We have provided some Bundesliga handicap betting tips ahead of this weekend's fixtures in the German top flight, which could see Bayer Leverkusen extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points with a win against Mainz on Friday night. As news of Thomas Tuchel departing at the end of the season broke this week, we also cover Bayern Munich's tricky test against RB Leipzig, among two other selected fixtures.
Bundesliga handicap betting prediction – games in focus
Bayer Leverkusen v Mainz – Leverkusen to win with -2 handicap (9/5)
Friday night's Bundesliga action sees league leaders Leverkusen host Mainz, knowing victory would extend their lead over second-placed Bayern to 11 points. Remarkably, they still remain unbeaten in all competitions this season, and look on course to win a first-ever Bundesliga title.
Standing in their way is Mainz, who are second-from-bottom in the Bundesliga and look on course to get relegated. They did beat Augsburg 1-0 last time out, but were previously winless in 11 league matches.
The reverse fixture produced a 3-0 Leverkusen win, and we would not be surprised to see a similar scoreline play out here. Thus, we have gone for another comfortable victory for Xabi Alonso's men, giving them a -2 handicap at a fairly generous price.
Stuttgart v Cologne – Stuttgart to win with -2 handicap (12/5)
Due to the success of Leverkusen, Stuttgart's story of reaching third in the Bundesliga has seemingly gone a little unnoticed. They finished 15th and 16th in the past two seasons, narrowly avoiding relegation, but are now one of the favourites to take a UEFA Champions League place for next campaign.
They have won their previous four Bundesliga matches, scoring three or more goals in three of them, and should be firm favourites on Saturday afternoon at home against a struggling Cologne side who lost 1-0 at home to Werder Bremen last time out, and are third-from-bottom in the table.
Stuttgart have won three of the last four H2Hs between the two sides, and so we expect a fairly straightforward victory here, with a -2 handicap given generous odds.
Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig – Bayern to win with -1 handicap (7/4)
Bayern's poor form of losing three consecutive games seems to have pushed their board over the edge, after news broke that Tuchel would be leaving his managerial position at the end of the season. It does not get any easier for the Bundesliga holders, with fifth-placed Leipzig visiting the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening.
The hosts could find themselves 11 points behind Leverkusen by the time they kick off should their title challengers beat lowly Mainz the night before, and so this is simply a must-win game for Tuchel and his side. They may gain some encouragement in the fact Leipzig have lost four of their previous seven matches in all competitions, and the fact they are usually formidable at home.
Bayern are unbeaten in their previous four H2Hs, winning two of them, and we think they will bounce back here, even giving them a -1 handicap.
Borussia Dortmund v Hoffenheim – Dortmund to win with -1 handicap (5/4)
Dortmund go into Sunday afternoon's meeting with Hoffenheim off the back of a 1-1 draw at PSV in the Champions League in midweek. That extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 games, and they should be confident of another positive result.
Hoffenheim will be no pushovers sitting in ninth in the table, but they have only won once in all competitions since October, and lost 1-0 at home to Union Berlin last time out.
Dortmund have already beaten Hoffenheim twice this season, and have won the last six H2Hs. Thus, a routine home victory should be on the cards, and we have also given the hosts a -1 handicap.
Check out our other Bundesliga betting tips for this weekend's fixtures!