Match Preview: Bundesliga (Week 15)

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Updated: December 3, 2013
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Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke  04 are up for a down the wire match as both of them vies a spot in the top 3. The Foals play the strongest at home, while the Royal Blues are undefeated in their last 5 away matches. This should be a nerve-cracking match that will definitely make every online sports betting enthusiast up on their toes. Meanwhile, Nurnberg is still looking for that elusive win. They have not won a single match this season and they just hope that the Mainz encounter ends in their favor.

 

Nurnberg vs Mainz 05

 

Match Date: 06 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: Easy Credit Stadion

 

Team Form

FC Nürnberg

Der Club’s quest for that elusive victory continues as their match against Bayer Leverkusen ended in another defeat. It was their third loss in their last 6 matches and it looked like they shall have a hard time emerging from the relegation zone.

 

FC Nürnberg’s form is short of being impressive. They have not clinched a single victory in their last 14 matches and thrive only through goals. Thus, it is not surprising to see them struggling at the bottom of the Bundesliga table. Although the club hired a new manager, they have to wait for the results since certain adjustments are needed. Top brass Gertjan Verbeek might need more time to fully implement and practice the proposed changes and improvements.

 

Mainz 05

Mainz gets the chance to rack up more victories under its wing after suffering from Borussia Dortmund’s spoils. As a result, the club was unable to climb a notch higher in the Bundesliga table.

 

Despite the defeat, Thomas Tuchel and his men remains a strong squad. Their current rank is way better than their average finish last season where they bagged the 13th spot. Similarly, the club has nothing to worry when they visit Easy Credit Stadion as the match might just give them the extra points they need.

 

However, they should be wary of their defence as they have ben conceding at least 2 goals during their last 9 matches. Moreover, they should also take note of their poor away form. They have only won twice in their last 6 matches and since Nurnberg has already gained the reputation of forcing bigger clubs to a draw, Mainz 05 might just suffer the same fate if they are not cautious enough.

 

Football betting tipMainz 05

 

 

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Schalke 04 

Match Date: 07 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: Borussia Park

 

Team News

Borussia Monchengladbach

Clinching its 5th consecutive win, Borussia Monchengladbach catapulted to the 4th spot of the Bundesliga table.

 

Currently, the Foals are in a superior form. The narrow win against SC Freiburg continued their winning streak, which sends a strong message to any of its contenders, including those that are in the top 3 spots. And indeed, they have all the right to do so.

 

Borussia Monchengladbach’s last 5 straight wins occurred in 1995. Apparently, this was repeated under the guidance of top brass Lucien Favre and of course, with the cooperation of his key players. Yet, the consecutive wins are not the sole reason behind their seemingly unprecedented success. They have been taking more shots and their defence prevents any scoring opportunities from coming into life.

 

Pitted against Schalke, one can only expect a tight encounter as both clubs are part of Bundesliga’s elite. Under such scenario, the home court advantage will be the Foals’ main weapon. The club has never lost a single home matches during its last 7 encounters and average for at least 3 goals.

 

Max Kruse, together with Raffael will most likely to feature in the match. Along with them is Juan Arango, who provides another attacking option for the club.

 

Schalke 04

A draw against Steaua Bucuresti may have ended Schalke’s Champions League campaign. Yet, in the Bundesliga, the Royal Blues rampage like a raging bull. Their current form is definitely far from the Schalke 04, which almost succumbed to the rock bottom part of the table at the onset of this season.

To note, the Royal Blues now occupies the 5th spot of the table. The club is now reaping the results of Kevin Prince Boateng’s arrival and the unstoppable rise of other star players such as Julian Draxler and Max Meyer. These three key members play an integral role in the upcoming battle against the Foals. They can be the spoiler of Borussia Monchengladbach’s undefeated home record and winning streak.

