German Bundesliga had reached the final phase as there are only 10 weeks to go. Hertha Berlin is still leading 4 points at the top but nobody can be sure that they can go all the way. Last week I had tipped 6 correct matches and 1 correct score within them. Now here's my tip of this week:
Borussia Mönchengladbach (16th) vs VfL Bochum (15th) - Friday: An important relegation match kicks off this week. Last week Gladbach did very well to lead Köln all the way and won 4-2 in the end. This was very important for them as they had 2-game winning streak now. Their morale reached to the climax and I believe they can carry on this week. Marko Marin and Alexander Baumjohann are the most important players in the team as they link the attacking very well. Bochum on the other side they had outclassed by Bayern München as they lost 3-0. As Diego Klimowicz is still injured, Stanislav Sestak and Christoph Dabrowski will be very important in attack. However, since Marc Pfertzel is suspended due to the sent off last week, their defense will be very fragile and Gladbach will have more chances to score against them. I believe this match Gladbach will have all the advantage in their hand and they will win in this important match.
Last matchup: Match draw 2-2
My tip: Mönchengladbach win 3-1
Borussia Dortmund (9th) vs Werder Bremen (10th) - Saturday: This is one of the major matches in Saturday. Again Dortmund had failed to finish the game against Hannover 96 last week and let them bounced back to snatch a 4-4 draw. I do not want to repeat the problem again as Dortmund always repeat the problem, fail to finish the goal and fail to finish the match. These 2 failures lead them to have the "remarkable" record, that is drawing 13 games in 24 matches. Werder Bremen on the other hand they had a stunning victory against VfB Stuttgart by 4-0 last Sunday. Diego, Markus Rosenburg, and Claudio Pizarro did very well last week and I do believe they can carry on in this week. However, it is unclear about Petri Pansanen if can play or not as he is injured. I believe this match will be the high scoring match again and they will cancel each other out.
Last matchup: Match draw 3-3
My tip: Match draw 2-2
Arminia Bielefeld (14th) vs VfL Wolfsburg (3rd) - Saturday: Bielefeld keeps improving recently as last week they have won 1-0 against Karlsruher and took all 3 important points. Their defense and attacking started to improve and it looks better and better. I believe this game they will keep improving and bring some threats to the opposition. Wolfsburg on the other hand, they have survived the thriller and won 4-3 against Schalke. One thing surprises me is their away form is improving significantly. So this is the reason why they reach to 3rd in the table. Grafite and Eden Dzeko are very important in the team, they have an excellent finishing skills that lead to threats to Bielefeld. Zvjezdan Misimovic is the important playmaker and he can create lots of goals. Considering the improving form of Wolfsburg, I believe they will win this one.
Last matchup: Wolfsburg win 4-1
My tip: Wolfsburg win 3-1
1899 Hoffenheim (5th) vs Hannover 96 (13th) - Saturday: Hoffenheim last week failed to win and dropped to 5th in the table. This hurt them in the title challenge very much and I believe they are very hard to bounce back without Vedad Ibisevic. The other concern is the defense, Daniel Haas failed to impress the fans as he sometimes made cheap mistakes. Timo Hildebrand failed to impress to the coach and even failed to get into the starting lineup. Central defenders did not bring too much confident so that Hannover may have chance to score goal. However, Hannover had the worst away game record as they only had 1 point from all away game. At the same time, the massive injuries, including Frank Fahrenhorst, Steven Cherundolo, and Michael Tarnat make them have more difficult to stop goals. Even the attacking players in Hoffenheim are not at the top form, I believe they can score goals easily and win this one easily.
Last matchup: Hoffenheim win 5-2
My tip: Hoffenheim win 4-1
Bayer Leverkusen (7th) vs Eintract Frankfurt (12th) - Saturday: Leverkusen last week had lost to Hertha Berlin 1-0 and they seemed to continue to slump. It was undeniable that the goal from Andrei Voronin was lucky, but their inability of scoring goals actually the real reason to kill them. Patrick Helmes is still in hot streak but Stefan Kießling is in the cold streak. Tranquillo Barnetta and Arturo Vidal start to get cold streak as well, their runs start not to be so threatening anymore. Toni Kroos is still cannot perform so well so Partick Helmes lost all the support available. However, Frankfurt is not very strong in the attacks. Martin Fenin is not in the good form all season long so far, and the Greek duo Ioannis Amanatidis and Nikos Liberopoulous failed to perform well so that Frankfurt also lost the whole attacking force. I believe this will be a low scoring game and Leverkusen will win by their better quality and the red hot Partick Helmes.
