Top Bundesliga Matchday 20 Betting Picks
Bundesliga fans can look forward to exciting clashes featuring the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayer Leverkusen this weekend. Read on for a look at the biggest games with our Bundesliga Matchday 20 picks.
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich roared back to form by thumping Cologne 4-0 last weekend. They remain four points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who put in a terrific performance to beat Freiburg 5-1. RB Leipzig are climbing up the table and piling pressure on the teams above them in the battle for a top-four finish.
Here are my top betting picks and predictions for the Bundesliga Matchday 20 schedule (odds via Unibet; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
Bundesliga Matchday 20 Picks
Hoffenheim vs. Dortmund - both teams and Erling Haaland to score (-105) ???Bayern -1.75 vs. Hertha Berlin (-118) ???RB Leipzig and Under 4.5 goals vs. Wolfsburg (-118) ???
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Bundesliga Matchday 20 Predictions
Hoffenheim vs. Dortmund - both teams and Haaland to Score (-105)
Borussia Dortmund's shambolic defense was exposed once again in a shock 2-1 midweek defeat to lower-league side St. Pauli in the DFB-Pokal. That may have knocked their confidence somewhat, and it certainly took the shine off last weekend’s 5-1 victory over Freiburg.
It's hard to see Dortmund keeping a clean sheet against Hoffenheim, who've found the back of the net in eight out of nine home games so far this season. Dortmund should also score, having done so in 18 of their 19 matches thus far.
The key dangerman is Erling Haaland, who's banged in an impressive 27 goals in 22 games this season.
Bayern -1.75 (-118)
Bayern Munich's bid for a 10th consecutive Bundesliga title took a slight knock when they lost 2-1 to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Jan. 7. There were mitigating circumstances, though: a COVID-19 outbreak deprived Bayern of many key players.
However, a few stars returned for the trip to Cologne last weekend. Bayern eased to a 4-0 win, and they should be full of confidence ahead of this game against the struggling Hertha Berlin. Most of their key players are now back in business, which is bad news for their rivals.
Hertha are just four points above the relegation zone after losing nine of 19 games. They've been unfortunate, conceding 38 goals when their expected goals against tally is only 31.77. Bad luck aside, Hertha struggle against clinical strikers, and they don't get more clinical than Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.
RB Leipzig and Under 4.5 goals (-118)
RB Leipzig have won back-to-back games against Mainz and Stuttgart since returning rejuvenated from the winter break. They are up to seventh - just four points behind third-placed Leverkusen - and should be capable of securing a top-four finish.
Wolfsburg are heading in the opposite direction. They had a flying start to the season but have taken just two points from their last eight games, leaving them in relegation danger. Their expected goals tally is 27.07 but wayward finishing means they've scored only 17 times in 19 games.
Matches featuring Wolfsburg feature 2.47 goals on average. This one is likely to stay Under 4.5 and Leipzig should prevail.
Bundesliga Matchday 20 Quick Picks
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Bundesliga Matchday 20 picks made 1/19/2022 at 5:02 a.m. ET.