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Well, one was not expecting Bayern Munchen to blow away Roma in their UEFA Champions League Group E game but one is not going to make the same mistake of opposing Bayern twice.
All-conquering Bayern Munchen’s next assignment is a German Bundesliga match away to Monchengladbach, a game that pits first versus second after eight rounds of the league. Both teams are unbeaten in the German Bundesliga, with Bayern Munchen having won six times and Monchengladbach four.
Neither Bayern Munchen nor Monchengladbach has had a really tough start to its German Bundesliga campaign but the teams have had five common opponents this season – Hamburg, Koln, Paderborn, Schalke and Stuttgart – and one’s analysis of those recent collateral form lines favours Bayern over Monchengladbach by a score of 3-1, with one tie.
Confidence is a powerful thing in sport and one can imagine that Bayern Munchen’s players will be feeling invincible on the back of six consecutive wins, the last three by scores of 4-0, 6-0 and 7-1. Bayern Munchen had 23 attempts against Roma – 11 of them on target – and it is well worth noting that the Italian Serie A side had done very little wrong this term and very little wrong at home for two seasons.
One has become used to Bayern Munchen trading at short odds to win German Bundesliga road matches so one was surprised to see Bwin offering 12/25 1.48 -208 0.48 -2.08 0.48 about Pep Guardiola’s team putting seven points between it and Monchengladbach at the top of the German Bundesliga ladder. Bayern Munchen has won each of its last three competitive games versus Monchengladbach, including 2-0 and 5-1 victories away from home.
Also on Sunday there is German Bundesliga action featuring Wolfsburg and Mainz at the Volkswagen Arena. One’s default position with any Wolfsburg match is to look at the goals markets because, generally speaking, one can usually bank on the Wolves hitting the back of net at least once. Wolfsburg has scored in 33 of its last 34 German Bundesliga games.
BetVictor and Ladbrokes are offering odds of 73/100 1.73 -137 0.73 -1.37 0.73 that both Wolfsburg and Mainz score in their German Bundesliga clash at the Volkswagen Arena. Mainz has overcome crashing out of the UEFA Europa League before the German Bundesliga kicked off to win three and draw five of its first eight league matches, scoring at least once in six of those games.
Both sides have scored in five of Wolfsburg’s eight German Bundesliga matches – the numbers are 29 of 34 if one goes back to this time last year – and both sides have scored in five of Mainz’s eight German Bundesliga matches as well.
Finally, Frankfurt and Stuttgart have yet to feature in a German Bundesliga goalless draw this term and one is keen on backing them to combine for over two and a half goals in Saturday’s showdown at odds of 3/4 1.75 -133 0.75 -1.33 0.75 with Boylesports.
That Frankfurt is featuring in many high-scoring German Bundesliga games should not surprise anyone who has followed the career of its coach, Thomas Schaaf. Schaaf was the boss of Bremen for 14 seasons in which the River Islanders were consistently kind towards over-two-and-a-half-goals punters.
Frankfurt’s eight German Bundesliga matches under Schaaf have had an average of 3.25 goals, with six of them going over two and a half goals. Stuttgart is no slouch in the goals stakes, either. Stuttgart’s eight German Bundesliga games this term have had an average of 3.00 goals – only three of them have gone over two and a half goals but all bar one of them has had at least two goals.
Bayern to beat Monchengladbach
26th October 16:30 GMT
Odds: 12/25 1.48 -208 0.48 -2.08 0.48
Where to Bet: Bwin
Frankfurt v Stuttgart Over 2.5 goals
25th October 14:30 GMT
Odds: 3/4 1.75 -133 0.75 -1.33 0.75
Where to Bet: Boylesports