Just before the international break, RB Leipzig will host Eintracht Frankfurt in the most anticipated match of the Bundesliga round, while Hoffenheim travels to play relegation-threatened Hertha Berlin on Saturday. Our sportsbook is offering many betting opportunities for the top European soccer leagues.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Bundesliga Odds. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
RB Leipzig vs Eintracht Frankfurt
RB Leipzig has been the most consistent German team in the previous two months. Despite being kept two a 1-1 draw by Freiburg two weeks ago, Domenico Tedesco’s troops are unbeaten in their last nine fixtures across all competitions, winning seven in the process. They also automatically qualified in the Europa League quarterfinals after UEFA excluded Spartak Moscow from the competition. That means they had enough time to prepare for this important weekend clash.
They enter this match as heavy favorites at -235 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds. Last weekend, they destroyed bottom-placed Greuther Furth 6-1 on the road, with all six goals scored by six different players. What does that tell us? Simple: They are fully packed with high-class players and they have amazing attacking firepower. As always, star striker Christopher Nkunku is the player to watch. He contributed on the scoreboard last weekend, bringing his domestic season tally to 15 goals and nine assists in 26 games.
Frankfurt appears to be returning to its best form after looking slightly off the pace a few weeks back. They head into Sunday’s clash in four straight across all competitions, including a 2-1 victory over Bochum in the Bundesliga last Sunday. Glasner’s squad thus broke into the top half of the Bundesliga ladder and they will enter this match in the highest of spirits.
Frankfurt is in the Europa League quarterfinals following a 1-1 draw with Real Betis on Thursday, advancing 2-1 on aggregate.
Since both teams generally tend to play attacking-minded football, we would be very surprised to see this ending as a low-scoring contest. The logical bet is to go with the overs, but the line is set at three so we won’t include that bet in our soccer picks and parlays. Leipzig’s home record is impressive. They won nine of 13 games, scoring 35 goals in the process. We expect them to take advantage of Eintracht’s tired legs and secure their UCL spot.
Pick: RB Leipzig -1½ (+115)
Hertha Berlin vs Hoffenheim
Hertha Berlin has appointed Felix Magath as their head coach until the end of the season after parting company with Tayfun Korkut following the team’s latest defeat against Gladbach, a result that left the capital club in the Bundesliga relegation zone. There’s no stability inside the club, with Magath being the third coach of the season for the hosts. We faded them week in and week out and we also cashed last week when they failed to score in the 2-0 defeat to Gladbach. It was their fifth loss in a row and their eight in the last 10 fixtures across all competitions. They are now sitting 17th in the standings with just 23 points earned in 26 games, a direct relegation spot.
If you’re betting online, you should know that clubs are said to enjoy a bounce when they appoint a new boss. A fresh face comes in, the slate is wiped clean, players give their all again, confidence returns and results start to pick up. Yet, do new managers bring about a bounce in results or just enjoy a regression to the mean? That’s not exactly the reality because there’s no time to prepare a match with a new philosophy in just five days. Not only is Hertha bad from the results point of view, but there’s no creativity, desire and positive vibes inside the team, nore is their quality on the pitch.
On the other side, Hoffenheim is unbeaten in their last five Bundesliga fixtures, winning four in the process. Last weekend, they managed to keep leaders Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw, wasting many second-goal opportunities. It was a great result that keeps them in the fight for the UCL spots. They are equal on points with RB Leipzig and Freiburg and just one point behind third-place Leverkusen. We expect them to extend their great run of form and maintain the pressure on the top spots.