTS)
Utrecht and Vitesse Arnhem’s quest for European football continues this weekend when the two sides meet at the Stadion Galgenwaard on Saturday. Utrecht sit sixth in the Dutch Eredivisie level on points with their opponents but their superior goal difference sees them positioned above Vitesse. Utrecht have won their last three home league games while Vitesse are without a win in their last three away games in the league.

  • BTTS landed in Utrecht’s last 5 league games
  • BTTS landed in 3 of Vitesse’s last 4 league games 
  • BTTS landed in the first meeting of the season which Vitesse won 2-1

Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Munchengladbach (2.5+ goals)
Frankfurt’s league form has suffered as they chase success in the Europa League. Frankfurt are currently 12th in the Bundesliga and they face a tough challenge against Borussia Munchengladbach who are well and truly in the mix for the title. Munchengladbach are just six points behind Bayern Munich knowing they still have to play the leaders in Munich before the season ends.

  • 2.5+ goals landed in 7 of Frankfurt’s last 8 league and cup games
  • 2.5+ goals landed 6 of Munchengladbach’s last 7 league games
  • 2.5+ goals landed in the first meeting of the season when Munchengladbach won 4-2
  • 2.5+ goals landed in 2 of last 3 meetings

KAS Eupen v Club Bruges (BTTS)
The smart money would be on Club Bruges extending their unbeaten run in domestic action which reached 20 with a 2-1 derby win over struggling Cercle Bruges on Saturday. Eupen have taken four points from their last two games and they will need to maintain that form if they are to avoid relegation from the Belgian 1st Division. Three of Club Bruges’ last four wins have been by a 2-1 score.

  • BTTS paid out in 3 of Club Bruges’ last 4 league games
  • BTTS paid out in Eupen’s last 5 league games
  • BTTS paid out in 6 of the last 8 meetings including 3 of the last 4 at KAS Eupen

Paris St-Germain v Nice (2.5+ goals)
The season has gone to plan for PSG so far with a 12-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 and a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League to look forward to after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate. PSG’s only defeat in their last 28 games came against the Germans which they overturned on Wednesday night. Nice only have the league to concentrate on and sitting sixth, they face a battle to qualify for European football with four teams below them within three points of them.

  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in 9 of PSG’s last 10 games 
  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in Nice’s last 5 league and cup home games 
  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in the first meeting this season which PSG won 4-1
  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in 9 of the last 10 meetings

Sparta Rotterdam v Feyernoord (BTTS)
Feyernoord can only keep winning and hope Ajax and AZ Alkmaar slip up above them. There is a six-point gap between the top two and Feyernoord who are a point clear of PSV Eindhoven in the battle to finish third. Feyernoord have taken 25 points from a possible 27 in their last nine league games to keep the pressure on the sides above them. Consistency has been an issue for Sparta Rotterdam who followed up a 5-1 win at home to Emmen with a 5-1 defeat at Utrecht.

  • BTTS landed in 4 of Sparta Rotterdam’s last 5 league games including their last 4 at home
  • BTTS landed in 8 of Feyernoord’s last 10 league games including their last 5 away games
  • BTTS landed in the first meeting of the season which finished in a 2-2 draw

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Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City
Sitting 10 points behind A-League leaders Sydney FC, Melbourne City need the three points at basement side Central Coast Mariners. The Mariners are bottom of the standings seven points adrift of Melbourne Victory after losing their last nine matches. City go into this fixture having won three of their last five games.

  • BTTS paid out in 2 of the Mariners’ last 3 games
  • BTTS paid out in the Mariners’ last home game
  • BTTS paid out in City’s last 2 games
  • BTTS paid out in 4 of City’s last 5 games
  • BTTS paid out in 3 of the last 4 meetings
  • 2.5+ goals landed in Mariners’ last 3 home games
  • 2.5+ goals landed in 8 of City’s last 9 away games
  • 2.5+ goals landed in the last 3 meetings

Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets
Newcastle Jets can boost their chances of securing a place in the play-offs by going to Brisbane and beating the Roar who occupy fourth place in the A-League. Newcastle are eighth six points off the top six and their form ahead of this game has improved in recent weeks with three wins and three draws from their last six games. Brisbane have won their last two games.

  • BTTS occurred in 3 of Brisbane’s last 4 home games
  • BTTS occurred in Newcastle’s last 2 away games
  • BTTS occurred in the last 3 meetings
  • Over 2.5 goals landed in 1 of Brisbane’s last 2 home matches
  • Over 2.5 goals landed in Newcastle’s last 2 matches
  • Over 2.5 goals landed in 2 of the last 3 meetings
  • The last meeting finished 1-1

Western Sydney v Sydney FC
The A-League title is Sydney FC’s to lose sitting at the top of the standing with a 10-point gap between them and Melbourne City. But their city rivals are in danger of missing the play-offs and with home advantage, this will be a tough fixture for the leaders who have lost both meetings with Western Sydney this season. Both meetings ended 1-0.

