Match Previews: Bundesliga (November 1-2)

Updated: October 30, 2013

Borussia Dortmund vs. VfB Stuttgart

Match Date: 01 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park


Borussia Dortmund

Their strength in the pitch was proven yet again when they thrashed Schalke 04 in their most recent fixture 1-3 on away. Borussia Dortmund are eager to gain back their supremacy in the German top-flight league, especially now that they are already just one point apart from Bayern Munich, the current table leaders. The match’s highlight came after Jakub Blaszczykowski produced a right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner, culminating Die Borussen’s three-goal attack to their opponents. The victory would be the squad’s eighth success this season, and the players are likely to add more to that streak in their future tourneys.


VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart’s deadlock with Nurnberg marks their third consecutive draw this season (and their fourth overall), giving Thomas Schneider’s squad a few points to add into their scoreboard. The stalemates would sound dull and unattractive, but they were actually much better than the three consecutive defeats Die Rotten incurred in the season’s first three match weeks. As of this date, the side are already ranked within the top seven, propelled largely by the victories they obtained from Hoffenheim, Hertha, and Braunschweig. Their match with Hoffenheim was the league’s highest scoring combat, 6-2 at home.


Football betting tip: Since their plummeting in the relegation zone, Stuttgart have already dramatically recovered. However, their strength may be not that ripe yet to ensure them of a magnificent finish by the end of the season. With Borussia Dortmund approaching, the race to the top would sound ridiculous. In this tourney, the visitors may have to settle for another defeat before they could achieve successes in their next meetings.


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Hamburg SV vs. Borussia Monchengladbach

Match Date: 02 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: HSH Nordbank Arena


Hamburg SV

Since new coach Bert van Marwijk was selected to helm Hamburg, the club have consistently been in a good form, which includes the victorious 0-3 result they achieved from their match against Freiburg. Current league rankings place the side at the 12th spot—a not-that-impressive placement by relative measurements but is good enough considering Die Rothosen’s awful start in the season. The club’s most painful defeat this term was the 1-5 home loss they incurred from Hoffenheim, while their biggest success came off in a 0-5 away battle against Nurnberg.  If the players can keep their focus on further refining their organization, they should continue to get remarkable outcomes.


Borussia Monchengladbach

Perhaps due to their ill preparation in the creative department, Borussia Monchengladbach suffered a disappointing defeat from Hertha a few weeks ago. However, the side have recovered since, which was clearly seen in their meeting with Frankfurt when they slammed the visitors in a 4-1 finish. Die Fohlen have already amassed 16 points from 10 matches, giving them a spacious spot in the league table’s top four. They may be short in creative stunts, but they are extremely well at fortifying their defense.


Online betting tip: This round is expected to be a thriller. Borussia Monchengladbach are a proven superpower, but Hamburg’s excellent recent showings under Bert van Marwijk make them a major threat for Die Fohlen. In the match’s most imaginable turns, a draw is a very plausible result.




Nurnberg vs. SC Freiburg

Match Date: 02 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: EasyCredit-Stadion



Still empty of a victory this season, Nurnberg should take their best shot when they welcome Freiburg to their home turf. The relegation candidates lack the splendid motivation to add three points in their scoreboard, following a row of dull draws and three terrible results. While they have never been a winner this season, at least Der Club were able to score in the majority of their fixtures. Nevertheless, Gertjan Verbeek must still work with his men must more seriously if they aim to keep their Bundesliga ticket until next season or so.


SC Freiburg

Only picking up five points from ten matches and conceding more goals than what they could afford, Freiburg unavoidably dipped into the league table’s most unloved zone. The side’s run in the season has been terrible, failing to win even just a single match. Their last two matches gave them no score at all, while their match against Borussia Dortmund was disastrous enough to repel themselves from football enthusiasts


Football betting tip: In what is seen to be a bland combat, this fixture could be the sides’ chance to subdue an equally poor performing adversary. The results can be narrow, but not the usual “neck-and-neck war” spectators normally witness from the fights of higher quality clubs. As per past records (the most recent), Freiburg have won a few more times than Nurnberg. In this match, the same winners might emerge from the pitch.


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TSG Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich

Match Date: 02 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Rhein-Neckar-Arena


TSG Hoffenheim

After four weeks of poor showings, Hoffenheim have finally scored victory when they met with Hannover 96 at the HDI Arena. The visitors were very impressive throughout the match, delivering the opening score as well as the second and sealing the battle in impressive stunts by a single player. Roberto Firmino scored two goals (the last two netted in the match) for his side, which would count as half of the total number of goals they delivered in the battle. Hannover only scored once in the meeting, which was delivered by Salif Sane. The three points Hoffenheim picked up from this match gave them enough bullets to ascend two spots higher than their previous ranking in the table. The side now rank at number nine, their highest placement in seven weeks. The victory was indeed sweet, but Markus Gisdol’s men still have a lot of things to do before they could produce a completely more reliable form.


Bayern Munich

The league leaders are rallying like there is no tomorrow. Bayern Munich remain unbeaten in the tournament, with eight of their 10 Bundesliga matches finishing in victories (the remaining two were draws). Pep Guardiola’s sublime tutelage of his players is reaping gold bars, which he sees to be a major motivation to keep his squad going for the top spot. With no measurable loopholes to plague their campaign, Der FCB are headed to a very solid season finish.


Online betting tip: Bayern Munich cannot afford to taint their excellent form, and even determined Hoffenheim may not be able to break that good spell. In this round, a victorious  Pep Guardiola troupe should still be expected.