Schalke has been scoring at least 3 goals in their last 3 matches. Their undefeated away form is a potent antidote against Borussia Monchengladbach’s undefeated performance in their own territory.
The Royal Blues may not have the immediate upper hand, but definitely, they shall force their opponent to enter in a down the wire match, which will determine their Bundesliga future.
Football betting tipBorussia Monchengladbach

 

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Eintracht Frankfurt and TSG Hoffenheim will both rally for their survival in the league. The two are heading towards the relegation zone and only a victory can save them. Similarly, Augbsurg and Hamburger shall vie for a spot in the top 10. Augsburg will be dealing with a poor away form, while Hamburger will most likely work on their home court advantage, thus, making the latter a sports betting favorite.

 

Eintracht Frankfurt vs TSG Hoffenheim

 

Match Date: 07 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: Commerzbank Arena

 

Team Form

Eintracht Frankfurt

Contrary to what is expected, the Eagles barely soar high in the Bundesliga table. Just recently, the club experienced its 4th loss at Hannover 96’s hands. Other than the lackluster performance, Martin Lanig’s ejection off of the pitch forced the club to play with 10 men, thus, giving more opportunities to advance for their opponent.

 

Eintracht Frankfurt’s defeat was a crucial one not only because of failing to clinch extra points, but also because they are slowly entering the relegation zone. They are now on the 15th spot and all it takes is yet another disappointing match result to slip into the dreaded zone.

 

With the upcoming match, the Eagles have the opportunity to move away from the dangerous arena. But it look harder than what is imagined since their home form suffers as well. They have not won a single match in their last 6 home battles. Overall, they have been unsuccessful in their 9 last Bundesliga encounters, thus, lowering their winning possibilities in the upcoming match.

 

TSG Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim readily benefited from their Werder Bremen clash last week. Despite ending in a stalemate, the club gained the necessary points to move farther from the rock-bottom part of the table.

 

Hoffenheim has a slightly better form than Frankfurt. The club has managed to win a single in their last 6 games. Along with this was the recently concluded draw. Such performance is almost enough to somehow ensure their survival this season. However, securing a victory against Frankfurt will further keep them away from the said area.

 

Going into the match, Hoffenheim has been successful in its last 6 away matches. They have won twice, drew once and lost thrice. The figures may not be that impressive, but then again, this is way better than other clubs. Hoffenheim can use such figures to their advantage as Frankfurt seems to struggle in their own ground.

 

Football betting tipTSG Hoffenheim

 

Hamburg SV vs FC Augsburg 

Match Date: 07 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: HSH Nordbank Arena

 

Team News

Hamburger SV

Hamburger and Augsburg have something in common this week. Both of their matches ended in a draw and both are vying for a spot in the top 10.

 

Hamburger

 

Despite having a lower rank than Augsburg, Hamburger exhibits a stronger side. This is in as far as their last 6 matches are concerned. To note, they have only lost twice. Two of those encounters ended in their victory and the remaining 2 ended in a defeat. Adding more advantage to their side is their home court advantage and Augburg’s poor away performance.

 

FC Augsburg

Augsburg did an impressive work of forcing Hertha Berlin to settle for a stalemate. It earned them crucial points and at the same time, prevented a slip from the Bundesliga top 10.

Augsburg’s recent encounter may be worthy of recognition. However, the trend of their recent performances decline. The club has only won twice in their last 6 matches. Three (3) of them ended in defeats and needless to say, the recent one ended in a draw. Since only a single point differentiates them from Hamburger SV, they cannot be too complacent as they are prone to slipping out of the top 10.

Another issue that Augsburg confronts is their poor away form. They have already lost 10 of their last 11 away matches, which lessens the possibility of them winning over Hamburger.

Football betting tipHamburger SV

 

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After a tiring, yet, head-turning match against Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen will try to push itself to the limits when it meet the undefeated and online betting  favorite, Bayern Munchen. On the other hand, VfB Stuttgart’s better form gives them the edge over Hannover 96.

 

VfB Stuttgart vs Hannover 96

 

Match Date: 07 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: Gottlieb Daimler Stadion

 

Team Form

VfB Stuttgart

Two consecutive goals from Jefferson Farfan and a late shot from Jermaine Jones pushed Stuttgart down the mid table.

