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Freiburg 2-1 RB Leipzig

Football betting pundits could have predicted an upset like this, but I doubt they saw Freiburg winning in this fashion.

RB Leipzig knew coming in that Freiburg would be a tough cookie to crack, given how the Brazilians of Breisgau have been undefeated in the league since November. The Red Bulls approached the match like they would the football games they’ve played so far this season: they overwhelm their opponents with their youth and speed and maintain as much of the possession as possible.

However, Ralph Hassenhuttl’s wards weren’t able to do anything to their hosts, as they ended the first half scoreless. Freiburg managed to maintain the score nil-nil until the 65th minute when a pass from Marcel Sabitzer allowed Timo Werner space to operate on the right and smash the ball straight to the lower right.

However, set pieces were the kryptonite that would beat Leipzig. A scuffle on the 72nd-minute corner saw the ball float to an unmarked Janik Haberer, who quickly powered it past Peter Gulacsi for the equaliser. Four minutes later, a beautiful cross from Christian Gunter found the head of Robin Koch for the winner.

This game was not the only result that surprised fans: Hamburger SV‘s descent to the bottom of the table accelerates after Koln won 2-0, snagging their third straight win this season. Simon Terodde’s brace brings the Billy Goats closer to safety and another season of Bundesliga football.

Mainz had a strong 20-minute outing during their game against Stuttgart to bring them on level grounds with Wolfsburg. Yoshinori Muto is the talk of the town as his two-goal outing secured the three points.

Dortmund were denied entry to the Top 4 after Hertha Berlin‘s Davie Selke scored in the 46th minute. The BVB were able to equalise thanks to a Shinji Kagawa header. Peter Stoger needs to whip his boys back into shape and win games like this if they want to retake their rightful spot in the table.

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Keita stays put until the summer

RB Leipzig have closed the door on midfielder Naby Keita being allowed to join Liverpool during the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old Guinea international has already agreed a deal to move to Anfield next summer, but the Reds were reported to be keen to reach an agreement to push the player's arrival forward to this month.

However, Leipzig, who moved up into second place in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 weekend win over Schalke, have firmly put an end to continued suggestions that Keita might be moving on in the very near future.

Sporting director Ralf Rangnick stated. "We won't allow Liverpool to sign him early. They have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window.

"As everyone knows, we are not a selling club, therefore it would only have been possible had we reached a mutual agreement involving an exorbitant additional fee. That is not the case."

A tweet from the Bundesliga club put their position even more clearly, reading: "OFFICIAL: Naby Keïta will remain an RB Leipzig player until 30th June 2018. We wish to put the speculation about a January move to Liverpool to bed."

Keita, who scored in the victory against Schalke, joined Leipzig in the summer of 2016 from RB Salzburg and has since scored 11 goals in 45 Bundesliga appearances.

As well as domestic matters, Leipzig are also still involved in the Europa League, where they have been drawn to face Napoli in the last-32 of the competition.

Leipzig can be backed at 25/1 to win the Europa League this season, with Napoli available at 10/1 and Borussia Dortmund 10/1.

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Winning is the Best Way to Start 2018!

RB Leipzig 3-1 Schalke 04

RB Leipzig made sure to start the year with a bang as the Bundesliga returned to regular programming after a month-long winter break.

The Red Bulls, winless in their last four top-flight football games before the match, handed Schalke their first defeat since September to move above their top-four rivals and reclaim the second spot.

Pre-match betting odds were tight between the two, but the Royal Blues fell short after a swashbuckling second half saw Leipzig thrill live betting and pull away for good with a quick-fire double.

Liverpool-bound Naby Keita opened the scoring for the hosts to give them the lead at halftime. Amid speculations that he could leave earlier than planned, the Guinea international put the issues to one side and scored from 25 yards with the help of a huge deflection from Schalke’s Naldo.

Having a penchant for fighting back, the Royal Blues restored parity moments after the restart. Naldo made amends for his blunder earlier and met Daniel Caligiuri’s free-kick to fire an unstoppable header past keeper Peter Gulacsi.

Schalke appeared to be on the ascendancy, but another costly mistake from Naldo allowed Leipzig to regain their lead and win. The 35-year-old lost possession in the 69th minute and the resulting attack paved the way for Bulls’ Timo Werner to blast the ball from close range.

