The German Bundesliga has a rare full midweek round and the best bet is undoubtedly backing both Hertha and Wolfsburg to hit the back of the net given a number of recent trends.
Both sides have scored in each of Hertha’s five competitive games this season – four in the German Bundesliga and one in the German DFB-Pokal – and, remarkably, only once in those matches has a team failed to notch at least two goals. That was Hertha in its 1-3 German Bundesliga home loss to Mainz.
Wolfsburg is the German Bundesliga king of both sides to score, not least because one can almost bank on the team that Volkswagen owns to find the back of the net. Wolfsburg has not fired blanks in any of its last 30 German Bundesliga games, a run that dates back to its 0-2 home loss to local rival Braunschweig in October. Equally incredible is that both sides have scored in each of Wolfsburg’s last 18 German Bundesliga matches and 27 of its last 30 top-flight games.
Last term’s corresponding German Bundesliga fixture ended in a 2-1 away win for Wolfsburg, with both teams scoring in the first hour. Four of the last five meaningful matches between Hertha and Wolfsburg have ended with neither side keeping a clean sheet so, if one likes to follow trends, there are plenty of reasons to snap up the generous odds of -149 .
The German Bundesliga game between Bremen and Schalke is another match that is likely to appeal to punters who play the both-sides-to-score market. Both teams have scored in each of Bremen’s five competitive games this season – four in the German Bundesliga and one in the German DFB-Pokal – and Schalke’s six German Bundesliga, German DFB-Pokal and UEFA Champions League matches have a perfect record also.
Neither Bremen nor Schalke kept a clean sheet in last season’s German Bundesliga games between the sides, which included a 1-1 draw in Bremen in which both teams hit the back of the net in the opening 33 minutes. Ladbrokes is offering odds of -167 about both Bremen and Schalke scoring on Tuesday but the play is not as attractive as the one on the German Bundesliga match between Hertha and Wolfsburg.
Also, Schalke will be without two of its regular starters, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Julian Draxler, after both men were sent off against Frankfurt on Saturday. One thinks that it makes much more sense to back Bremen to break its German Bundesliga duck for the term at odds of +200 with several bookmakers, including 888sport, Coral and Unibet.
Finally, Hoffenheim is worth supporting to win its German Bundesliga match versus Freiburg at odds of -139 with Bwin.
Over-two-and-a-half-goals punters are mourning the death of last term’s Hoffenheim side whose German Bundesliga games averaged 4.18 goals, with 28 out of 34 going over two and a half goals and 22 out of 34 going over three and a half goals. Hoffenheim has scored in each of its four German Bundesliga matches this season but it has kept two clean sheets and none of its games has gone over two and a half goals. Boring, boring Hoffenheim say neutral observers.
Hoffenheim drew both its German Bundesliga games against Freiburg last season, including a crazy 3-3 home draw in which Sejad Salihovic was sent off seconds after putting Hoffenheim ahead from the penalty spot. Salihovic slapped Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann in the face during his goal celebration, which was pretty dumb. Freiburg went down to 10 men in the 41st minute when the score was 2-2 and the away team had a second player red carded in stoppage time. It was a mad match even by Hoffenheim’s nutty standards.
Freiburg is yet to win a German Bundesliga game this term, drawing at home to Frankfurt and Hertha and losing at Dortmund and Monchengladbach. Freiburg’s German Bundesliga winless run, across two different seasons, is seven matches.
Bremen v Schalke BTTS
23rd September 19:00 GMT
Where to Bet: Ladbrokes
Hoffenheim to beat Freiburg
23rd September 19:00 GMT
Where to Bet: Bwin
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