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Bayern Munchen, Dortmund and Schalke are first, second and third on the German Bundesliga ladder after one round of action and one thinks that the triumvirate represent the best bets on the coupon for the second batch of games.
Schalke is the only one of the three teams that has a home match in the German Bundesliga this weekend and, therefore, it is one’s headline selection at odds of -222 with BetVictor to defeat Darmstadt.
There were a few eye-catching results in the first round of German Bundesliga games but none that took away one’s breath as much as Schalke’s 3-0 away victory over Bremen in which Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting starred for the visiting side.
On paper, Schalke’s opportunity to post back-to-back German Bundesliga wins comes when it hosts the weakest team in the division on Saturday. Darmstadt was the second side to gain promotion to the German Bundesliga and, unlike second-tier champion Ingolstadt, it does not have the financial backing to spend millions of euros trying to retain its new status.
The German Bundesliga fixture computer presented Darmstadt with a golden chance to kick off its first top-flight term since the early 1980s with three points when it spat out a home match against Hannover. Darmstadt led Hannover 1-0 and 2-1 but ultimately it had to settle for a 2-2 home draw and that is a German Bundesliga scoreline that may not read well at all by the time that the season is out of its infancy.
Darmstadt won just one of its last six German 2. Bundesliga away games, which is a clear pointer to it struggling on the road in the elite division. Schalke made the right decision to accept Roberto Di Matteo’s resignation – he walked before he was pushed – and hire Andre Breitenreiter, the coach who steered Paderborn to the promised land for the first time.
Schalke’s fierce rival, Dortmund, announced itself as the biggest threat to German Bundesliga champion Bayern Munchen by mauling Monchengladbach 4-0 last weekend as it carried over its impressive cup form into the league arena. Dortmund appears to have buried the ghosts of last term and it should be trading shorter than the odds of -222 that several bookmakers, including 888Sport and Unibet, are offering about it winning on the road at Ingolstadt.
Ingolstadt’s German Bundesliga debut resulted in an historic 1-0 win at Mainz but it was a low-quality match from which, in truth, neither team deserved to accrue three points. One is confident that Ingolstadt will end the German Bundesliga towards the foot of the ladder and that Dortmund will be the side that gets closest to Bayern Munchen. Dortmund is worth backing provided that it does not sustain any significant injuries during its UEFA Europa League game on Thursday.
Finally,Hoffenheim lost both of its German Bundesliga matches versus Bayern Munchen last season and one thinks that the gap between the teams has increased because of the transfer activity since their most recent clash in April.
Hoffenheim has lost each of its two competitive games this term – 0-2 at 1860 Munchen in the German DFB Pokal and 1-2 at Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga – whereas Bayern Munchen has strung together three comfortable victories, including a 5-0 hammering of Hamburg in the league last weekend. One knows that some punters do not like backing odds-on away favourites but Bayern Munchen is more than fairly priced at odds of -303 with many bookmakers, including Betfred and Totesport, to win at Hoffenheim, a side to which it has never lost.
Schalke to beat Darmstadt
22th August 14:30 GMT
Dortmund to beat Ingolstadt
23rd August 14:30 GMT
Bayern to beat Hoffenheim
22th August 14:30 GMT
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