Three of the best bets for this weekend's action over in Germany
Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich – Friday 19:30, BT Sport 3
Bayern have won nine of 10 since Jupp Heynckes returned to the club, keeping a clean sheet in seven of these victories. They’ve won their last three 1-0 and we expect this to be a similarly cagey affair as they travel to a Leverkusen side that are unbeaten at home.
They played out a 1-1 draw with Dortmund last month whilst they drew this fixture 0-0 at the end of last season. Bayern have scored more than once in just one of their last five on their travels and so we’re backing Under 2.5 Goals, and for those looking to get the Bavarians on-side we’d advise backing the 1-0 correct score.
RB Leipzig v Schalke – Saturday 17:30, BT Sport 3
Schalke are on an 11 game unbeaten run, despite the fact that four of their last five have been against top-half opponents. Indeed, they’ve been excellent against the top teams so far as Bayern are the only team to beat them in five clashes with fellow top-six sides. Indeed, even last term when they were struggling they drew at both Bayern and Dortmund and were edged out 2-1 in this fixture, and so we’re siding with them on the Double Chance. Leipzig are winless in four and lost their last home game against Hertha, who are down in 10th, and look too short to us.
Dortmund v Wolfsburg – Sunday 17:00, BT Sport ESPN
After a winless run of eight games, Dortmund recorded back-to-back wins prior to the winter break. However, they return against a Wolfsburg side that have proven tough to beat this term and have managed some impressive away results as they’ve drawn at Bayern, Schalke and Leverkusen.
As a result, we wouldn’t be confident of backing Dortmund at the prices, particularly as the likes of Reus, Rode, Sahin, Schmelzer, Guerreiro and Toprak are all out injured, whilst star man Aubameyang is being linked with a move away from the club. We wouldn’t put anyone off backing the draw, but we’re going to be a little more conservative and side with the visitors +2 on the handicap.