Werner then turned provider two minutes later, setting up Bruma for their third goal and first victory since November.

Earlier on Saturday, Bayern Munich increased their lead at the top after taking down Bayer Leverkusen, 1-3. James Rodriguez scored one and assisted on another as the Bavarians moved 13 points clear off the second-placers.

Hannover also had a sensational win this Week 18 as Niclas Fullkrug bagged a hat-trick to power HSV past Mainz 05, all after the visitors went 2-0 up. Elsewhere, Stuttgart beat Hertha BSC 1-0 to end their four-game skid, while Augsburg piled more misery on relegation-threatened Hamburg.

On the other games, Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim, as well as Frankfurt and Freiburg, shared the spoils in their respective fixtures.

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No January move for Keita

RB Leipzig are adamant that Naby Keita will not be moving to Liverpool this month and intend to keep the Guinea international until the summer.

Jurgen Klopp's side have paid a premium to secure the midfielder's services in July when a £48million buy-out becomes active.

However, it had been reported that, following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million earlier this month, the Reds would attempt to bring the signing forward by six months.

However, RB Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl insists Keita will not be heading to Anfield in January, saying: "The situation hasn't changed.

"We have always said that there's no reason to let Keita leave early and that's the way it will be. Keita will play against Schalke this weekend and hopefully he'll play well. That's the only thing I'm interested in." Leipzig are 11/10 to beat Schalke.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are 1/3 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season and 21/10 to come out on top against Manchester City on Sunday.

Leipzig are currently fifth in the Bundesliga and will be involved in the Europa League in the second half of the campaign after finishing third behind Besiktas and Porto in Champions League Group G. They are 25/1 to win the Europa League this season.

Big Games for the New Year: More Bundesliga Fun!

Did you miss watching the football games of the German top flight? Don’t worry, you’re not alone in that thinking!

The Bundesliga starts 2018 right with plenty of football betting opportunities for the discerning punter. There are big matches and intriguing clashes that promises nothing but exciting betting odds for you!

WEEK 18 SATURDAY:

Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich

The first Bundesliga match of the year is promising to be an explosive one when Bayer Leverkusen play Munich at the BayArena.

The hosts are currently fourth in the table thanks to goals from Kevin Volland and Leon Bailey. While they have to play against a Bayern side that is talented from top to bottom, I believe that Leverkusen have the personnel to wring out a draw.

Punters can make good money from Leverkusen +0.50 @ 2.08.

Werder Bremen vs Hoffenheim

Mark Uth is doing plenty of scoring for Hoffenheim, but their struggles saw them drop out of the Top Six. A win against Werder Bremen would be a great help in their objective to secure a European spot. Their hosts didn’t end the year well, so they have a shot at winning.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs SC Freiburg

Frankfurt have the definite advantage over Freiburg when it comes to playing style, so the Breisgau-Brasilianer have to mark their defences tightly. They especially have to prevent Sebastien Haller from imposing his will in front of goal.

Augsburg vs Hamburger SV

Hamburg have to do a lot of work if they want to avoid the drop to 2. Bundesliga. While Augsburg is a tough opponent, the Red Shorts need to get their act together and stop the hosts from scoring at will.

Hannover 96 vs Mainz 05

Hannover are struggling to string together wins the way they did in August, but they’re not doing as bad as their visitors. Mainz are a draw away from joining the relegation battle, so a win against Hannover is a top priority for Sandro Schwarz. Hannover fans will be hoping for goals from Martin Harnik, Niclas Fullkrug and Ihlas Bebo.

VfB Stuttgart vs Hertha BSC

This fixture is important for both sides. A win could send Hertha Berlin back to the thick of the competition for Europe while Stuttgart could really use the three points to put a buffer between them and the relegation tussle. Berlin will need to be careful with losing the ball, or a quick goal from Stuttgart could see the game turn south for them.

I still think Berlin have the advantage here despite the dangers of playing away, so punters should have no problem going for Hertha Berlin +0.25 @ 2.02.

WEEK 18 SUNDAY:

RB Leipzig @ Schalke 04

Leipzig’s fall from second during the Yuletide month is surprising, especially when one considers the fantastic November the Red Bulls had. They have a chance of turning things around when they host Schalke, but Die Knappen are also doing well themselves.

