Mainz can cause shock at out-of-sorts Schalke

Schalke v Mainz

Schalke look a dodgy proposition as odds-on favourites in this one and I am taking Mainz to cause a shock in the German Cup.

Make no mistake, the Germans take the competition very seriously. We only have two domestic competitions so it's a big chance to win a trophy, but at the moment Schalke don't look in any sort of shape to go far given they sacked Huub Stevens at the weekend.

They get up for the Champions League but have been poor in the Bundesliga and getting rid of Stevens was sadly inevitable given the results and the fact Mainz manager Thomas Suchel has been linked with a summer switch to Schalke adds further spice to the occasion.

At the prices, take a chance on Suchel showing Schalke exactly what sort of qualities they would be getting.

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B Munich v W Bremen

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  • Bayern have won 16 of their last 18 Bundesliga home games
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Pep Guardiola has left but Bayern Munich have a stronger squad after the signings of Renato Sanches and Mats Hummels and should brush Werder Bremen aside at the Allianz Arena. Bayern won 5-0 at home to Hamburg in last season's opener and should be easy winners over Bremen, who finished last season just five points outside the bottom two.

 

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