Our football expert Ryan Elliott has picked out a treble for Sunday's Bundesliga matches.
Schalke 04 v Augsburg - 12:30
While they were poor against Dortmund, I still like the look of Schalke against Augsburg, particularly as they’re odds-against.
David Wagner’s men have only mustered 33 goals this season, but Augsburg have conceded a whopping 54 goals, which is the third-worst return in the league, so every miserly Schalke will be fancying a little bit of that.
While the sides above Schalke generally beat them, Hoffenheim and Koln are the only sides below them in the table to have bested them, and both outfits are much stronger than Augsburg.
At this price, I’m certainly edging towards the hosts.
Mainz 05 v RB Leipzig - 14:30
Leipzig will be supremely cheesed off at dropping points against Freiburg on their return to action, but I still believe they’ll be far too good against a pretty ordinary Mainz side.
The visitors have smashed in 63 goals this season, while Mainz have the second-worst defence in the entire division (conceding 55 goals), which doesn’t bode well for the home side.
Ultimately, Leipzig have far more quality than Mainz, and with the absence of home fans on Sunday, I can see only one winner.
FC Koln v Fortuna Dusseldorf - 17:00
Finally, I’m backing Koln against Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Uwe Rosler has made Fortuna very tough to beat, but this Koln side is packed with quality, and goals are certainly not hard to come by, with 41 strikes in total this season – the sixth-best return in the league.
As for Fortuna, they’ve scored a measly 27 times—fewer than anyone else—and I feel that Koln, on their day, can be a match for anyone in the league, let alone the side who are in the relegation play-off.
If the home side can avoid defensive lapses like we saw against Mainz, they win this game.