This game will be an entertaining draw, so I have no qualms about putting money in Schalke +0.25 @ 2.16.

FC Koln vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Koln ended the year with a bit of cheer when they finally toppled Wolfsburg at home. However, they have to put the win behind them as they start the year with a tough fixture. Meanwhile, Monchengladbach are playing fantastically and are fighting for a spot in European competition. I’m sure that they would rather trip onto a pile of excrement than give the Billy Goats more points.

WEEK 18 MONDAY:

Borussia Dortmund vs VfL Wolfsburg

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a godsend for many BVB faithful as his goals were a huge part of the club’s resurgence in the table. While their chances for domestic glory are pretty dashed, they have a shot at second by smashing Wolfsburg at home.

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It’s Time for the Top Dogs to Bounce Back Big!

RB Leipzig, Schalke 04, Monchengladbach and Dortmund – all top six teams – dropped points over the weekend, so they will be determined to return to winning ways when they play their Week 15 football games.

However, betting odds vary and sports betting pundits predict that it won’t be a walk in the park for these Bundesliga title chasers.

WEEK 15 SATURDAY:

VfB Stuttgart vs Bayer Leverkusen

After staying unbeaten in nine league games, Bayer will surely head into this match in high spirits. Nine-goal man Kevin Volland should also be difficult to stop for mid-table Stuttgart, who haven’t beaten the visitors since 2010.

RB Leipzig vs Mainz 05

Leipzig suffered a 4-0 humbling in the hands of Hoffenheim, so the motivation is there for them to perform and impress. Fortunately, they’ll be playing at home where they are yet to lose a match this season, against a slumping Mainz team coming off two straight defeats. Go for Leipzig -1.50 @ 2.13.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich

Despite their loss to Gladbach the other week, the Bavarians are still a different beast under Jupp Heynckes. They’ll be tested by eighth-placed Frankfurt, but it’s doubtful the Eagles have enough to counter Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski and the rising Corentin Tolisso.

Hamburger SV vs Wolfsburg

The Wolves took down high-flying Gladbach, and they should be able to use the momentum they got to beat lowly Hamburg and string a pair of wins. Hamburg have always made life hard for Wolfsburg, though it should be different this time with Daniel Didavi in fine form for the visiting outfit.

Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen

It’s a good thing Peter Bosz has Dortmund’s support despite their failure to win their last seven top-flight games. Now, BVB need to turn around their season after dominating at the start.

Fans will doubt Dortmund given their form and the injuries they suffered the last time out, but the hosts have a good shot at ending their slump against the River Islanders that haven’t won on the road this campaign. Although I think this will be close, I still expect Dortmund to have a hot start and overcome a First Half Asian Handicap -0.50 that pays at 1.88.

WEEK 15 SUNDAY:

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Schalke 04

Gladbach’s inability to follow up strong wins with another solid performance is just frustrating to see. Only a point separates them from Schalke; however, the Royal Blues have been far more consistent and have the edge with Guido Burgstaller scorching hot after scoring in their last three matches. If you’re punting, Schalke Asian Handicap +0.25 @ 2.00 should be a good choice.

FC Koln vs SC Freiburg

Following their inspired display against Schalke, Koln are expected to be more confident heading into this fight. The prospect of getting their first full three points also looks bright as they face fellow bottom feeders Freiburg who also don’t have much to boast on the offensive end.

Hannover 96 vs Hoffenheim

If Serge Gnabry can play the same way he did against Leipzig, Hoffenheim can easily win this affair. After all, Hannover are struggling and have only scored three in their last four while conceding ten goals in the process.

WEEK 15 MONDAY:

Augsburg vs Hertha BSC

With Alfred Finnbogason and Michael Gregoritsch playing better than ever, Augsburg should have the edge against the inconsistent capital club. Of course, Vedad Ibisevic and Matthew Leckie will be a threat, but it should be remembered this is still a Hertha team that doesn’t really have defence as their cup of tea.

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Werner plays down exit talk

RB Leipzig's Germany international striker Timo Werner remains calm in the face of ongoing rumours of interest in him from a number of clubs.

Both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are reported to be keeping close tabs on the 21-year-old, whose current contract with Leipzig runs until the summer of 2020.

And Werner is not too concerned about the talk surrounding him and is focused on the here and now, with Leipzig having suffered a 4-0 thrashing at Hoffenheim on Saturday.