  • BTTS landed in 5 of Western Sydney’s last 6 games
  • BTTS landed in Western Sydney’s last 2 home games
  • BTTS landed in Sydney FC’s last away game
  • 2.5+ goals paid out in Western Sydney’s last home game
  • 2.5+ goals paid out in Sydney FC’s last 5 away games

Perth Glory v Western United
Perth Glory sit one place ahead of their opponents Western United in the standings, but a win for the visitors will see United close the gap on the Glory to just one point. Perth are without a win in their last four while Western United are looking to win three in a row for the first time this season.

  • BTTS paid out in Perth’s last 3 home games
  • BTTS paid out in Western United’s last 2 games
  • The first meeting this season ended 1-1
  • Over 2.5 goals occurred in Perth’s last 5 home games
  • Over 2.5 goals occurred in Western United’s last 2 games

Fenerbahce v Kayserispor
It would be a major shock if Kayserispor went to Fenerbahce and won. Kayserispor are bottom of the Turkish Super Lig and in danger of being relegated. But a win would give them hope and having won three of their last five games, confidence will be high against Fenerbahce who are without a win in their last eight league and cup games.

  • BTTS has occurred in Fenerbahce’s last 3 home games
  • BTTS has occurred in Kayserispor’s last 2 games
  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in Fenerbahce’s last 2 home games
  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in 11 of Kayserispor’s last 12 away games

Besiktas v Antalyaspor
With their championship hopes ended, Besiktas are playing for Champions League qualification next season and beating Antalyaspor will help them in that quest. Besiktas are fifth in the standings five points behind Sivasspor and just one point ahead of Alanyaspor. Antalyaspor look set to finish in mid table but with just five points between them and the relegation zone, they can not take anything for granted.

  • BTTS paid out in Besiktas’s last 2 home matches
  • BTTS paid out in 6 of Antalyaspor’s last 8 matches
  • 2.5+ goals landed in Besiktas’ last 5 matches
  • 2.5+ goals landed in 4 of Antalyaspor’s last 6 matches
  • The last meeting finished 2-1 to Besiktas

Rizespor v Galatasaray
Third-placed Galatasaray travel to Rizespor knowing they cannot afford to lose ground on Trabzonspor and Basaksehir who three points clear of Galatasaray at the top of the Super Lig. Rizespor’s relegation fears could be compounded further if they don’t find a way of ending their eight-game run without a win. The smart money would be on Galatasaray winning this one.

  • BTTS has occurred in Rizespor’s last 3 home games
  • BTTS has occurred in Galatasaray’s last 2 away games
  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in 2 of Rizespor’s last 3 home games
  • Over 2.5 goals paid out in Galatasaray’s last 6 league and cup games

Goztepe v Trabzonspor
Trabzonspor travel to Goztepe without the services of midfielder John Obi Mikel who left the club earlier this week after expressing fears over playing amid the global Coronavirus pandemic. Mikel’s departure may affect Trabzonspor’s hopes of winning the title which looks set to go to the wire with Basaksehir who share top spot with 53 points from 26 games. Trabzonspor are unbeaten in their last 12 league and cup games while Goztepe have won just one of their last five.

  • BTTS landed in 6 of Goztepe’s last 8 home games
  • BTTS landed in Trabzonspor’s last 7 games
  • 2.5+ goals landed in 4 of Goztepe’s last 6 matches
  • 2.5+ goals landed in 2 of Trabzonspor’s last 3 matches

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Torpedo Zhodino v Belshina
Torpedo got their league campaign off to the perfect start last week when they won 1-0 at Shaktyor thanks to Gabriel Ramos’ 90th minute goal. The victory came five days after they were beaten by the same side in the Belarus Cup. Belshina’s season began promisingly scoring after just seven minutes in their curtain-raiser at home to FC Minsk. But a penalty five minutes into the second half started the visitors’ comeback that saw two further goals scored in a comfortable 3-1 win. BTTS and over 2.5 goals paid out in the two meetings last season which saw Torpedo win 3-1 at Belshina while the first fixture finished 2-2 with Torpedo twice coming from a goal down to rescue a point.

Suggested bet: Torpedo Zhodino to win and over 2.5 goals

Rukh Brest v Energetyk-BDU
Energetyk-BDU sit top of the Belarus top division after they too got their season up and running with a 3-1 win. at home to BATE Borisov. Energetyk-BDU effectively had the points in the bag when they turned around leading 2-0 thanks to Jasurbek Yakhshiboev’s goals in the 26th and 34th minutes. Rukh Brest picked up their first win at the first time of asking when they beat Dinamo Minsk 1-0 in the Traktor Stadium. This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides following Brest’s promotion to the top flight at the end of last season.

Suggested bet: Draw

FC Slutsk v Dinamo Brest
There was only one draw in the opening round of games in the Belarus Vysshaya Liga and that involved the defending champions Dinamo Brest who had to rally from a goal down at home to earn a point against Smolevichi-STI. Cameroon midfielder Gaby Junior Kiki goal ensured Dinamo Brest drew their third successive game of the season after their previous two fixtures in the domestic cup competition ended goalless in 90 minutes. FC Slutsk go into this game full of confidence after beating Slavia Mozyr 3-1 in the Slutsk City Stadium in a game that saw three of the four goals scored from the penalty spot. Andrei Chukhlei opened the scoring for the visitors with the first penalty before Soslan Takulov converted his own penalty on the stroke of half-time. Artem Serdyuk wrapped up the win for the home side with his second coming from the spot. Three of the last four meetings have seen goals for both teams while the last three encounters have seen a minimum of three total goals scored.

