The chaos at perennial crisis club Hamburg continued this week, as CEO Heribert Bruchhagen and sporting director Jens Todt were shown the door. It appears HSV are already planning for next season, and reality is dawning that a first ever relegation in the Bundesliga era is on the cards.
Last weekend, Hamburg drew 0-0 with Mainz in a game they needed to win. Filip Kostic had a penalty saved and hit the crossbar, as the Redshorts failed to turn their dominance into goals. That result means that Hamburg still haven't won since former HSV midfielder Bernd Hollerbach came in as coach, and his beloved club is seven points adrift of safety with nine games left. They have scored just three goals in Hollerbach's six games in charge.
To make matters worse, it's now time for the annual thrashing at the Allianz Arena. Here are the scorelines from their last seven visits to face the champions in Munich: 8-0, 5-0, 8-0, 3-1, 9-2, 5-0 and 6-0. Given the fact that Bayern made six changes to their starting eleven last Sunday, but still won 4-0 at Freiburg, this could be another brutal battering for HSV.
Bayern have shown they have great depth in their squad, and both Sandro Wagner and Corentin Tolisso scored in the Black Forest. With Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben both expected to start this game, I can't see anything other than another humbling defeat for Hamburg. Robben has ten goals and five assists in 13 games against HSV, and Ribery has racked up six goals and six assists in 14 meetings with the faded northern giants.
Recommended Bet Back Bayern Munich -2.5 on the Asian Handicap at2.06
Goals likely as Wolfsburg's survival bid continues
Hoffenheim v Wolfsburg Saturday 10 March, 14:30
Bruno Labbadia's arrival as Wolfsburg coach hasn't yet yielded the required results. A draw at Mainz and a defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen means die Wolfe are only above the dropzone on goal difference.
However, Wolfsburg do at least look a little more enterprising in attack, as Labbadia has taken the shackles off some of his more technically-gifted players. They have scored in both of their games under the new boss, and they have now found the net at least once in their last seven league outings.
Hoffenheim are also usually good for a goal. They have scored in each of their last ten league matches, and if you stretch back further, they have netted at least one goal in 23 of their last 25 Bundesliga games.
Hoffe looked back to their old selves in last Saturday's 2-0 win at Augsburg, but it's worth noting that the clean sheet they collected was only their first of 2018, and that was against an Augsburg team ravaged by injury problems.
I fancy both teams to score here in a lively contest.
Recommended Bet Back Both Teams To Score at1.80
Struggling Dortmund may fall short again
Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt Sunday 11 March, 17:00
The feeling in Dortmund in recent weeks has been that Borussia have been getting some decent results under coach Peter Stoger, without having the performances to match. Well, on Thursday in the Europa League against FC Salzburg, they did match up the performance with the result, because both were dreadful. BVB lost 2-1 to the Austrian side, and are in serious danger of not making the quarter-finals.
Now Dortmund have a very tricky game against an Eintracht Frankfurt side that has emerged as a genuine contender for a top-four finish. The Eagles collapsed after Christmas last term, but they now have a stronger squad with more experience, and their injury problems have cleared up.
SGE have lost their last two away games without scoring, but they have racked up 15 points from their last seven games, and they were excellent in a 2-2 draw against Dortmund at the Commerzbank Arena. This is a Dortmund side playing without cohesion or rhythm at the moment, and after a run of four games without a victory, they can't be backed to take maximum points here at odds-on.