Montag, 20. März 2017

Union Berlin - 1.FC Nürnberg

This match ends up Round 25 with an excellent encounter between two traditional teams. An very important match for the home side at “Alte Försterei” to overcome leader VfB Stuttgart with a win. This is only possible because they are running from win to win 2017 and their position is excellent right now. As mentioned with a win they can take the lead and come much more closer to their main aim “promotion”. Maybe this can be a very hard match anyway because with Nürnberg they are having not the easiest opponent, moreover they do not like them. The results are not in their favor in the past against this opponent. In 8 attempts against Nürnberg they can not manage a single win so far. In this period they got trashed with 7 defeats and only 1 draw, this is not their lovely opponent but they have to looks forward and turn things into their way to get the best possible position out in promotion race.

The first half of the Season was maybe average with 28 Points but after the winter break they are running an excellent streak by beating all opponents so far, only Dresden was able to get a draw against them. With a 5 match winning run they are coming to this encounter in excellent form. Beating Bielefeld 3-1, Karlsruhe 2-1, 1860 2-0, Würzburg 2-0 and St. Pauli 2-1 in the past and hope that they continue this run. Union Coach Keller has found his starting lineup which will be changed only if there is a must. As happened with keeper Busk and Pedersen who both should be back after the national break. Busk will be replaced by youngster Messenhöler once again and for Pedersen is Parensen ready to play on the back wing. Central back Puncec is back from suspension but should take place on bench because his replacement veteran Pogatetz made a great match against St. Pauli and should remain in starting lineup.

After getting only 2 Points on their side from the first 6 matches Nürnberg has stabilized them. Of course it is not what they have expected because they dreamed from more but they are on a solid midfield place now and should end up this Season there too. They started with a lose into 2017 and had with 4 Points in the next matches a good basis but they lost 4 matches in a row then what was the end for Coach Schwartz. With Köllner on the sideline they turned the negative run with a 1-0 against Bielefeld last weekend. 
Some changes can be expecting compared to the last weekend as with Gislason and Hufnagel they have two players back from injury, also Behrens and Mühl return from suspension what gives Köllner a lot more of options for the match in Berlin. It is not decided if Köllner changes much because youngster Löwen made a good starting debut against Bielefeld and can remain in team. The position in goal gets again on veteran Schäfer who gave his comeback last weekend according to the injury of first choice keeper Kirschbaum. Nevertheless their injury list is full enough with Erras, Sepsi, Parker, Sabiri, Teuchert and Leipold.

Beside the weak head to head record speaks all for Union. They have collected 19 from possible 21 Points 2017 and lost only once at home. Nürnberg could only win 2 of 7 matches 2017 and was not in the shape they need against such teams recently. It can be a shot out as well: An average from 5,33 goals had the first 3 encounter between these two sides in Berlin. Additional has Union the best offensive 2017 with 13 goals scored so far. Matches where Nürnberg take part had an average from 3,08 goals this Season, what speaks again for goals !!!

Samstag, 18. März 2017

Bundesliga Saturday Matches 18.03.2017

1.FC Köln - Hertha BSC Berlin

- Hertha BSC is unbeaten in 7 games with Cologne, against no other BL club longer.
- The last 3 matches were all won from Hertha BSC.
- Cologne is waiting since 5 Rounds for a win, they managed only 2 from 15 possible Points.
- Only Eintracht Frankfurt was weaker in this period as Cologne.
- The last 5 away games were all lost for Hertha BSC.
- The last time they had such a run on the road was 2009 with 7 lost matches in a row.
- Cologne conceded in 7 games 2017 already 12 goals, in the first 7 this Season only 4.
- In the last 3 matches they conceded 8, what is a huge number and let them think.
- Cologne scored already 5 goals after counter attacks, Hertha BSC none.


1899 Hoffenheim - Bayer Leverkusen

- In 8 games where Leverkusen had to play in Sinsheim they are unbeaten (6-2-0).
- Against no other BL Team Leverkusen has such a run and not losing a single game in the first 8.
- Also no actual other BL Team won so many matches in Sinsheim as Bayer (6).
- Only Bayern Munich lost less games (1) as Hoffenheim (2) this Season so far.
- In BL history no other Team has so less Points after losing only 2 times as 1899 actual (42).
- Leverkusen is played the weakest Season in the last 14 years with only 31 Points after 24 Rounds.
- In Season 2002/03 they had 26 Points at this time and they was close to be relegated but saved them.
- 1899 is playing to often draw, this happened 12 times this Season already and is a new record for them.
- The last time they had so many draws was 2013/14 and 2011/12 with 11 !!!
- Leverkusen missed already 5 penalty kicks in this BL Season (from 6).
- The record is exactly at 6 missed penalties for a Team in BL, last time Freiburg 1999/2000.


