The Bundesliga starts their week of play on Friday, April 16. Matches take place from Friday through Sunday, April 18. Among the more interesting games is Bayern on the road versus Wolfsburg. Paris Saint-Germain knocked Bayern from the Champions League on Tuesday. Will the top team in the Bundesliga find enough motivation after a tough loss? Check out analysis, Bundesliga odds and a free pick for that match as well as all the other great Bundesliga action happening over the weekend.
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Friday, April 16th Match
- Hoffenheim +1 ½ (-133) / RB Leipzig -1 ½ (+100)
Hoffenheim’s form leaves much to be desired. The road team in this has 3 losses and a draw in their last 5. Leipzig has won 2-of-3. RB’s last loss was by a goal to Bayern on April 3. Leipzig beat Hoffenheim 1-0 on Dec. 16. Although there’s a greater chance of Hoffenheim losing by a single goal on Friday, the odds on Leipzig at -1 ½ makes them the play.
Soccer Free Pick: Leipzig
Saturday, April 17th Matches
- Frankfurt +154 / Monchengladbach +146
Both Frankfurt and Gladbach are in good enough form to warrant a look. Monchengladbach has won 2-of-3. The home squad in this match drew 2-2 with Hertha Berlin in their last. Frankfurt is on a 3-match winning streak. One of the victories was a 2-to-1 win against Dortmund. Give the road team a shot.
Soccer Free Pick: Frankfurt
- Bayern Munich -106 / Wolfsburg +244
Bayern’s 1-0 victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg wasn’t enough to send the Bundesliga power to the UCL semifinals. PSG won the aggregate. Things don’t get easier for Bayern because Wolfsburg is a tough team to get past. Bayern beat Wolfsburg 2-1 on Dec. 16. But before dumping on Bayern realize that, again, they must play without Robert Lewandowski. Backing Wolfsburg is the best play.
Soccer Free Pick: Wolfsburg
- Schalke 04 +374 / Freiburg -153
Facing Schalke is an automatic win, right? Not anymore. Schalke upset Augsburg 1-0 on April 11. Could the 04ers make it 2 wins in a row? Probably not, but backing Freiburg, a team that has lost 4-of-5 and 2 in a row at the current odds doesn’t seem wise.
Soccer Free Pick: Schalke 04
- Arminia Bielefeld +199 / Augsburg +134
Home pitch often means a lot in games between lower-level teams like Arminia Bielefeld and Augsburg. But although Augsburg has won the last couple of head-to-head, they lost to Schalke in their last. Arminia has a shot.
Soccer Free Pick: Arminia Bielefeld
- Cologne +408 / Leverkusen -163
Cologne is a massive underdog versus Leverkusen because they’ve drawn twice and lost 3 times in their last 5. Leverkusen dominated Cologne 4-0 in the last head-to-head. The victory was so devastating to Cologne that we’re willing to lay the -163 on the chalk.
Soccer Free Pick: Leverkusen
Sunday, April 18th Matches
- Werder Bremen +1 ½ (-135) / Dortmund +1 ½ (-100)
Dortmund has won the last couple of head-to-head matches. By losing by a single goal, 2-1, Werder beat Dortmund on the handicap in the last. This could go either way, though. Dortmund looks like a solid play at -100.
Soccer Free Pick: Dortmund
- Hertha Berlin +188 / Mainz +144
Both teams are in decent form, but Mainz’s form is slightly better. The home squad has won 3-of-5. They drew in the other 2 matches. At the odds, Mainz is the play. If Mainz becomes an underlay, though, consider backing Hertha.
Soccer Free Pick: Mainz +144
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