Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayern Munich Saturday March 02, 17:30 Live on BT Sport and Betfair Live Video
Bayern Munich have dragged themselves back into the chase for the Meisterschale with a run of ten wins in 11 Bundesliga matches, but their old foes Borussia Dortmund remain stubbornly ahead with a cushion of three points. In their last two games, against Liverpool and Hertha Berlin, Bayern have looked defensively solid (very much like coach Niko Kovac's old side Eintracht Frankfurt), but they have hardly sparkled in attack. That attacking output has been lessened by continued injury problems for thrilling wing wizard Kingsley Coman,and now his fellow Frenchman Franck Ribery has been sidelined by a stomach issue.
Borussia Monchengladbach's push for the top four has been weakened by back-to-back 3-0 home defeats against Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg, but those scorelines don't tell the whole story. The Foals made good chances in both games, but critically failed to take them. This is still an outstanding campaign for Dieter Hecking's men, who are on track for Champions League qualification after two seasons of mid-table obscurity.
Gladbach won 3-0 at Bayern in the reverse fixture, and beat the champions 2-1 the last time they faced them at Borussia Park. It's also worth considering that Bayern have lost games at Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen this season, so they have struggled away to some of the elite sides in the division.
I don't think Gladbach's drop-off is as severe as it seems, and Bayern seem too short for the win at 1.63.
Leipzig to push Nurnberg further into the mire
Nurnberg v RB Leipzig Saturday 02 March, 14:30 Live on Betfair Live Video
Nurnberg's disastrous return to the Bundesliga hit a new low last Saturday. Three minutes into a crucial game at Fortuna Dusseldorf, Matheus Pereira got himself sent off for inexplicably hitting F95 defender Nico Giesselmann in the crotch, and despite taking a shock lead after that, Nurnberg succumbed to a 2-1 defeat. They are bottom of the table, with just two wins to their name all season.
In their last home match, Nurnberg dug in for a goalless draw against Borussia Dortmund, but I don't think they'll be able to pull off the same trick twice. Leipzig are in great form,having collected 11 points from their last five games, and they have won their last two away matches against Nurnberg's fellow strugglers Stuttgart and Hannover.
With Timo Werner expected to return to the attack after illness, Leipzig should have the firepower to shred a team they beat 6-0 in the reverse fixture.
Stuttgart to pick up vital win
Stuttgart v Hannover Sunday 03 March, 14:30 Live on BT Sport and Betfair Live Video
This is one of the biggest games of the season so far when it comes to the relegation battle, and I think Stuttgart can put some more distance between themselves and the automatic relegation zone. The Swabians were very good at Werder Bremen last Friday, scoring a goal after barely a minute, and they were far more solid defensively than they have been in recent weeks. There are still big strides to make, but the last couple of performances have been a good reaction to last month's dismal defeat at Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Hannover cannot tell a similar story of improvement. Coach Thomas Doll hasn't had the transformative impact that Die Roten hoped for when he replaced Andre Breitenreiter, and he has lost three of his four games in charge by three goals to nil. The only team Hannover have beaten in Doll's spell are Nurnberg, who are probably the only team worse than them in the top flight.
Hannover haven't won an away game since October 2017, and since then they have taken just eight points from 23 road matches. As disappointing as Stuttgart have been this season, they are better than Hannover, and they should pick up a vital win here.
Lay Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach at 1.63
Back RB Leipzig -1.5 on the Asian Handicap v Nurnberg at 2.42