Germany’s Top Dogs are Up for an Intense Battle!

Last year’s runners-up RB Leipzig and defending champions Bayern Munich meet in this week’s Bundesliga in what is expected to be an all-out affair at Red Bull Arena.

As usual, Bayern Munich remain as the online betting favourites. They are currently running away with the title and a win here would see them one step closer to a repeat. However, with only eight football games left, sixth-placed Leipzig know they need to defy betting odds and get all three points to keep their European dreams alive.

WEEK 27 SATURDAY:

SC Freiburg vs VfB Stuttgart

This match has all the makings of a one-sided affair. Stuttgart have been in great form since Mario Gomez’ return to the club, and they remain unbeaten in five with wins against Gladbach and Frankfurt and a goalless draw with Leipzig.

Freiburg, in contrast, haven’t won in three. Oh, and they also lost to the Swabians 3-0 the last time they met!

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz 05

It hasn’t been a good stretch for Frankfurt as they lost two of their last three games. Fortunately, they’ll be playing at home where they have won four straight matches. It should also help that they are facing the relegation-threatened Mainz who have been awful defensively this campaign.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim are making a late bid for the European spots, but they need to shrug off their poor away form to keep the dream alive. Although the Sinsheimers will like their chances against a Gladbach side that has been on a downward spiral since the start of the new year, they still can’t afford to be overconfident considering their previous performance—a 1-3 defeat—against Dieter Hecking’s men.

Hamburger SV vs Hertha BSC

A run of 13 matches without a win, the latest a 6-0 demolition in the hands of Bayern Munich, won’t put Hamburg’s hopes up in this game (or even for the rest of the season). Sure enough, Hertha Berlin aren’t in a good run of form as well; but at least they know they have what it takes, having played a goalless draw with the Bavarians last month. With that said, pick Hertha 1×2 @ 2.85.

Augsburg vs Werder Bremen

Michael Gregoritsch’s return to his scoring ways couldn’t come at a better time for Augsburg as they now play Werder Bremen. The River Islander will pose a tough challenge, though they will be wary of Gregoritsch who bagged a double in their October battle at Weserstadion.

WEEK 27 SUNDAY:

VfL Wolfsburg vs Schalke 04

Winners of their last four, the Royal Blues are in great position to make it five. The Wolves just don’t look like a team capable of winning right now after losing five and drawing two in their last seven, all while conceding 13 goals during that stretch—that’s an average of almost two goals allowed per game! If you’re punting, Schalke -0.50 @ 2.21 is the best choice.

Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96

The first encounter between these two saw six goals and a great Hannover attacking performance. However, fans shouldn’t expect the same thing to happen with Hannover scoring just one goal as they lost three consecutive games. Meanwhile, Dortmund are still undefeated since Peter Stoger took over, and that’s unlikely to change at home.

FC Koln vs Bayer Leverkusen

Although Koln are capable of pulling off a surprise, they don’t have enough tools to beat a team eyeing for a top-three spot. They have the most goals allowed and rank as one of the worst offensive teams this season. To put the difference in quality into perspective, Bayer’s goal tally (47) is almost double of Koln’s (25).

WEEK 27 MONDAY:

RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich

Leipzig’s chances of a European spot is at stake in this matchup, so fans can expect them to attack the strong Bayern wall.

It’s not looking good for them, though, as Bayern head into the match in higher spirits after comfortably securing their quarter-final spot in the Champions League. Coach Jupp Heynckes also became the first coach in UCL history to win 11 games in a row.

Surely, the Bavarians won’t allow the Bulls to ruin what has been a fantastic week for them.

I predict a high-scoring affair here, so go for Goals Over 3.25 @ 2.17.

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Germany’s Top Dogs are Up for an Intense Battle!

Last year’s runners-up RB Leipzig and defending champions Bayern Munich meet in this week’s Bundesliga in what is expected to be an all-out affair at Red Bull Arena.

As usual, Bayern Munich remain as the online betting favourites. They are currently running away with the title and a win here would see them one step closer to a repeat. However, with only eight football games left, sixth-placed Leipzig know they need to defy betting odds and get all three points to keep their European dreams alive.

WEEK 27 SATURDAY:

SC Freiburg vs VfB Stuttgart

This match has all the makings of a one-sided affair. Stuttgart have been in great form since Mario Gomez’ return to the club, and they remain unbeaten in five with wins against Gladbach and Frankfurt and a goalless draw with Leipzig.

Freiburg, in contrast, haven’t won in three. Oh, and they also lost to the Swabians 3-0 the last time they met!