Suggested bet: Both teams to score

Slavia Mozyr v BATE Borisov

BATE Borisov remain the only team from Belarus to have reached the group stage of the Champions League but after finishing second last season, they had to go through qualification for the Europa League. They failed at the first round and will hope to be back at the top of their domestic league come the end of the season. However, they began their season with a 3-1 loss at Energetyk-BDU while Slavia Mozyr suffered defeat by the same score when they travelled to FC Slutsk. In three of the last four meetings, three or more goals have been scored as BATE came out on top in all four.

Suggested bet: BATE to win and over 2.5 goals

FC Minsk v Dinamo Minsk
Two of the three clubs based in Minsk meet when Dinamo travel to FC Minsk. Fifteen times, these two sides have met and 15 times FC Minsk have failed to win. Five draws is all the home side in this fixture have to show as their rivals have certainly had the better of previous battles. But will the tide turn this week? FC Minsk are second in the table following their 3-1 win at Belshina while Dinamo followed up back-to-back defeats in the Belarus Cup to BATE Borisov with a 1-0 loss at home to Rukh Brest. There have been goals for both teams in two of the last three meetings and over 2.5 has paid out in two of the last three meetings.

Suggested bet: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals

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Dortmund v Schalke

Dortmund resume the season four points behind current leaders Bayern Munich and they face a Schalke side harbouring hopes of playing European football next season. Dortmund outscored their opponents 27-9 in the eight matches before the lockdown and have scored the first goal in six of their last seven including their last four. Dortmund will be looking to score in their 15th successive league game. Schalke will hope the break will have helped them find a way of scoring a goal on their travels. They have failed to find the net in their last four away games and they have been nilled in five of their last seven. The away side have only managed one goal before half-time in their last eight.

Suggested bet: Over 2.5 goals

Augsburg v Wolfsburg

One of the trends that jumps out ahead of this game is the frequency in which BTTS has paid out in matches involving Augsburg and Wolfsburg. In the last three home games played by Augsburg, who are two places above the relegation play-off berth, there have been goals for both them and their opponents. BTTS has landed in the last four away games played by Wolfsburg, who have scored 12 of their last 16 goals in the second half. Of the last 21 goals conceded by the home side, 18 have come after the half-time interval. Augsburg are without a win in their last five while Wolfsburg are unbeaten in their last six.

Suggested bet: Both teams to score 

Dusseldorf v Paderborn

Dusseldorf host basement side Paderborn hoping they can pick up where they left off before the suspension of games in March. Dusseldorf lost just one of their last six, although four of them were draws. Paderborn have their work cut out to stay in the Bundesliga and a win this weekend will certainly lift spirits and give them hope for the remainder of the campaign. Paderborn have not let at half-time in their last eight and go into this encounter with just one point to show from their last six games. Dusseldorf have scored first in four of their last six while the visitors have conceded the first goal in their last five. Neither side has been involved in a goalless draw so far this season. Could that change this weekend in a cagey affair?

Suggested bet: Dusseldorf to score the first goal 

RB Leipzig  v Freiburg

RB Leipzip have ‘on paper’ the most favourable run-in of the sides battling it out for the German title. Leipzig have five points to make up on leaders Bayern Munich and they will be expected to pick up all three points against Freiburg who are eighth in the table. Leipzig have won all 12 games this season when they have led at half-time and have taken 34 points from a possible 36 when scoring first, although they have not scored first in eight of their last 10 games. If the home side keep Freiburg to nil, it will be their fifth clean sheet in their last six games. A fast start would help the visitors but without a goal in the first 28 minutes of their last 12 games, the odds are against Freiburg from catching their hosts cold.

Suggested bet: RB Leipzig to lead at half-time 

Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin

The suspension of football came at a good time for Hertha Berlin who had been guilty of starting games slowly before the break. In the three games prior to the decision to put the season on hold, Hertha conceded five goals in the first 10 minutes of their last three matches. The question is whether Hoffenheim can add to that. If their last games are any indication, then the answer is no. Hoffenheim have not scored before the 23rd minute in their last 10 matches. Despite that, this game could well see goals based on the fact over 2.5 goals paid out in Hoffenheim’s last six home games and Hertha’s last three away games.

Suggested bet: Over 2.5 goals 

Eintracht Frankfurt v B Munchengladbach 

Eintracht Frankfurt will do well to score in the first half. Munchengladbach have conceded just three first half goals in their last 10 matches while Frankfurt have only managed to scored twice before the interval in their last nine games. Nine of the last 12 goals Frankfurt have conceded have come in the second half and three of them have come in the 49th minute of their last three matches. Munchengladbach have scored first in five of their last six games while Frankfurt have conceded first in four of their last five. BTTS has paid out in the last seven games the visiting team have played while Frankfurt’s last home game saw goals for both teams.

