Bundesliga Highlights: More Misery for Struggling Schalke!

Schalke 04 0-2 Bayern Munich

The fall continues for Schalke 04, and after Matchday 4, they couldn’t go any lower.

The Royal Blues remain winless in the Bundesliga and now go bottom following their defeat to the vastly superior and league-leading Bayern Munich.

Niko Kovac’s Bavarians dominated and were in the front foot throughout, and Schalke were made to pay for their porous defence after allowing James Rodriguez score within 10 minutes and set the pace for another clinical Bayern victory.

Highlights of the game

There were low expectations for Domenico Tedesco’s men heading into this game at Veltins-Arena. After all, everything has been in a downward spiral for them since their defeat to a relatively weaker Wolfsburg side in the opener.

Sure enough, Schalke didn’t surprise and proved the Bundesliga 2018 predictions right as they succumbed to Bayern in a game that should have been a great battle between the two best teams of the 2017/18 campaign.

It didn’t take long for Bayern to stamp their authority against their closest title chasers last year, with Rodriguez finding the back of the net as early as eight minutes.

The Colombia international, who was making his first league start of the campaign, proved his place in the Bayern Starting XI as he headed home from a Joshua Kimmich corner to give the defending champions the lead.

Rodriguez continued to threaten the Schalke defence and almost added another one to his tally on 25 minutes only to see his attempt saved by Royal Blues goalkeeper and skipper Ralf Fahrmann.

James Rodriguez has led Bayern to victory after hitting an early goal against Schalke 04 in recent Bundesliga game

Bayern Munich star James Rodriguez celebrates with teammates after hitting an 8th-minute goal against Schalke in Bundesliga Week 4

David Alaba, meanwhile, had a golden opportunity to make it two for Bayern at the half hour. However, his free-kick from 30 yards—which could have been one of the goals of the season and one of the key Bundesliga 2018 highlights—hit and bounced off the crossbar.

Rodriguez spurned another glorious chance early in the second half when he managed to shoot wide off an open net, but Bayern wouldn’t be denied of their second goal. While Breel Embolo came close to levelling matters for Schalke, Robert Lewandowski put an end to their hopes of a comeback.

After Alessandro Schopf fouled Rodriguez inside the box in the 64th minute, Lewy took the ensuing penalty and swiftly converted from the spot to keep Bayern’s 100 percent record intact.

It didn’t help Schalke that Weston McKennie suffered a serious-looking injury, which was later diagnosed as a deep bone bruise. Nonetheless, Bayern were clearly the better team and, in fact, could have won by more goals.

Key statistics

Post-match statistics show how Bayern overwhelmed Schalke. While the scoreline might suggest that it wasn’t a one-sided affair, the numbers say otherwise.

Kovac’s side had the lion share of the possession with 75 percent and completed 563 of their passes, a  far cry from Schalke’s 185 completed passes. Furthermore, Bayern also had seven shots on target (out of 14 attempts on goal) while the home team only had two real chances to score.

Interestingly, while Schalke’s offence is known for set pieces, the team failed to get even one single corner. On the contrary, Bayern had eight corners—one of which, as mentioned, resulted to a Rodriguez goal.

Speaking of Rodriguez’ goal, his shot is now Bayern’s fastest of the season. Their previous quickest goal this year was Corentin Tolisso’s 10th-minute equaliser in their 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen last week.

For Lewandowski, his spot kick is his 14th goal in 16 outings against Schalke. His first against the Ruhr club came way back in 2010 when he was still with Borussia Dortmund.

Robert Lewandowski has pulverised Schalke 04 after hitting Bayern's second goal during Bundesliga week 4

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski controls the ball against Schalke 04’s Salif Sane during a Bundesliga clash at Veltins Arena

There’s also some milestone reached in the game. Manuel Neuer made his 350th Bundesliga appearance while his Bayern teammate Thiago Alcantara made his 100th.

