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Gladbach to bounce back? Get our 3 best Bundesliga bets for December 8/9

Leigh Copson 4 Dec 2018
Monchengladbach (credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Bundesliga predictions for the weekend of December 8/9. Can league leaders Borussia Dortmund maintain their unbeaten record, and will Borussia Monchengladbach keep their 100% home record intact? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Schalke v Borussia Dortmund (Saturday 14:30 GMT)


Borussia Dortmund extended their Bundesliga win streak to four games with a 2-0 success against Freiburg last time out, and they remain the only unbeaten team in the top flight have now won 10 and drawn three of their first 13 matches. Across the board they have only lost one of their 20 competitive fixtures right now, so Dortmund have to be delighted with how quickly life has changed under Lucien Favre. They will not be planning on resting on their laurels though, with a first German title for quite some time now a real possibility, so they will have their sights set on collecting three more points when they visit Schalke on Saturday afternoon. But can they claim them?

The home side go into the game in decent form domestically having lost only one of their last five games in the Bundesliga, but they have only won twice in that time and both of those successes came against two of the poorer teams in Germany’s top tier. Needless to say, Dortmund are certainly not the poorest – they are the best of the best right now and although their away form has been as emphatic as their home form, four wins and two draws should not be sniffed at. Therefore I am backing the visitors to maintain their stranglehold on top spot with a big away win as the mid-season break draws ever closer.


Mainz v Hannover (Sunday 14:30 GMT)


Mainz made a return to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at Fortuna Dusseldorf a week ago and they have now won three of their last four games with the sole defeat coming against league leaders Dortmund a fortnight ago. This decent run has them knocking on the door to the top half of the table heading into this weekend and they have an ideal fixture as they look to perhaps climb into the top nine because next up for them is a home game against Hannover on Sunday afternoon.

Mainz do boast one of the better home records in the league, even though it is hardly spectacular, while Hannover have the second worst travelling record in the German top flight with no wins and just two points collected away from home this season. Their recent form including home games does not offer much confidence either – they have now lost five of their last six in all competitions. This pitiful form is something I believe Mainz will take full advantage of on Sunday, but this game is unlikely to turn into something of a goalfest because only two of Mainz’s 13 games so far have seen more than three goals and both of them came away from the OPEL ARENA.

Borussia Monchengladbach v Stuttgart (Sunday 17:00 GMT)


Borussia Monchengladbach’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund suffered a setback a week ago as their three-match win streak was brought to a shuddering halt by a 2-0 defeat at RB Leipzig. And that has been the story of their season so far. Monchengladbach’s underwhelming away form is the sole reason that they are already seven points behind the table-toppers, because they have been absolutely flawless in front of the home fans. Dieter Hecking’s side are six-for-six in front of their own fans, out-scoring the opposition 18-3, so they will be delighted to be back at Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK on Sunday when they try to make a return to winning ways.

Providing the opposition will be a Stuttgart side that boosted their battel against the drop with a 1-0 win over Augsburg last time out, making it two wins from their last three games, but nobody associated with the club should be getting overly excited because those wins have come against woeful opposition. Monchengladbach are a massive step up in quality and it is hard to see how Stuttgart will do any damage to their hosts’ title challenge here. The visitors have one win, four points and just six goals to their name on their travels, so backing Monchengladbach to win and keep a clean sheet here is very tempting despite a lack of clean sheets recently.


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