Hoffenheim has earned more than double the number of points that Ingolstadt has collected in the first 22 round of the German Bundesliga competition yet bookmakers are offering close to even money about a Hoffe home win on Saturday.
Hoffenheim is fourth on the German Bundesliga ladder and right in the hunt for a UEFA Champions League berth. Gone is Hoffenheim’s German Bundesliga unbeaten record but Hoffe’s numbers remain highly impressive, including being 6-5-0 in front of their own fans. Ingolstadt’s German Bundesliga form has picked up since the middle of November when relegated appeared guaranteed but still the Schanzer are second last and four points adrift of assured safety among the elite.
One’s German Bundesliga collateral form analysis backs up the raw ladder in which 20 points separate Hoffenheim and Ingolstadt. Hoffenheim holds an 11-3-3 German Bundesliga collateral form edge over Ingolstadt, including a 2-1 away win in October’s reverse fixture. Hoffenheim led Ingolstadt 2-0 inside 25 minutes of the German Bundesliga sixth round game and the Schanzer’s consolation goal was a penalty kick during second-half stoppage time. Hoffenheim boasts a strong head-to-head record against Ingolstadt – Hoffe are 2-1-0 versus the Schanzer since both teams reached the top flight.
Marathonbet is listing Hoffenheim at odds of 77/1001.77-1300.77-1.300.77 to post a German Bundesliga home victory over Ingolstadt and, given the wide range of statistics, one thinks that Hoffe represent the best value in Germany’s top flight this weekend.
Backing Bremen and opposing Wolfsburg paid a rich dividend last weekend and one is sticking with that approach this weekend to round out one’s German Bundesliga selections.
One picked Bremen to beat Wolfsburg because the Green and Whites are reliable goal scorers and the Wolves cannot hit a cow’s backside with a banjo. Bremen will host Darmstadt in the German Bundesliga on Saturday and, as far is one is concerned, the Green and Whites match up well versus the Lilies because, like Wolfsburg, the Lilies struggle to trouble the scoreboard operator. Darmstadt has bagged 15 goals in its 22 German Bundesliga games, which is one of several reasons why it is stuck to the foot of the ladder.
According to one’s German Bundesliga collateral form analysis, 15th-placed Bremen boasts a 9-3-5 advantage over 18th-placed Darmstadt, including having the better of the 2-2 draw between the sides in October. Darmstadt is 0-0-10 on the road in the German Bundesliga and, at odds of 37/501.74-1350.74-1.350.74 with Marathonbet, Bremen is attractively priced to consign the Lilies to their 11th consecutive away league loss.
Wolfsburg seemed that it has got its German Bundesliga campaign back on track either side of Christmas but the Wolves are back in relegation trouble following a run of four losses in their last five league matches. Only the two teams in the German Bundesliga’s automatic relegation spots, Ingolstadt and Darmstadt, have scored fewer goals than Wolfsburg, with the Wolves averaging under one per game.
Mainz is just three rungs above Wolfsburg on the German Bundesliga ladder but, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the O-Fives are quite a bit better than the Wolves, enjoying a 10-1-6 lead over their Saturday guests whom they are available at odds of 127/1002.27+1271.271.27-0.79 with Marathonbet to vanquish. Mainz has every right to be around even money and the O-Fives have head-to-head data in their favour – they are 1-3-0 in their last four meetings with Wolfsburg.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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