Borussia Monchengladbach v Hannover Sunday 25 November, 17:00 Live on BT Sport and Betfair Live Video
There's something very exciting happening at Borussia Park. A Foals team that has underachieved in the last two seasons has started to consistently click, and a return to the Champions League is a distinct possibility. Gladbach have found a genuine goal-getter in Alassane Plea (his hat-trick at Werder took him onto eight Bundesliga goals in his maiden season), and he's getting outstanding support from Thorgan Hazard, Jonas Hofmann and Florian Neuhaus. Add the creative talents of Raffael and Lars Stindl into the mix, and you get of one the most thrilling attacking units in the league.
Dieter Hecking's team have won their last eight Bundesliga home games, scoring 22 goals in the process and conceding just four. Six of those eight wins have been by two goals or more.
Hannover grabbed a much-needed derby win at home to Wolfsburg before the international break, but Opta tell us they haven't secured an away win in the league since October 2017. That's a run of 18 road matches without a win in the Bundesliga, and in that sequence they have collected six points from an available 54.
Hannover are fighting hard, but they should be outgunned here. Back the hosts -1 on the Handicap on the Sportsbook at 6/5.
Schalke to take a step towards the light
Schalke v Nurnberg Saturday 24 November, 17:30 Live on BT Sport 2 and Betfair Live Video
It's a slow and painful process, but despite their second-half collapse at Eintracht Frankfurt before the international break, Schalke are showing signs that they are rebuilding their season. They are well-placed to reach the last 16 of the Champions League, they are through to the third round of the DFB Cup, and in the Bundesliga they have lost just two of their last six.
Royal Blues coach Domenico Tedesco admits he has had some sleepless nights, but he remains convinced that he can get S04 back to where they should be. His cause hasn't been helped by serious injuries for forwards Mark Uth and Breel Embolo, but at least Austrian striker Guido Burgstaller is fit to face his former club.
The question we need to ask ourselves is: even with their wobbly form and their injury problems, are Schalke good enough to beat Nurnberg? I believe the answer is a resounding yes. Nurnberg are one of the weakest promoted sides I've seen in the division in the last few years, and I think they will be relegated this term.
Nurnberg have harvested just two points from their five away games, a sequence that includes a 6-0 drubbing at RB Leipzig and a 7-0 hammering at Borussia Dortmund. In the two games they drew in Bremen and Augsburg, they were outplayed by careless hosts who failed to maximize their opportunities.
Nurnberg's only wins in the league have come against struggling Fortuna Dusseldorf and Hannover, and I believe they'll be outclassed again here. I'll back the hosts -1.0 on the Asian Handicap at 1.90.
Friday night fun on the cards
Bayer Leverkusen v Stuttgart Friday 23 November, 19:30 Live on BT Sport 2 and Betfair Live Video
At the start of the season, no-one expected this Friday night clash to be part of the developing relegation battle at the wrong end of the Bundesliga, but that's the harsh reality that faces both of these underachieving clubs. The teams that finished fifth and seventh respectively in the German top flight last season are currently 13th and 18th in the standings.
Many people predicted a great season for Bayer (Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann tipped them as title contenders), and although I said they wouldn't finish in the top four in my ante-post piece, I didn't expect them to be quite so bad. Die Werkself have won just three of their 11 league games, they have leaked an eye-watering 24 goals, and they are just two points above the dropzone.
Bayer have a tendency to give their coaches time to put things right, and Heiko Herrlich has lasted longer at the helm than he probably should have. His failure to harness the enormous potential of such a talented squad reflects badly on him as a coach, and the lack of consistency in terms of performances and results is alarming for the club's fans.
Stuttgart are in even worse shape. They had an extraordinary run at the back end of last season under Tayfun Korkut, but he was jettisoned this term after a dreadful start to the campaign. His successor Markus Weinzierl carved out a reputation as a calm and authoritative tactician at Augsburg, only for that to be somewhat tarnished by a one-season spell at Schalke.
Weinzierl started his tenure with three heavy defeats, but a 2-0 win at Nurnberg before the international break stopped VfB from being cut adrift. Despite the presence of Mario Gomez, Stuttgart have the worst attack in the league (eight goals scored), and they have shipped 24 goals.
Both teams are fragile defensively, but both have plenty of talent and pace in attack. On that basis I fancy an entertaining clash here, especially when you consider a draw is of little value to either team at this stage. I'm expecting lots of defensive errors, and I'll back Over 3.5 Goals here at 2.44.
Back Borussia Monchengladbach -1 on the Handicap at 6/5 on the Sportsbook Back Schalke -1.0 on the Asian Handicap v Nurnberg at1.90 Back Over 3.5 Goals in Bayer Leverkusen v Stuttgart at 2.44