What’s next?

Bayern Munich will look to maintain their immaculate record when they host FC Augsburg next week. The Fuggerstadter have only one win in four games and are coming off a 3-2 defeat to the still unbeaten Werder Bremen, so the us football odds on the game are unsurprisingly swinging in Bayern’s favour.

After the Augsburg game though, Bayern could face their biggest test yet when they visit the German capital to play current second-placers Hertha Berlin.

On the other hand, Schalke 04 are slated to play Freiburg who only have one win so far. Nevertheless, while that should be a winnable game—on paper—for the Royal Blues, they will still be cautious of Christian Streich’s men, especially with the team fresh from a morale-boosting win over a high-flying Wolfsburg side.




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Bayern Munich vs Schalke: Back to Bundesliga for the European Dreamers

Schalke 04 vs Bayern Munich

A classic encounter awaits football fans as Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich return to regular Bundesliga programming after the Champions League opener.

Last year’s runners-up host the reigning German champions in a highly anticipated game at Veltins-Arena. Bayern are still undefeated and will fancy their chances against a team that hasn’t won against them in the past seven years.

Schalke, on the other hand, will look to get a morale-boosting win after what could be described as a tumultuous start to their domestic campaign. They are currently bottom of the league after three straight losses, but there’s no better way for them to bounce back and regain confidence than a win against the best German team out there.

Talking Points

The 2018/19 campaigns of last year’s best teams couldn’t be more different. While Bayern picked up where they left off after winning their sixth straight league title, Schalke have since fallen from grace and are in an early battle for survival.

Domenico Tedesco’s Royal Blues have lost three straight, one against Wolfsburg who barely managed to stay in the top flight last campaign. They bowed down to Hertha 0-2 and almost went scoreless against Gladbach if not for a Breel Embolo consolation goal in injury time.

While fans will blame their offence and lack of attacking options—particularly after the departures of Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer—their defence is the bigger issue.

They have conceded two goals in each of their past three domestic matches. To make matters worse, they never led in those games and even allowed the opponents to score within 15 minutes twice.

Sure enough, summer signing Mark Uth must start producing offensively for Schalke if they want to win; however, Tedesco also needs to get back to the tactical fluidity that he’s known for and find a solution to their defensive woes—especially against a Bayern team that has already scored nine Bundesliga goals.

Schalke 04 coach Domenico Tedesco gestures during a Bundesliga match

The exit door could soon be opening for Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco

The Bavarians are on a tear offensively and are averaging three goals per game. They have been solid defensively as well, conceding just two goals in three matches.

Robert Lewandowski, with two goals and one assist, will be the usual threat he is as Bayern look to make it four out of four. Unfortunately for Schalke, it’s not only the Pole that they must be cautious of when they meet.

Thomas Muller has been a consistent goalscorer for the champs as well, while James Rodriguez seems ready to start again after coming off the bench in their opening three games. The Colombia international was at the heart of the much-improved Bayern attack last year, and his return to the Starting XI is no good news for Schalke.

Rodriguez started and impressed in their 2-0 Champions League win over Benfica, assisting Renato Sanches for his first competitive goal for the club. And after such brilliant and clinical performance, the 27-year-old on-loan midfielder is expected to continue his ascendancy and grab the Bundesliga 2018 highlights and headlines.


The past 17 meetings between the two sides have been all about Bayern. Out of those encounters,  Bayern never lost, winning 14 and drawing the other three.

Their matches last season paint a clearer picture of how dominant Bayern have been against Schalke. While the Royal Blues finished second, they were far from contending for the league title. Tedesco’s charges lost both their home and away fixtures against Bayern, finding the back of the net just once and conceding five in the process.

Even more remarkable for Bayern, their visit to Veltins-Arena in 2017/18 saw them hit three unanswered goals. Lewandowski bagged one, while Rodriguez scored and assisted on the other as they sealed a 3-0 win en route to another title run.

