Hoffenheim Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.65
Free flowing Hoffenheim travel to face Wurzburger Kickers, after a fairly poor pre-season with losses against Sevilla finishing it off. However, you’d really think that kicking off their domestic season, they’d be looking to get the job done without much hassle.
Last season, goals were definitely at the forefront of most of Hoffenheim’s matches and I’m expecting it to start in a similar fashion. They’ve got a very creative and potent offense coupled up with a fairly shaky defence and I’d expect Wurzburger Kickers to cause them problems. However, I’m ultimately expecting Hoffenheim to get the job done and progress.
SC Freiburg Win @ 1.83
Bundesliga side Freiburg were drawn against 3.Liga side Magdeburg and they’d have been licking their lips when they saw that. You’d fully expect them to have no problems getting the job done. Freiburg finished 13th in a fairly comfortable position last season and they’ll be looking to sustain, if not better their finish last season.
Magdeburg haven’t started very well this season in the 3.Liga, with 1 win, 2 draws and a loss. Many had expected them to kick on this season after getting relegated from the 2.Bundesliga last year, ideally looking to bounce straight back. Following an average pre-season, their form doesn’t worry me with this selection and I’m expecting Freiburg to beat their lower league opposition comfortably.
SV Drochtersen vs Schalke – Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.40
Another big gulf in domestic league as the Bundesliga’s Schalke travel to Regionaliga side SV Drochtersen and I’m expecting goals. So far this season, the Regionaliga side have averaged 3 goals per match and I’m expecting more of the same as they come up against a much higher calibre team in Schalke.
The Gelsenkirchen based side started pre-season very poorly, however towards the end they’ve really picked up with their last result being a 3-1 victory over Villareal. I’m expecting plenty of goals as Schalke assert their dominance from the outset and I think they’ll try to kill the tie in the first half.
Eintracht Frankfurt Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90
Frankfurt were one of the big surprise packages last season with a Europa League Semi Final and a top 5 finish in the Bundesliga. They come up against 3.Liga side Mannheim, who really haven’t hit the ground running this season with 1 win and 3 draws.
I’m expecting this Frankfurt side to continue firing on all cylinders as they did last season and coming up against a fairly weak lower league side, should get them started in the right vein. I added in the goals part of the bet as the Frankfurt result was only priced @ 1.40 and given their goalscoring exploits, you’d expect this to be a high scoring affair.
Osnabruck vs Leipzig – Leipzig -1 Handicap @ 1.72
I’m looking at this one from the perspective that Leipzig will not be messing around come the first domestic match of their season. I’m expecting them to come out and pressurise the 2.Bundesliga side from the outset, ultimately looking to kill the tie early.
With the likes of Timo Werner, Christian Poulsen & Marcel Sabitzer all expected to start this match, it really doesn’t look like Leipzig will be messing around. The outright result price didn’t jump out to me, however -1 does seem like good value to me @ 1.72.