Bundesliga Match Previews: Match Week 26 (Part 4)

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Updated: March 19, 2014
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Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Hertha Berlin

Match Date: 22 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Borussia-Park

(Featured image: M’gladbach | Source: tuttobundesliga.it)

 

Borussia Monchengladbach posted their very first victory for 2014 as they rallied a league double against Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Westfalenstadion. The side initially struggled to find the net but finally found a chance in the 31st minute which was then successfully converted by Raffael. Max Kruse doubled Die Fohlen’s lead just before the break. Dortmund’s Milos Jojic halved the deficit in the second half but his teammates failed to find a leveler that could have put the match in a deadlock. The win enabled M’gladbach to ascend into the seventh spot and reduce their gap with potential Europa League contingents Wolfsburg to just one point.

 

While it seemed that Berlin would not head home empty-handed in their brawl against Hannover, they actually did. The 0-3 home loss made it much tougher for Die Alte Dame to secure seeding in the Europa League as they were locked up at number nine following a stagnant record on points. This was Jos Luhukay’s men’s fourth league defeat from this year alone.

 

Football betting tip: M’gladbach are on track to seizing their 12th victory this season.

 

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Nurnberg vs. Frankfurt

Match Date: 23 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: EasyCredit-Stadion

 

Nurnberg are just a defeat away from tumbling back into the relegation zone as they stretched their winless streak to three matches, following downfalls from Dortmund 3-0, Bremen 0-2, and most recently, Hamburg 2-1. The ascent to the table’s upper reaches was halted by these defeats, which could have been avoided if they followed the same pitch formula that they employed when they fought against (and won over) Augsburg and Braunschweig. Frankfurt, meanwhile, also incurred a defeat from their latest battle but fortunately, it occurred just behind a three-match unbeaten form. This set of point-producing tourneys served as buffer for Die Adler’s standing as they were able to remain a few points above the danger spots.

 

Sports betting tip: A draw is a very plausible result.

 

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Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hoffenheim

Match Date: 23 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: BayArena

 

Whether in Bundesliga, in DFB Pokal, or the Champions League, Bayer Leverkusen are spending their 2014 fixtures rather disappointingly. They have been winless for the past eight meetings (in aforementioned tournaments) with only one point picked up from this set. As a consequence to their worsening form, Sami Hyypiä’s men slipped from the top three and may well lose their chance of a UEFA top-tier seeding if they continue with the negative trend.

 

Equally troubled (but more struggling) Hoffenheim are having a hard time finding remedy for their inconsistency issues. They were beaten back-to-back in their last two Bundesliga fixtures, have produced a sizable number of errors, ranked outside the top half, and in dire need to new points to cancel out their embarrassing goal difference.

 

Online betting tip: The teams’ past several meetings have consistently rendered Leverkusen as the dominant side. In this match, expect the same team to bag all three points.