Union Can Add to Wagner’s Schalke Woes

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Betting Tips and Predictions for Matchday 30 in the Bundesliga this weekend.

Dortmund coach and subs during a Bundesliga game

Saturday’s Bundesliga action mainly concerns those chasing the European spots but Sunday has three games involving teams towards the bottom as they look to fight off the threat of relegation.

The first match sees Wolfsburg head to Werder Bremen at 12:30 with both chasing different priorities.

Sat 17th, Werder’s recent resurgence, which saw them collect seven points from nine available, was abruptly ended on Wednesday as they were upended 3-0 by Eintracht Frankfurt. That was the first time they had seen over 3.5 goals in their last four games, while only one of their last five at home has seen both teams score so a ‘no’ in that market is interesting at 21/20.

A victory may have seen them move out of the relegation places but they failed to take their chances and were punished by three second-half goals.

Florian Kohfeldt’s side need a quick turnaround and while they are unbeaten in their last eight meetings, look set for a tough afternoon against Die Wolfe who are the 21/20 favourites in the match betting.

The sixth-placed visitors’ push for a European spot is being hampered by their home form but they have excelled on the road since the restart, winning at both Augsburg and Bayer Leverkusen to take their tally to seven away wins from 14 outings.

They themselves lost to Eintracht in their last game but their style seems more suited to playing on the road and they could well end their troubles against Die Werderaner.

Tough Battle as Union Face Schalke

It’s then off to the capital at 2:30 where two ailing sides meet at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Union Berlin looked the real deal for spells in the opening half of the season but have still to win since the Bundesliga’s restart and their six-match winless streak is their worst of the season.

One point from the 12 available has raised real relegation doubts for Union but they may be playing the perfect team in Schalke and a home win is 6/4.

Die Konigsblauen have lost all four of their games since the end of the hiatus, prompting the board to issue repeated assurances that David Wagner’s job is not in danger.

Another defeat in the capital will pile further pressure on the American but he will take heart from his side taking a 2-1 victory in the pair’s only previous top-flight meeting back on Matchday 13.

That win took Schalke into third but at the time of writing, they sit 10th in the table. However, more positive fans may still point to them being just five points short of the final Europa League spot.

Their poor form looks too tough to turn around though, especially away from home where they are without a win in six, scoring only once in the process and some punters may extend to the 59/20 for a Union win to zero.

Augsburg v Cologne on Sunday

Sunday’s final game features two more teams who are somewhat out of sorts, as 13th-placed Augsburg welcome the team above them Cologne, albeit the Billy Goats have four points more.

However, they have only picked up two points since the restart and head to Bavaria on the back of defeats to Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.

Markus Gisdol’s side do though have Jhon Cordoba, the 17/10 favourite in the anytime scorer market. The Colombian netted in the corresponding fixture and has scored twice in his last three games.

That might be key against an Augsburg-outfit who have not scored in their last two outings and the duo have a cagey history, with the pair’s last couple of meetings finishing 1-1, a result that is 23/4.

*All odds correct at time of writing

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