Bundesliga Predictions and Best Bets – February 5-7, 2021

| February 4, 2021 9:07 am PDT

With the main challengers all faltering the week before, Bayern continued to look down on the rest of the Bundesliga with another comprehensive victory at the weekend. Hansi Flick’s future might still be in question – he is wanted by the German national side – but another league title looks on course at the moment.

But there plenty of other storylines throughout the German top flight this season, with the race for the Champions League, spots being just one of them. None of the main rivals play each other this week, though, so that might give the chasing pack a chance to chip away at Bayern’s lead.

Matchday 20 kicks off on Friday with Hertha looking to somehow overcome the champions – and there are eight other fixtures over the weekend. I’ll be looking at all nine games and picking out three of the best bets to consider.

Bayern Munich to Beat Hertha Berlin

It has not been the easiest of starts to Pal Dardai’s second spell as Hertha head coach. His first game was against form team Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend – and now he faces the might of Bayern. Sami Khedira and Nemanja Radonjic have been brought in to bolster the squad, but neither is likely to be ready for Friday’s game. So that means that Dardai will look to the talent of Matheus Cunha to magic up any chances against the league leaders.

One factor that might just go in Hertha’s favor is that Bayern will be jetting off to Qatar straight after to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup. That may mean that Hansi Flick rests some of his squad for this game. But that does just mean that exciting youngsters, such as Jamal Musiala, might get an extended run out. Along with goal scorers like Robert Lewandowski, another win for the champions still seems likely.

Wolfsburg to Beat Augsburg

Augsburg was unable to capitalize on its good win against Union Berlin the week before, as it went down to Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday. Andre Hahn actually gave Heiko Herrlich’s side the early lead and saw Erling Haaland miss a penalty before Dortmund took control. Augsburg can take some positives from the game but has still only won one of its last five now.

While most of the attention for the title challenge to Bayern has been centered on Dortmund and RB Leipzig, Wolfsburg has quietly gone about its business and climbed to third in the table last week with a convincing 3-0 win at home over Freiburg. Wout Weghorst recorded his 18th of the season in all competitions and will be a major threat this weekend as well.

Borussia Dortmund to Beat Freiburg

Freiburg’s players were incensed with the decision not to disallow Wolfsburg’s opener in that game last week. It looked as though there was a clear foul in the build-up to John Anthony Brooks’ goal, but the ref saw otherwise, and Freiburg fell to just its second defeat in 11 games. That form has seen the Black Forest club climb up the table, but defeat on Saturday will temper any Europa League hopes.

Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, desperately needs to win this one if it is to convince anyone that it has a chance of taking one of the Champions League berths. Not finishing in the top four would be a disaster for the club, so last week’s 3-1 win over Augsburg was a welcome relief after going a goal down. After three games without a win previously, the three points were warmly welcomed – as will three more this weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen to Beat Stuttgart

After crashing out of the DFB Cup to fourth-tier Rot-Weiss Essen in the week, Leverkusen will be desperate to get back to winning ways in the league. But that will be easier said than done against a very impressive Stuttgart on Saturday. After a woeful run of results since Christmas, Peter Bosz has brought in a number of players to improve his squad and will be hoping that some magic can be found from somewhere to arrest an alarming fall.

Stuttgart will be by far the more confident side going into this game, thanks to some good results this season. But the victory over Mainz was the first in four Bundesliga games. A contender for goal of the season from Silas helped Stuttgart on its way to a 2-0 win last weekend, and he should be one of the main threats against on Saturday. This will be a close one, though.

Union Berlin to Beat Mainz

Mainz actually started its game with Stuttgart last week relatively well and was unlucky to lose a game and concede that incredible solo goal from Silas. But those are the kinds of things that happen to a club at the wrong end of the table – and there might well be further disappointment ahead this season after it allowed one of its brightest players to leave the club.

Union Berlin has been one of the surprise packages of the season so far, even if recent results have not been quite as impressive. But it looked, for a while, that Urs Fischer’s team would take all three points from Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend. A first-half header gave the Berlin club the lead, and it might have put the game out of reach before succumbing to the visitors with half an hour to go. Mainz should be an easier prospect on Saturday, though.

