Dortmund to retain top spot

Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund
Saturday 03 November, 14:30
Live on Betfair Live Video
Borussia Dortmund may have dropped two precious points last weekend, but they have still made a remarkable start to the campaign. New coach Lucien Favre has managed to get his ideas across to his players surprisingly quickly, and there is clear evidence that his carefully coordinated attacking plans are being followed by a group of incredibly talented forwards. Jadon Sancho, Marko Reus, Paco Alcacer and Christian Pulisic (who was excellent in the midweek cup win over Union Berlin) are all thriving, and even Mario Gotze has recently been brought in from the cold.
The defence remains a concern, and it may be the leaks at the back that prevent BVB from taking the Meisterschale away from Bayern. Dortmund have conceded multiple goals in four of their last eight games in all competitions, and it was the late concession of a needless penalty that cost them in the 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin on Matchday Nine.
Wolfsburg have had a great week. They won 3-0 at Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga, and beat Lower Saxony rivals Hannover 2-0 in the DFB Cup. However, they were comfortably beaten at home by Bayern Munich recently, and they were hammered at the Volkswagen Arena by Dortmund last season. They haven't won any of their last four home games, and that makes Borussia Dortmund's price of evens in the Match Odds market very attractive.

It won't be pretty, but Schalke can get precious win

Schalke v Hannover
Saturday 03 November, 14:30
Live on Betfair Live Video
Schalke are slowly rebuilding their season, and they have plenty of work to do to climb clear of the relegation zone, let alone move closer to the European qualification places. Subsequent goalless draws against Galatasaray and RB Leipzig have shown that Domenico Tedesco's side can be competitive against good opposition, and a penalty shootout win at Koln in the cup shows they have fighting spirit, but now they must show they can overcome weaker sides in games they are expected to win.
Hannover arrive in Gelsenkirchen having been dumped out of the DFB Cup by local rivals Wolfsburg, and having won just one of their nine league games so far. Coach Andre Breitenreiter is coming under increasing pressure, and a trip to his former club Schalke might not do him any favours. Hannover have taken just a point from their last four Bundesliga away games, and they haven't won on the road in the top flight for over a year.
This may well be close, but I think Schalke can grind out an ugly win against really limited opposition.

Gladbach to bounce back

Borussia Monchengladbach v Fortuna Dusseldorf
Sunday 04 November, 14:30
Live on BT Sport
It's been a grim few weeks for Fortuna Dusseldorf. The Bundesliga 2 champions arrived in the top flight on the crest of a wave, but that feelgood factor has largely evaporated. Only goal difference separates F95 from the bottom of the table, they have lost their last five league games, and they have leaked 17 goals in that time. A midweek cup win at Ulm was all very well, but it doesn't solve any of the club's major problems.
Borussia Monchengladbach have had a hellish week. They were thrashed 5-0 at home by Rheinland rivals Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Cup, having lost 3-1 at Freiburg in the Bundesliga. That said, the Foals should be far too strong For Dusseldorf here - they have won their last seven Bundesliga home games, scoring 21 goals in the process, and they are taking on a team that has leaked 21 goals in nine league games.
I'll back a Gladbach/Over 2.5 Goals double on the Sportsbook at 5/6
Back Borussia Dortmund to win v Wolfsburg at 2.00
Back Schalke to beat Hannover at 1.70
Back Borussia Monchengladbach/Over 2.5 Goals double on the Sportsbook at 5/6

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