Schalke last won against Bayern in 2011, a 0-1 victory in the DFB Pokal. Their last Bundesliga victory against the Bavarians was eight years ago when they still have Jose Jurado and Benedikt Howedes.

Betting Tip

Schalke 04 vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 2.09
September 23, 00:30 (GMT+8)

Really, who’s stopping Bayern in the German top flight? They are the champions for a reason, and it’s hard to argue with the Bundesliga 2018 odds that put them as overwhelming winners in their visit to Schalke.

Schalke really need a win, but confidence is something that they are not brimming with right now. Even us here at us don’t see them winning in any way.

The best that they could hope for is a draw, but I’m not expecting that to happen especially after their Champions League display against Porto.

Furthermore, I don’t expect their defence to improve immensely—things like that just doesn’t happen overnight. With that said, I predict Bayern to score at least three goals and come out with a huge win.

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Bundesliga Team Analysis: Tough Season Ahead for Overachieving Schalke

The Royal Blues had a really brilliant season in Domenico Tedesco’s first year in charge, but can they keep it up in the 2018/19 campaign?

Schalke finished as runners-up to Bayern Munich last year, and though they were not even close from winning the title, their rise from 10th to second and return to Champions League football give their fans something to cheer about.

However, the Bundesliga is set to be tougher for them this time around. With the departure of some key players and increased demands due to European football, fighting for the top four might prove to be trickier than what they expect.

Key Strengths

Tedesco’s rise to prominence was surprising but well-deserved. After all, he is the main reason the team secured a return trip to European football after a year that saw them finish with more losses than wins —and almost the same number of draws!

His pragmatic approach and tactical fluidity worked well for the team, and that style should be a key driver for another title pursuit or, realistically, another top-four finish.

The Gelsenkirchen-based squad is also one of the best defensive teams in the league, finishing with the third-most menacing defence last season. They conceded just 37 goals, only one behind VfB Stuttgart and nine behind Bayern Munich. In fact, they had 13 clean sheets and conceded more than two goals on just 10 occasions.

It should also help the team that they were able to sign Senegal international Salif Sane from Hannover. An experienced Bundesliga defender, the 27-year-old centre-back is undoubtedly brimming with confidence right now after his stint with Senegal in the World Cup.

Sane is a versatile player capable of playing all defensive positions, so his addition to a defensive line composed of Naldo, Matija Nastasic, Baba Rahman and fellow new recruit Hamza Mendyl should only tighten things at the back for Schalke even more.

Major Weaknesses and Concerns

For a well-balanced team like Schalke, it’s confusing to see their midfield severely lacking in quality—though that might not be surprising for Royal Blues fans who are already used to seeing their club sell or let go of their best players on a yearly basis.

Leon Goretzka's departure will surely hurt Schalke's quest for Bundesliga supremacy

Leon Goretzka challenges Felix Klaus during a Bundesliga match between Schalke and Hannover last season

Indeed, the departure of their top midfielder Leon Goretzka and promising 22-year-old Max Meyer is a huge blow to the team that now lacks a clear leader in midfield.

Suat Serdar (from Mainz 05) and Omar Mascarell (from Eintracht Frankfurt) were brought in as replacements, but the two are yet to perform consistently at a high level. Besides, just like in other teams, the new boys need some time to adjust and get used to Schalke football.

Aside from the midfield, Schalke’s frontline can also benefit from some improvement. The team lacks variety offensively, scoring most of the time through set pieces. While that is not wrong, they need to find a way to score from open play especially if they are to mount a legitimate title challenge.

Mark Uth, who top-scored Hoffenheim with 14 league goals in 2017/18, will be crucial for the Schalke offence. Now, Tedesco must look for the best approach to utilise and maximise their prized signing of the summer.

Key Players to Watch

Naldo remains one of the team’s best players, and Schalke will certainly lean on his leadership skills to guide them as they try to manage the demands of domestic competitions and Champions League football.