Last matchup: Leverkusen win 2-0
My tip: Leverkusen win 1-0
VfB Stuttgart (6th) vs Hertha Berlin (1st) - Saturday: This is the most important match of this week. Stuttgart had lost the first Bundesliga match since the arrival of Markus Babbel. I believe this is a big moment of him on how to boost the players up as they have lost 4-0 against Werder Bremen comprehensively. Mario Gomez is the most important player in the match and Thomas Hitzlsperger, and Sami Khedira will be the most important players to support Gomez. On the other hand, Hertha Berlin was a bit lucky to win last week, especially for Andrei Voronin, the fortune also favored him. However, it is undeniable that their solid defense made the opposition no chance to score goals. Arne Friedrich leads the defense line very well and they rarely concede goals. Even it seems Hertha Berlin has the advantage in this week, I believe Stuttgart can pick up in time and able to cancel Hertha Berlin out.
Last matchup: Hertha Berlin win 2-1
My tip: Match draw 1-1
Bayern München (2nd) vs Karlsruher SC (18th) - Saturday: Bayern last week had won against Bochum 3-0 without Franck Ribery. Even critics may say the opponent is too weak to stop them but at least they can win the game without him. Jose Sosa did very well last week, but as Ribery is set to return, I believe he will be on the bench again. Miroslav Klose is injured for 6-8 weeks and leads Lukas Podolski is only available striker this week. I believe Ribery will be at the second striker position to fill up the gap and rookie Thomas Müller will be still on the bench. Meanwhile, Karlsruher is still in the deep trouble and it seems they never reach the end of the dark tunnel. All sorts of problems are happened to them and never seems there is any ways to solve it. Marco Engelhardt will be the most important player again and see how long he can stop Bayern. Considering Bayern outgun Karlsruher, I believe Bayern will have a big win even there is only 1 striker available, and most likely to have 1st clean sheet of the season as well.
Last matchup: Bayern München win 1-0
My tip: Bayern München win 5-0
Energie Cottbus (17th) vs 1. FC Köln (11th) - Saturday: Cottbus started to slump and all the efforts they had before were totally wasted. They lost to Hamburger SV last week and led them drop to 17th. They started to going back to their problem, those are lack of discipline defense and shape attack. On the other hand, after Köln had a memorable victory against Bayern, they failed to keep on this morale and they are very unstable in the moment. Once again the midfield failed to support Milivoje Novakovic and led them to lost 4-2 against Gladbach. The defense must concentrate this match as Cottbus attacking sometimes is not as bad as they are. I believe this match will be a draw because both of them are very unstable at the moment and will cancel each other out.
Last matchup: Köln win 1-0
My tip: Match draw 1-1
Schalke 04 (8th) vs Hamburger SV (4th) - Sunday: Schalke still had all sorts of problems. Previously I have said they had the problem in attacking but last week they had the problem of defending. It seemed their attacking started to become normal as Ivan Ratikic and Vicente Sanchez could create some good attacks. Plus Kevin Kuranyi started to get the scoring feeling, even it is still far from enough. However, their defense started to lose the discipline since Bordon is injured. He is likely to return but I doubt his match fitness. I believe the key of Schalke this match is still the attacking, as they need to keep the consistency. On the other side, Hamburger may be affected by the UEFA Cup match against Galatasaray, as they will be back from Istanbul. Ivica Olic and Piotr Trochowski will be very important in the match as they are the core of all attacks. Their away form is also improving so I think it will bring threats to Schalke. Considering the match fitness of Hamburger, I believe this match will be the low scoring game and a draw will be likely to happen.
Last matchup: Match draw 1-1
My tip: Match draw 1-1
So that's it! Have a good weekend!