Euro 2020: It’s the Battle of the Inconsistencies

Austria vs Poland

I’ve got to be honest, us fans.

As European Championship qualifying groups go, this is the one that least excites me.

Yet for one of these very inconsistent nations, the chance to play a part in next year’s big international tournament – Euro 2020 – is a major incentive and a realistic target.

Talking Points

After some barren years, Austria qualified for Euro 2016 and even managed to hold eventual European champions Portugal to a goalless draw but failed to progress beyond the group stages.

Poland had a successful tournament and were unbeaten until the quarter-finals where they only lost to Portugal in a penalty shoot-out.

Fast forward to last year’s World Cup and Poland had a miserable time of it, losing all three games.

Their unsuccessful time continued in recent months.

As for Austria, they didn’t even qualify, although they had a moment to savour with a 2-1 victory over then-world champions Germany last summer.

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Given the recent inconsistencies of both countries, this group gives them a real chance of progress and a chance to create some of the Euro 2020 news goes, even if there are no guarantees.

There is no doubt Poland are the favourites to top the group, despite their unconvincing streak of form.

They have drawn three and lost three of their last six games played, and their most recent, a 1-1 draw against Portugal in the Nations League, was the only goal they had scored in three matches.

Yet they retain big attacking threats with the in-form Robert Lewandowski needing no introduction and recently becoming the Bundesliga’s all-time top foreign scorer.

As well as Lewandowski, there’s AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek, who has had a good first few months of 2019 in Serie A, and Arkadiusz Milik.

Poland know that with Austria and Slovenia being their toughest opponents on paper, a good start in this one could shape their qualifying campaign.

Austria have a dangerous marksman of their own.

West Ham United’s talisman Marko Arnautovic is expected to lead the line, while his club team-mate Lukasz Fabianski will start in goal.

Julian Baumgartlinger is an experienced campaigner who leads the team out and is currently enjoying a good season with Bayer Leverkusen, while there is also Bayern Munich star David Alaba.

Can Austria satisfy us fans and win vs Poland?

David Alaba in action vs Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Edin Visca

The majority of Austria’s players ply their trade in Europe’s top leagues, especially in the Bundesliga, where many of them are integral members of their clubs’ starting line-ups.

Moreover, they are undefeated in their last three at home, including victories over Sweden and Northern Ireland, and have not conceded in any of their last three at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion.

There are clearly matchwinners on both sides. Now what they need is consistency.

History

This is the first meeting between these nations for more than a decade.

That came in Euro 2008 when their group match finished 1-1.

It was in Vienna where Ivica Vastic’s last-gasp penalty earned the co-hosts of the tournament a draw after Roger Guerreiro had put Poland in front.

It was the sole point for both as they bowed out of the group stage.

Before that, the sides had met in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup when Poland recorded 3-1 and 3-2 victories.

Overall, Austria have only won two of their seven meetings. Both were friendlies, in 1977 and 1994, when Peter Stoger netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 success.

Poland have triumphed in four with the sole draw coming in their most recent meeting.

Betting Tip

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Austria vs Poland Correct Score 1-1 @ 5.20
March 22 03:45 (GMT+8)

Austria have the edge with our Euro 2020 betting odds. They are priced 1X2 @ 2.34, with Poland @ 2.94 and the draw – remember this has only happened once in seven meetings – @ 3.20.

For Poland to lead at the break, how about First Half 1X2 @ 3.60 or Austria @ 2.90?

Asian Handicap betting throws up some attractive bets: you can get -0.25 Austria @ 2.00 and -0.50 Austria @ 2.35, while Poland 0.00 @ 2.29 will catch the eye of many.

First Half Asian Handicap has Austria -0.25 @ 2.42 and Poland 0.00 @ 2.16 – again at very tempting odds.

Over 2.50 goals will payout @ 2.26, total goal 0-1 @ 2.52 and total goal 2-3 @ 1.83.

A solitary 1-0 home win is available @ 6.00, a 1-0 away victory @ 8.00 and a goalless draw also @ 7.00 which shows you how evenly matched this is expected to be.

I am going to set my stall on a correct score of 1-1 @ 5.20.

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Bundesliga: Beware the Bayern Backlash!

Bayern Munich vs Mainz 05

This is not the time to be rocking up at the Allianz Arena to take on FC Bayern, but it’s the turn of FSV Mainz this weekend…and they’d better be prepared.

Of course, Sandro Schwarz is a good coach and has talented players, but the Mainz boss knows that not only are his opponents in formidable Bundesliga form, they are also pretty angry! Last night, Niko Kovac’s team crashed out of the Champions League to Liverpool, and that after they had held the Premier League outfit to a draw on Merseyside.

I expect the Bavarians to show no mercy when Mainz come to town. The visitors aren’t in good form at the moment, so I fully expect the reigning champions to make it a sixth Bundesliga win on the trot on Sunday.

Talking Points

Can anyone stop the Bayern Bandwagon?

