Bundesliga Accumulator: Top two face off and promise of goals galore
It’s the final gameweek of Bundesliga football before the winter break kicks in and the headline act is on Friday night where leaders Dortmund host Borussia Monchengladbach.
Our midweek acca was ruined by Borussia Dortmund failing to score a second goal at relegation-threatened Fortuna Dusseldorf — suffering a first defeat of the season in the process — but we’re looking to finish strongly with a perfect four-from-four. We’ll head to the Westfalenstadion to begin.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
Friday, 21 December, 19:30
When top faces second in any league it’s always big and talk of the title is never far away. Yet for this fixture there’s still reason enough to be fearful about Bayern Munich that these two teams might feel it’s a game to give them the best chance of second come the season end.
Dortmund’s first loss of the campaign, which came midweek against Dusseldorf, didn’t come at a great time. The home side won’t want to end the first half of the season with two successive failures to pick up maximum points. It makes this an imperative match to bounce back in. The pressure will be on BVB for perhaps the first time all season, but Gladbach can afford to see it as an opportunity. A shock win would make the gap at the top just three points heading into the winter break.
For the neutrals, it’s a chance to see some of the league’s most in-form players on show: Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard, Alassane Plea and Jadon Sancho.
It will be hugely entertaining and is close to call on the final result — but there will be goals.
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin
Saturday, 22 December, 14:30
Bayer Leverkusen’s inconsistency is going to rob them of a European spot for next season unless they build confidence in the New Year. Despite looking well below their best in an attacking sense, Wednesday’s win at Schalke was their third in five games and the top half is finally within their sights.
Hertha have been impressive this year, but key absences are playing a part and Marko Grujic is again missing due to an ankle issue. That, along with B04’s incremental improvement, should leave the home side seeing this as a must-win home match.
The only away win for Hertha since September came at basement dwellers Hannover. It’s not nailed-on, but a Leverkusen victory offers good value on this final gameweek.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich
Saturday, December 22, 17:30
Bayern Munich’s attritional victory over RB Leipzig keeps them moving closer to the summit again after a dismal first half of the season.
That win came at a cost and the champions will be without the suspended Renato Sanches and the injured Serge Gnabry for the trip to Eintracht Frankfurt.
It’s hardly great news when you’re getting ready to face a team with Luka Jovic in red-hot form with 12 goals for the season in 10 starts…or a goal every 76 minutes.
His presence alone gives Frankfurt hope of a result, but the best bet is goals at both ends.
Niko Kovac might have to make changes, but there’s more than enough attacking quality to find the goals Bayern so desperately need. Their away form has also been largely good this season. Besides, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery aren’t exactly bad players to have to call upon!
Hoffenheim vs. Mainz 05
Sunday, December 23, 17:00
Hoffenheim have remained on the fringes of the European spots despite going nine league matches without defeat…mainly because the last five have all been draws.
Opponents Mainz have been clocking up the points on an almost bi-weekly basis: win, loss, win; draw, loss, draw. For the most part they are far stronger at home than on the road and their two away wins this term have come at bottom-half clubs. They’d take the draw at Hoffenheim if it were offered, so don’t expect them to go all-guns-blazing for another victory on the road.
For Hoffenheim, it’s about making the most of a home game against a mid-table outfit, while those above — Frankfurt, ‘Gladbach, Bayern — have tough matches against top rivals.
Recommended Bundesliga Accumulator
Back Both Teams to Score in Dortmund vs. Gladbach @ 1/2
Back Leverkusen @ 5/7
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich @ 2/5
Back Hoffenheim @ 4/9
Total ACCA Odds: 4.24/1
That’s it for the Bundesliga in 2018, but we’ll be back in the new year with more tips. You can follow my accumulator by downloading BetBull here and then follow my profile karlmatchett
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