Another Exciting Weekend In The Bundesliga

Gabe Morency

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:19 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 8:19 PM UTC

RB Leipzig slumped to their first defeat of the season at the weekend bringing an end to a remarkable run that saw the newly promoted win 10 and draw three games to make a lot.
<p>RB Leipzig slumped to their first defeat of the season at the weekend, bringing an end to a remarkable run that saw the newly promoted win 10 and draw three games to make a lot of money for anyone backing them. Now the normal order has been restored as Bayern Munich moved top on goal difference with a 5-0 win over Wolfsburg, and they should consolidate their position thanks to an impending away trip to bottom club Darmstadt. Leipzig needs to bounce back with a statement of intent but face a tough home game against third-placed Hertha Berlin, who also suffered a surprise defeat last weekend.</p><p></p><p><strong>Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund </strong>After RB Leipzig lost 1-0 to Ingolstadt, Hoffenheim is now the only team with an unbeaten record in the Bundesliga. To still be unbeaten 14 games in, when the likes of Bayern Munich have already suffered multiple defeats, is an astonishing achievement for a team that finished just one point and one place above the relegation zone last season. This time they are fourth after a complete turnaround, and they are playing great football. They have only won six of 14, however, and recorded eight draws, so they are seven points behind Bayern and Leipzig. Dortmund has drawn four times this season and are in sixth place, so they really need to rack up more wins to overtake the likes of Hoffenheim, Hertha, and Eintracht and close the gap on Bayern and Leipzig. They may put an end to Hoffenheim’s unbeaten run, but if you go with recent form, this has draw all over it and the <a href=";book=Bet365">10/3 Bet365</a> has on that outcome looks great.</p><p> </p><p><strong>RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin </strong>The big question in the Bundesliga is will the wheels now come off for RB Leipzig after that bruising defeat against Ingolstadt, who were the bottom of the league at the time? They have a home game against Hertha, another of this season’s surprise packages, who are in third, six points behind Leipzig after an unexpected defeat at the hands of Werder Bremen last weekend. Hertha is better at home, however, and have not been as strong on their travels, winning just six of their last 20 on the road, so it gives Leipzig the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways and send out a statement to the rest of the league. Let’s not forget that Leipzig is still unbeaten at home this season, winning five of their last six games in front of their home fans, so the <a href=";book=Paddypower">1.72 Paddy Power</a> is offering on a home win still looks good.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Wolfsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt </strong>Wolfsburg is having a nightmare of a season. A couple of years ago they finished second and won the cup, and they qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League last year, but they are in freefall. That 5-0 defeat by Bayern left them above the relegation zone on goal difference alone, and their goal difference from 14 games is -11 so that is nothing to get too excited about. They face an Eintracht Frankfurt team in excellent form and on a long unbeaten streak, having won three and drawn three of their last six. Frankfurt has beaten top sides like Borussia Dortmund and Koln of late and should do well against a Wolfsburg team woefully low in confidence. Eintracht is 3.30 and that looks a great bet. Or take Paddy Power’s 2.25 on Eintracht draw no bet if you’re not quite convinced.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Mainz 05 v Hamburg </strong>Hamburg is in good form, having won two on the bounce to lift them off the bottom of the Bundesliga and almost out of the relegation zone. They are unbeaten in four, despite playing decent teams like Hoffenheim, and will not fear Mainz, who lost to Borussia Monchengladbach last time out and have lost three of their last four. Hamburg–draw double chance at 1.85 with Bet365 is tempting.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Darmstadt v Bayern Munich </strong>Bayern is back in business, having won four in a row to overtake Leipzig and reclaim their usual spot on top of the pile. They will not be likely to take a foot off now and should steamroller Darmstadt, who are the bottom of the league, just like they beat Wolfsburg last weekend. We tipped Bayern -2 on the European handicap, and there is little reason to think it wouldn’t pay off again here at 2.20 with Paddy Power. Darmstadt have lost six in a row, are up against the best team in the league and this should be a total mismatch.</p>
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