Suggested bet: Both Frankfurt and Munchengladbach to score 

Cologne v Mainz

Mainz are in danger of being involved in the relegation play-off and a trip to Cologne could be a tricky return to action for them. If both sides pick up from where they left off before the suspension of the league, then goals should be guaranteed. In Cologne’s last eight games, the total match goals have been – 4, 6, 4, 5, 5, 3, 3 and 3. The total goal in Mainz’s last seven away games have been – 8. 6. 3. 5, 4, 4 and 4. Mainz have conceded six goals in the opening 30 minutes of their last eight games.

Suggested bet: Over 2.5 goals 

Union Berlin v Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s destiny is in their own hands over the last nine games they have to play. Win them all and they are champions again. Bayern are unbeaten in their last 11 league games and have registered clean sheets in six of their last nine. They have not conceded the first goal in their last 10 league games and have won the last nine games when they have scored first while Union Berlin have taken just one point from a possible 36 when conceding the opening goal. Bayern have not allowed their opponents to score within the first 20 minutes of their 12 matches. Union Berlin’s last four matches have seen over 2.5 total goals scored while Bayern’s last 10 away games have produced at least three goals.

Suggested bet: Over 2.5 goals 

Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen

The final game of this round of games comes on Monday night with Bayer Leverkusen visiting Werder Bremen. Fifth-placed Leverkusen should take care of business against Bremen who sit second from bottom. Expect a fast start from the visitors who have opened the scoring in eight of their last nine games. Leverkusen have not trailed at half-time in their last 17 league games while scoring goals has been a problem for the home side. Bremen have failed to score in their last five home games. Bremen have managed just five goals in their last 11 matches. Of the last 14 goals conceded by Bremen, 11 have come in the second half.

Suggested bet: Leverkusen to score first

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Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin

The second round of fixtures, following the Bundesliga restart, gets under way with a Berlin derby. It will be just the second ever in the top flight and the first played at the Olympiastadion. Hertha have the better form with an unbeaten run of three games compared to Union who are without a win in their last three. Over 2.5 total goals has paid out in Hertha’s last six league games and in four of Union’s last five matches. There may not be too many goals before half-time given the fact Hertha have scored two first half goals in their last 12 while Union have managed one more in their last 11. In the last nine games, Hertha have score 10 more goals in the second half than in the first while Union have netted 15 more goals after the interval than before it. Union will go above their hosts if they win.

Suggested bet: Second half to be the higher scoring half

B Munchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen

Borussia Munchengladbach climbed above RB Leipzig into third in the table last week after 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt and they will start as slight favourites against Bayer Leverkusen who also won on the road last time out when they secured a 4-1 win at Werder Bremen on Monday night. It was the second successive league game in which over 2.5 total goals were scored in a game involving Leverkusen while Munchengladbach’s win was the eighth game in a row in which over 2.5 goals paid out. Both these teams have a tendency to score the first goal, but which side will get their noses in front this time. If it’s Munchengladbach, it will be the seventh time in their last eight games in which they have opened the scoring while Leverkusen are looking to score first for the tenth time in 11 games. Munchengladbach have not trailed at half-time in 13 of their last 14 games while Leverkusen’s run of not trailing at the interval now stands at 18 consecutive games. The away team has won the last three meetings.

Suggested bet: Over 2.5 total goals

Freiburg v Werder Bremen

The form book suggests this should be a comfortable home win for Freiburg who have taken four points from their last two games. The enforced break because of the COVID-19 pandemic did nothing to bring a change in fortunes for Werder who remain in the bottom two following their 4-1 loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen. It was the second successive game in which BTTS had paid out in games involving Werder while Freiburg’s 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig was their second game in a row where there was at least one goal for them and the team they were playing. Bremen conceded the first goal on Monday night for the fourth time in their last five games and it they fall behind at the Schwarzwald Stadion, then they will have to buck a trend that has plagued them all season. Werder have taken just one point from a possible 33 when conceding the opening goal. Freiburg have scored in the 34th minute in their last two games while Werder conceded in the 33rd minute. Will there be a goal between the 31st and 40th minute?

Suggested bet: Freiburg to score first

Paderborn v Hoffenheim

The stat that jumps out ahead of Hoffenheim’s trip to Paderborn is the inability of both sides to score the opening goal. Paderborn, who remain bottom of the Bundesliga following their 0-0 draw at Dusseldorf, have failed to score the opening goal in their last six league games. Hoffenheim, who were soundly beaten 3-0 at home by Hertha Berlin, have conceded the first goal in their last five matches. Half-time team talks have often been rallying calls from the respective managers as both sides have struggled in the opening 45 minutes. Paderborn have not led at half-time in their last nine games while Hoffenheim have been in front just once at the interval in their last 13 fixtures. A bet worth considering is for both teams to score. BTTS has paid out in Paderborn’s last seven league games at home while Hoffenheim’s last two away games have seen goals for both them and their opponents. Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last five on the road and they should extend that sequence to six at the Benteler Arena.

