Bundesliga Predictions and Best Bets – November 6-8, 2020
All eyes are on Der Klassiker this Sunday as Borussia Dortmund looks to halt Bayern Munich’s drive towards a ninth successive Bundesliga title. But there are plenty of other interesting looking games in the Bundesliga this weekend.
Although Bayern has been utterly dominant in Germany for a while now, the league as a whole is more evenly balanced than many others in Europe and that can make for some very good value bets.
Here is a quick look at every game on matchday seven in Germany – plus some of the best bets to look out for this weekend.
Werder Bremen to Beat Koln
As is sometimes the case in the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen has come back from only just escaping relegation last season to looking like a much-improved outfit this term. It needed the playoff victory to stay up but is comfortably in mid-table after six games.
A 6-1 win over Koln on the last day of last season helped it escape the drop zone and just one defeat in the six games of the current campaign suggests that the board’s decision to put its trust in head coach Florian Kohfeldt was the right decision.
Augsburg to Beat Hertha Berlin
Augsburg will need to score more goals if it has any serious hopes of remaining in the European qualification places for the rest of the season, but there is reason for manager Heiko Herrlich to be happy with the way his side has started. The 3-1 win against Freiburg last weekend reversed a three-game unbeaten streak and new signing Felix Uduokhai has just been called up to the German national side.
Hertha looks far more settled than last season (which isn’t saying much, to be honest) but results have not been very impressive so far. The draw with Wolfsburg last week may have ended a four-game losing run, but the only victory so far was on the opening day of the season against Werder Bremen.
RB Leipzig to Beat Freiburg
RB Leipzig definitely benefitted from the red cards handed to two PSG players during their Champions League game in midweek, but the victory was well-deserved and the Bundesliga side will now look to follow that up with a fourth home win of the campaign against Freiburg on Saturday.
That would make it a 100% record for Leipzig in the Red Bull Arena and the visitors this weekend don’t look like the team to end that record. There has been just one win so far for Freiburg and even scoring an early goal against Bayer Leverkusen last weekend could not prevent another big loss.
Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt to Draw
Stuttgart may not have won a single game at home so far this season but it has only been beaten once – on opening day by Freiburg. The draws in the last two games against weak opposition will not make anyone believe that the current league position can be maintained, but it has proved that Stuttgart is a difficult team to beat.
Frankfurt is enjoying a remarkably similar season to its host this weekend. The sole defeat came at the hands of Bayern Munich – and a number of draws have enabled the club to stay around the middle of the table. Manager Adi Hutter has no real injury problems to deal with but I’m not sure that even a fully fit team will manage to come away from Stuttgart with anything more than one point.
Union Berlin to Beat Arminia Bielefeld
It was well-reported last season that Union Berlin would suffer from the lack of fans due to the way its stadium leveled up the playing field with its partisan support fully behind the team. But the team survived and has begun this new campaign in fine form, even after losing last season’s top scorer Sebastian Andersson in the summer.
Arminia Bielefeld head coach Uwe Neuhaus will be under no illusion that his team is one of the favorites to go straight back down this season – and results so far have shown that to be a fair assessment of its chances. There have been four straight defeats now and another loss to Union could see the club drop into the relegation zone.
Schalke to Beat Mainz
The results for both these clubs do not make for happy reading and there will be a lot of pressure on the respective managers to chalk up a first victory of the season for either Mainz or Schalke. The Gelsenkirchen club has already sacked one head coach of course, and will now look to Manuel Baum to turn around a Schalke team that has been sliding for a long time.
This week could be an opportunity for his players to do him a favor and win a league game for the first time since the middle of January, as Mainz is enduring an even worse season so far. There could be goals in this one – as both sets of defenses have been awful up until now – but Schalke might just edge it.
Bayern Munich to Beat Borussia Dortmund
German soccer fans are in for a treat early on in the season as match day seven brings us the first Der Klassiker of the campaign. Both clubs have lost just one game so far and have been scoring goals for fun. This game is pitched as a battle between Lewandowski and Haaland, of course. But both sides have plenty more talent to fall back on.
Both those strikers may well add to their already impressive goal tallies on Sunday but it is the sheer drive and determination of Lewandowski that should give the champions the win here. He has scored ten of the incredible 24 already recorded by Bayern and can be expected to fire his team to glory again on Saturday.
Wolfsburg to Beat Hoffenheim
These two are separated by just one point in the lower half of the table, but it is Wolfsburg who is one of just two clubs not to have lost a single game in the Bundesliga this season. That’s thanks to a tight defensive unit that has helped record five draws in the five games so far.
But this weekend’s fixture may give the strikers a chance to finally get going this year. Hoffenheim has been playing well in its Europa League campaign – posting a 5-0 win over Slovan Liberec in the week to stay top of its group – but its Bundesliga form has been left wanting, apart from the shock win against Bayern. It’s four games since the last win in the league and that doesn’t look like changing on Sunday.
Bayer Leverkusen to Beat Borussia Monchengladbach
There were good wins for these two in European competition in midweek, but it is the Bundesliga where both clubs will want to rack up points to put pressure on Bayern and Dortmund at the top of the table. The fact is that this will be a close game, but it is the home side that should just shade it at the weekend.
Bayern Leverkusen has begun to score goals now after a slow start to the campaign that brought in just three points from the first three games. Monchengladbach will provide the sternest test so far, but a home win is possible.
My Top Bundesliga Picks for November 6-8, 2020
- Augsburg to beat Hertha Berlin +181
- Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt to draw +240
- Bayer Leverkusen to beat Borussia Monchengladbach +129
I’m surprised that Hertha is the favorite to win at Augsburg on Saturday given the Berlin club’s start to the season. The home side has looked one of the better smaller clubs so far and should be able to add another three points here.
A draw between Stuttgart and Frankfurt looks the most likely outcome between two incredibly even teams, while I feel that most people will go for the draw between Leverkusen and Monchengladbach as well. I’m more inclined to back the home side to continue its rich vein of form that has not allowed a single defeat so far this season.