With nine games to go, it’s beginning to look a little ominous for those (millions) hoping that BVB can wrestle the title off the champions. The Bundesliga 2019 betting odds have swung firmly in favour of FC Bayern over the past few weeks. Our latest odds have the Bavarians down to 1.28 with long-time leaders BVB out at 3.40.

Bayern’s chances of retaining the title were hanging by a thread not long ago, but a run of 12 wins in 13 games, while Dortmund stuttered, has shifted the momentum firmly in Kovac’s team’s direction. They have closed the nine-point gap but the teams are still level on points, and the Bayern coach is determined to take a grip on top spot, saying: “We are now where we wanted to be. We want to stay there, too.”

Bayern hammered Wolfsburg last week by six goals to nil, and Robert Lewandowski scored twice, becoming the German league’s all-time top scoring foreign player in the process. He’s top of the Bundesliga scoring charts again and looks likely to retain his crown; one ray of hope for the visitors is that he has only scored twice in the last six games against Mainz.

Prior to thrashing Wolfsburg, Bayern beat Champions League-chasing Borussia Monchengladbach, 1-5, on their own patch, so what price is Kovac’s team smashing Mainz for seven?!

Can Robert Lewandowski lead Bayern Munich to stay on top of Bundesliga table?

Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring against Wolfsburg

It’s all about winning a seventh consecutive title now, and Bayern fans will be checking the Bundesliga 2019 updates on Saturday evening to see if tenth-placed Hertha Berlin can do a favour when they host Borussia Dortmund.

Is this a free hit for Mainz?

No coach will ever admit it, but if ever there was a game where not much is expected then this is surely it.

Schwarz has a young team with an average age of just over 24. They are 11 points clear of the drop and shouldn’t get dragged into a relegation fight. But if they leave the Allianz Arena empty-handed, then that will be six defeats in seven and their momentum will all but have stopped. Realistically, they only need another three or four points to survive so I believe this game is a free hit.

Die Nullfunfer’s defence will be severely tested, and captain Stefan Bell, alongside 23-year-old Moussa Niakhate, has his work cut out. The skipper is an uncompromising figure, picking up seven yellow cards so far this season.

FSV Mainz can be dangerous on the break: in the Bundesliga statistics, they sit fifth in the list of sprints and fourth in the number of crosses from open play. Wing-back

Daniel Brosinski has produced five assists, and Jean-Phillipe Mateta has been the chief beneficiary with seven goals. The 21-year-old striker was on the bench in the 0-1 defeat to Monchengladbach last week and will hope for a start against the league’s best on Sunday.

Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer has kept just two clean sheets in the last eight games, so I won’t rule out an away goal.

History

Mainz have hovered around mid-table since promotion in 2009 and qualified for the Europa League in 2016, but another season in the top flight isn’t a bad return.

In the 30 games played since 2005, FC Bayern have won 22 while Mainz won five and there have been just three draws. The champions have won five of the last six meetings, the other being a 2-2 draw in Munich back in 2017.

Recent form isn’t good for Mainz with three consecutive away losses while Bayern have won eight from 12 at home.

Betting Tip

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Bayern Munich vs Mainz 05 FC Bayern First Half -1.00 @ 1.89
March 18 01:00 (GMT+8)

At us odds of 1.13 a home win, 7.20 for a draw and 21.00 for a Mainz win, I can’t see anything other than a convincing Bayern victory. I think they will be determined to get Wednesday’s loss to Liverpool out of the way, and so there should be value in backing a fast start.

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Bundesliga: When the Champions Meet the Wolves

Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg

When champions Bayern Munich were beaten 3-1 by Bayer Leverkusen little over a month ago, their hopes of a seventh successive Bundesliga title were hanging by a thread.

Fast forward to last weekend and the picture had changed completely as long-time leaders Borussia Dortmund dropped yet more points and Munich were suddenly level at the summit.

Dortmund’s miserable month, sparked by throwing away a three-goal lead at home to Hoffenheim, has not only caused many a Bundesliga 2019 news headline but have also led to the Bundesliga 2019 betting odds turning around firmly in Munich’s favour.

us fans have already marked their top-of-the-table clash at the Allianz Arena on April 6 as a potential title decider.

Talking Points

With Dortmund now out of the Champions League, it’s hard to know how Lucien Favre’s men will respond – whether confidence will be shattered or whether their Euro exit will help their cause as far as domestic duties are concerned.

Either way, Bayern know they are now in a position they could scarcely have dreamt of four weeks ago and will not be complacent as they welcome Wolfsburg to town – themselves in seventh place spot but only four points off the fourth spot and the lucrative carrot of qualification for the season’s Champions League in sight.

A club that was in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier competition as recently as 2016 have often battled at the wrong end of the table in recent seasons.

However, helped by the presence of centre back John Brooks, Bruno Labbadia’s side dares to dream of a return to Europe’s top table.

John Brooks and his team-mates will certainly need to be in top form if they are to prevent a little bit of history this weekend.

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That’s because Robert Lewandowski is one goal away from emulating Claudio Pizarro as the Bundesliga’s top foreign marksman on 195 goals.

He’ll fancy his chances, too. After all, the Polish international has scored more against Wolfsburg than any other opponent, including five in a historic nine-minute spell back in 2015.

