Bundesliga preview: Big guns face off; shock 13/5 home win fancied

The Bundesliga's fancied teams face off this weekend, while there could be a shock in store for Hoffenheim's Sebastian Hoeness.

Freiburg's title credentials will be put seriously under the microscope at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Bundesliga champions and current leaders Bayern Munich host the season's surprise package with Bayern themselves in a good run of form.

Freiburg are the only unbeaten team left in the Bundesliga and have won four out of their last five games. Only Leipzig have held them in that run which has seen them jump into third spot.

Bayern, meanwhile, have won eight of their last nine games. The only blot on that record was a shock home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of October.

In theory Freiburg look better equipped than Frankfurt to win in Bavaria and Planet Sport Bet have them chalked up at 14/1.

That price looks even better when you consider the visitors' tight defensive record. They have conceded just seven goals all season and just three of those have been on the road.

However, they will not face a tougher test all season against the dominant force in German soccer and while Freiburg may be defensively sound, Bayern are offensively free-flowing.

Bayern's total of 38 goals is the most a team has ever scored after 10 games of a Bundesliga season.

Robert Lewandowski has 12 of those goals and he is as short as 1/4 to net on Saturday, while Bayern are the overwhelming 2/11 favourites.

It's a price that needs avoiding but it may be worth backing Bayern half-time, full-time.

Planet Sport Bet have the hosts at 8/13 to be winning after 45 minutes and after 90 minutes. And that may well be the way to side with the German powerhouses who have been winning at half-time in all but one of their four home victories.

Cologne were the side to hold them at half-time before losing 3-2.

Bochum vs Hoffenheim (Sat, 2.30pm)

VfL Bochum saw their three-game winning streak across all competitions come to an end last weekend, Borussia Monchengladbach beating them 2-1 on home soil in the Bundesliga.

Two victories in their previous two league games against Furth and Eintracht Frankfurt helped Thomas Reis' men climb clear of the drop zone. However, they remain in danger, just a point clear of 16th-placed Augsburg.

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They will face a Hoffenheim side who could clamber into the top four with a win. But away from home Hoffenheim have struggled.

They have won just once on away soil - a 4-0 victory at struggling Augsburg on the opening day of the season.

They have also conceded at least three goals in three of their last four Bundesliga away matches, albeit against Borussia Dortmund, Stuttgart and Bayern Munich. But conceding goals can become a habit and Bochum have a decent record at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion with seven of their 10 points coming there.

Bochum have also collected a league-high three clean sheets at home in their four games and at 13/5 they look a decent price to see off Hoffenheim.

RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund (Sat, 5.30pm)

The match of the weekend will take place at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening with both Leipzig and Dortmund in the hunt for the Bundesliga title.

Both sides look very evenly matched although nine points separate second-placed BVB with Jesse Marsch's men down in eighth place.

It has been Leipzig's poor form away from home which has hindered their progress. At home they have recorded four wins and just one defeat.

Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin, VfL Bochum and Greuther Furth have all been defeated, while in the test against leaders Bayern Munich they fell well short and lost 4-1.

In midweek they earned a late point against PSG in the Champions League through Dominik Szoboszlai's penalty. But in truth they more than matched their illustrious visitors and could have won the game.

Defensively they looked vulnerable and Dortmund, even without Erling Haaland, are capable of capitalising.

Dortmund have put together four successive victories, despite the absence of the injured Haaland for three of the victories.

But they may struggle without the prolific Norwegian against the better sides and Leipzig are certainly that.

It's difficult to pick a winner and the draw may well be the best play at 13/5 with Planet Sport Bet.

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