Twelve games into the season and newly promoted RB Leipzig are still top of the Bundesliga after a remarkable run that has seen them win nine and draw three. But they face a tough game.
<p>Twelve games into the season and newly promoted RB Leipzig are still top of the Bundesliga after a remarkable run that has seen them win nine and draw three. But they face a tough game at Schalke this weekend and Bayern Munich are nipping ferociously at their heels, so we are set for another enthralling weekend of football in Germany. Here are some of the most eagerly anticipated games, along with form guides and predictions:</p><p>https://youtu.be/tikY_d1dPhk</p><p><strong>Mainz 05 v Bayern Munich</strong></p><p>Mainz are a pretty average mid-table team, having won five, drawn two and lost five this season. They enjoyed a relatively strong season last campaign and qualified for the Europa League, but the exertions of competing on two fronts seem to be taking its toll on this squad. Bayern can capitalize. They returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen last time out – their first win in four – and can keep it up away at Mainz. Manager Carlo Ancelotti needs points badly as rumours are already flying around suggesting he could be relieved of his duties after just a few months in charge thanks to Bayern’s poor start to the season, with the club rumoured to be interested in Jurgen Klopp. But if they win here and Leipzig slip up, things will start to look rosier and they can get the job done. Bayern are just 1.33, so you might consider going half-time/full-time on Bayern for more value, as they will be desperate to start strong given their recent woes, and you can get <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4818&book=Coral">1.91 with Coral</a> on this.</p><p> </p><p><strong>RB Leipzig v Schalke</strong></p><p>RB Leipzig have been the success story of the season. Never has a newly promoted club started so well, but RB Leipzig are not just any club. They have been vilified by many across Germany due to the funds poured into the club by Red Bull, and the way it has circumvented rules around corporations and football clubs tying up, but their manager and players deserve a lot of credit for their performances. We have tipped them every week and they have not yet let us down: they are still unbeaten and top of the Bundesliga, regularly defying long odds to win games with style. They have won their last six in a row and we can’t stop tipping them until they finally falter. But they face a really difficult game here. Schalke are the other form team in the league, with five wins on the bounce in all competitions. That being said, they showed defensive frailties earlier in the season and are still just eighth in the table, 13 points behind Leipzig, so the<a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4835&book=Betvictor"> 2.05 on offer at Bet Victor</a> and Stan James on a Leipzig win looks attractive.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Wolfsburg v Hertha Berlin</strong></p><p>Hertha Berlin are another of the surprise packages this season: they lie in third, just three points behind Bayern. They have only lost twice in 12, and recently beat Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0, and recorded a strong win over Mainz in their last game. Wolfsburg are at the other end of the table and their second place finish a couple of years back is now a distant memory. They have taken just 10 points from 12 games and are currently in a relegation dogfight. That makes it surprising to see Wolfsburg as favourites to win this game at 2.20, while Hertha Berlin are all the way out at 3.60. Hertha Berlin-draw double chance looks a good bet at<a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4810&book=Bet365"> 1.80 with Bet365</a>.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Augsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt</strong></p><p>Another team surprisingly well priced is Eintracht Frankfurt (2.88), who are on a seven-game unbeaten run. Last time out they beat Borussia Dortmund, second favourites for the Bundesliga, 2-1 and that will have given them a great deal of confidence. The unbeaten run has also seen them draw with Bayern Munich, so they will not fear a mid-table Augsburg side that have drawn their last two games. Eintracht are now fourth on 24 points, behind Hertha Berlin on goal difference alone, and 11 points ahead of Augsburg. It is hard to see Augsburg winning this game so Eintracht draw no bet looks a good option at 2.03 with Marathon Bet.</p>