He also grabbed a brace when Munich defeated Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena back in October.

Lewandowski is also only four goals behind Thomas Muller on the Bavarian’s all-time scoring list with reports the club wants to extend his contract by a further two years to 2023.

Wolfsburg may not have the best head-to-head record against Bayern, but here are two sides in form.

They are unbeaten in their last five Bundesliga outings and have the second-best away record in the league (behind Bayern) – with seven wins in 12 on the road – and also came from two down to draw in Munich last season.

Bayern have won 11 of their last 12 Bundesliga matches and are bidding to make it five league wins in a row.

There is so much to play for in a game where the result could be crucial come season’s end.

It will also be interesting to see how Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng respond after Germany national coach Joachim Low announced they would not be selected for future squads as he looks to revitalise the squad after a 2018 to forget.

Point to prove?

Robert Lewandowski helped Bayern Munich move level on 54 points with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich joined Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on 54 points following a 5-1 win at Borussia Mönchengladbach

History

Six of the seven meetings have ended in Bayern victories, including some one-sided scorelines.

The exception was in that game last season which finished 2-2 when Lewandowski and Arjen Robben goals were cancelled out by Maximilian Arnold and Daniel Didavi.

The last time Wolfsburg defeated Bayern was eight games ago in January 2015 when a certain Kevin De Bruyne – six months before he departed for Manchester City – inspired them to a 4-1 success.

De Bruyne scored twice that day and was joined on the scoresheet on that occasion by Bas Dost who also netted twice.

Betting Tip

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Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg Total Goal 4-6 @ 2.28
March 09, 22:30(GMT+8)

You will not be surprised to hear that the odds strongly fancy Bayern.

1X2 has them priced @ 1.24 with Asian Handicap odds backing the champions -2.00 @ 2.21.

Wolfsburg, by comparison, are 1X2 @ 12.00 and available to back with Asian Handicap odds + 1.75 @ 2.05.

Goals are definitely predicted with over 3.25 only paying out @ 1.92, and total goal 0-1 @ 6.00.

Total goal 2-3 is priced @ 2.24 and total goal 4-6 @ a marginally higher 2.35.

The Double Chance Wolfsburg or Draw @ 3.70 will appeal to some, perhaps for those who feel Munich may have one eye on the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Liverpool which follows four days later.

A repeat of their victory earlier in the campaign – correct score 3-1 to Bayern – is available @ 9.00.

I’m going to think big for my tip.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Catch Up In Dominant Display

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-5 Bayern Munich

The burden of being a certain football league’s strongest club is that you are always expected to win. This is the reason why fans understandably gave Bayern Munich a lot of flak when they fell off the Bundesliga table.

However, Niko Kovac and the rest of FC Hollywood kept their heads down and focused on dominating every game they could. Slowly but surely they climbed up the league table. They finally had a chance at finally catching up to Borussia Dortmund stuttered at Augsburg.

The Bavarians then went out against Augsburg and put one of the most lop-sided Bundesliga 2019 results. A superb brace from Robert Lewandowski was the star of the 5-1 rout they handed Borussia Monchengladbach.

Bayern fans are more than happy that they finally caught up, and the us football markets are reshuffled as the German top flight is set for a big climax.

Highlights of the game

Dortmund’s shocking loss to Augsburg most likely lit a fire among the Bayern players because they came to the match firing in all cylinders. In fact, they scored a really quick goal right after kick-off.

James Martinez took the very first corner of the match, and the ball flew quickly straight to the head of Javi Martinez. The Spaniard headed it straight to the top-right corner, and there was nothing neither Yann Sommer nor Dieter Hecking could do but just shrug it off and play the rest of the game coming from behind.

However, the game would see another quick goal from the Bavarians as they continued their spirited display. Thomas Muller was responsible for the second goal. The raumdeuter, who is planning on playing until he’s 35, beat the offside trap fired a powerful shot that was spilt by Sommer. He managed to get to the rebound and launched it to the open goal.

It was clear from that point on that the game is more or less settled for the Bavarians. Many Bundesliga 2019 predictions saw them winning this game without any problems. After all, it’s hard for a team that is struggling the way Gladbach does to make a significant comeback in the game. However, Lars Stindl had other plans.

He managed to pull one back in the 37th minute after some good play between him and Thorgan Hazard finally bore fruit. He managed to slip past his mark, and Hazard made a brilliant pass that went through Niklas Sule’s legs. He only touched the ball once and fired the shot near the left post. Manuel Neuer couldn’t do anything but watch.

Kovac had to make some adjustments to his half-time talk as Hecking could use Stindl’s goal as fuel to mount a comeback. He most likely instructed his boys to finish the job in the second half and extinguish any hopes of them repeating the incredible upset they pulled off in October.

Robert Lewandowski has hit two goals to help Bayern seal a 1-5 win over Gladbach in Bundesliga

Bayern Munich captain Robert Lewandowski kicks the ball into the net during their Bundesliga match against Borussia Monchengladbach

Captain Robert Lewandowski heeded his gaffer’s calls and immediately re-established the two-goal lead right after the start of the second half. He lurked in between Nico Elvedi and Matthias Ginter as he got a beautiful pass from Thiago Alcantara, and the goal he produced from the moment is nothing short of spectacular.