The 35-year-old defender, who will turn 36 this September, was voted the 2017/18 Bundesliga “Outfield Player of the Season.” He is a great all-around player—even scoring seven times last year while finishing as the league’s top tackler—and hasn’t shown any sign of slowing down.

Guido Burgstaller is also a key member of Schalke. After leading the team in scoring with 13 goals in all competitions, the Austrian forward is expected to improve and increase his offensive production.

Schalke welcome the additional firepower of Mark Uth as they look to replicate their Bundesliga form from last season

Mark Uth in action during Hoffenheim’s Bundesliga match against eventual champions Bayern Munich

It remains to be seen how Burgstaller will fit alongside Uth, but hopes are high that their combination up front will give the team better Bundesliga 2018 results.

Fearless Forecast

Schalke didn’t come close to winning the title in the past season, and I don’t think they will be any closer this year. The Bundesliga 2018 betting odds at us put Schalke behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, and I think that’s just right.

The Bavarians are still the team to beat in the German top flight, while the deeply talented Dortmund are poised to return to relevance with the arrival of master tactician Lucien Favre.

It shouldn’t help Schalke that they will be playing in the Champions League this year, which means Tedesco will need to rotate his squad more often than he did last year. And did I mention that the 32-year-old boss has no prior experience managing a Champions League team?

Schalke are strong and have a competitive squad, but I think they’ll have a difficult time this year. A top-four finish—at third or fourth—is my prediction for Schalke, though I won’t be surprised to see them dropping out of the best four (case on point: the 2016/17 Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig).




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These Close Battles Make the Bundesliga Fun!

Football betting fans love how the Bundesliga has been competitive this season!

Only a couple of points separate the top dogs, while the battle for survival is just as competitive. We can expect very interesting betting odds from sites that offer Asian Handicap Betting.

Are you ready to dive into another weekend of top-quality action? Look no further than the tight competition of the German top flight!


Borussia Monchengladbach vs Werder Bremen

This clash between Monchengladbach and Bremen seems boring at first look. While the hosts have only won their first match in a month, they are still leagues above their visitors in the table. They should have no problem containing the five-goal Max Kruse and the rest of the Bremen attack.

Schalke 04 vs Hertha BSC

Schalke are the overwhelming favourites to win this contest, but Hertha Berlin have pulled off impressive results against Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich. It’s not far-fetched to consider the possibility of Pal Dardai’s lads pulling off another draw, so Hertha Berlin +0.75 @ 2.02 is not a bad bet to make.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hannover 96

Hannover have dropped off the top, but they are still performing well enough to stay clear of the drop zone. They will face a tough challenge in Frankfurt as they try to return to European competition. Frankfurt will try to reclaim second place and will mount a fierce fight at home.

Augsburg vs Hoffenheim

This six-pointer will bring Augsburg and Hoffenheim closer to Europa League contention, and both sides will surely play hard. Both have played inconsistently over their last three games, but Augsburg’s draw with Dortmund is all the more impressive than Hoffenheim’s split with Freiburg.

Hamburger SV vs Mainz 05

For the struggling SV, this six-pointer is a superb chance for them to close the gap. Mainz had a frustrating draw against Wolfsburg, but they will look to replicate their strong win against Berlin at Hamburg.

I think they can easily achieve that, so a bet on Mainz +0.25 @ 1.94 is not a bad move to make.

VfL Wolfsburg vs Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen are heavily favoured to win against Wolfsburg, but their recent stumble against Schalke would worry supporters. Leon Bailey and Kevin Volland will be pounding the hosts for goals, and Koen Casteels will be steeling himself for a long game.


RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund

This game could determine whether Leipzig gets to secure their Champions League spot next season.

They suffered a shock loss to Koln last game week, and their form looks to go nowhere but down. The prospect of facing a Dortmund side with Michy Batshuayi and Marco Reus dominating on the pitch is scary for the Red Bull faithful.