RB Leipzig to Beat Schalke

After the season Schalke has endured, any point should probably be celebrated. But the way the Gelsenkirchen club dominated the first half against Werder Bremen last week suggests that it should have gone on to win. But it was a completely different second period, and the Royal Blues had to make do with a point. Things have definitely improved in the last few weeks, but escaping relegation will be an incredible feat.

There shouldn’t be too much movement towards that end this Saturday, as RB Leipzig should end up winning this one quite comfortably, even if results since the turn of the year have not been the greatest. Even though the first-half performance against Bayer Leverkusen last week brought little in the way of chances, RB Leipzig eventually turned on the style to beat one of its closest rivals and picked up three valuable points. Three more on Saturday should be a little easier to come by.

Borussia Monchengladbach to Beat Koln

A game between these two near neighbors would normally be quite the occasion, but without the fans, it is more likely to be a straightforward win for the home side, as it looks to keep in touch with the European qualification places. The Foals took a point from Union Berlin last weekend thanks to an exquisitely placed shot from Alassane Plea. The draw extended a good unbeaten run to six games – but more victories are needed now.

Koln made sure it beat one of the other teams struggling at the wrong end of the table last week when it overcame Arminia Bielefeld at home. The Billy Goats dominated the game and won thanks to a brace from Marius Wolf within the first half-hour. The final score of 3-1 should give Markus Gisdol’s side some hope here, but it will do well to enjoy possession in the same way as it did against Bielefeld.

Eintracht Frankfurt to Beat Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim was thrashed 4-1 by Bayern last weekend, but the scoreline doesn’t really reflect the game, as the champions were curiously quiet throughout. But the very fact that Hoffenheim conceded four goals proves why bringing in Chris Richards on loan from Bayern might be a good move. He might be able to help one of the worst defenses in the Bundesliga – and if he plays against Frankfurt, he will definitely be busy on Sunday.

That’s because the Eagles are one of the most prolific sides in the German top flight at the current time, with only Bayern scoring more goals this season. Andre Silva has been incredible this year, with 16 in the league alone, but now he has Luka Jovic to help out after the Serbian was brought back on loan from Real Madrid. It was Silva who scored two in the win over Hertha last weekend, but manager Adi Hutter would probably like the victory sewn up before the final five minutes this week.

Arminia Bielefeld and Werder Bremen to Draw

Matchday 20 finishes off in Bielefeld on Sunday as Arminia attempts to escape the scrum at the bottom of the league by beating Werder Bremen. Bielefeld was roundly beaten last weekend by Koln – and that came just eight days after a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Frankfurt at home. Staying the Bundesliga was always going to be a tall task for Uwe Neuhaus’ side, but a few wins would help with that.

Werder Bremen may be in no mood to relinquish the points, though, after only being able to draw with bottom of the table Schalke last weekend. Although the Royal Blues have improved, Bremen cannot afford to drop points against the weaker teams in the league considering its own perilous current position. Not losing games might be more important, though, so a draw might be acceptable – if not preferable – for head coach Florian Kohfeldt.

My Top Bundesliga Picks for February 5-7, 2021

Here are my three picks in the Bundesliga for matchday 20. Odds are courtesy of Betway.

  • Bayer Leverkusen to beat Stuttgart – 2.00
  • Union Berlin to beat Mainz – 2.30
  • Arminia Bielefeld and Werder Bremen to draw – 3.25

Stuttgart has looked very impressive this season after coming up from Bundesliga 2 in the summer, but if Leverkusen can find the form of earlier in the season, it could challenge at the top again. There is a lot being placed on the shoulders of teenager Florian Wirtz at the moment, but there are plenty of other talented players at the club too.

I have a feeling that Mainz will continue to struggle for the remainder of the season, and the loss of striker Jean-Philippe Mateta will hit the club hard. Union Berlin might not be quite at the same level as the start of the campaign, but it should be able to pick up three more points away from home on Saturday.

My final pick for matchday 20 is for the last game of the weekend to finish all honors even. Werder Bremen is running hot and cold this season and will probably be happy to finish just above the relegation zone, whereas Arminia is desperate for points to climb out of the bottom three. I expect a tense, well-fought game to end in a draw.

Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts is an experienced freelance writer specialising in sports and sports betting. He is particularly knowledgeable about world soccer, but also writes about football, basketball and cricket.

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