Werder Bremen - RB Leipzig

- In the second part of the Season Bremen has exactly the same Points as RB.
- To begin of the Season RB had 23 Points more as WB.
- RB is not so dangerous as to begin of the Season and they created less in the past.
- In the last game RB has not one dangerous attempt on goal.
- WB is unbeaten since 4 games (3-1-0), 10 Points in this period had only Bayern.
- Against the 4 upcoming opponents lost Bremen all in first half of the Season.
- Keeper Wiedwald is on fire and saved 90% of the shot on his goal (18 from 20).
- Bremen is winless in 8 games against newcomers in the league (0-3-5).
- The last win against a newcomer was in November 2014 against Paderborn 4-0.


FC Augsburg - SC Freiburg

- FCA is with only big chances one of the weakest teams in creating, only D98 and HSV less.
- Freiburg has with 32 not much more but they are almost clinical in front of goal with 66% used.
- Goals expected? FCA in the last 9 without a clean sheet and SCF in the last 10.
- Both teams are running the longest streak in this category of all BL Teams.
- Augsburg won only 1 from the last 5 (1-1-3) and SCF lost only 1 of the last 5 (2-2-1).
- Problems in defense for FCA? Before the winter break they allowed 1,1 goals average, 2,0 now.
- Halil Altintop scored in all his 4 BL games against Freiburg (for Augsburg).

Freitag, 17. März 2017

Borussia Dortmund - FC Ingolstadt 04 (Facts)

Dortmund without Bender, Dembele (suspended), Götze and Reus
Ingolstadt miss Hartmann

Some question marks are behind Aubameyang who missed the Cup game under the week already, Kagawa and Weigl. The opponent from Ingolstadt has no one questionable but they may play a bit more defensively compared to the last home game against Cologne.

- Ingolstadt won none of the 3 BL games against Dortmund, although the last one was close.
- Last Season they lost easy 0-4 and 0-2 but this Season they managed a draw 3-3.
- In this encounter they were up two goals but in the end Dortmund press huge and equalized.
- The 0-4 against Dortmund was Ingolstadt's highest lose in BL, also to Hannover 0-4.
- Dortmund is unbeaten since 32 home games (26-6-0), what is a new Club record for them.
- The last lose was 2 years ago to Bayern Munich 0-1 in April.
- Ingolstadt managed to collect more Points on the road as at home, same to Wolfsburg and FCA.
- Last Round Ingolstadt has 26 shots on target what is a new high for them in BL.

Overall this should be a clear thing, above all Dortmund must win after the lose in Berlin otherwise the teams behind overcome them this weekend. Although some key weapons are out or doubtful they should have the class to win this one. Ingolstadt played well last weekend but they need to many chances to get something on the scoreboard above all striker Hartmann is a big miss.

Montag, 27. Februar 2017

FC St. Pauli - Karlsruher SC

Both teams are rivals and both need every Point to get out of the trouble they are facing right now. It seems that this can be a very hard battle for important Points, if the look on the table shows. With 18 Points both had not much success this Season so far. Also it can be that the relegation battle continues until the end of the Season. With 4 teams directly involved at the moment because the others are already 7 especially 6 Points ahead of them and to close the gap they need an excellent streak anyway.

After the break St. Pauli seems to be on a good way and they managed 2 wins in a row before failing in Bielefeld. Of course they were very good in the game and take the lead but they missed a lot what brought Bielefeld back into the game very late. This was almost a neck breaker for St. Pauli but they have to continue the good work and take the focus on the KSC game today. This is the next important one above all in front of their crowd they should have some advantage what must be taken, of course.
The team looked very balanced and therefore no one expect big changes from Lienen for this encounter. Maybe the position behind the attack can be very open as with Buchtmann and Möller-Daehli he has two excellent players to choose there. Also Choi can be an option on this position. It is more as open who starts there, no decision out so far, although Choi is out again. Möller Daehli returns after injury and should be in the starting eleven immediately after showing a lot of good performances before his break anyway.

