Match Previews: German Bundesliga (Week 17)

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Updated: December 17, 2013
Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FC Augsburg

Match Date:  20 December 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Commerzbank-Arena

 

Eintracht Frankfurt

Only picking up 14 points from 16 matches, Eintracht Frankfurt found themselves at a lowly rank at number 15, just one spot away from the bottom three. At their own stadium, the team are disappointingly unimpressive, having failed to win any of their seven home matches this season—although they managed to force a deadlock in four. This embarrassment quite contradicts their form in the Europa League, where they were qualified for the next rounds after they defeated Cypriot club APOEL in a two-goal clean sheet.

 

FC Augsburg

Bundesliga-wise, Augsburg’s last four matches rendered them undefeated. However, if their fixture in the DFB Pokal will be included, a goal-less defeat will taint the half-of-the-line border of that streak. The side’s German top-flight league victories were more than impressive, preventing clubs like Hoffenheim, Hertha Berlin, and Hamburg from scoring, and obtaining a three-goal lead over Braunschweig. Their loss from Bayern Munich (DFB Pokal) might have hurt their form, but at least they do not seem to lose their strong grip in the more important domestic competition.

 

Football betting tip: While they may be currently seven spots apart in the table, Frankfurt and Augsburg could turn their meeting into a considerable spectacle. The sides’ last two fixtures together gave each one of them a victory, suggesting a tight rivalry burning between them. This match will encourage scoring chances from both teams, and a deadlock is a very possible outcome.

 

Eintracht Frankfurt | Image source: sportsmole.co.uk

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Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha Berlin

Match Date: 21 December 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park

 

Borussia Dortmund

Aiming to regain the league’s pole position (which they held from weeks two to seven), Borussia Dortmund are taking all the possible means to muster three points in each of their upcoming matches. However, their last two fixtures seem to tell a contradictory account. The side were winless in those tourneys, picking up just one point from a draw with Hoffenheim; the other was a surprise (and awkward) defeat from Mainz 05.

 

Dortmund’s dull latest showing was partly due to three of their first-choice back four missing. Jürgen Klopp opted to compensate for some tired legs by making four changes to his starting line-up, but still, it was their opponents’ unchanged first eleven that got the better of the opening exchanges.

 

Hertha Berlin

They may be 25 points short of topping the league table, but Hertha BSC are making sizable improvements consistency-wise. They have been unbeaten in their last three rallies, defeating Braunschweig 0-2 and Werder Bremen 3-2, as well as drawing with Augsburg 0-0. The squad also flaunt positive digit on goal difference, having scored 25 goals against 19 lost balls. Their defense is progressively becoming more organized, although they still have to exert more efforts on managing through ball attacks. Hertha Berlin currently stand at the table’s top seven.

 

Online betting tip: Borussia Dortmund’s powerful attack on set pieces and their keenness at creating scoring chances will be their strongest weapons to defeat Hertha Berlin. The latter have shown a degree of progress in their pitch maneuvers, but facing a top-caliber club, winning is more of a probability than a reality. The home side will pull off this match with at least a one-goal lead.