Leipzig should be able to fight back for a draw, so a good bet here is Dortmund +0.25 @ 1.69.

FC Koln vs VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart are on a strong run of wins, but Koln pulled off an incredible upset against Leipzig. The Billy Goats are on a high and will try to ride on this wave to snap Stuttgart’s win streak. I say that an entertaining game awaits at the RheinEnergieStadion.


SC Freiburg vs Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich saw their incredible streak stopped short by Berlin, but there’s no reason for concern among the 290,000-strong club. They shouldn’t have any problem dispatching Freiburg even if they field a half-strength XI.

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No Jupp? No Problem for the Fantastic Bavarians!

Bayern Munich 2-1 Schalke 04

With head coach Jupp Heynckes at home and recovering from flu, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller stepped up for the Bavarians to give the live betting faithful and the online gambling community something to cheer about.

Lewandowski, ironically, matched Heynckes’ Gladbach record of scoring in each of the team’s first 11 home football games. The Polish striker opened the scoring for Bayern on six minutes after Schalke keeper Ralf Fahrmann could only parry Muller’s shot from distance.

Schalke, however, didn’t make it easy for the home side and made them work hard for all three points. Leon Goretzka was at the heart of the Royal Blues attack, and they eventually managed to equalise behind Franco Di Santo’s strike from 14 yards.

It was game on from there as the two teams carved out chances one after the other. Bayern, though, got the upper hand and restored their lead after Muller converted from a tight angle nine minutes before the break.

The Royal Blues refused to back down, with Goretzka and Breel Embolo threatening Sven Ulreich in the second half. Nonetheless, Bayern held on as assistant coach Peter Hermann inserted Javier Martinez to bolster their defence.

The win put Bayern 18 points clear at the top, while Schalke dropped to sixth. The result also extended the visitors’ winless run against the home team to 15 league games.

RB Leipzig, on the other hand, moved back to second following their 2-0 victory over Augsburg. Dortmund, who are now third, also bagged the same scoreline against Hamburg as Michy Batshuayi found the back of the net again.

Meanwhile, FC Koln and Mainz 05‘s survival hopes were dealt a blow after losing to Frankfurt and Hoffenheim, respectively.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Hertha Berlin and Hannover 96, with the former pulling off a 0-2 upset of Champions League dreamers Bayer Leverkusen.

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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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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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Goals Galore and Football Betting Madness in Germany!

Borussia Dortmund 4-4 Schalke 04

In what might go down as the greatest Revierderby ever played, Schalke battled back from four first-half goals to draw with Borussia Dortmund.

This game was indeed a derby for the ages as both teams thrilled online betting with an action-packed match that ended with eight goals, including a stoppage-time equaliser that stunned sports betting fans and silenced the crowd at Signal-Iduna-Park.

Dortmund, who came into the match at the back of three straight league defeats, couldn’t wish for a better start after scoring four goals within 25 minutes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the floodgates with a scrappy finish on 12 minutes. A Benjamin Stambouli own goal—off a Nuri Sahin free-kick—then added to BVB’s tally before Mario Gotze headed home from an Auba assist and made it 3-0.

The writing seems to be on the wall when Raphael Guerreiro fired their fourth with a deflected volley, piling more misery in what has already been a frustrating opening sequence for the visitors.

Leon Goretzka’s introduction, however, changed the tides for Schalke who appeared to have finally found their bite. And although they failed to score in the first half, they continued to threaten the home side’s defence.

Schalke’s relentless attacks paid off at the hour when Guido Burgstaller and substitute Amine Harit scored a goal each in the space of five minutes to cut BVB’s lead to just two.

The tables then turned when Aubameyang was sent off, giving the Royal Blues a glimmer of hope with 18 minutes of normal time remaining.

