Wolfsburg won both of its German Bundesliga matches versus Frankfurt last season but, on the evidence of the opening round of this term’s competition, the Wolves are going to struggle to avoid defeat in its next date with Eintracht.
Dortmund put its German Bundesliga game at Wolfsburg to bed inside 30 minutes and it says a lot about how poorly the Wolves played that, according to German football magazine Kicker, their goalkeeper was their star performer in a 0-3 home defeat. Wolfsburg coach Andries Jonker made several baffling substitutions and never did the Wolves look like scoring against a Dortmund side that was in cruise control.
Wolfsburg’s second German Bundesliga match is at Frankfurt on Saturday. Frankfurt opened its German Bundesliga campaign with a 0-0 draw at Freiburg in which Eintracht created most of the goal-scoring opportunities, having five chances to the one of their hosts. Frankfurt’s pre-season results were better than those of Wolfsburg and, all things considered, Eintracht ought to be clear favourites this weekend.
Frankfurt is available at odds of +141 with Marathonbet when one could make a case for Eintracht being worthy of a +120 quote. Odds of +141 imply that Frankfurt is inferior to Wolfsburg even though Eintracht accrued five points more than the Wolves in last term’s German Bundesliga. One rates Frankfurt as the German Bundesliga’s round top selection.
Both Hannover and Schalke kicked off their German Bundesliga schedules with wins to nil but the Reds were flattered by their 1-0 victory at Mainz whereas the Royal Blues were decent value for their 2-0 home licking of Leipzig.
Hannover was on the back foot for most of its return to the German Bundesliga after one season in the second division, losing the chance count 2-6 and the corner-kick count 1-13 to a Mainz team that did not deserve to lose. Schalke got the better of Leipzig in a high-quality German Bundesliga game, Nabil Bentalab opening the scoring from the penalty mark just before half time and Yevhen Konoplyanka sealing the deal with his right boot 17 minutes before full time.
Schalke’s preliminary results suggested that it would be a German Bundesliga improver and many good judges think that the Royal Blues will be right in the UEFA Champions League qualification race this term. Hannover, even allowing for its shock German Bundesliga debut win, is likely to face nine months of fighting to retain its top-flight status.
If Schalke is a genuine German Bundesliga top-four contender and Hannover is set for a relegation scrap then odds of +125 about a Royal Blues road victory with BetVictor, Marathonbet and William Hill are too long about Domenico Tedesco’s men.
The second round of German Bundesliga action will get under way on Friday when Koln entertains Hamburg. Koln opened its German Bundesliga program with a 0-1 loss at Monchengladbach in a derby defeat that one can excuse, whereas Hamburg beat Augsburg 1-0 at home in a low-grade contest. Koln took out last season’s corresponding German Bundesliga fixture 3-0 and Hamburg did not convince one that it is a side worth following when defeating Augsburg – one will not forget the manner in which the Red Shorts exited the German DFB Pokal anytime soon, losing 1-3 at 10-man lower-league Osnabruck.
Frankfurt to beat Wolfsburg
Saturday 26th August, 14:30 GMT
Schalke to beat Hannover
Saturday 26th August, 14:30 GMT
Koln to beat Hamburg
Friday 25th August, 19:30 GMT
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