Suggested bet: Both Paderborn and Hoffenheim to score

Wolfsburg v Dortmund

Wolfsburg’s seven-game unbeaten run will be put to the test when they welcome red-hot Dortmund who won their fifth successive game when they beat Schalke 4-0 in the Revierderby last Saturday. Wolfsburg left it late to win 2-1 at Augsburg when Daniel Ginczek popped up with the winner in injury time. The score at half-time could be a telling factor. If Wolfsburg are in front, the chances are they will go on to win the game. The home side has won all seven games this season in which they have led at the break. Dortmund led 2-0 last week and went on to win to make it six games running they have won while leading at the interval. Dortmund’s clean sheet at home to their neighbours was their fourth in five games and Wolfsburg will have their work cut out to find the net against the side with their sights set on finishing the season as champions.

Suggested bet: Dortmund to lead at half-time

Bayern Munich v E Frankfurt

Bayern say their lead at the top of the table cut to one point when Dortmund eased to victory 24 hours before the gap was restored to four following the champions’ 2-0 win at Union Berlin. A 30th title is Bayern’s to lose with eight games left to play. And if they need any extra motivation to win this game, then there is the small matter of Frankfurt’s 5-1 win in the reverse fixture which was the last as Bayern manager for Niko Kovac who left Frankfurt to take the Munich job. Since losing their last league game, Bayern, who have outscored their opponents 40-6 in those 12 games, have conceded goals in just three of their last 10 league matches. Don’t be surprised if Bayern score in both halves as they have managed to do so in four of their last five including last week’s win in Berlin. Frankfurt have been slow out of the blocks in matches before and after the suspension. They have failed to score before the 37th minute in their last seven games. If Bayern get their noses in front, it could be a frustrating fixture for Frankfurt. Bayern, who have taken 34 of 36 points in their last 12 games, have won all 14 games this season in which they have led at half-time.

Suggested bet: Bayern to lead at half-time

Schalke v Augsburg

A lot is made of the first goal scored in matches. Obviously, it gives the team that scores it the advantage and allows them to dictate the tempo of the game. The first goal in this fixture could go a long way to determine which team ends up with the three points on offer. Schalke have lost the last five games in which they have conceded the opening goal. Augsburg have lost the last five games in which they have conceded the opening goal. Schalke, who have no wins in their last eight, have struggled in front of goal in their last nine games scoring a total of just four goals. Neither side is used to leading at half-time with Schalke turning around ahead once in their last nine while Augsburg have been in front at the interval in one of their last eight. In Augsburg’s last 10 league games, they have conceded 18 goals in the 50th minute or later while Schalke have conceded 13 goals in the 50th minute or later in their last 10. Schalke have won two of their last three games to nil.

Suggested bet: Both teams not to score and under 2.5 goals

Mainz v RB Leipzig

The return fixture on November 2 remains the highest-scoring game of the Bundesliga season so far. A total of eight goals were scored and all eight were scored by Leipzig with Timo Werner helping himself to a hat-trick. Leipzig led 5-0 at half-time and they will be expected to record another comfortable against the 15th place side battling to stay in the league. Leipzig have drawn their last three games and the six points dropped has seen them slip to fourth in the standings. Leipzig had to come from a goal down to rescue a point at home against Freiburg. Leipzig can be described as a second half team after Yussef Poulsen found the back of the net 13 minutes from time. In their last 11 games, Leipzig have been outscored 8-4 in the first half. In the second half of those games, they have outscored their opponents 17-3. If Leipzig are to challenge for the Meisterschale, then the margin for error is zero. They have to start winning and this should be an away win. Leipzig have only scored the opening goal in two of their last 11 games which should give Mainz hope. If the home side can score first, then Leipzig’s title hopes could end at the Opel Arena.

Suggested bet: Timo Werner to be anytime scorer 

Cologne v Dusseldorf

Cologne were denied a winning return to action last Sunday when they squandered a 2-0 lead at home to Mainz. With half an hour left to play, the points looked like being theirs, but they were pegged back by the away side who refused to give up. Sunday’s win was the 12th successive game in which Cologne scored and that run should be extended to 13 against a Dusseldorf that drew 0-0 at home to Paderborn in a game they would have targeted for a much-needed win to help ease them away from the relegation zone. Dusseldorf have conceded the first goal in 12 matches this season and they have not win any of them. Cologne have scored first in six of their last seven home league games and will expect to trouble the scoreboard operators first. Cologne’s win last weekend saw at least one goal in each half which was the fifth time in nine games in which they have done so and that includes their last two at home. Dusseldorf won the first meeting 2-0 but revenge should be Cologne’s.

Suggested bet: Cologne to score in both halves

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Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich

These two giants of German football meet with both sides winning their last six games. Bayern have dropped just two points in their 13 while the home side have taken 27 points from a possible 30 in their last 10 games.

What can we expect from this fixture? Goals, if both strike forces are in the mood. In their last 11 league games, Bayern has bagged 34 goals, while Dortmund have netted 33 times. Both teams should score in this fixture but their respective defences have been pretty good. Dortmund has registered five clean sheets in their last six while the defending champions have nilled their opponents three times in their last four.

Over 2.5 total goals is another bet worth looking at. In Dortmund’s last nine home league games, a minimum of three total goals have been scored while over 2.5 goals has paid out in 12 of Bayern’s last 13 away league games.