He told Welt am Sonntag: "I'm a national team player at the age of 21 and I've done well so far in the national team, and things are going well in the league.

"Of course you'll see that other clubs keep an eye out for you, but that does not concern me at the moment.

"My contract is still two-and-a-half years (to run), I have no pressure.

"The club must decide when the time has come for those responsible to renew the contract. Then I have to see if the time has come for me to extend – we will agree, one way or the other."

Former Stuttgart frontman Werner scored 21 times in the Bundesliga last season and has seven to his name during the current campaign.

He has also found the net seven times in ten appearances for the Germany national team, having made his debut for Die Mannschaft in March 2017 against England in Dortmund.

Meanwhile, Leipzig are 1/5 to finish in the top four in the Bundesliga this season, with Borussia Dortmund priced at 1/4 and Bayer Leverkusen 6/4.

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More Bundesliga Action for Football Betting Fans

If you’re looking for quality football games, you can always count on the Bundesliga to deliver!

The top professional league in Germany keeps live betting fans on their toes as every squad in the table are out to play. The fact that Bayern Munich were beaten by Monchengladbach should give people an idea of how competitive this league is.

This coming weekend promises more of the top-quality football we’ve come to love in the Bundesliga.

WEEK 13 SATURDAY:

SC Freiburg vs Hamburger SV

The weekend may start with a tight relegation battle, but don’t simply brush this game off as a snooze fest. Hamburg shocked many with an eye-popping win over Hoffenheim. Meanwhile, Freiburg won a great clash at home versus Hoffenheim. We can expect a thrilling match to happen at Schwarzwald-Stadion.

Bayern Munich vs Hannover 96

Bayern’s faithful supporters were probably shocked by the upset they experienced at the hands of Monchengladbach, so we can be sure to see fired-up plays from the rest of the squad. I think they have a good shot at victory against a struggling Hannover side.

However, the visitors have done extremely well against squads like Schalke and Dortmund. It would not be advisable to simply brush off the visitors, but Bayern should still win. With that being said, Hannover +2.25 @ 2.03 is a tempting punt to make.

Hoffenheim vs RB Leipzig

Hoffenheim have recently fallen off the top due to a string of subpar performances over the past two months. Meanwhile, Leipzig are closing the gap at the top after winning seven points in their last three games.

Leipzig look like heavy favourites to win this match, especially if we consider the fact that the 1899 lost 3-0 to Hamburg last time out. This game is theirs to lose, so punters should not hesitate to choose Leipzig’s -0.50 @ 2.29.

Werder Bremen vs VfB Stuttgart

The Red Bulls may have cut Werder Bremen’s fun short, but their 4-0 win over Hoffenheim should give them all the confidence they need to put up a fight against Stuttgart. The visitors have only drawn with Hannover, but they won three of their last five matches.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund’s aspirations for the title might as well end here if they don’t manage to win against Bayer Leverkusen this weekend. The BVB have not won a Bundesliga game in so long, but their high-scoring draw with Schalke gives supporters hope.

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen are on an impressive unbeaten streak, putting their confidence on the highest level. I don’t think they will be beaten at home, but Dortmund should be able to turn this into another draw. Punters should not hesitate to consider punting on the outright odds of a Draw at 3.30 odds.

Mainz  05 vs Augsburg

Alfred Finnobogason and Philipp Max are the driving force behind Augsburg’s impressive run to the top half of the table. Abdou Diallo and Yoshinori Muto are also doing great on helping Mainz battle in the middle of the pack. Expect these four to play well then these two sides meet at the Opel Arena.

WEEK 13 SUNDAY:

Schalke 04 vs FC Koln

Schalke players are definitely thrilled that they escaped the Signal-Iduna-Park with a point in tow, but they will surely want the entire three points when they face Koln. They still haven’t notched a win in the Bundesliga despite their astounding win over Arsenal, so I don’t see them winning on the road.

Hertha BSC vs Eintracht Frankfurt

This mid-table clash doesn’t seem like there is anything worth watching, but this could still provide enough drama to the neutral.  Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic will probably cause a lot of havoc on the Berlin defences, but the hosts have been long used to coming back from behind. We could catch a back-and-forth between these two sides happening.

