Hoffenheim Aiming to Maintain Strong Form

Gabe Morency

Monday, April 23, 2018 7:33 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 7:33 PM UTC

The Bundesliga returns this weekend and there is still plenty at stake for many teams as we approach the final few games of the season. Wolfsburg Freiburg and Mainz are locked in a three-way tussle.
<p>The Bundesliga returns this weekend, and there is still plenty at stake for many teams as we approach the final few games of the season. Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Mainz are locked in a three-way tussle to avoid being dragged into a promotion/relegation game, while Schalke and Dortmund are battling it out for the runner-up spot. Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim are also trying to secure the final top four place and a shot at Champions League qualification, so there is plenty of intrigue left in this campaign. Here are the weekend’s biggest games:</p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im1k9KUJ4to&amp;feature=youtu.be </p><h3>Hoffenheim v Hannover</h3> This one should prove to be a bit of a mismatch, as Hoffenheim’s recent form has been excellent, while Hannover have been poor. Hoffenheim are unbeaten in eight games, with five wins and three draws, and that run has included a 6-0 victory over Koln and a 5-2 thrashing of RB Leipzig. That has left them fifth in the table, and they will be desperate to overhaul fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen before the season is out. Hannover have won just one game in their last nine, and they have been sliding down the table. They are now 13th, just six points above Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Mainz, and it really has been a dismal 2018 for them. Hoffenheim have the league’s second-best home record, and Hannover are poor on the road. Hoffenheim -1.25 Asian handicap looks appealing at 5/6 with Unibet and 888 Sport. <h3>Bayern Munich v Eintract Frankfurt</h3> Bayern have already wrapped up the league title, but they still keep on steamrolling teams, having beaten Borussia Monchengladbach 5-1, Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 and Hannover 3-0. They are outrageously dominant in Germany, and if they play anywhere near their full potential they will demolish Frankfurt. Bayern to win and ‘over’ 2.5 goals looks good at 20/21 with Boyle Sports and 19/20 with Ladbrokes and Coral. <h3>Freiburg v Koln</h3> Freiburg have lost five games in a row and they look to be heading into that dreaded promotion-relegation game against a team from Bundesliga 2. They will be desperate for a win, but Koln are tricky opponents right now. They are all but certain to be relegated, eight points behind Freiburg with just nine left to play for, but that has not stopped them pulling off some shock results in recent weeks. Last time out they faced second-placed Schalke and secured a 2-2 draw. They also drew with Mainz and beat Bayer Leverkusen recently. Koln for a draw double chance looks interesting at 4/5 with Sportingbet. <h3>Mainz v RB Leipzig</h3> RB Leipzig were runners-up last year, but their recent form has been horrible and that has seen them slip down to sixth in the table. They have lost three and drawn one of their last four games, but they are always entertaining and their games typically feature plenty of goals. Mainz will see this as an opportunity to pull clear of Freiburg and Wolfsburg, and they should display some ambition in this game. Both teams to score and ‘over’ 2.5 goals look good at 11/10 with Sky Bet, Coral and Boyle Sports. <h3>Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund</h3> Borussia Dortmund have been great at home but poor on the road in recent weeks, and they need to stop that trend if they are to overhaul Schalke and clinch second place. They are up against a Werder Bremen team that have taken just one point from their last three games, so there is an opportunity for them to pick up three precious points. But Dortmund’s goal threat has been blunted by injury to Michy Batshuayi, and Werder Bremen are pretty stubborn at the back. Under 2.5 goals looks good at 77/50 with Marathon Bet and 5/4 with Sky Bet, Betfred and Betway.<p></p>
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