A look at previous meetings suggests there should be goals in this match-up. Nine of the last 10 have seen at least three goals scored.

Over 1.5 goals

Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg

Leverkusen host Wolfsburg in a clash between two top-six sides. Leverkusen have an incredible record of not trailing at half-time in their last 19 league games. That feeling of going into the changing room not behind on the scoreboard is not a feeling Wolfsburg are familiar with.

Wolfsburg has led at the break in three of their last 10. In those 10 games, their record at the interval has been – losing, drawing, ahead, losing, drawing, ahead, losing, drawing, ahead and losing in the weekend’s home game against Dortmund. If that sequence is to be continued, then this game should be level at half-time.

Leverkusen have been in good scoring form in their last seven games – scoring in both halves in six of them. That includes their last three in which they also won both the first half and second half.

Of the last 32 meetings, over 2.5 goals has paid out in 29 of them while 28 encounters have seen BTTS land.

Leverkusen to lead at half-time

Eintracht Frankfurt v Freiburg

This could be a slow-burner of a game. Neither side have a tendency to score early goals. Frankfurt have failed to find their opponents’ net before the 37th minute in their last eight games.

Freiburg, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday, have not scored a goal before the 28th minute in their last 14 matches. The last time they did so was in their 4-2 defeat at Borussia Munchengladbach on December 1.

Frankfurt has conceded four goals in the five minutes after half-time in their last five matches and this could be an area for Freiburg to exploit.

The fixture computer has not been kind to Frankfurt with their last three games against top five sides which is one of the reasons why over 2.5 goals has paid out in those games.

Freiburg don’t have the strike force of those sides with six goals scored in their last nine so under 3.5 goals might be the best bet in this game.

Under 3.5 goals

Werder Bremen v Borussia Munchengladbach

If Munchengladbach’s last nine matches are any indication as to what we could expect from this game, then we could expect both sides to score and combine for over 2.5 goals.

BTTS has landed in the visitors’ last nine league games while over 2.5 total goals has paid out in eight of those.

Two of Bremen’s last three have seen goals for both teams and over 2.5 goals scored. Of the last 18 goals Bremen has conceded, 13 have come after half-time.

If Bremen score in the 81st minute, it will be the fourth successive game in which Munchengladbach have conceded a goal in that particular minute.

Bremen have not scored first in their last seven home league games so I’d go for Munchengladbach to open the scoring which they have done in their last four games on the road.

Munchengladbach to score first

RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin

Wednesday’s action gets under way with Hertha Berlin’s trip to RB Leipzig.

Between them, these two sides scored nine goals in the last round of fixtures. Leipzig scored five without reply at Mainz to take the aggregate score for the season to 13-0. Hertha scored all their goals in their 4-0 derby win over Union in the second half to ensure their fans had the bragging rights.

Defensively, these two sides have been difficult to penetrate. Leipzig has registered five clean sheets in their last seven games while Hertha’ derby win ensure back-to-back clean sheets.

Hertha have played the patience game in recent matches. Of the last 20 goals they have scored, 18 have been scored in the second half. They might find it a struggle against Leipzig who have only conceded two second half goals in their last 11 games and they both came in the same game – a 2-0 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Over 1.5 goals

Augsburg v Paderborn

Augsburg and Paderborn have found wins hard to come by in recent times. Between them, they have combined for one win in a total of 15 games and that came courtesy of Augsburg’s 3-0 win at Schalke on Sunday.

Both sides were quick out of the blocks last weekend registering goals in the first nine minutes. In Paderborn’s case, the basement side had already conceded when they found the net. The last five goals Paderborn have conceded have all come in the first half.

Neither side are used to scoring the first goal. Paderborn has failed to open the scoring in their last seven while Augsburg’s opener at Schalke was the first time they scored first in their last five.

Augsburg to score first

Dusseldorf v Schalke

The last time these two sides met, they drew 3-3 with Schalke coming from a goal down three times to claim a point thanks to Rouwen Hennings’ hat-trick.

And there is a good chance this could end all square also given Dusseldorf’s recent run of results. All four of their points from their last four matches have come from draws.

Six of their last eight games have been draws while four of Schalke’s last eight have been stalemates.

Scoring remains an issue for Davis Wagner’s side with just one goal scored in Schalke’s last six matches. They have failed to score in seven of their last nine and they might have to be patient against Dusseldorf. Of the last 19 goals conceded by the home side, 17 have come in the second half.

Under 3.5 goals. 

Hoffenheim v Cologne

With three minutes to play on Sunday, Cologne’s run of successive games with three or more total goals looked to be coming to an end. They trailed Dusseldorf 2-0 with time running out.

What followed was the most dramatic finish in the Bundesliga since the resumption of the season with two goals to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw. The comeback came a week after they themselves let a 2-0 lead slip at home to Mainz.

Sunday’s draw was Cologne’s tenth game in a row in which over 2.5 goals paid out. Can it pay out for an 11th time in Hoffenheim? I’m going for over 1.5 goals.

Recent history suggests it could. Hoffenheim’s last seven games in the PreZero Arena have seen a minimum of three match goals scored.

