Match Previews: Bundesliga (October 26-27)

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Updated: October 24, 2013
Schalke

Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Dortmund

Match Date: 26 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen

 

Schalke 04

Schalke 04 may have been able to steal three goals from Eintracht Braunschweig when they met with them at the Eintracht-Stadion for Bundesliga, but they were also hijacked with three goals by Chelsea during their most recent stint at the Champions League.  The concept of ‘home advantage’ does not apply much to Die Königsblauen, as seen in the mixed results they bagged in their last four home matches in the German top-flight league (two wins, one draw, one loss). Overall, the side have already won four times this season, but were also defeated more than once. Current standings place them at number five, thanks largely to Jens Keller’s effective mentorship and the impressive attacking and assisting skills of Adam Szalai, Jefferson Farfan, Kevin-Prince Boateng, and Max Meyer.

 

Borussia Dortmund

If only they had strengthened their defense in their match against M’gladbach, Borussia Dortmund would have made an unbroken streak this season. They were defeated on that match after the opponents’ Kruse and Raffael netted innings in just nine to four minutes before full-time. The side’s form remains strong, though, which can be clearly seen in their recent win over Arsenal at the Champions League. Thus far, Die Borussen have already attained victory seven times out of nine matches this term, accumulating a total points of 22 to pin them in the league table’s second highest spot.

 

Football betting tip: This derby will catapult one of the league’s most breathtaking spectacles this season. Both sides have strong offenses, and are likely to not settle in mediocre stunts considering the weight of their opponents. A 2-2 draw will eventually seal this battle off.

 

Schalke 04 | Image source: bundesligafootball.co.uk

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VfL Wolfsburg vs. Werder Bremen

Match Date: 26 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg

 

VfL Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg have never drawn with any club in any match this season, but have been defeated five times by their opponents. The downfalls were apparently dismaying, yet the side remained safe from relegation. This was largely due to the 10 goals they bagged in four victories, which yielded them clean sheets twice. Die Wölfe’s most recent match saw them pick up substantial points from Augburg which in turn help edthem sit in their third best position (so far) this term. However, Dieter Hecking would still need to think of better drills that will let his men perform in their fullest potential and lift them up higher in the rankings.

 

Werder Bremen

The dreary 0-0 draw they bagged in their latest Bundesliga fixture just added to Werder Bremens’ already tedious recent streak. The draw is the side’s third consecutive deadlock this season, following a high-scoring match with Nurnberg and a 1-1 finish with Stuttgart. The results may seem boring, but they are actually more acceptable than what they have harvested in the German top-tier football’s third to fifth weeks. In those occasions, Die Werderaner were wounded by the assaults of Borrussia Dortmund, M’gladbach, and Frankfurt. The last-mentioned opponents particularly caused the team tragic perils which led to their dipping in the table’s bottom five—their lowest placement this season, thus far. Fortunately, the double-goal rally of Nils Peterson in their next battle was strong enough to lift them up from the lowly status. Their last three, draw-ending matches also gave them sufficient points to bring them back to the top 10.

 

Football betting tip: VfL Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen are currently ranked side-by-side in the league table (the former at number 9 and the latter at number 10) but are tied in terms of total points earned. This battle will be a ferocious one, and a deadlock does not seem to be an improbable conclusion. However, carrying slightly much better conversion skills than their opponents, Wolfsburg have the potential to narrowly dominate this joist.

 

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 Hamburger

SC Freiburg  vs. Hamburg SV

Match Date: 27 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Mage Solar Stadion, Freiburg

 

SC Freiburg

Still struggling to deliver a victory this season, Freiburg have significantly dwindled from what they used to be in the last Bundesliga season—when they ended up as the fifth best club by the conclusion of the tournament. The series of poor showings inevitably dragged them down to the table’s most dreaded region—for five match weeks in a row (current week included)! The only positive finish they bagged in recent times was not in Bundesliga; the 70th minute goal by Hanke allowed Breisgau-Brasilianer to secure a winning campaign when they met with Stuttgart in the second round of the German DFB Pokal. Firebrand and coach Christian Streich must take inspiration from this win to produce cutting-edge tactics and seize his men’s first win in the German top-tier league.

 

Hamburg SV

Winning only twice and being defeated four times this season, Hamburg are in danger of losing their grip on the table’s safer areas. Currently ranked at number 15, the side are just one defeat away from a possible relegation play-off. However, the recent (and massive) 0-5 away victory they picked up from Nurnberg, and the high-scoring draw they delivered with Stuttgart, seem to put Die Rothosen back to the right track. Bert van Marwijk’s warriors are improving remarkably. On-loan Pierre-Michel Lasogga, in particular, has already delivered four goals for his side in just two matches. This led Hamburg general manager Oliver Kreuzer to heighten his interest of signing the striker on a permanent basis.

 

Online betting tip: With their pitch prowess drastically becoming more ripe, Hamburg are on their way to obtaining their third triumph this season.  Unfortunately for Freiburg, they may have to stay in the bottom a little longer.

 

Hamburg SV | Image source: smh.com.au

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

Match Date: 27 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach

 

Borussia Monchengladbach

Of the first nine match weeks they had this season, Borussia M’gladbach have only fallen out of the top 10 twice. The awful 3-1 curtain raiser against Bayern Munich was gradually overshadowed by the promising results they exuded in the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth weeks of Bundesliga. However, what seemed to be a comfortable ascent to the top was battered by a recent defeat from Hertha. Die Fohlen were ripped off of a clean sheet by their opponents after Hertha’s Gustavo Ramos netted a goal in the 36th munite—the only inning scored in the bout. This caused Lucien Favre’s men to marginally slide in the table, from number four down to number six. Nevertheless, the side are still in good shape to redeem themselves in their future battles.

 

Eintracht Frankfurt

Forcing four consecutive deadlocks since week six, Eintracht Frankfurt are having a hard time greasing their attack. The side’s defense is remarkably strong, but their lack of creativity compromises their capacity to convert chances. Die Adler are nonetheless showing slight improvements from what they have been in the season’s first few matches, where Armin Veh’s lads incurred setbacks that buried them deep in the league table’s danger zone. Current standings place the squad at number 12, their second best position in the season, so far.

 

Online betting tip: This combat will surely be competitive. M’gladbach are very strong at home, while Frankfurt have shown a good volume of good assists in their recent battles. In this round, however, the visitors would be deprived of a scoring spree by the hosts. M’gladbach will finish this tilt in a 3-1 success.