Bundesliga Predictions and Betting Tips – April 3-4, 2021
The German national side was humbled this week as it lost to North Macedonia, only its third-ever defeat in a World Cup qualifying game. But the Bundesliga returns on Saturday, and we will be treated to one of the most important fixtures of the season when RB Leipzig takes on Bayern.
That top-of-the-table clash will attract most of the attention this weekend, but there are eight other games being contested – and I will be taking a look at every one of them. I will also be picking out three of the best bets to consider for matchday 27.
Augsburg and Hoffenheim to Draw
Both these sides lost their games before the international break but had enjoyed some fairly good results before that. So, the head coaches will be hoping that their players can come back in a positive mood. Only one point separates the two, but Augsburg will feel as though it needs to win this one to keep the main relegation candidates at bay.
Hoffenheim has lost the last two games and went down surprisingly to Mainz last time out. There shouldn’t be too much anxiety about the drop, but head coach Sebastian Hoeness will want to pick up a few more points over the next few weeks to make sure that there isn’t a nervy end to the season.
It would help if Andrej Kramaric’s knock picked up on international duty is not too serious. Either way, these two could well cancel each other out on Saturday.
Bayer Leverkusen to Beat Schalke
Borussia Monchengladbach was just before the break – and this weekend, it will be Bayer Leverkusen’s turn to use Schalke as an easy way to get back to winning ways.
Peter Bosz was sacked after the depressingly easy defeat to Hertha, and Hannes Wolf has now taken over as interim manager with a remit to get the team qualified for European competition. Winning three points on Saturday should be a fairly easy first task.
It will be a few weeks until Schalke are formally relegated from the Bundesliga, but every week brings another disappointment as the Royal Blues fail miserably once again.
The 3-0 defeat to Gladbach made it one goal scored in seven games, with 17 conceded. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar came on at the end of that game but will probably make way for Matthew Hoppe at the start of this weekend’s game. Unfortunately for Schalke, it probably doesn’t matter who it plays up front.
Borussia Dortmund to Beat Eintracht Frankfurt
Erling Haaland was very visibly frustrated at the end of Dortmund’s last game against Koln. The Norwegian striker had done his job once again, but his last-minute goal only won one point for his team against a side struggling at the wrong end of the table.
He will have to do without Jadon Sancho once again but could win this one all on his own – and he might have to to ensure Dortmund qualifies for the Champions League this season.
Eintracht Frankfurt currently occupies one of the four qualifying berths and has its own goal-scoring hero in Andre Silva. He scored twice in the 5-2 thrashing of Union Berlin – a much-needed win after three games without a victory.
This should be a really good game, but it will be interesting to see how head coach Adi Hutter approaches it, as a draw would preserve the four-point lead it holds over Dortmund at the moment.
Mainz to Beat Arminia Bielefeld
This is a huge make-or-break game for both sides as they attempt to pull away from the bottom of the table. Mainz’s excellent win away at Hoffenheim just before the break was the third unbeaten game in a row. This allowed the 05ers to climb out of the bottom three for the first time since the early weeks of the season. Bo Svensson has made all the difference since coming in as head coach but will be hoping that Danny da Costa is fit to play as he has played a big part in the revival.
Arminia Bielefeld boss Frank Kramer will be pleased that the international break has given Ritsu Doan a chance to recover from the concussion he suffered in the narrow defeat to Leipzig. He didn’t meet up with the Japan national side and is now ready to take the field for this important clash. A win would see Bielefeld leapfrog Mainz, but that looks like being a tall order.
Wolfsburg to Beat Koln
Wout Weghorst has been incredible this season and scored yet again in Wolfsburg’s win over Werder Bremen just before the international break. He will be eagerly looking forward to this one as it should give him the chance to extend his tally of 22 goals in all competitions this season.
There have been just two losses since the turn of the year, and three more points here would really help with Wolfsburg’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Koln concentrated on matters at the other end of the table and was forced to consider the point won against Borussia Dortmund last time out as a positive. But, considering Erling Haaland scored the equalizer in the very last minute, there may well be the feeling that it was more like two points lost. Although it was undoubtedly a good result, the players will know that it could have been much better, and it will be interesting to see how much of a psychological blow that late strike will be in the coming weeks.
RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich to Draw
The season’s biggest game arrives later on Saturday as Bayern travels to Leipzig to extend its lead at the top of the Bundesliga to seven points. Leipzig is on an eight-game unbeaten streak at the moment, though, with seven of those ending in victories. Head coach Julian Nagelsmann will know that defeat will probably hand the title to Bayern and will be pleased that Dayot Upamecano should return from injury to face the club he will be joining in the summer.
Although Bayern has a wealth of talent at its disposal, the striker is a huge part of its success and will now miss three or four games at completely the wrong time of the season. Hansi Flick will also be without Alphonso Davies and Jerome Boateng, who are both suspended for this one. This promises to be an enthralling encounter, but Bayern knows that a draw would still be a very positive result in its quest to win the league yet again.
Borussia Monchengladbach and Freiburg to Draw
There is still some confusion over whether Xabi Alonso will be the next head coach of Monchengladbach after reports before the international break suggested that the deal was done. But the Foals will need to put all thoughts of next season out of their mind here as it attempts to salvage something from this campaign. Announcing Marco Rose’s departure has really backfired on the club, and three points are needed here to give it a chance of climbing back into the top half.
Freiburg is a point ahead of Gladbach but would seem to have just as little chance of pushing for European qualification after showing far too much inconsistency this season. Two second-half goals were enough to beat Augsburg in the last game before the international break, but that was just the second win in six attempts.
It seems as though head coach Christian Streich will have to make do with a mid-table finish this year.
Stuttgart to Beat Werder Bremen
Both these sides will be missing key attacking players on Sunday as they look to consolidate a mid-table position. Stuttgart may feel that it could make a late push for a European spot as it only lies four points behind Bayer Leverkusen in sixth. But losing Silas to a season-ending knee injury is a massive blow for Pellegrini Matarazzo’s side.
It has been an excellent season for the club to return to the top flight, though – and there could be another victory to celebrate this weekend.
Werder Bremen will be missing Josh Sargent after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season in the defeat to Wolfsburg just before the break. He also scored an own goal in that game, so he will be keen to put it behind him and concentrate on his return next week. Werder Bremen is just six points behind Stuttgart but will be concentrating on what is happening below more than thinking about Europe. Defeat here wouldn’t cause too much panic, but a few more wins are needed in the remaining games to ensure safety.
Union Berlin and Hertha Berlin to Draw
The final game on matchday 27 is the big game in Berlin between Union and Hertha. Die Eisernen are still heavily involved in the race for a European place but was beaten comprehensively by Eintracht Frankfurt last time out.
That was the first defeat in six games, and with Max Kruse back to full fitness, Urs Fischer’s side has as much chance as anyone to make it into the top six. The Berlin derby at the Stadio An der Alten Forsterei will not be the same without the fans’ passion, but it is sure to be an exciting game.
Hertha goes into this game off the back of a big 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen just before the break. After just one win in the previous 11 fixtures, Pal Dardai’s side had dropped into the relegation playoff place, but a very good performance saw the Old Lady climb back up the table. The pressure isn’t off, though, and Matheus Cunha will need to have another influential 90 minutes for Hertha to get something from this one. It doesn’t help that Vladimir Darida is suspended, but this could result in a hard-fought draw.
My Top Bundesliga Picks for April 3-4, 2021
Here are my three picks in the Bundesliga for matchday 27.
My first pick this weekend is for Augsburg and Hoffenheim not to outdo each other on Saturday. Although both clubs are nearer to the bottom of the league than they would like, a draw is actually not a terrible result for either and would seem to be the most likely outcome here.
I also think that the big game (apologies fans of the Berlin clubs) of the weekend will end in a draw – a result that will please Hansi Flick much more than Julian Nagelsmann. Bayern without Lewandowski will be a different prospect for Leipzig to face, but the sheer amount of world-class players at the club means that winning even one point will be just as difficult.
My final pick is in the other big game on matchday 27, where I feel that Union and Hertha will play out a spirited draw. This game may not even be that pretty, but there are a few players on each side that can unlock a defense, so I do think there will be goals as well.