Serge Gnabry put this game beyond doubt when he scored the fourth goal. Joshua Kimmich was running up the right wing in the 75th minute when he launched a precise low cross to Lewandowski. The Poland international quickly bulleted a header towards goal that Sommer managed to block. A scramble for the ball happened inside the box, and the former Arsenal man got to the ball first to slot it home.

Lewandowski added insult to injury when he converted a penalty that was given due to Hazard’s holding foul. It was a terrible time for Gladbach fans at Borussia-Park while the traveling Munich supporters were head over heels after the result.

Key statistics

This is the first time in five games that Muller started a competitive football game for Bayern. His performance after this game will make it hard for Kovac to take him off the XI. He made three key passes and finished the games with 1.28 expected goals and 1.08 expected assists.

Bayern as a team also performed as well as their raumdeuter. They got the football 63% of the 90 minutes played, and they managed to put 14 of their 19 shots on target. Their hard-nosed defence got them two yellow cards, but that approach only saw Die Fohlen put two of their 11 attempts towards the goal.

What’s next?

Niko Kovac eyes for more victory for Bayern Munich as they look to defend their Bundesliga title this season

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac looks at his players during their Champions League last 16 game against Liverpool

Confidence is high among Bayern Munich fans as they can finally see the summit of the German top flight. Another 5-1 display at home against Wolfsburg should see them stay top on goal difference if Dortmund manages to stop their mighty collapse. After the Wolfsburg game is an all-important duel against Liverpool to reach the next stage of the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Gladbach have now lost three of their last four games and are in danger of slipping outside the Champions League places. They must snag some wins against Mainz and Freiburg if they want to ward Frankfurt and Leverkusen off fourth.

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This is Bayern’s Chance to Reclaim the Bundesliga Summit

Bayern Munich vs Hertha BSC

The stage is set for the defending champions to make their big return to the top of the league.

Borussia Dortmund are struggling to find a win over their last three games. While they still stumble every now and then, they showcase that they are still the biggest team in all of German football. They will be playing in front of their home crowd where every single soul at the Allianz Arena will be shouting and chanting for Germany’s big boys to take the spot that has always belonged to them.

The Bundesliga is once again within the grasp of Bayern Munich.

However, Hertha Berlin (and desperate BVB fans) would be quick to point out to September 2018, when newly minted manager Niko Kovac was struggling to get the Bavarians on board with his tactics as they lost 2-0 away from home.

We are now presented with two sides of the same coin. One would either see Bayern triumphantly march to victory while the other seeks to frustrate Munich supporters even further. While there are plenty of us tips to be made, let’s discuss the facts before we flip the coin to the sky.

Talking Points

This is Bayern’s game to lose

After a long struggle, Bayern Munich finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just in case you’re wondering, the tunnel’s name is known as any-position-besides-first-in-the-Bundesliga-league-table.

It’s undeniable that Bayern had a tough time adjusting to Niko Kovac’s approach to the game, and the early patches of poor form they had in late September and November are proof that fully integrating the way the former Eintracht Frankfurt boss played his football.

However, they are now back in their winning ways, steamrolling the Bundesliga opposition in typical Bayern fashion. Barring their shocking loss to Bayer Leverkusen, they won every single league game that they have played since December. Even their most recent draw versus Liverpool is a testament to the level of talent this team has.

Robert Lewandowski continues to bring the goals, leading the team with his 13 strikes. Thiago Alcantara, Thomas Muller, and Mats Hummels are also doing fantastic work in helping them catch up to the league leaders.

Moreover, the club’s future is secure should the club veterans decide to pack up and move elsewhere with their footballing careers. Not only do they have great young talent in Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka, they are also battling with Dortmund to acquire all of the best young talents they could find.

With Bayern’s future as secure as it is, it’s no wonder they can come into this game full of confidence.

Can lightning strike twice?

If I were Kovac, however, I would be warier of what Hertha Berlin can bring to the table.

A quick look at the table would tell you that it would be foolish to make Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin predictions that favour the guests. They are struggling to find consistency in their performances, and their last five games have alternated between victories, draws, and defeats.

However, it is important to point out that Berlin have only lost two games less than the league leaders. The team based in the German capital can definitely hang with the best of them, keeping up with teams like Dortmund, Wolfsburg, and Hoffenheim. Unfortunately, their latest draw happened to break records. Werder Bremen’s Claudio Pizarro just became the oldest player in Bundesliga history to score a goal by denying them the three points.

Ondrej Duda aims to help Bertha BSC in upcoming crucial Bundesliga battle against title hopefuls Bayern Munich

Hertha Berlin’s Ondrej Duda reacts with teammate Fabian Lustenberger during their Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund

Berlin have a player they can count upon for goals and hard work, though. Ondrej Duda is leading the team in goals scored and will be the key man for Berlin to succeed again versus their Bavarian opponents. Valentino Lazaro and Marko Grujic must also put in the work to help their number 10.