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz 05

It hasn’t been a good stretch for Frankfurt as they lost two of their last three games. Fortunately, they’ll be playing at home where they have won four straight matches. It should also help that they are facing the relegation-threatened Mainz who have been awful defensively this campaign.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim are making a late bid for the European spots, but they need to shrug off their poor away form to keep the dream alive. Although the Sinsheimers will like their chances against a Gladbach side that has been on a downward spiral since the start of the new year, they still can’t afford to be overconfident considering their previous performance—a 1-3 defeat—against Dieter Hecking’s men.

Hamburger SV vs Hertha BSC

A run of 13 matches without a win, the latest a 6-0 demolition in the hands of Bayern Munich, won’t put Hamburg’s hopes up in this game (or even for the rest of the season). Sure enough, Hertha Berlin aren’t in a good run of form as well; but at least they know they have what it takes, having played a goalless draw with the Bavarians last month. With that said, pick Hertha 1×2 @ 2.85.

Augsburg vs Werder Bremen

Michael Gregoritsch’s return to his scoring ways couldn’t come at a better time for Augsburg as they now play Werder Bremen. The River Islander will pose a tough challenge, though they will be wary of Gregoritsch who bagged a double in their October battle at Weserstadion.

WEEK 27 SUNDAY:

VfL Wolfsburg vs Schalke 04

Winners of their last four, the Royal Blues are in great position to make it five. The Wolves just don’t look like a team capable of winning right now after losing five and drawing two in their last seven, all while conceding 13 goals during that stretch—that’s an average of almost two goals allowed per game! If you’re punting, Schalke -0.50 @ 2.21 is the best choice.

Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96

The first encounter between these two saw six goals and a great Hannover attacking performance. However, fans shouldn’t expect the same thing to happen with Hannover scoring just one goal as they lost three consecutive games. Meanwhile, Dortmund are still undefeated since Peter Stoger took over, and that’s unlikely to change at home.

FC Koln vs Bayer Leverkusen

Although Koln are capable of pulling off a surprise, they don’t have enough tools to beat a team eyeing for a top-three spot. They have the most goals allowed and rank as one of the worst offensive teams this season. To put the difference in quality into perspective, Bayer’s goal tally (47) is almost double of Koln’s (25).

WEEK 27 MONDAY:

RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich

Leipzig’s chances of a European spot is at stake in this matchup, so fans can expect them to attack the strong Bayern wall.

It’s not looking good for them, though, as Bayern head into the match in higher spirits after comfortably securing their quarter-final spot in the Champions League. Coach Jupp Heynckes also became the first coach in UCL history to win 11 games in a row.

Surely, the Bavarians won’t allow the Bulls to ruin what has been a fantastic week for them.

I predict a high-scoring affair here, so go for Goals Over 3.25 @ 2.17.

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Werner points to Leipzig stay

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has dropped a major hint that he will stay with the Bundesliga club this sumemr, despite interest from a number of top clubs.

The 22-year-old Germany international is under contract with Die Bullen until the summer of 2022 and Werner says he is in no hurry to move on just yet.

The former Stuttgart frontman joined Leipzig in the summer of 2016 and scored 21 Bundesliga goals in his first season with his new club.

This term he has ten league goals to his name, with Leipzig currently in sixth place in the Bundesliga standings and facing a battle to secure to return to the Champions League.

Werner told Sky after a goalless draw against his former club on Sunday: "I've got a contract here until 2022 and I'm very happy in Leipzig. I'm definitely still going to be playing here next year."

The World Cup hopeful had earlier hinted admitted that he would relish the opportunity to play in England in the future, as he told FourFourTwo magazine: "Playing in the Premier League is a dream for me, but probably not in the next few years – later, when my English is a little bit better.

"I'm very comfortable at RB Leipzig. (But) I'm now at a point where at some stage in the future I'd like to play in a team that wins titles."

Leipzig are currently priced at 9/4 to finish in the top four in the Bundesliga this season, with Bayer Leverkusen available at 3/10 and Eintracht Frankfurt 6/1.

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What a Comeback for Reus and Strong Dortmund!

RB Leipzig 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund failed to get all three points, but they did well to share the spoils against a feisty RB Leipzig side that went ahead at the half-hour mark.

Marco Reus was at the heart of BVB’s come-from-behind draw as he delighted the club’s live betting faithful with a landmark goal.

