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The Bundesliga Preview - Gameweek 10, Bayern vs Nagelsmann

Friday 4th November 2016
Time flies, moving into Gameweek 10 already. There are still three unbeaten records, but our Bundesliga correspondent Mark Dannell thinks one will go this week.

Hertha BSC vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

The Friday night game brings us two sides who need a win. Hertha had a set back at Hoffenheim last week in a game they could have lost heavily while BMG followed 2 disappointing home draw's in the league with another one against Celtic on Tuesday night in Champions League action. With a week off to work on the training field, Pai Dardai will be confident of a result for his capital charges, especially against the travel sick side coached by Andre Schubert. They have taken four  (YES a whole four) points on the road in their last 15 games stretching back to last year. You will have to be at your best Andre? You will have to be a damn sight better than you have been that's for sure!

Prediction – Home Win

FC Bayern München vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

With the rise and rise of RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim have been flying a little under the radar so far this year. Credit has to go to Julian Nagelsmann. You can have a read of his story here, it's a cracking tale. Unbeaten so far and if they can maintain that past this week then it will be worth having a tickle on them in the Bundesliga without Bayern market.

But that's not going to happen. Bayern could change 6/7/8 players from the champions league action on Tuesday and still have way too much. Lewandowski is scoring again, Robben is fit (for now) and the goals are flowing again. Magic!

Prediction – Home Win

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs SV Darmstadt 98

A lot depends on how much Wednesday night takes out of Leverkusen. It is a must win game for them if they want to make it through the group so they cannot slack off against a Spurs side who will be in an almost identical position. If they were going to pick a side to play on Saturday afternoon though then Darmstadt at home would be just about number 1.

I've said it before, Darmstadt is a lovely club but they are not of the required quality to compete with the best in this division. Picking up the odd point or win against a team like Wolfsburg who are not at the races might keep the relegation battle interesting but I will be really surprised if they survive. Pleasantly surprised.

Prediction – Home Win

Hamburger SV vs Borussia Dortmund

It seems a long time ago that Dortmund scored 14 in three games and was scaring the pants out of the division. The good news is that Marco Reus is finally nearing a comeback, it seems likely that after the international break he will be back in consideration. They will be heartened by their progress and performances in the Champions league but will not want to be relying on winning it to get in again next year!

Hamburg are not sure if they are coming or going and with no noticeable upturn in results since appointing Markus Gisdol, it's possible that this will be the year where Hamburg don't draw clear of the relegation scrap and sweat it out until the last days of the season.

Prediction – Away Win

FC Ingolstadt 04 vs FC Augsburg

Cagey draw written all over this one. Augsburg are probably a marginally better side than Ingolstadt right now but they are hardly setting the world on fire themselves. Kauczinski is still in charge of Ingolstadt for now but I would not bet against him being relieved of his duties very soon if it doesn't get turned round.

Augsburg will be content to roll along and pick up the odd point or win on the way as long as they are never in any real danger of relegation. They should get one here.

Prediction – Draw

SC Freiburg vs VfL Wolfsburg

Home win. I don't often tip Freiburg but they are good value at home, confident after a first win on the road last week and Wolfsburg are just awful at the moment. They do not appear to be any closer to appointing a full-time coach, Andre Villas Boas has apparently turned them down and the latest name linked is the massively underwhelming Bruno Labbadia who has never been a success anywhere. It is quite hard to think of someone who might take it but Frank De Boer just became available. Watch this space.

Prediction – Home Win

Eintracht Frankfurt vs 1. FC Köln

This is my game of the weekend. Both sides are in good form and pushing for European spots right now. Both sides have one particular player pulling them along, in Frankfurt's case it's Marco Fabian and for Köln Anthony Modeste leads the scoring charts overall in the Bundesliga. With no further distractions for now for either side they can both afford to go all out for the win and I doubt this will be a nervous, passive affair.

I quite fancy the draw as I can't really pick between the two.

Prediction – Draw

RB Leipzig vs 1. FSV Mainz 05

Home win. Leipzig will stay unbeaten here, Mainz have Europa League action to take care of on Thursday night and they could secure a path through to the next round with a win. Leipzig have no such distractions, Marcel Sabitzer came back from injury last week and promptly scored twice so they are just about at full strength and firing on all cylinders.

Prediction – Home Win

Schalke 04 vs SV Werder Bremen

Haha just imagine an English player taking language classes!

After a bit of a new manager bounce Werder have been struggling recently, last week at home they were excellently picked off by Freiburg and a resurgent Schalke side should have far too much for them despite having a Europa assignment on Thursday.

Markus Weinzerl needed some time to get his ideas across put it seems to have gelled now for the Royal Blues with all area's of the team contributing to recent results. If they can keep this up the Champions league spots look realistic.

Prediction – Home Win

Betting Preview

I will be having 2 5€ bets every week and keeping a running total of my profit and loss. After Gameweek   I am only 2.50€ down !

  1. Hertha/Freiburg @ 13/2

  2. Backing the draws in Ingolstadt and Frankfurt on Saturday could be lucrative at 10/1

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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