If Bayern don’t keep their wits about themselves and enter this game with overconfidence, Pal Dardai’s lads might pull the rug underneath their feet.

History

The two sides have been playing each other for a long time, as they have played at sixty games over a 51-year period. Bayern understandably have the edge when it comes to head-to-head record as they won 38 of those games. Berlin only won nine of those while salvaging 19 draws.

While the Blue-Whites don’t win regularly against their opponents, their most recent games have been encouraging. Three of their last five encounters have ended in draws, and many Bundesliga 2019 news stories covering this game will always refer to the shocking moment Berlin kept Bayern scoreless at home. Even their DFB Pokal match went the distance, and Bayern needed a Coman goal in extra time to get past Berlin.

Betting Tip

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Bayern Munich vs Hertha BSC Under 3.25 Goals @ 2.20
February 23, 22:30 (GMT+8)

It’s impossible to even imagine Bayern Munich dropping points against Hertha Berlin at this point of the season. They are firing at all cylinders and will be eager to impress. I’m pretty sure that they will win against Berlin, but they shouldn’t be able to build beyond a three-goal gap.

It’s also possible that Berlin could pull off another miracle and win 2-1 away from home. Given their battling performances recently, anything is possible with Dardai’s team. The underdog lover in me is personally rooting for Berlin to pull off the upset.

Like I said, the match could head in either direction, just as much as the coin could land heads or tails. It’s up to you to decide which side would you put your money on.

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Bundesliga Preview: A Tough Match May Derail Bayern’s Title Hopes

Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich

The January transfer window has shut its doors, and the top clubs of the Bundesliga can now only rely on the players they have on their roster from now on to win the title.

While some sides haggled throughout the month-long transfer window, Bayern Munich did little to no major changes to their core of players. After all, they have the necessary quality to succeed both in the domestic and European fronts.

However, not all of their opponents will be lying down as they try to snatch back the throne of German football from usurpers Borussia Dortmund. Bayer Leverkusen may have fallen out of luck in recent years, but they are still a superb football club that can cause an upset if given the opportunity.

The BayArena will be loud when the ball kicks off, and the most likely victor in this match will be the guests. However, anything can happen in this league.

Talking Points

Bayern continue their dominant streak

There’s no question among the most passionate fans of the Bundesliga that Bayern have finally hit their stride and are simply way too good compared to the rest of the playing field. Bundesliga 2019 odds on them winning the Bundesliga are now at 1.90 as the league is once again a two-horse race between the two league giants.

Various Bundesliga 2019 highlights starring the Bavarians would showcase just how dominant Bayern have been on the attack and the defence. Their impressive outings against Hoffenheim and Stuttgart is a surefire testament to Kovac’s system.

Fans can definitely remember how the team struggled to get points on the table as they struggled to play under his system. Their performance was so bad that some unsatisfied fans were mulling as whether the company should still keep him in charge of the touchline strategy and the overall growth of the squad.

For Leverkusen, a big key against Bayern in Bundesliga will be the play of Kai Havertz on their offense

Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz looks dejected after the match

Robert Lewandowski is a testament as to how the team has blossomed under Kovac. The Poland international struggled to find the back of the net during his early days with Kovac, but he has since scored 12 goals and is not far behind from topping the top goalscorers list.

Moreover, Lewandowski is not the only person of concern for Bayer. They have outstanding defenders in Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels. Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry are also giving defences a hard time by nabbing goals.

While they weren’t able to get their winger of the future in Callum Hudson-Odoi, I believe that both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben can still get the job done. This is a scary Bayern team that should be taken seriously.

Bayer want to fight fire with fire

Leverkusen haven’t been their best as they dropped quite a number of points that could have gotten them into Champions League football, but they are still a team of fierce competitors, ready to attack.

Their eight league defeats effectively put them out of the title race, but a Champions League finish is still not out of reach. The teams from third to eighth haven’t played consistent football over the past two months, making a comeback possible for Peter Bosz’s men.

The former Dortmund gaffer has more-than-enough firepower on the roster to help them win games. Young Kai Havertz is leading the side with his seven goals and is on Bayern’s summer shopping list. Kevin Volland, Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi will also be instrumental in Leverkusen’s game plan against the Bundesliga giants.

This will be a tough contest for the hosts and the entire BayArena. However, Bosz intends to fight fire with fire and snatch the three points in an exciting goal fiesta.

History

These two teams share a long history, having played each other in top German competitions for since 1979. As expected, the Bavarians have come out victorious a lot more times than many Leverkusen fans would care to admit.

Of the 81 times they have met, Bayern triumphed 50 of those games. Leverkusen won 17, and the two sides split the points only sixteen times. It’s important to note that most of the wins Bayer Leverkusen got over Munich were at home.

However, their most recent matches have been a one-sided affair. Bayern were triumphant in five of their last seven games, and four of those matches saw Munich win by at least two goals.

Betting Tip

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich -1.25 @ 2.21
Feb 02, 22:30(GMT+8)

It’s not even a question as to whether Bayern will win this match. It’s more of whether Bayern will win by two goals or three.

