Match Preview: Bundesliga (Week 12)

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Updated: November 7, 2013
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Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen are eyeing for more improvements in their Bundesliga rank as they met to outlast each other. As for Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburger SV, the match is their opportunity to make up for their disappointing losses.

 

Schalke 04 vs. Werder Bremen Preview

 

Match Date: 09 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Veltins-Arena

 

Team Form

Schalke 04

The Royal Blues are back. After an unpredictable and unusually slow start this season, Jens Keller and his boys slowly return into the limelight of Bundesliga’s elite.

 

They might have lost the 2nd leg of their Chelsea encounter in the Champions League, but the club has shown improvements in the domestic league. They won 3 of their last 6 matches and they are back on the scoring spree.

 

Its recent victory against Hertha Berlin was a crucial one. The Royal Blues were having difficulties winning over better ranking clubs such as Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund. Yet, it was a different story against the Old Lady (Hertha Berlin) where they did not only win, but also kept a clean sheet. As a result, Schalke 04, which were previously sitting on the 8th spot, jumped to 6th place.

 

Werder Bremen

After winning over Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen moved 5 notches higher in the Bundesliga table. From the 13th spot and almost falling into the relegation zone, the club now enjoys its 8th spot stint. Werder Bremen is one of the clubs that made a major leap in their previous rank.

 

It was as if a great burden was taken off of Robin Dutt’s shoulder after the victory. It meant less pressure and more time to strategize and prepare for their upcoming match. Werder Bremen has been successful in their last 6 matches. The only defeat they experienced was against Wolfsburg. The rest of them were draws and of course, victories.

 

Football betting tip: Schalke 04 2-1 Werder Bremen

In 6 of their matches against Werder Bremen, the Royal Blues have managed to win 4 of them. In addition, they average on at least 2 goals whenever they meet Robin Dutt’s squad. It is clear that they are pegged as the heavy favorite of this encounter. Considering the 2.0678 odds in their favor will be a wise pick.

 

 

 

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Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hamburg SV Preview

 

Match Date: 09 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Bay Arena

 

Team Form

Bayer Leverkusen

Disappointed and frustrated, Bayer Leverkusen had to accept the bitter truth that they fell down to the brave Braunschweig. The latter stunned Bundesliga’s 3rd best club in a high fashioned manner. Adding insult to the injury is the scoreless stalemate that they experienced in the Champions League.

 

Bayer Leverkusen

 

Sami Hyypiä and his boys just missed the opportunity to close the gap between them and Bayern Munchen when they lost to Braunschweig. The latter’s Domi Kumbela made a late rally and converted on the 81st. What is even harder to accept is the fact that their opponent came from the bottom of the Bundesliga table. But the successive series of unfortunate events did not end there. Lars Bender got a red card, which forces him to be sidelined in their upcoming match.

 

Bayer also failed to capitalize in their Champions League match as Shakthar Donetsk held them in a scoreless stalemate.

 

Currently sitting on the 3rd spot of the Bundesliga table, Bayer has won 4 of their last 6 matches. They look forward to adding more wins when they meet Hamburger SV despite their poor performance in their previous matches. In all fairness to the club, they have a record of success against Hamburger SV. The latter were having difficulties beating them in 8 of their last encounters, with Bayer scoring at least 2 goals in 6 of them. Other than that, it cannot be denied that they have an impressive record in their home matches. Out of their 9 encounters, they have easily won 8 of them. It must be noted as well that the club were able to score at least 2 goals in 6 of their recent 7 home matches.

 

Hamburger SV

Hamburger SV dropped 2 notches lower in Bundesliga table as they lament over Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-0 victory.

 

The Red Shorts are moving near the relegation zone with their recent defeat. From the 12th spot, the club went down to the 14th spot as they failed to add more points. Such performance is quite unlikely for Hamburger SV. They are one of the top 10 last season and it seemed that they are now having a hard time surviving the tournament.

 

More problems loom over their camp as their next match is against the strong Bayer Leverkusen, which, like them, are looking for redemption over their most recent blunders.

 

Football betting tip: Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Hamburger SV

Picked as heavy favorites of the match, Bayer will definitely get the upper hand in the battle. Looking into betting odds, the best choice will be 2.190 in Bayer’s favor.

 

 

 

 

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