The new Coach Slomka has not found the right balance for the team so far. Also he is not able to win a game on the road as with most of his former clubs. He always has a top home record but on the road he failed most of the time (look at Hannover, where he was many years). He had the opportunity to manage a win after taking the lead in Bochum but in the end they got the equalizer. The next match to top team Union they had no chance and lost easy 0-2. Maybe because of important absent player. This time he can count on Yamada and Prömel, both returns from suspension. On the other side he has with Kom the next player suspended for today. Both returning players are immediately in starting lineup. Prömel in central midfield beside Meffert while Yamada can play on the offensive wing. He can replace Valentini who is slight injured and doubtful. If he can play, he may can give the back wing and replace Bader there. Up front was Hoffer not in his best shape and Diamantakos showed that he has the better form right now what brings him some advantage to start beside Mugosa. But it is also possible that Slomka change the system to 4-2-3-1. This means that they play with one central offensive midfield player like Yamada is. But let's see what Slomka decide for this important game.

Samstag, 25. Februar 2017

Bundesliga Saturday Matches

Bayer Leverkusen - FSV Mainz 05

- FSV won only against Freiburg (9) more as against Bayer (8) in BL.
- And they scored only against Wolfsburg (32) more as against Bayer (30).
- But from the last 4 matches won Bayer 3, first match 3-2 although they were 0-2 down.
- Special fact .... never won Leverkusen both matches in one Season against FSV Mainz 05.
- Since Matchday 9/10 Leverkusen were able to win two matches in a row now.
- To win 3 matches in a row happened not this Season so far.
- Special fact ..... Mainz lost only 1 from 10 matches before the "Rosenmontag" (5-4-1).
- 3 years ago they could beat Leverkusen with 1-0 at the same time.
- Mainz lost all they last 6 road games, such a run happened only in their premier Season.

Leverkusen miss Tah, Wendell (suspended) and Calhanoglu
Mainz are without Serdar, Berggreen and Onisowo.


Bayern München - Hamburger SV

- This encounter takes place the 104. time today. Bayern won 62 by 22 draw and 19 defeats.
- The next record are the 232 goals which was scored in this encounter already.
- None of the last 16 home games were lost by Bayern (13-3-0).
- They scored 56 goals in these games and conceded only 5.
- The last 5 matches were all won from the home side and they scored a lot of goals as well.
- The last win from Hamburg in Munich was in September 2009 with 1-0.
- The last 6 results from Hamburg in Munich are 0-6, 0-5, 2-9, 1-3, 0-8 and 0-5.
- Hamburg are unbeaten in the last 4 BL matches (3-1-0), the longest streak they are running this S.
- Bayern is unbeaten in the last 25 BL games in their Arena (21-4-0).

Bayern without Boateng and Alonso
Hamburg coming to Munich without Papadopoulos and Mathenia.


SC Freiburg - Borussia Dortmund

- Freiburg lost the last 11 matches with Dortmund, only against Bayern they had a bigger losing run.
- It is the longest streak for Dortmund against an opponent in BL, only against Uerdingen more.
- Freiburg won 7 of their 10 home matches and are very hard to beat there in their small stadium.
- They never managed more wins at the same time right now.
- Dortmund won 1 of their last 6 road trips (1-3-2) With 2-1 in Bremen at Matchday 17.
- In the last 13 road games they conceded always at least 1 goal, the longest run since 27 years.
- Freiburg has with 36 goals conceded one of the weakest defensive lines in the league.
- No other BL club is waiting so long for a clean sheet as Freiburg (7 matches - top 10 teams).

Freiburg miss Stenzes and Haberer (suspended)
Dortmund coming without Götze, Röde and Bender.

Montag, 13. Februar 2017

Hannover 96 - VfL Bochum

The last match of this Round take place in Hannover where 96 hosts VfL Bochum. The home side coming from an awful week, losing twice to Fürth in league and Frankfurt in Cup. Nevertheless they have to look forward and take the focus to promotion race where they are still on track. With a win they get much more comfortable and have some advantage in the upcoming weeks. The opponent from Bochum had a lot of expectations to begin of the Season but failed hardly, therefore they are in big trouble if this continues in the upcoming weeks. Sooner or later they are full involved in relegation battle if results are not their way now.