Their last four triumphs over Leverkusen have always been blowouts, and there’s no question that the same thing will happen when these two meet. I believe that while Leverkusen have sufficient attacking talent, their backline wouldn’t be able to handle Bayern’s attackers. Bayer did manage to stomp Wolfsburg, but Munich are a different animal defensively.

With Lewandowski and the rest of Munich firing on all cylinders at the moment, it’s not impossible to see another 4-2 result with the Poland striker netting a brace. Maybe Goretzka can architect a goal or two with his piercing runs as well.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Slays Stuttgart to Stay in The Hunt

Bayern Munich 4-1 VFB Stuttgart

FC Bayern put on a show in the second half at the Allianz Arena, scoring three goals to blow away a spirited Stuttgart side.

After a first half stalemate, unlucky Christian Gentner put Bayern ahead with an own goal and the hosts were ruthless, Robert Lewandowski rounding off a convincing victory. Borussia Dortmund had already put down a challenge with a thumping 5-1 win over Hannover 96, leaving FC Bayern nine points behind at the top of the Bundesliga.

Niko Kovac doesn’t want to be the first Bayern coach to give up the league title in seven years, but the Bundesliga 2019 betting odds have that fate right in the balance. With six points still to make up it’s going to be a roller coaster ride.

Highlights of the game

It was all going nicely to plan for the champions when they went ahead as early as the fifth minute. Robert Lewandowski found Thiago Alacantara in space in the penalty area and the midfield man slotted the ball into the bottom corner, leaving VFB keeper Ron-Robert Zieler stranded. It all looked a little too easy and the home fans expected more pretty soon.

But Die Roten, embroiled in a relegation scrap were ready to do just that, and they almost fought back immediately when Andreas Beck crossed for Nicolas Gonzalez but his header flew narrowly wide of Manuel Neuer’s right hand post.  Bayern pressed forward and Thomas Muller passed to Joshua Kimmich and his effort went close, then, as play swung from end to end Alexander Esswein had a shot blocked by the Bayern defence.

Lewandowski tried to create something for Leon Goretzka but his close range effort was blocked and then the industrious Gonzalez came close again with a shot which missed narrowly on the left. Mario Gomez has struggled for Stuttgart this season, often a lone figure up front and has only managed five goals; and he started on the bench, Markus Weinzierl preferring to play Anastasios Donis up front and the Greek international stunned the 75,000 crowd on 26 minutes, and it was a cracker!

Bundesliga: Can Anastasios Donis continue scoring for Vfb Stuttgart

Anastasios Donis celebrates scorin an equaliser vs Bayern Munich

Christian Gentner passed to Donis, outside the penalty area; there didn’t seem to be any danger but he unleashed a beauty into the top right corner beyond the despairing reach of Neuer to make it 1-1. That’s one to catch on the Bundesliga 2019 highlights this week.

Bayern tried to fight back and Thiago had a shot saved before David Alaba did well to tee up Kingsley Coman, but his shot was brilliantly saved by Zieler to keep the scores level at the break.

That wasn’t in the script.

Stuttgart looked like they thought they could leave Bavaria with something as they started the second half brightly, Steven Zuber taking a pass from Gonzalez and having his shot blocked. But Bayern was ahead again on 55 minutes and it was a cruel blow and a nightmare for the player who teed up Stuttgart’s equaliser. Christian Gentner put through his own net to make it 2-1 and another mountain for the visitors to climb.

And it looked like VFB was finished when Marc-Oliver Kempf tripped Lewandowski in the box, but the Polish hit man climbed to his feet and hit the spot-kick against the post. Lewandowski was Bundesliga top scorer for the third time last season, but he has work to do to keep that title and that won’t have pleased him one bit!

He tried to make amends on 67 minutes, but when David Alaba crossed to him on the edge of the six yard box his shot flew agonisingly wide. But it was game over just five minutes later when Leon Goretzka reached a Joshua Kimmich corner to plant his header past Zieler and into the net.

And Lewandowski finally got his goal when Kimmich found him and he slammed his shot from a tight angle high into the roof of the net.

Key statistics

The hosts dominated the ball in the first half with over 70 per cent possession, but Stuttgart held firm and offered their own threat with five shots to Bayern’s seven and two to three on target. So Kovac couldn’t complain at the half-time stalemate.

But it was all one way traffic in the second half as FC Bayern rained shots down at the VFB goal, ending up with 19 to seven and six to two on target.

What’s next?

us odds were satisfied as Vfb Stuttgart got defeated by Bayern Munich

Christian Gentner scored a crucial own goal for Vfb Stuttgart

Bayern has won six Bundesligas on the bounce and they are determined to chase BVB all the way in their pursuit of a seventh. The Bavarian giants are trying to strengthen with the signing of Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi, with their target recently handing in a transfer request.

Back on the pitch it’s a visit to Bayer Leverkusen next week, so keep up with the us odds as we look forward to a fascinating clash

Stuttgart is right in the thick of a relegation battle and a home game against Freiburg followed by a visit to Fortuna Dusseldorf could make or break their season. Both opponents are hovering a few points above the drop zone but could be within reach.