Pre-match betting tips were evenly split between the two online gambling heavyweights, with both sides knowing the value of getting all the points. And sure enough, Dortmund and Leipzig played out an entertaining first half as they eye for the win.

There were plenty of opportunities to score for both teams right from the start. Timo Werner and Michy Batshuayi uncharacteristically spurned their chances, while Dortmund saw two goals ruled out for offside.

Leipzig, however, were able to finally take the lead through Jean-Kevin Augustin, who fired home from close range off a Naby Keita assist.

Nonetheless, the visitors soon levelled matters when Reus rounded Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi to slot home a wide-open goal.

The Germany forward received a pass from Mahmoud Dahoud at the top of the box and went on to finish with a left-footed shot. That goal was also historic as it put Reus as only the third player after Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gomez to score against every current Bundesliga club.

Neither team was able to score a winner in a scrappy second-half display marred with poor passing. Batshuayi missed a golden opportunity to put BVB ahead at the hour, while Keita couldn’t finish well as he sent the ball wide despite his scoring position.

The result dropped Dortmund to third, one point behind Schalke 04 who moved to second after edging Hertha Berlin  1-0. They are still three points ahead of Leipzig, though, who remain at sixth.

Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen piled more pressure on the other top-four chasers as they bagged victories earlier in the weekend. Frankfurt earned a 1-0 victory over Hannover 96 to stay fourth with 42 points, while Bayer remained fifth with 41 points following a 1-2 domination of Wolfsburg.

Elsewhere, there’s a win for Hoffenheim who beat Augsburg 0-2, while Borussia Monchengladbach and Werder Bremen, as well as Hamburger SV and Mainz, split the honours in their respective matches.

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It was a Nervous Win for the Bundesliga

The Europa League‘s knockout stages saw the Bundesliga clubs square off against some of the Serie A’s best, and German football betting players were taken to the edge of their seats.

Betting odds for the NapoliRB Leipzig and the Borussia DortmundAtalanta games were close, given the level of competition at the Italian top flight has been as well as the inconsistent form of the German giants. Betting tips were all over the place as punters relied on their gut feeling.

The Leipzig faithful is thankful that Timo Werner secured the third goal in their away leg as Maurizio Sarri’s boys overpowered them in the second leg. Piotr Zielinski and Lorenzo Insigne made the most out of the Light Blues’ 54% possession and won the game 0-2. The extra away goal ensured Leipzig’s survival in the tournament.

The BVB were also in a tight predicament when they headed to Atalanta. They were a goal behind after Josip Ilicic’s brace gave the Nerazzurri the aggregate advantage. Marcel Schmelzer’s goal ensured that Michy Batshuayi’s efforts weren’t in vain, ending the series with a one-goal lead for Dortmund.

The other games in the Europa League saw the big boys secure their overwhelming leads.

Olympique Lyonnais ensured that their 3-1 advantage over Villareal was secured. Bertrand Traore’s 85th-minute strike sealed the exit of their Spanish hosts, ending the game in a 4-1 win for the Ligue 1 regulars.

Arsenal did enough damage against Ostersunds FK in the first leg of their clash (a 0-3 away win) that the goals of Hosam Aiesh and Ken Sema mattered little to the final outcome. While Sead Kolasinac’s goal sealed the aggregate victory, Arsene Wenger knows that he has much work to do when it comes to his team’s defensive tactics.

Atletico Madrid added a home goal to their 1-4 rout of Kobenhavn, while Celtic was shooed out of the competition after Zenit outgunned them in St. Petersburg. Lazio cancelled out FCSB‘s lead with a five-goal rampage and Dynamo Kyiv outlasted AEK Athens on away goals.

We can count on the next round to be as exciting as this!

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Can the Big Boys Finish What They Started?

Europa League Round of 32 (2nd Leg)

After a brilliant showing in the first set of Europa League football games, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan will now look to keep the betting odds swinging in their favour.

The six online betting heavyweights from Europe’s top competitions already have one foot at the last 16, but some of them can’t afford to relax just yet as anything, even a stunning reversal, can still happen.

Arsenal seem already destined for the next round following their 3-0 drubbing of Ostersund. Despite missing key strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gunners made easy work of the Swedish side and should be able to do so again at the Emirates.

The same goes for Atletico Madrid, who now return home after a 4-1 victory over Copenhagen, and AC Milan who fired three unanswered goals against Ludogorets.

It’s a different story for Bilbao, Leipzig and Dortmund, however. Bilbao did beat Spartak Moscow by a two-goal margin, but it should be remembered the Russian side was a Champions League qualifier. FC Spartak are also playing solidly on the road and should be a threat to the Spanish outfit.

