Hertha BSC vs Werder Bremen
The pre-season preparation for both teams was full of ups and downs. Hertha dipped into the transfer market early so that coach Luhukay can integrate the new players into the squad. Hertha have signed striker Julian Schieber from Borussia Dortmund in order to replace top striker Ramos who in return moved to Dortmund. In the first round of the German Cup, Hertha won 4-2 against Viktoria Cologne and advanced to the next round.
Bremen also managed to reach the next round after eliminating Illertissen 3-2 in extra time but it seemed to be a tough job. In the previous season Berlin managed to win the first game against Bremen 3-2 at home. The return game at the Weserstadion was won 2-0 by home team Bremen. It is not clear if the injured players Obraniak, Di Santo, Proedl and Gebre Selassie will recover in time to face Hertha. Bremen have had a good pre-season preparation but lost the two last friendly games. A great performance against Chelsea, which ended with a 3-0 victory, was followed by two losses against Hannover 96 and Leicester City.
The bookmakers favour home team Hertha with odds of up to 2.20. A victory for Bremen will pay out odds of around 3.10 and 3.65. Our Tip: Werder Bremen, more than 2.5 goals, odds of 1.91. Hertha BSC vs Werder Bremen odds comparison
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs FC Augsburg
Hoffenheim have been very active on the transfer market after a mediocre season in order to achieve a better position this season. It remains to be seen in the first game against Augsburg if coach Gisdol managed to integrate the new players into the squad. The dilemma was particularly hard on the goalkeeping position and after the signing of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann from Bundesliga rival Freiburg there are hopes that Baumann could bring an air of consistency and security to the team. Hoffenheim booked their place in the second round of the German Cup with a 9-0 victory over USC Paloma and gave the most convincing performance of all Bundesliga teams.
Augsburg barely missed out on the Europa League and finished eighth, just one point behind Mainz, and eight points and one position above their opponents. Last season was very successful for Augsburg but their main goal for this season is to stay in the league. The team of coach Weinzierl is well prepared for the season kick off and club have signed good new players from the transfer market. But is this enough? Some doubts have arisen after a 1-0 loss to fourth division team Magdeburg in the first round of the German Cup and the team has not found itself yet. A comparison between the two teams reveals that in the previous season both teams won their home games 2-0 against each other.
Hoffenheim is considered to be favourite in this game with odds of up to 2.15. However, Augsburg is not without chances and has odds of up to 3.80. A possible draw in this game would pay out the same odds. Our tip: Augsburg needs time, home victory for Hoffenheim with 2.15. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs FC Augsburg odds comparison
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Dortmund’s latest results give good momentum for the new season and even though the DFL Supercup is not the most prestigious of trophies, the 2-0 victory over their rivals Bayern last week was a great satisfaction for Dortmund. It is true that top striker Robert Lewandowski moved to Bayern Munich but Dortmund have good offensive players to replace him without without loss of quality. Marco Reus was injured but has returned to the team’s training camp, providing a glimmer of hope that he will play against Leverkusen. The newly signed players seem to each bring something new to the team but it remains unclear if Ramos and Immobile really can replace Lewandowski.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen are a direct rival in the fight for the Bundesliga title and a place in the Champions League. And Leverkusen have also been active on the transfer market. They signed top midfielder Calhanoglu and are considered to be one of the top teams in the Bundesliga this season. The bookmakers highly favour Dortmund with odds of up to 1.62, even though they couldn’t win their league games against Leverkusen in the previous season. In spite of high odds of up to 6.56, Leverkusen are confident enough to know that they have chances to win the game or at least secure a draw. Our tip: Leverkusen have a good team, but Dortmund are in good shape at the moment, could be a narrow victory for the home team with odds of 1.62. Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen odds comparison