Soccer Betting Preview: Bundesliga Matchday 5 Odds

Handful of Excellent Matchups This Weekend

All Eyes on Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich

The top two clubs in the Bundesliga table meet this weekend as Union Berlin host Bayern Munich. One of them could very well lose its unbeaten record to start the season. There are plenty of other reasons to be excited about this weekend’s Bundesliga schedule. Eintracht Frankfurt faces RB Leipzig in a clash between two Champions League clubs. Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim and Borussia Monchengladbach vs Mainz are other matchups which feature two top half clubs. Let’s look over the Bundesliga Matchday 5 odds and gear up for another weekend of Bundesliga betting.

Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim: Friday, 2:30 p.m. EST

The Matchday 5 Bundesliga schedule kicks off on Friday with Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim. Both teams come into the match with a record of three wins and a loss. Dortmund is coming off a 1-0 win over Hertha but was highly disappointed not to score more goals. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim has won three in a row and the last two have been shutouts. Despite their win streak, visitors Hoffenheim is priced at +375 odds to win.

Dortmund won both meetings by a 3-2 scoreline last season and are -155 favorites for Friday’s match. A consistent goal-scoring option for BVB hasn’t emerged yet after Erling Haaland’s departure. However, stopgap solution Anthony Modeste scored his first Dortmund goal last weekend and could start again here.

Hoffenheim looks like European contenders and has already beaten Champions League club Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 this season. The visitors are favored to cover the one-goal spread, at -120. The last three meetings have finished with four or more goals, but under 3½ goals sits at -115 odds.

Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Union Berlin just keeps getting better. They only made their Bundesliga debut three years ago but have finished 11th, 7th, and 5th. If they can one-up their fifth-place finish from last season, they’ll be playing in the UEFA Champions League for the first time. They’ll be making their Europa League debut next week but first, they face Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.

Bayern, unsurprisingly, are at the top of the table again while Union sits in second for now. Union have never beaten Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and are +550 home underdogs on Saturday. Bayern, coming off of their first draw of the season, are -250 favorites. Last season, Bayern put nine goals on Union Berlin in two meetings and won both. However, Union will be feeling confident after a 6-1 win over Schalke 04.

With both teams clearly capable of scoring, the over/under goals total is listed at 3½. The Bundesliga betting odds imply the under is more likely, at -125. In their 1-1 draw vs Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend, Bayern conceded just their second goal of the season. With 32 shots on target in their last two games, Sadio Mane, Thomas Muller & Co. are creating a ridiculous amount of opportunities. Certainly, they should get their chances here as well but can Union weather the storm?

Bayer Leverkusen vs SC Freiburg: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Bayer Leverkusen finally got in the win column by defeating Mainz 3-0 last Saturday. Previously, the Champions League participants were in the relegation zone, with three losses. Still, their woes didn’t end with the win. Defenders Piero Hincapie and Mitchel Bakker both picked up red cards which will keep them out on Saturday. Bayer’s misfortune is music to SC Freiburg’s ears.

Freiburg is 3-1 so far this season with their only loss coming to Borussia Dortmund. They’re +285 underdogs according to the Bundesliga Matchday 5 odds and don’t typically win at the BayArena. Freiburg has won just one of their last nine matches at Leverkusen. Shorthanded Bayer Leverkusen is -110 favorites to get a second straight win.

Neither players Patrik Schick nor Moussa Diaby has found the net for Bayer Leverkusen this season but it seems like it’s just a matter of time. Freiburg does have one of the better defenses in the league, though. They’ve conceded just three times in four matches and kept three shutouts. Any outcome seems possible here, with a draw also priced at +285.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs RB Leipzig: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Although there are some good matchups this weekend, this is the only one that features two Champions League clubs. Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig have both started the season slowly but got their first wins during Matchday 4. They’ll both look to continue their momentum on Saturday but visitors Leipzig are -105 favorites.

Eintracht Frankfurt is priced at +270 Bundesliga Matchday 5 odds. However, the underdogs are favored to cover the ½-goal spread, at -115 odds. Frankfurt managed to score four goals last weekend but the defense has certainly been an issue. They haven’t kept a clean sheet yet and are conceding nearly three goals per game. Leipzig, on the other hand, finally got their first shutout of the season vs Wolfsburg last Saturday.

Christopher Nkunku looked dangerous as ever as he scored a brace. Nkunku has scored four goals in four matches this season and he could be a strong Golden Boot candidate. Bettors seem to expect multiple goals for RB Leipzig again this weekend as Leipzig over 1½ goals shows -135 odds.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Mainz: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

Borussia Monchengladbach frustrated Bayern Munich again by drawing 1-1 with them last weekend. Still undefeated, with two wins and two draws, they’ll take on Mainz on Sunday at home. Mainz is coming off of their first loss of the season and isn’t an easy opponent, though. It certainly shows in the odds, as +115 favorites Monchengladbach have lower than a 50 percent implied chance of victory.

These teams drew twice last season and a third straight can be bet on at +280 odds. Mainz is unbeaten in their last three matches with Borussia Monchengladbach in all competitions. However, they’re priced as +215 underdogs heading into Sunday. It is worth noting that Mainz was one of the worst teams on the road last season in the Bundesliga. They won just three of their 17 matches but one of their two draws was at Monchengladbach.

An interesting trend heading into this one is the fact that both teams have scored in the last six meetings. As a result, over 2½ total goals are listed at -135 odds. Mainz will need to be wary of Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram, who has scored three goals so far this season.

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