Just when it seemed like Die Roten has already recovered from Borussia Dortmund’s 6-0 thrashing, the club fell into 2 consecutive losses. So far, this is their third defeat in its last 6 matches. With just a few notches away from the relegation zone, winning against Hannover 96 is imperative for the club. While the ranking  shows that they are the weaker side, a closer look shows that they are actually playing better football than their upcoming opponent.

A comparison of the Stuttgart and Hannover’s last 6 matches show that the former has a better form. While it has only won once, 2 of their other encounters ended in a draw. Moreover, despite the thrashing received from Dortmund, the club still has a better goal difference than Hannover.

However, Die Roten has not been living up to expectations when it comes to their home matches. They have only won once while a large portion of their encounters ended in stalemates. Indeed, they should be wary. Yet, on the brighter side of it, Hannover struggles to perform well in their away matches. Such weakness therefore opens a huge opportunity for Die Roten to return to the top 10.

 

Hannover 96

Making it to the 9th spot of the Bundesliga table, Die Roten readily capitalized on the 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt to secure added points under its wings.

 

Die Roten’s recent victory was a crucial one. They have failed to clinch a single victory in 5 of their last 6 matches and losing to Frankfurt is not only humiliating, but also frustrating for a club which has been sitting comfortably amongst the league’s elite. Moreover, it could have triggered their unfortunate slip into the mid table.

 

Fortunately, it was the opposite, which occurred. Such feat was more than enough to secure a dose of inspiration as they face another equally aggressive club, VfB Stuttgart. Hannover 96, though, has a little bit of an issue to confront. They have been unsuccessful in 7 of their last 8 matches and have conceded at least 2 goals in 8 of their 9 last matches. This suggests a poor defence that can be easily used for the opponent’s favor. Nevertheless, they can rely on the idea that they have dominated VfB Stuttgart during their last 6 clashes. The club is expected to practice and observe such formula during their upcoming pitch confrontation.

 

Football betting tipVfB Stuttgart

 

Werder Bremen vs Bayern Munchen

 

Match Date: 07 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: Weserstadion

 

Team News

Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen just came off from a classic match against Hoffenheim. Refusing to throw the white towel, Robin Dutt and his men launched a late rally, which enabled them to close the match into a high-scoring 4-4 draw.

 

Werder Bremen’s spectacular maneuver caught the attention of many. Snatching a stalemate prior to the final whistle is indeed, very impressive. Such result delivers more than enough inspiration for the club to face Bundesliga’s undefeated squad, Bayern Munchen.

 

In terms of form, it cannot be denied that the Bremen camp falls short when compared to the incumbent champ. They have only won once during their last 6 matches. Similarly, they also struggle when playing in a foreign territory. Their away form shows that they have not been very successful as they have only won once. Nevertheless, the manner in which they performed during the Hoffenheim match sends a strong signal—that they are willing to go through another down the wire encounter just to clinch more points for the whole group.

 

Bayern Munich

It does not take rocket science to understand why the Bavarians are the match’s heavy favorite.

 

Bayern Munchen

So far, the Bavarians have been undefeated both in the domestic and Champions League. They have maintained an untarnished form in its Champions League group. In the Bundesliga, their (worst) performances ended in an even steven finish.

Bayern’s nearly perfect form is also evident in its home and away matches. The latter has yet to have a taste of defeat at home. The same thing can be expected when they play in a different ground.
Football betting tipBayern Munchen 

 

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Hertha Berlin is an evident online sports betting heavy favorite in the match against Braunschweig. The clash presents a great opportunity for them to recover from their lackluster performance and make a resounding noise in the league once again.

 

Braunschweig vs Hertha Berlin 

Match Date: 07 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: Signal Iduna Park

 

Team Form

Braunschweig

Although Braunschweig has been at the rock bottom part of the table, their past performance has shown some improvements. Their last 6 matches saw them clinched their second victory and a draw. Unfortunately, consistency has become a problem for the club as it experienced another set of 2 consecutive losses. First it was against Freiburg and just recently, it was at the hands of Bayern Munchen.

 

Braunschweig still has the opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone. But they need to minimize the losses. On a closer look, it has the capacity to perform better than Nurnberg, which, until now, has not clinched a single victory. However, the club must remember that it will not be an easy feat, given the fact that after Bayern Munchen, they are now pitted against another strong team, Hertha Berlin.