 

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Bundesliga: Goretzka is the Hero as Bayern Soar Past Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim 1-3 Bayern Munich

It was a satisfying night out for the dominant boys of the Bundesliga.

Niko Kovac and his Bayern Munich team were under no illusions that Hoffenheim were an easy three points. While they haven’t won in a good while, Julian Nagelsmann has the ability to make his side a dangerous one.

Unfortunately for them, Leon Goretzka had other plans. The Germany international shone with his two goals that easily makes the Bundesliga 2019 highlights for the week. His performance ensured their hosts wouldn’t be able to mount a proper comeback.

Highlights of the game

It didn’t take long for the second-placed champions to take control of the game’space. Robert Lewandowski opened hostilities in the 11th minute when he fired a first-time shot towards the box. Unfortunately for him, the ball whisked past the left post.

It was from that point on that almost every single pair of eyes in the PreZero Arena was fixated on the Hoffenheim danger zone during the game’s early stages. Both Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller threatened to score with the attacks, with Muller’s 19th-minute effort being the most dangerous of the bunch.

Hoffenheim were eventually able to leave the penalty area, but the Bavarians didn’t let the ball get out of their half as they continued dispossessing Die Kraichgauer before they even made the centre circle. They frustrated the hosts so much that Kevin Vogt rough-housed Lewandowski to get carded.

It didn’t take long until the unrelenting Bayern attack produced a 34th-minute goal. Kingsley Coman launched a perfect cross from the left to Lewandowski, who beat the offside trap and headed it towards the goal. Baumann managed to spill it left, but Leon Goretzka was there to collect the ball and slot it past Vogt and Oliver Baumann.

Hoffenheim tried to steal an equaliser on the reset, but Bayern’s intense pressing made sure that they would not have an easy time getting into the Bayern third. They did manage to get into the Bayern third on the dying embers of the first half, even managing to get a corner.

The half ended horribly for them when that 45th-minute corner ended into a quick counter that saw the ball swing left. Alaba launched a wicked cross to the middle of the penalty area, and Goretzka — currently thriving under Kovac — dived to tap the ball past Baumann for his second.

Julian Nagelsmann probably laid it out to his team during the half-time break, and the team improved overall in the reset. Leonardo Bittencourt, Joelinton and Kerem Demirbay tried their hands at scoring early in the second half for Hoffenheim but were denied by a strong Bayern defence.

However, Hoffenheim managed to get back in the game in the same manner of Bayern’s second goal: a Bayern corner went awry as Joelinton got the ball and launched a counter. He then passed the ball to Bittencourt, who dribbled for a bit before launching the ball towards Nico Schulz. The full-backed headed the wild pass towards the ground and launched a 20-yard screamer past Manuel Neuer.

The game continued with both sides trying to get the goal that would secure the result, but both sets of defenders have settled into their groove. Hoffenheim had a chance when they launched a goalmouth tussle in the 83rd minute, but one Hoffenheim player was caught offside.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski fights for the ball with Hoffenheim's Kevin Vogt

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski fights for the ball with Hoffenheim’s Kevin Vogt

However, Lewandowski crushed the hopes of a comeback among Hoffenheim faithful in the PreZero Arena. Substitute Muller made the beautiful passes to open up the Hoffenheim defence for the Poland international to slip into the penalty box and push the ball past Baumann.

The game ended in heartbreak for the home fans as Bayern establish their dominance at their team’s expense. They weren’t as clean as they could have been against Frankfurt. They may be looking ahead to where Dortmund are, but they are more than happy to end a tough game with a comfortable win.

Key statistics

Bayern already had a league-high 21 points on the road coming into this game, and this result only secures their spot as the best away team in the league. Their 24 away goals ensure that they are just as deadly on the road as they are at the Allianz.

They simply overpowered Hoffenheim in the first half, and that dug a ditch too deep for Nagelsmann to get them out of. Bayern had 63% possession, made 14 shot attempts compared to Hoffenheim’s three, and they forced Baumann to make four saves.

Hoffenheim may be seventh in the table, but their form shows that they are far from okay. They have not won in seven games, the last of which being a 2-1 triumph over Augsburg in November 2018. Nagelsmann must find a way to break this rut.

What’s next?

Niko Kovac continue their chase against Bundesliga leaders with only 3 points away from the top

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac looking delighted with the result of the match

According to Bundesliga 2019 odds, Bayern are back as the biggest favourites to win the title. This fixture justifies that reason, and it will be up to Dortmund to keep the gap between them alive. Meanwhile, they will look to keep the pressure up as they welcome Stuttgart to the Allianz Arena.

Meanwhile, Hoffenheim may have to go back to the drawing board. Plenty of punters who subscribe to leading bookies such as us will keep a close eye on their development as they try to break their winless streak against Freiburg.

 

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Bundesliga: The Great Bavarian Chase Resumes!

Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich

After punctuating 2018 with five straight league wins, Bayern Munich return to Bundesliga action looking to pick up where they left off.

