Bundesliga Match Previews: Match Week 30 (Part 4)

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Updated: April 8, 2014
Pep Gardiola

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund

Match Date: 12April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Allianz Arena

(Featured image: Pep Gardiola | Source: BBC)

 

Bayern Munich could have been the very first German club to finish an entire Bundesliga season unbeaten, if only Pep Gardiola did n0t put his key players on the benches. The Bavarians were beaten 1-0 by mid-table side and local rivals Augsburg, to the dismay of the club’s fans and supporters. It was the very first time that Bayern lost in a battle since October 2012. Gardiola chose not to include the linchpins—including Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, and Arjen Robben—in the line-up so that they could have adequate preparation for the ‘more important’ Champions League battle against Manchester United. The move was understandable, considering the pressure vested on the coach (not to mention that the Bundesliga trophy is already theirs), but the gamble apparently did not pay off. Der FCB should win over their English opponents; else, they would suffer double murder.

 

Although they headed home heartbroken after submitting to Real Madrid in the Champions League 3-0, Borussia Dortmund proved that they would remain a major threat in the German top-flight domestic league. The side compensated for their loss by thrashing Wolfsburg 2-1 in Bundesliga. While the first half saw their opponents take the lead, they managed to own the second period with explosive maneuvers from Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus. With Bayern Munich already the champions-apparent, Die Borussen are currently the club with the best chance at ending up as runners up.

 

Football betting tip: After their Champions League stint, Gardiola’s key players will return to the domestic football. Expect Bayern Munich bounce back from their loss at Augsburg by thrashing Borussia Dortmund, albeit in a very thrilling encounter.

 

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Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin

Match Date: 13 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: BayArena

 

Leverkusen opened their April matches with a defeat from strugglers Hamburg. The side’s 11th loss this season further veered them away from a possible Champions League berth, although they remain favorites to advance to the Europa League. Ranked as high as second, Sascha Lewandowski’s men have shown sharp plunge in their form for the most parts of 2014. Nine out of their 12 most recent matches (in all competitions) all recorded losses which suggest a major crisis in strategy, management, and perhaps, teamwork. They are particularly disappointing in their discipline, with players often landing in error-prone zones.

 

The season curtain raiser’s top seeds, Hertha Berlin, have gradually winded down the league table’s standings. They have already incurred a dozen defeats in the season and some of their form issues are yet to be addressed even up to this stage. With only a few weeks remaining, the side will have to exhaust all their resources to at least secure seeding in UEFA’s second-tier competition. Die Alte Dame often succeed in set-piece situations but fall short of weapons when it comes to finishing scoring chances.

 

Sports betting tip: Leverkusen and Berlin will hold each other in a stalemate.

 

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Augsburg 

TSG Hoffenheim vs. FC Augsburg

Match Date: 13 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Rhein-Neckar-Arena

(Featured image: Augsburg | Source: Daily Mail)

 

Hoffenheim stretched their unbeaten run to four matches after they held Hertha Berlin in a 1-1 draw. From these fixtures alone, the side have already mustered eight points which is substantial enough to keep them in the top half. Markus Gisdol’s men have long been reputed for their skills in counter attacking and creating scoring chances. It is from these faculties that they are able to breathe life into the German top-tier football. However, the squad is far from being perfect. There have been many instances this season that their discipline was tested. They are also frequent in the offside, fail to effectively defend the lead, and commit errors often.

 

Augsburg made history on weekend after they became the very first club to break champions-apparent Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record since October 2012. The side entered into the match with substantial advantage over their opponents, who were obviously cut out with their most important players in favor of a sure Champions League victory. The high-value club scored the only goal in the brawl which saw the sub-standard Munich side take a toll on the gamble that their coach, Pep Gardiola, has carried out. The win did not only award Fuggerstädter the much-needed three points but it also served as their first success in five Bundesliga attempts.

 

Online betting tip: Hoffenheim and Augsburg will end their battle even.