In Hoffenheim’s last 10 matches, early goals have been common with 10 goals scored before the stadium clocks reaches 20 minutes. The home side has not conceded a goal after the 74th minute in their last 13.

Cologne have picked the ball out of their net in the 61st minute in their last two matches. Will lightning strike a third time just after the hour mark?

Over 1.5 goals

Union Berlin v Mainz

Both these sides suffered heavy defeats last time out although Union have had longer to dwell on their loss. Their 4-0 loss in the Berlin derby occurred on Friday while Mainz’s 5-0 hammering by RB Leipzig came on Sunday.

Neither side are safe from relegation but a win for Union will ease their concerns considerably and move them six points clear of Mainz who ended the last round of fixtures just three points above Dusseldorf who occupy the play-off place.

The fifth goal Mainz conceded on Sunday came in the final 15 minutes which was the second time in their last three games in which they conceded a goal in that period of time. Union have conceded 11 goals in the 75th minute or later in their last 12 league games. I’m expecting that sequence to continue.

Over 1.5 goals 

Spreadknowledge Bundesliga betting tips

After landing 13 of 18 bets in the first two rounds of fixtures since the Bundesliga returned to action, I’m going for nine out of nine in this weekend’s fixtures.

Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen
Freiburg are without a win in their last three while Leverkusen are looking to bounce back from their 4-1 home defeat to Wolfsburg. It was the third successive game in which Leverkusen scored and conceded in the same game. If both teams score in this game, it will be the seventh consecutive game in which BTTS will have paid out. The first meeting this season saw at least one goal for Freiburg and one for Leverkusen as the game ended 1-1. Three of the last four meetings at Freiburg have ended goalless.
Suggested bet: Under 3.5 goals

Hertha Berlin v Augsburg
With 19 total goals scored in the last four meetings, there could be more goals in this game especially if Hertha’s last eight games are anything to go by. Over 2.5 total goals has paid out in all eight. Before their goalless draw against basement side Paderborn, Augsburg’s last two games saw three total goals scored. The last two meetings in Berlin have ended in 2-2 draws. Hertha had to be patient in Friday’s 4-0 Berlin derby when all four of their goals came after a scoreless first half.
Suggested bet: Over 1.5 goals
Mainz v Hoffenheim
Since the last goalless draw in Rhineland between these two sides, goals have been a regular occurrence. In the last four games, there has been a total of 23 goals at an average of a goal every 16 minutes. Looking at the table, it’s hard to believe that Mainz, sitting 15th in the standings, beat seventh-placed Hoffenheim who are fighting to qualify for European football next season. Hoffenheim have drawn their last three league games on the road.
Suggested bet: Over 1.5 goals
Schalke v Werder Bremen
Schalke just cannot buy a win right now. Their winless run of 10 games is the longest in the league and while they still ninth in the table, their form suggests they could be dragged into a relegation battle, where Werder Bremen currently find themselves. Scoring has been a problem for both sides. Schalke have scored three goals in their last 10 while the visitors have four goals in their last nine. Conceding late goals has also been an issue. Schalke have conceded 13 goals in the final 30 minutes of their last 10 games while Bremen’s opponents have scored 16 goals after the 60th minute in their last 15.
Suggested bet: Under 3.5 goals
Wolfsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt
This could be a slow burner of a game as neither side has been quick out of the blocks in recent matches. There has not been a goal scored within the opening 10 minutes of any of Wolfsburg’s last 22 league games. As for Frankfurt, 15 of their last 18 goals scored have been in the second half. In Wolfsburg’s last 13 league matches, a total of 22 goals have been scored in the final 30 minutes. Frankfurt’s last seven games have seen 33 total goals scored at an average of 4.7 per game.
Suggested bet: Second half to be the highest scoring half
Bayern Munich v Dusseldorf
This looks like being a formality for Bayern who lead the league by seven points following their 1-0 win at nearest rivals Dortmund on Tuesday night. With just six games to play, the title is their to lose. Dusseldorf’s place in the Bundesliga next season looked in doubt, but a run of just one defeat in their last nine has given them a chance of avoiding relegation. Bayern have taken 40 points from a possible 42 in their last 14 league games. Dusseldorf could do with a quick start and if they manage to score beforte the 44th minute, they will be the first team to do so against the defending champions in 14 league matches.
Suggested bet: Bayern to lead at half-time
M’gladbach v Union Berlin
Both Munchengladbach and Union Berlin like to do their scoring after half-time. Of the last 28 league goals Munchengladbach have scored, 21 have come in the second half while 10 of the last 14 goals scored by Union have come after the interval. Over 2.5 goals has landed in Munchengladbach’s last three home games while Union’s last three away games have seen a minimum of three total goals scored.
Suggested bet: Over 1.5 goals
Paderborn v Dortmund
This is a battle between two teams needing wins for very different reasons. Paderborn are in danger of being relegated sat bottom of the table despite three successive draws. If they can’t turn those draws into wins, then their time in the top flight could be coming to an end. Dortmund’s title hopes are all but over after losing to Bayern and with Leipzig, Munchengladbach and Leverkusen breathing down their neck, the visitors need wins to claim second spot. Both teams have scored in Paderborn’s last eight home league games and they will do well to score against a Dortmund side who have conceded just two goals in 638 minutes of action.
Suggested bet: Dortmund to lead at half-time
Cologne v RB Leipzig
Cologne’s 3-1 defeat at Hoffenheim in midweek brought the total goals scored in the home side’s last 11 games to 44. It was also the 11th straight game in which over 2.5 total goals paid out. The score when these two sides met earlier this season was also 4-1 which suggests there may be three or more goals in this fixture as well. Leipzig’s defence could be the difference in this fixture. They have registered five clean sheets in their last eight, but they gave up two goals at home to Hertha earlier this week. Leipzig have trailed only once at half-time in their last eight.
Suggested bet: Over 1.5 total goals

