Qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage now looks beyond Hoffenheim after its midweek home loss to Liverpool but last season’s German Bundesliga surprise packet can beat Bremen in its domestic league opener.
Hoffenheim did not lose any of its 17 German Bundesliga home games last term and Hoffe’s most recent match versus Bremen resulted in a 5-3 away win for them in which they had the River Islanders shot to pieces at 5-0 after 52 minutes.
Both Hoffenheim and Bremen have been active in the transfer market between German Bundesliga campaigns and, while Hoffe have had a few of their star performers depart for bigger clubs, they have managed to acquire the services of several decent players, among them Serge Gnabry, the Germany winger who came of age in the colours of the River Islanders.
The early team news for Saturday’s German Bundesliga game is that Bremen is likely to line up without Zlatko Junuzovic, who led the River Islanders for league assists last season. Bremen’s defensive deficiencies do not appear to have been resolved over the summer months so, in light of Hoffenheim’s impressive German Bundesliga home record and the changes, both temporary and permanent to the River Islanders, one rates Hoffe as a decent wager at odds of -122 with Unibet.
The head-to-head record between Freiburg and Frankfurt is so stacked in favour for the Brazilians of Breisgau that one must include them at odds of +157 with Marathonbet to get the better of Eintracht on Sunday’s German Bundesliga match.
Freiburg beat Frankfurt 1-0 in last term’s corresponding German Bundesliga fixture and the Brazilians of Breisgau completed a divisional double over Eintracht by prevailing 2-1 on the road five months later in the season. Actually, Freiburg has won each of its last three German Bundesliga games against Frankfurt dating back to January 2015.
Last term, home was where the heart was for both Freiburg and Frankfurt so the venue for this weekend’s German Bundesliga match may be the deciding factor. For example, Frankfurt lost each of its road games versus the German Bundesliga’s top seven sides, scoring just one goal.
Something is not right in the Dortmund ranks and, while one thinks that Wolfsburg may struggle to lift itself above halfway on the German Bundesliga ladder this term, one cannot entertain backing the Black and Yellows to beat the Wolves at their odds-on quotes for Saturday’s match.
Dortmund has a new manager in former Ajax boss Peter Bosz, who is only in the Black and Yellows hotseat because club officials tired of dealing with German DFB Pokal-winning coach Thomas Tuchel behind the scenes. Ousmane Dembele is reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona and there are other Dortmund stars who may not have their minds fully on the job of winning their team’s German Bundesliga curtain raiser against a Wolfsburg side with a point to prove.
Bet365 is offering odds of +105 about Wolfsburg earning at least one point from its German Bundesliga home game versus Dortmund and one thinks that the Wolves are more likely than not to avoid defeat against the Black and Yellows.
Bayern Munchen and Leverkusen will have the honour of getting the German Bundesliga championship under way when the former hosts the latter on Friday. Leverkusen is a team in serious decline and it could cop a hammering at the feet of Bayern but bookmakers are not offering any spoils about the red-hot title favourite so no bet is one’s suggestion.
Hoffenheim to beat Werder Bremen
Saturday 19th August, 14:30 GMT
Freiburg to beat Frankfurt
Sunday 20th August, 14:30 GMT
Wolfsburg or Draw
Saturday 19th August, 14:30 GMT