Meanwhile, Leipzig left it late to beat Napoli in the first tie. While it could work to their advantage that Napoli are more focused on their Serie A title chase, it’s still difficult to write off a team that is fighting toe-to-toe against Juventus in Italy’s top flight.

Dortmund, on the other hand, are in a perilous situation. They failed to get a comfortable lead against Atalanta in the first game, so they need to score more and keep their defence tight on the second leg. Fortunately for BVB, they are on a roll after the acquisition of Michy Batshuayi, while Atalanta are in a slump and have lost three and drew one of their last five home matches.

Other games to watch out for are the Red Star Belgrade-CSKA Moscow, Real Sociedad-Red Bull and AEK-Dynamo Kyiv matchups. All three teams played out a stalemate the last time out which should make for a thrilling second leg.

Fans should also keep an eye on Lazio and OGC Nice as the two will eye to turn around their fortunes after losing last week against FCSB and Lokomotiv Moscow, respectively.

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A Spot in the Top 4 is All that Matters Now!

With Bayern Munich already destined to win the Bundesliga, all eyes will now be on the Champions League chasers.

Fortunately for the football betting faithful, the battle for the precious spots in Europe’s top tournament remains intense as the second-placed Leipzig only have a three-point advantage over the fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

There are 12 rounds of football games remaining, but the chasers certainly can’t afford to lose any more points if they want to keep the betting odds swinging in their direction.

WEEK 23 SATURDAY:

Hertha BSC vs Mainz 05

Mainz have conceded eight goals as they lost three straight, so it’s doubtful they’ll be able to get out of the drop zone this time. After all, the Berliners are unbeaten in four and have only lost three times at home this year—all against teams in the top ten.

Hamburger SV vs Bayer Leverkusen

Following their surprise defeat to Hertha last week, Bayer will now hope to bounce back and return to the top three. Fortunately, Hamburg haven’t won in the league since November last year and aren’t expected to put up much of a fight. Go for Bayer -0.75 @ 2.01.

FC Koln vs Hannover 96

The Billy Goats seem to have run out of luck as they lost back-to-back matches after a four-game unbeaten streak. Hannover, meanwhile, are on a good run lately with a draw and a win over Hamburg and Freiburg, respectively.

Koln, however, will find some confidence from the fact that they played out a goalless draw with Hannover last September.

Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich

Really, who could stop Bayern Munich now? The Wolves did share the spoils with the defending champions the last time they met, but that’s unlikely to happen now with the Bavarians raring to show that they are the best Bayern Munich side ever—statistically, at least.

SC Freiburg vs Werder Bremen

The River Islanders are proving difficult to beat, winning two of their last three and Bayer needing extra time to beat them. They still have some defensive inconsistencies, but the way they are playing gives them an edge against a Freiburg team struggling to win recently.

WEEK 23 SUNDAY:

Schalke 04 vs Hoffenheim

Two straight defeats dropped the Royal Blues to sixth, though that should only motivate them to close the gap to the top teams. Hoffenheim, however, should be a tough nut to crack with Andrej Kramaric and  Adam Szalai in fine form after both scored a brace against Mainz.

FC Augsburg vs VfB Stuttgart

If Augsburg wish to crack into the Europa spots, they need to win games like this one. Nonetheless, it won’t be as easy as it sounds as Stuttgart have shown some bite in their last two Bundesliga matches behind home hero Mario Gomez.

WEEK 23 MONDAY:

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund

Although this is a battle of the Borussias, fans shouldn’t expect much from Gladbach. Dortmund thrashed them by five goals in their first fight this campaign, and it’s likely there will be a repeat of that with Dieter Hecking’s men winless in three and Michy Batshuayi adjusting well to life in Dortmund.

Not to mention that Marco Reus is also prepared to pile more misery on his former team! So how about betting on Dortmund -0.50 @ 2.29?

WEEK 23 TUESDAY:

Eintracht Frankfurt vs RB Leipzig

Both sides need the win here to solidify their place in the top four. The Bulls will be in higher spirits considering that they have already beaten the Eagles; nevertheless, they can’t underestimate Frankfurt this time, with the hosts on a tear offensively having scored seven in their last two in all competitions.

I think a draw is a likely result here, especially with Leipzig coming off a Europa League match against Napoli. With that said, a bet on Frankfurt Draw No Bet @ 2.03 seems the best choice.

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These Underdogs Made a Lot of Sports Betting Fans Happy

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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