Greuther Furth v Bayern Munich
It is already beginning to look like Greuther Furth’s last season in the Bundesliga in 2012/13 when they finished rock-bottom. The recently promoted outfit have lost four of their five winless outings so far, while they also crashed out of the DFB Pokal to Babelsberg, who currently play in the fourth tier of German football. Their one point did come from one of their two home games to date, but having already lost 5-1, 2-0 and 3-0 to Stuttgart, Mainz and Wolfsburg respectively, we don’t give them much hope against the nine-time reigning champions.
Bayern have been spectacular at the start of this campaign, winning all but one of their unbeaten outings in all competitions, as that sole stalemate came at the start of the season against Gladbach. Notable victories against Dortmund (3-1), Leipzig (4-1) and Barcelona (3-0), all of which are very competitive outfits, prove their class and this next fixture should be a mere walk in the park.
The Bavarians have won 10 of their 11 unbeaten outings against promoted outfits since the start of the 2016/17 season, as eight of those wins saw more than two goals, while four of the five such matches over the last two campaigns have seen Bayern win and ‘Over 3.5 Goals’, and that looks like an absolute banker to occur again.
BAYERN TO WIN AND OVER 3.5 GOALS
Hoffenheim v Wolfsburg
A superb start to the new season for Wolfsburg has seen them back up their fourth place finish last term with a solid four wins from their opening five unbeaten games. Only Bayern (x2), Dortmund (x2), Hoffenheim, Frankfurt and Mainz on the last day of the season managed to get the better of them last term, which is a remarkable record.
By contrast, Hoffenheim have gone W1-D2-L2 so far this term and having failed to score in their last two outings against Mainz and Arminia Bielefeld, the momentum is undoubtedly with their visitors.
The Wolves went W9-D6-L2 when visiting opposition last season when excluding both Bayern and Dortmund, and although one of those defeats came against their hosts, they won here in both 2018/19 and 2019/20, and they look the classier of the two outfits.
WOLFSBURG TO WIN
Gladbach v Dortmund
The Borussen Derby always has the potential to be an absolute cracker. It may not be Dortmund’s biggest rivalry in the area but given both teams come from the Ruhr valley and have the same first name for their team it always has the potential to heat up.
Gladbach have been struggling under their new manager Adolf Hutter with just one win from their five matches so far, coming against Arminia Bielefeld. That includes defeats against Leverkusen (4-0), Union Berlin (2-1) and Augsburg (1-0), although each of those zero pointers came on the road and they have been much better at home. Indeed, they’ve gone an impressive W4-D1-L1 since December 2019 against what have been the three best teams over that period – Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig. That includes a stalemate with the Bavarian giants at the start of this campaign and we reckon they have what it takes to take the game to their visitors.
The Black and Yellows have looked in fine form with four wins from their five outings so far this term. However, in their three road games in all tournaments, they witnessed their solitary defeat at Freiburg, while their victories over Leverkusen and Besiktas in the Champions League came by one-goal margins. With that in mind, they look worth taking on in what will be a game of fine margins.
GLADBACH WIN OR DRAW