Dortmund to Push Frontzeck Closer to Unemployment

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The contrast between German Bundesliga teams Hannover and Dortmund could not be starker three rounds into the season and one rates the latter as the best bet in the fourth round at odds of -213 with Marathonbet to win Saturday’s match.

Hannover coach Michael Frontzeck is living on borrowed time and, at the risk of sounding awfully mean, it would be good if he was the first manager to lose his position because we tipped him to win the German Bundesliga sack race. Hannover has kicked off its German Bundesliga campaign with a series of disappointing results and the Reds would have zero points had Darmstadt’s Aytac Sulu not put the ball into his own net in the first round to hand them an undeserved 2-2 away draw.

Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is living the dream. Dortmund is a perfect eight wins from eight games across three domestic and international tournaments since he took over from Jurgen Klopp, with BVB scoring at least three goals in six of their matches, including fighting back from 0-3 down after just 22 minutes of its UEFA Europa League clash at Odd to win 4-3.

Hannover has not kept a clean sheet in any of its last 21 German Bundesliga games so the chance of the Reds stopping Dortmund hitting the back of the net is extremely slim and, if BVB opening the scoring, one can see what little is left of the home side’s confidence evaporating into thin air.

During the international break, Hannover played a couple of friendlies, the latest of which resulted in a 0-3 loss to local lower-league team Rotenburg. One does not care about it being a non-competitive fixture – that was an appalling outcome ahead of a German Bundesliga date with Dortmund.

Stuttgart is one of the two German Bundesliga sides below Hannover on the ladder after three rounds and one likes the odds of +160 with several bookmakers, including 888Sport and Unibet, about it losing at Hertha on Saturday.

Hertha has been without its coach, Pal Dardai, during the international break because he has been handling Hungary’s UEFA European Championship campaign and that, of course, must go down as a slight negative for one’s pick. However, one cannot fathom how bookmakers have come up with odds of +160 for Hertha to beat pointless Stuttgart in Berlin.

Stuttgart cannot keep clean sheets – the Reds have managed only one of their last 13 German Bundesliga matches – and that is a recipe for disaster on the road. Stuttgart has conceded 10 goals in its first three German Bundesliga games of the new season and it is not as though the Reds have been playing the division’s heavyweights. Hertha has four points from the opening three German Bundesliga rounds and its fixtures have been more challenging than those of Stuttgart, plus the Old Lady won last term’s corresponding game 3-2.

Finally, Marathonbet‘s odds of +121 about Saturday’s German Bundesliga match between Ingolstadt and Wolfsburg going under two and a half goals appeals as the former gets used to life in the top flight and the latter gets used to life without its primary opportunities creator, Kevin De Bruyne.

Just one of Wolfsburg’s last seven German Bundesliga games has gone under two and a half goals but one cannot help thinking that the odds should be close to take your pick. Ingolstadt has scored only two goals in its three German Bundesliga matches and Wolfsburg is likely to have to do the heavy lifting if Saturday’s game is going to go over two and a half goals. Surely one would rather be an unders backer than an overs backer in the circumstances because De Bruyne was Wolfsburg’s most influential player last season.

Tips Summary

Dortmund to beat Hannover
12th September 14:30 GMT
Odds:  -233

Hertha to beat Stuttgart
12th September 14:30 GMT
Odds:  +160

Ingolstadt v Wolfsburg Under 2.5 goals
12th September 14:30 GMT
Odds:  +121

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