The Bavarians are just six points behind Borussia Dortmund and are still very much in the race for the German top-flight title. However, they know they can’t afford to slip-up, especially with Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig also aiming for a shot at the no.1 spot.

Hoffenheim, last year’s third-place team, may be struggling to replicate their success last campaign, but make no mistake; they are always tough to beat and are actually unbeaten in their last 10 outings in the competition.

Talking Points

Bayern Munich are on a roll, and they are not showing any signs of slowing down as they look to pile more pressure on Dortmund at the top of the table.

Hoffenheim are no easy opponents, but Niko Kovac and his charges will be confident as they head back to the Bundesliga with fresh legs and a new-found hope—especially after winning the Telekom Cup against Fortuna Dusseldorf and Gladbach.

The Bavarians are on a tear offensively over their five-game winning streak. In fact, they are averaging 2.6 goals a game during that stretch, all while keeping three clean sheets and conceding just twice.

Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery and Serge Gnabry have been pivotal in their recent resurgence, accounting for 10 of their 13 goals during that run. Ribery has four for Bayern, while Lewandowski and Gnabry have three markers each.

Moreover, it should only help Bayern that they are likely to have James Rodriguez back from injury.

Rodriguez missed Bayern’s last eight games due to ligament damage in his left knee, but he is now back in training and could feature for the team when they visit WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena this week.

Bayern Munich ‘s James Rodriguez remain one of the prolific player in Bundesliga

Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez during a news conference in Colombia

The Colombian superstar, who had seven goals and 11 assists for Bayern last term, remains a reliable playmaker who can change the course of the game with his scoring and passing ability. Rodriguez has three league goals in his eight appearances, putting him at an incredible rate of one in every 117 minutes.

 “I know he’s a top player, I know what he can do,” Kovac said about Rodriguez.

“He’s shown that not just here but at other big clubs. I expect top performances from him, just like I do any other player. We finished the first half of the season strongly, and competition for places is fierce, as is always the case. Now it’s down to him to show he deserves a place in the team again.”

If there’s any silver lining for Hoffenheim in this match-up, it’s that they haven’t lost in the top flight since October. Sure, they have drawn their last six matches, but that only goes to show they are a team that won’t go down without a fight.

It’s also worth mentioning that they know when to step up, as proven by their 1-1 stalemate with Dortmund earlier in the season and goalless draw with third-placed Gladbach last month.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side boasts a record of three wins, four draws and two defeats at home this 2018-19.

History

Bayern are looking to get the best Bundesliga 2019 results, and they will be hoping to start it the right way by repeating their August thrashing of Hoffenheim.

The Bavarians won their opener with the Sinsheimers, 3-1. Thomas Muller, Lewandowski and Arjen Robben were all on target at the Allianz Arena that time, with Adam Szalai scoring the lone goal for the visitors.

Interestingly, Lewy and Robben’s goals came in the last eight minutes of the game, making the fight one of Hoffenheim’s biggest collapses of the season.

Prior to that, Bayern Munich clobbered Hoffenheim 5-2 in their battle last January 2018. Remarkably, five different players scored for the then Jupp Heynckes-managed squad!

Hoffenheim, however, will be optimistic as they play on their turf. In their past two home games against Bayern, Nagelsmann and his men won both times. They came out 2-0 winners the last time they played against each other at Sinsheim.

Betting Tip

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Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich Under 3.25 @ 2.06
January 19, 03:30 (GMT+8)

Wins are still better than draws, and that’s exactly what the Bundesliga 2019 odds at us tell you.

Bayern’s streak is no joke, so it’s understandable why they are favoured. But Hoffenheim’s unbeaten run shouldn’t be taken lightly, either. After all, any club knows how hard it is to stay consistent and pull off wins or draws when the team is playing ugly.

I think it won’t be a one-sided affair, and it’s not far-fetched that the game would end up a low-scoring one or even a draw.

A SHORT EXPLANATION ON HOW OUR (??) BETS ARE WORTH:
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Lewandowski committed to Bayern

Striker Robert Lewandowski has admitted that he could well opt to finish his career with Bayern Munich, having put to bed talk of a possible big-money exit.

The 30-year-old Poland international has scored 173 goals in 219 appearances in all competitions for Bayern, having joined the club from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2014.

He has helped the Bavarian giants to win four Bundesliga titles, completing a domestic double in 2015/16 by also claiming the DFB-Pokal.

His form has seen him linked with interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus, but Lewandowski – who is under contract with Bayern until the summer of 2021 – has now suggested that thoughts of a transfer are gone from his thinking.

He told Sport Bild."There's a very good chance I'll be here for a long time yet. I'm not thinking about going anywhere else.

"Since putting the rumours to rest, my heart has been 100 per cent with Bayern. I fully identify with the club and I could definitely see myself ending my career at Bayern."

Lewandowski scored ten Bundesliga goals in the first half of the season, placing him two behind joint leading scorers Paco Alcacer of Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt frontman Luka Jovic.

The Pole is available at 10/11 to finish the season as the leading goalscorer in the Bundesliga, with Alcacer priced at 9/2 and Jovic 9/2.

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