Friday 9th December
19.30 GMT – Eintracht Frankfurt (5th) vs Hoffenheim (4th)
Two of the most in form sides in the Bundesliga lock horns tonight, as Frankfurt (unbeaten in 7) entertain Hoffenheim (unbeaten all season in the league). Hoffenheim are above their opponents on goal difference only, making this an incredibly tight game to call. Frankfurt are punching a bit above their weight though, whereas Hoffenheim do have a squad capable of getting a European spot with the right moves in the January window.
Prediction: Frankfurt 1-1 Hoffenheim
Saturday 10th December
14.30 GMT – Bayern Munich (2nd) vs Wolfsburg (15th)
The plight of Wolfsburg is seriously worrying, and it seems that most of their big name players want to leave instead of stay and fight with the club. The January window will be a big test for them, but first they play the champions Bayern. Bayern have 3 times as many points as Wolfsburg, and are beginning to look threatening again – coming in off of a good win against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League. They should win this, but I feel Wolfsburg may put in a good performance.
Prediction: Bayern 3-1 Wolfsburg
14.30 GMT – Freiburg (11th) vs Darmstadt (16th)
Darmstadt’s struggles have resulted in them parting company with their manager, but they will fancy their chances of impressing any interested candidates for the managerial role against a Freiburg side whose good run of form has hit a brick wall – they’re now winless in 4. That said, Darmstadt have lost their last 5 and were expected to struggle this season so it won’t be easy to suddenly turn on the form.
Prediction: Freiburg 1-1 Darmstadt
14.30 GMT – Koln (7th) vs Borussia Dortmund (6th)
Dortmund are beginning to click now, with a big win against Gladbach followed by a good performance and draw in Madrid in the Champions League. With most of their key players now back to full fitness, their focus turns towards getting closer to Bayern and Leipzig in the league. Koln’s form has faded a bit recently, losing 3 out of their last 6 – not helped by their injury problems. Once they clear up, Koln should start to do well again. For now though, they’ll have to settle for a loss.
Prediction: Koln 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
14.30 GMT – Hamburg (17th) vs Augsburg (12th)
Hamburg finally got the win they were searching for last week, and moved off of the bottom of the table in the process. They’re now 3 without defeat, and playing the best football they’ve played in a while. Augsburg will provide a stern test to Hamburg’s newfound form, as they are unbeaten in 4 themselves.
Prediction: Hamburg 2-1 Augsburg
14.30 GMT – Ingolstadt (18th) vs RB Leipzig (1st)
On paper, this should be a big win for Leipzig. However, Ingolstadt have improved in performance (if not results) since the new manager took over, so won’t roll over easily. That said, they seem to take the defensive side of their game first at the moment, which should see them struggle against a relentlessly pressing Leipzig side. Leipzig still have a few injury problems at the back, so Ingolstadt should be able to score, but it won’t be enough.
Prediction: Ingolstadt 1-2 RB Leipzig
17.30 GMT – Hertha Berlin (3rd) vs Werder Bremen (14th)
Hertha are having an amazing season themselves, albeit they’re being overshadowed by the Leipzig story. With top scorer Ibisevic back from suspension, they will be a tough prospect at home where they have a 100% record so far this season. Werder Bremen have the worst defence in the league, and despite a win last week will almost certainly struggle to make it back to back wins.
Prediction: Hertha Berlin 2-0 Werder Bremen
Sunday 11th December
14.30 GMT – Borussia Mönchengladbach (13th) vs Mainz (10th)
Gladbach are sliding down the table at an alarming rate, winless in 8 Bundesliga games now. They were completely destroyed by Barcelona’s B team in midweek, and are desperately in need of a win. Mainz have lost their last 3 away games, and have become a bit lost in midtable. Now that Europe is over, they will hope to climb back up the table. I can see Gladbach getting a long awaited win here though.
Prediction: Gladbach 1-0 Mainz
16.30 GMT – Schalke (8th) vs Bayer Leverkusen (9th)
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