Bundesliga Match Previews: Match Week 26 (Part 2)

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Updated: March 19, 2014
Bayern Munchen

Mainz vs. Bayern Munchen

Match Date: 22 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Coface Arena

(Featured image: Bayern Munchen | Source: BBC)

 

Mainz’ ferociousness in Bundesliga is seen in their robust form, having been undefeated in five straight weeks.  These latest matches awarded them with total earnings of 11 points distributed over three victories (of which, two were clean sheets) and two draws. Hannover 96, Leverkusen, and most recently, Hoffenheim all conceded seven goals (aggregate) while Schalke 04 and Hertha BSC both had to share their spoils with Thomas Tuchel’s men. Die Nullfünfer are currently ranked within the top five are only three points away from booking a Champions League qualifying.

 

The current table leaders and well, the defending champions, are having one of their best years ever. While they entered the 2013-14 season only at number three, Bayern Munchen have been on top of the race for 25 (and counting) consecutive weeks starting on week eight. Not only are they dominating the German top-flight competition, but they are also scoring great runs in other competitions such as the DFB Pokal and the Champions League. Pep Guardiola must look forward for a very strong finish for his team.

 

Online betting tip: This battle will send chills down to spectators’ spine. Expect excellent performances from both sides, although Bayern Munchen will ultimately rule the match over.

 

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Schalke vs. Braunschweig

Match Date: 22 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Veltins-Arena

 

Schalke 04 and Braunschweig have forms that are strikingly contrasting. While the hosts have managed to enjoy a W6-D1-L1 record from this year alone, the visitors are suffering a major problem on point deficits (they have only won once on the same period). That said, it is inevitable for Die Königsblauen to reach the table’s best spots and for Die Löwen to settle in the bottom zone.

 

On a head-to-head comparison, however, the difference gets more intriguing. Of the sides’ last six meetings, Schalke won twice, Braunchweig triumphed once, and they have drawn three times. Jens Keller’s men might still appear dominant overall but Torsten Lieberknecht’s lads are not that too far behind. The margin is quite small, but a margin nonetheless.

 

Football betting tip: Schalke 04 will lord the scoring over.