 

Hertha Berlin

Hertha Berlin shall visit Braunschweig fueled by the determination to get back on its winning ways. The club has been having problems with its form after a strong start this season.

 

 Hertha berlin

 

Hertha Berlin has only won twice in its last 6 matches. Their encounter with Augsburg ended in a scoreless stalemate, which was barely enough to once again, catapult their rank in the table. Against Braunschweig, expect the club to score more points and hopefully, be back in the top 5.

 

Football betting tipHertha Berlin

 

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Last season’s Champions League and Bundesliga runner up Borussia Dortmund will refuse to surrender their spot in the domestic league easily. A habitual online betting favorite, Borussia Dortmund shall carry their Napoli victory momentum and snatch the spot that is rightfully theirs. 

 

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen

 

Match Date: 07 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: Signal Iduna Park

 

Team Form

Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund slipped to the 3rd spot of the Bundesliga table after suffering two (2) consecutive losses from Wolfsburg and Bayern Munchen.

 

The Borussians need to man on the pitch after the above-mentioned defeats. They paid a heavy price for it via giving Bayer Leverkusen the opportunity to outrank them.  It is also because of such losses that made their home form a weaker than their upcoming opponent.

 

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Dortmund has only lost once in 5 of their last 6 home matches. This looks impressive, yet, if they are pitted against another equally aggressive club, the ideal set-up would be to win all of them.

 

On the brighter side of things, Borussia Dortmund’s most recent victory saw the return of scoring machines, Robert Lewandowski and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, The two have been a little bit silent during their last 2 losses.

 

Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen’s thrashing of Nurnberg enabled them to outshine Borussia Dortmund in the ranking and sealing its name as one of the league’s elite squad.
Bayer is in almost perfect form. The club has only lost once in 5 of their last 6 matches and not only that, they proved that they too can be a tough Bayern Munchen contender. Going against Dortmund gives them a 6-point advantage and buffer zone in the event where the said club continues to put pressure on them.

 

Sami Hyypiä’s camp has been victorious in 16 of their last 19 Bundesliga matches, which gives them the possibility of clinching another triumph. However, they have only won once against Dortmund during their last 6 encounters. Thus, their current form, no matter how impressive it is, does not guarantee an easy victory.

 

Football betting tip: Borussia Dortmund

 

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Sports betting sites favorite, VfL Wolfsburg plans to continue its winning streak in Germany’s top-flight league. The club sports an unbeaten record in its last 6 encounters and visualizes a consistent and favorable team form before the new year comes.

 

SC Freiburg vs VfL Wolfsburg

Match Date: 08 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: Mage Solar Stadion

 

Team Form

SC Freiburg

Freiburg continues its inconsistent spell in the Bundesliga. Borussia Monchengladbach proved to be the better team during their last encounter as the latter scored a single goal and kept a clean sheet against them.

The loss to Borussia Monchengladbach was the club’s 3rd loss during their last six (6) matches. Already in the relegation zone, Christian Streich and his men will have to face another major obstacle as they go against Wolfsburg this weekend.

During their previous encounters, Freiburg has managed to score at least two (2) goals in five (5) of them. This should be enough for them to get the upper hand in the match. Yet, Freiburg’s form is far from being impressive. Their home matches yielded disappointing results. As a matter of fact, they have already lost their last seven (7) battles in Mage Solar Stadion. One can only expect Wolfsburg to capitalize on such weakness when they have finally meet each other in the pitch.

VfL Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg’s draw against Hamburger SV foresees a seemingly unstoppable winning streak. After a slow start this season, the club found its way in Bundesliga’s top 10.

 Wolrsburg

The Wolves have been unbeaten in their last six (6) matches. Among the most notable matches which they won was the one against Borussia Dortmund. Such triumph pulled down the Borussians from the 2nd spot, thus paving way for Bayer Leverkusen to take the limelight.

Expect Wolfsburg to dominate the pitch during their encounter against Freiburg.

Football betting tip: Wolfsburg

 
 

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