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The Bundesliga Preview - Christmas Crunch as Bayern take on Leipzig

Tuesday 20th December 2016
RB Leipzig face a barnstorming mid-week clash with Bayern for the “Winter Champions” title. Our Bundesliga Gameweek 16 preview from Mark Dannell.

I am going to generously self-describe this a light version of the weekly column. Unfortunately, there is no time for a full preview but I wanted to mix it up a bit and this is a good chance to try it! I will search out 1 bet per game to put 1€ on and then have a 1€ accumulator on all the games put together (just results not scorecasts). Anyone who reads weekly will know I have 0 chance of winning that!

I will do a full report on the midweek games afterwards. Before the season resumes in January, I will also be handing out my (nearly) half term grade cards in 3 parts and then have a look at transfers in 2 parts. Enjoy this week's preview!

Borussia Dortmund vs FC Augsburg

Dortmund will surely get back to winning ways tonight in a game against a limited Augsburg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on fire at the moment and loves scoring against Augsburg. The Gabonese hitman to score anytime and Dortmund to win by 2 goals is a tasty 7/1

Prediction – Home Win.

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs VfL Wolfsburg

Unders is the bet here, this is surely going to be a stodgy old slugfest between 2 sides who cannot afford to lose. 2/1 under 2.5 goals is buying Christmas presents if you ask me. Shame I am only having 1€ on it!

Prediction – Home Win.

Hamburger SV vs FC Schalke 04

The draw in itself is an attractive bet at a shade over 3/1 but I will go for a 1:1 draw at 6/1 to spice things up.

Prediction – Draw

Eintracht Frankfurt vs 1.FSV Mainz 05

Mainz will not be able to rely on the kind of strikes that got them out of trouble against Hamburg every week. A narrow Frankfurt win could be the smart bet here, they would have had a rocket after the weekends lacklustre display. 1:0 Frankfurt @ 7/1

Prediction – Home Win

FC Bayern München vs RB Leipzig

The big game of the week and indeed the entire pre-Christmas fixtures to be quite honest. Dortmund against Bayern was obviously noteworthy but this is now 1st vs 2nd, Old Money vs New and also the Winter Championship is at stake (it means bugger all but Germans like making a fuss over it). Bayern will be desperate to stamp their authority on this league and I can't see past them winning but combine that with ‘Both teams to score' at 3/1 for some value.

Prediction – Home Win

Hertha BSC vs SV Darmstadt 98

A win to 0 for Hertha. Since there is no value in predicting Darmstadt to draw a blank I will have the 2 goal handicap for Hertha available at 11/2.

Prediction – Home Win

1.FC Köln vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Incredibly, Leverkusen are favourites for this game. Not sure what the bookies have seen to convince them of that but I am not complaining. Köln/Both sides to score is another 11/2 value shot.

Prediction – Home Win

FC Ingolstadt 04 vs SC Freiburg

Really impressed with Ingolstadt last week while Freiburg were left hanging on for the point at Schalke. Draw at half time/Ingolstadt to win is a nice looking 5/1 shot, especially when you consider Freiburg have done a lot of travelling since Friday from their base in the South West to Schalke and back, and then a long trip to the South East.

Prediction – Home Win

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs SV Werder Bremen

Come on Hoffenheim. I have a little soft spot for them due to an impressive career as manager in Football Manager 2012. It is nice to see a genuinely innovative young coach being able to get his message across to a band of players who most people would look at and go “meh”. Sandro Wagner is a shoe in to get on the score sheet and is a frankly mental 13/2 to notch first. Having that.

Prediction – Home Win

And for my final trick… My Home/Draw/Away predictions add up to a 360/1 shot. If I land that one.. I will wish I'd had 100€ on it.

Click here for a round-up of the latest Bundesliga games from matchday 15

Mark Dannell
Fan of most sports first and foremost, Tottenham fan born and raised. Currently living in Germany and married, avid follower of the Bundesliga and closet Dortmund fan since 1997 thanks to a very enthusiastic high school German teacher! Covering the Bundesliga in detail for itsroundanditswhite.co.uk, any questions, requests for features or general information required all welcome, either by mail or Twitter (@mdannell) preferable.

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