WEEK 13 MONDAY:

VfL Wolfsburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach

The visitors are still high off of their fantastic victory over the league leaders, so they will be coming to the Volkswagen Arena full of confidence. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg endured a second-half beating to Augsburg and will be hungry for a bounce-back win. Fans should expect fireworks in the final match of the game week.

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Leipzig stay suits Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick, who had been linked with the managerial vacancy at Everton, has signed a two-year contract extension with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

The 59-year-old sporting director is now committed to Leipzig until 2021. The former Schalke and Stuttgart head coach has been with the club since 2012 and his previous contract had been set to expire in 2019.

"I am glad that my future lies in this great club, which has made a fantastic development and whose path, in my view, is far from over," said Rangnick.

"After exciting years of development, we have established ourselves in the Bundesliga. The decision to extend my contract prematurely is also a commitment to this beautiful city, in which I feel very comfortable."

Leipzig are currently second in the Bundesliga after beating Werder Bremen 2-0 on Saturday when Naby Keita opened the scoring.

Meanwhile, Everton are 11/2 to be relegated from the Premier League after slumping to a 4-1 loss at Southampton on Sunday.

David Unsworth has been in caretaker charge of the Toffees following the decision to part company with Ronald Koeman on 23rd October.

A dejected Unsworth said after watching Everton's capitulation at St Mary's: "It's killing me.

"I take responsibility, but we all have to as well. We're in a tough place and things have to change quickly."

Everton are 13/10 to beat West Ham at Goodison Park on Wednesday while the odds on both teams scoring in the match are available at 4/5.

Only a Win Will Do for These Big Dreamers!

With only two sets of football games left in the Champions League group stage, Liverpool, Sevilla, Leipzig, Monaco and CSKA Moscow will hope to get a win now and increase their chances of making it to the Round of 16.

The stakes are high as a loss could cost them a ticket to the next round; and with betting odds tight among these hopefuls, the midweek showdown will certainly be a live betting spectacle.

Sevilla vs Liverpool (November 22, 03:45 GMT+8)

Sevilla host Liverpool in the battle for the top spot in Group E. A Reds’ win will see Jurgen Klopp’s men through the next stage, while a home victory will see Sevilla in tight control of the group and Liverpool possibly in a perilous situation of exiting the tournament—especially if Spartak Moscow win against Maribor.

Liverpool, though, will like their chances after four straight wins in all competitions, averaging three goals a game during that stretch. Not to mention that they have Sadio Mane back and fit to play in the match.

If there’s one thing the Reds have to be cautious about Eduardo Berizzo’s men though, it’s their terrific home form as the Sevillistas haven’t lost at home for a year now.

This match has the potential to end in a draw, just like their first meeting. Nonetheless, with the Merseyside club’s current form, I think they are in a good to position to win. Considering all this, a 🌟🌟🌟 bet on Liverpool Draw No Bet @ 2.02 is the way to go.

AS Monaco vs RB Leipzig (November 22, 03:45 GMT+8)

Leipzig are certainly rueing their failure to win against Porto the last time out, but they don’t have time to weep in frustration as they face Monaco who are still dreaming of making it past the group stage.

The French giants are still without a win in Group G, so the smart money is definitely on the Bulls winning this affair. However, make no mistake; Monaco are on a good run lately and will be hard to beat at home where they have scored eight goals in their last two.

Leipzig, meanwhile, haven’t won in their last three away games, conceding seven goals in the process.

Unlike their first meeting, there should be more goals this time. I believe Monaco have a legitimate chance of getting their first win here as well with top-scorer Radamel Falcao returning and giving them a boost. With that said, I have a pair of 🌟🌟 tips: Monaco Asian Handicap -0.25 @ 2.07 and Goals Over 2.75 @ 1.85.

CSKA Moscow vs Benfica (November 23, 01:00 GMT+8)

Benfica no longer have anything to lose, so the pressure to perform and fight to see another day is on CSKA Moscow.

Despite being winless and pointless in the competition, however, Benfica still won’t be a walk in the park for the Russian outfit. Not with the Portuguese powerhouse unbeaten in five straight Primeira Liga fixtures.

Though, it should give CSKA Moscow some confidence that they beat this team 2-1 last September.

The tell-tale signs are there that this will be a tightly-contested affair that could even end up goalless, so a 🌟 bet for me is 1×2 Draw @ 3.30.

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