Spreadknowledge betting tips for this weekend’s Bundesliga games

Seven of nine of my tips landed last weekend which brings my percentage to 74.0 per cent since the Bundesliga returned to action. Here are my tips for this weekend’s games.
Freiburg v Monchengladbach
Borussia Monchengladbach have more riding in this game than Freiburg with the visitors well placed to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Marco Rose’ side are currently fourth but a win at Freiburg will see them move to within a point of Dortmind who enter this weekend’s fixtures second. Monchengladbach have taken 41 points from a possible 45 when they have scored the first goal in matches. Freiburg have not scored the first goal in their last two league games so I would expect the visitors to once again open the scoring in this fixture.
Suggested bet: Monchengladbach to score the first goal
Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich
Munich are all set to be crowned champions for a 30th time and their eighth in a row. Hans-Dieter Flick’s side have a comfortable seven-point cushion at the top of the Bundesliga with just five games to play. And their form has been phenomenal before the COVID-19 break and after with 14 wins and a draw from their last 15 league games. And they have been winning in style with 17 of their 21 wins coming after they have led at half-time. Their last four wins have seen HT/FT doubles land. And this should pay out again.
Suggested bet: Bayern Munich HT/FT double
Dusseldorf v Hoffenheim
Dusseldorf’s fight to avoid relegation continues at home to Hoffenheim who are still in the mix to qualify for next season’s Europa League. Hoffenheim have scored exactly one goal in each of their last five league games away from home and there is every possibility they could add to that sequence and perhaps score more than once. The visitors also have a good run going on the road and if they score in this fixture, it will be the 13th successive away league game in which they will have found the net.
Suggested bet: Hoffenheim to score over 0.5 goals
Eintracht Frankfurt v Mainz
Mainz have not done enough to secure their place in next season’s Bundesliga, but a win or two in their final five games should do it. This will be a a tough test for them and there is a good chance both teams will score. It’s happened in Eintracht Frankfurt’s last three home games while BTTS has paid out in Mainz’s last two away games.
Suggested bet: Both teams to score
RB Leipzig v Paderborn
Paderborn’s time in the Bundesliga looks like it is coming to an end. The side sitting rock bottom of the league are running out of time to claw back the points they need to get out of trouble. With five games remaining, they need help from other clubs which at this stage of the season is very unlikely. And a trip to RB Leipzig is the last thing they need. The home side are in a battle to secure a top-four spot which would see them qualify for next season’s Champions League. It would be a shock to see anything other than a Leipzig win here. And a comfortable win at that.
Suggested bet: Over 2.5 goals
Dortmund v Hertha Berlin
Dortmund’s chances of winning the league are all but over, but with just four points between them and fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, the home side can not take this fixture for granted. After a goalless first half at Paderborn last weekend. And I expect Dortmund carrying that form into this game. Dortmund have scored the first goal in seven of their last eight games and with the attacking options they have, I would expect the home side to strike first in this game.
Suggested bet: Over 1.5 total goals
Werder Bremen v Wolfsburg
Werder Bremen are another side in danger of slipping out of the Bundesliga when this season draws to a close in the next month or so. And when the dust settles, they can look at a lack of goals as one of the reason why. They have scored just three goals in their last five games. They have failed to score in six of their last 11 games. Those struggles are likely to continue at home to Wolfsburg who have picked up more points away from home than at home in their last 10 games. With 13 points from a possible 15, Wolfsburg will start as favourites in this game.
Suggested bet: Wolfsburg to win
Union Berlin v Schalke
Schalke are in free-fall right now, but they should have enough points on the board to stay up. Again goals has been an issue for David Warner’s side and with nothing to play for, you have to wonder if they can come away from the capital with a win. Neither of these sides are used to going in at half-time ahead on the scoreboard. Schalke have led at the interval just once in their last 12 while the home side have not led at half-time in their last five. Don’t be surprised if this is level at half-time as both sides approach this game with caution.
Suggested bet: Draw at half-time
Augsburg v Cologne
When will Cologne’s run of successive games with at least three total goals scored come to an end? The run currently stands at 12 thanks to their six-goal entertaining home game against RB Leipzig. That run includes Cologne’s last five away games and with two of Augsburg’s last three home games producing three or more goals, then over 2.5 total goals could be the best bet in this fixture. BTTS is another bet that could land. It’s landed in Cologne’s last six games while five of Augsburg’s last six games have seen goals for both them and their opponents.
Suggested bet: Over 2.5 goals