Daniel Caligiuri brought the visitors within one in the 86th minute before Naldo hit a thumping header four minutes into added time to complete their comeback.

Schalke dropped to third with the result though, as RB Leipzig moved back to second following their 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen.

On the other hand, Borussia Monchengladbach are now level on points with Domenico Tedesco’s men after surprising the league-leading Bayern Munich 2-1. First-half goals from Thorgan Hazard and Matthias Ginter put Gladbach ahead, and the team never looked back to end Jupp Heyncke’s five-game winning run in the Bundesliga.

Elsewhere, Freiburg, Augsburg and Bayer Leverkusen got all three points in their respective fixtures, while new boys Hannover 96 and VfB Stuttgart shared the spoils in the opening game of Matchday 13.

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Football Games Will Step Up From Here on Out

With five games under its belt, the Bundesliga is now in full swing.

Clubs have finally found their groove and the transfers have made their place in the rotation. All that’s left at this point in time is to bet online and hope that your favourite club will come out victorious.

Which clubs will be smiling when this game day ends?


Bayern Munich vs VfL Wolfsburg

Betting odds will naturally favour the Bavarians after a string of overpowering victories against Schalke and Mainz. Carlo Ancelotti and company should have no problems handling a Wolfsburg side struggling to find form. There’s no reason to not make a bet for Bayern’s -1.00 First Half Asian Handicap for 1.96.

RB Leipzig vs Eintracht Frankfurt

The Red Bulls aren’t as efficient as they used to be when they started the season. Maybe this is brought about by the exhaustion brought by Champions League football. Maybe it’s the lack of a shock factor that allowed them to thrive against the then-unassuming opposition.

One thing we do know is that they need to win to avoid slipping any further.

Hoffenheim vs Schalke 04

Julian Nagelsmann has a lot of adjustments to make.

A dramatic end to their victory against Mainz is good for fans that like their drama, but an inability to score goals should worry any good manager. He needs to ensure his lads are focused when they welcome a hurting Schalke because they’d be out for revenge after their humiliation to Bayern.

Werder Bremen vs SC Freiburg

This match is a must-win for two of the Bundesliga’s bottom clubs. Both are struggling to win games, with their subpar attacks failing to make up for their leaky defences. Their attackers need to start scoring goals to get their seasons on the right track.

Mainz 05 vs Hertha BSC

The only thing keeping Mainz from the drop zone is their sole win against Bayer Leverkusen. They need to score another victory if they wish to remain clear of the relegation battle. Unfortunately for them, Hertha Berlin aren’t the club that will likely lose anytime soon. Yoshinori Muto will need all the help he can get to win the three points for Mainz.

VfB Stuttgart vs Augsburg

Augsburg has made a fine start to their season, their latest foray an incredible upset of RB Leipzig. Manuel Baum is hopeful that Alfred Finnbogason won’t stop scoring as they prepare to face Stuttgart.

Given the form of Stuttgart’s defence, there’s a good chance the fun times will continue for them. Make a nice bet for Augsburg +0.25 @ 2.08.


Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Monchengladbach

On a good day, this Battle of the Borussias would be an unpredictable one, with both sides fielding XIs that can make any football fan shudder with delight.

This has the makings of a fun game written on it, with both sides coming off strong wins. However, will Dieter Hecking and his lads be able to handle the Signal-Iduna-Park? I don’t think so.

Make a nice punt on Dortmund’s -1.25 Asian Handicap for 1.91.

Hannover 96 vs FC Koln

This is a match between a club that shocked everyone with their strong start to the Bundesliga season and a club without a drive and is looking ready for a fresh start at the 2.Bundesliga.

Is there even any argument on which side is looking likely to win?


Bayer Leverkusen vs Hamburger SV

Only three places separate Leverkusen from Hamburg. Both sides are struggling to find a consistent form to help them push for a Top-10 spot. This game might be decided by drive: who wants it more and is willing to put his body on the line for the three points?

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