Weekend Bundesliga: Schalke Aim To Maintain Winning Streak
By Martin Green28 March 2018
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Bayern Munich have cruised to yet another Bundesliga title, but the race to finish second is heating up and several teams are bidding for Champions League places. Wolfsburg and Mainz are also locked in a battle to avoid relegation, so there is a lot at stake during this weekend’s action. Here are the games that look interesting from a betting perspective. Bet on each match at BMR’s green-listed bookmakers:

Schalke v Freiburg

Domenico Tedesco’s team moved up to second in the table after winning five games in a row before the international break. The Schalke manager will hope two-week gap does not halt their momentum. They have a pretty comfortable game at home to Freiburg to ease back into things, and they should be able to take all three points. Freiburg are near the bottom of the table, but they have a five-point advantage over Wolfsburg and Mainz, so things are not looking too desperate. However, a haul of just two points from their last four games is pretty dismal at this time of year, and they are unlikely to take anything from this game. The best price available on Schalke is 31/50 with Marathon Bet, but there are ways to find more value. All of Schalke’s last five wins have seen ‘under’ 3.5 goals, and a Schalke win and ‘under’ 3.5 goals in this game is 11/10 with Boyle Sports and 21/20 with various bookmakers. If you are feeling more cautious, Schalke and ‘under’ 4.5 goals is 8/11 with Bet Stars.

Stuttgart v Hamburg

These are teams heading in opposite directions: Stuttgart have won five of their last six games to shoot up to seventh in the table, while Hamburg have lost five of their last six and they are rock bottom. They are all but certain to be relegated, and Stuttgart should tear them apart. Tayfun Korkut’s men have a brilliant home record this season, the third best in the league, with eight wins from 13 games. In that time they have only scored 12 goals, but their watertight defence has conceded a mere seven, so they have ground out plenty of impressive victories. They are 9/11 to win this one with 188Bet and that looks really tempting as Hamburg are in horrendous form. Again, if you want more value look to a Stuttgart win plus ‘under’ on total goals because they are a very disciplined but unadventurous team.

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund

Bayern have a comfortable 17-point lead over Schalke at the top of the Bundesliga table and there is no chance of them slipping now. They can therefore afford to preserve their energy for the Champions League, and they play Sevilla in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The players are likely to have one eye on that game when they meet Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Dortmund have enjoyed a vast improvement since Peter Stöger took over as manager and they are now up to third in the table, just one point behind Schalke. They are unbeaten in the league since early December, but they are still all the way out at 6/1 or 7/1 with Green-Listed Bookmakers to win this game. Dortmund +1.25 Asian handicap looks attractive here at 15/14 with 188Bet and even money with various others.

Hertha Berlin v Wolfsburg

Hertha Berlin lost 2-0 at home to Mainz earlier this month, and Wolfsburg will be desperate to pull off a similar feat. They are running out of time to pick up the points that will save them from relegation, and this represents a strong opportunity to get a result. Hertha Berlin are safe from danger, but they have one of the poorest home records in the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg-draw double chance is 4/5 and that may tempt some punters.