The start into 2017 was hard because they had a lot of problems with Kaiserslautern where they could win 1-0 at home anyway. The next two matches were lost and they have to find a way back to winning otherwise Braunschweig and Union are getting closer and have the chance to overcome them. Although Coach Stendel count on the strongest available starting lineup in Cup they knocked out. The chance to get more was there but Sane missed a penalty in minute 90. After having 4 days to prepare to this game it should not affect them much. Compared to the last two games there will not be much changes. Coach Stendel counts on the same lineup again, only 1st keeper Tschauner returns after be replaced by Sahin-Radlinger in Cup. There are not much options anyway because with Hübers, Benschop and Bech they miss some injured. On bench he has with Sobiech and Füllkrug good options for the offensive. Both wants to start of course but with Harnik and Karaman they have huge rivals which has some advantage right now.

The outcome from the first 17 matches was average and they expected much more. In winter trainings camp they were poorly and lost 4 from 5 matches. This maybe was a sign for the actual form and the situation in team. The start in Berlin was lost 1-2 to Union what the last results are always has predict. One week later against KSC at home they could get a Point although they were already down 0-1 again. Against one of the top teams this day they have to bring a top performance if they want to get anything out of this game. It would be a hard task anyway.
Why all this trouble, maybe it is because of too many injuries right now. Important players are still out and their return is a big question mark. With Stöger, Eisfeld and Bandowski they miss three long term injured while with Perthel, Fabian and Quaschner are there doubtful for the match today. If all 3 are not ready it is getting a mess for Coach Verbeek. Perthel was injured, was close to return but has a new injury now. Fabian was already out for the KSC game but he has chances that he can play. Quaschner got injured against KSC and has still problems. If Fabian is ready, Bastians can more to the left while Rieble can take Perthel’s positon on the right.

Sonntag, 12. Februar 2017

Sunday - BL Infos

VfL Wolfsburg - 1899 Hoffenheim

- 8 times took this encounter place in Wolfsburg and the record is clear on home side with 5-2-1
- 1899 could only win one time and this was 5 years ago, also in February 2012 with 2-1
- All the last 3 duels were won from Wolfsburg.
- In overall 17 BL games there were 62 goals with this teams, an average from 3,65.
- All 8 matches played in Wolfsburg produced 3 goals or more.
- The first match between both this Season ended what a surprise with a 0-0.
- VfL playing the weakest BL Season in their history with only 19 Points after 19 Rounds.
- On the other side 1899 is playing one of the best Seasons since they are in BL.
- Wolfsburg scored only 7 goals at home what is incredible low, weakest number ever.
- Also they got only 8 Points out of the 10 home games, what is the next weak Point.
- 1899 collected already 14 Points from 9 road games what is a high for them.
- Hoffenheim was unbeaten until last weekend, but there they lost to newcomer RB 1-2 (unlucky).
- With Wagner they miss their top striker because with his red card he brought 1899 on losing way.



SC Freiburg - 1.FC Köln

- Since 11 home matches is SCF unbeaten to Cologne (7-4-0).
- The last 4 were all won from Freiburg and they can count on a great home strength again.
- SCF won 6 of their 9 BL home games this Season (home advantage).
- Only in Season 1994/95 and 2003/04 they have more Points as this time.
- Cologne managed the best start into second half of the Season with 2 wins and 7-1 goals.
- Since 2010/11 celebrated Cologne 3 wins in a row again (streak).
- Cologne is very hard to beat and they conceded only 16 goals this Season (defensive wall).
- Freiburg on the other side has conceded already 33 goals what is one of the weak Points.
- Both teams has not many goal scorer in their rows, only 7.
- Freiburg has 3 players with min 5 goals in their rows while Modest scored 54% of Cologne's.
- This number makes it very hard, if Cologne miss their top striker.

Sonntag, 22. Januar 2017

FSV Mainz 05 - 1.FC Köln

This is the last encounter of this Round and it should be a close one. Both playing a really great Season so far and they are very close to an international spot but for this they have to continue the good work and play also results wise. Nevertheless Mainz is searching that they can replace one of their most important player in second half of the Season. Because they sold Malli to VfL Wolfsburg for 12 Mio. during the winter break. This was good for their budget but it was not the best way for the strength of the team overall. This is a big lose and it must be compensate form the team now. A big task what Coach Schmitt and Mainz has to do now. He scored 6 goals and gave a lot of assists as well. He was the head in their offensive play, such a player is hard to find and hard to replace as well. Of course they have to life with the situation now ..... The next big blow is that important striker Cordoba who works really hard for the team is suspended here. The next puzzle Schmitt has to find for the starting lineup. But with Muto he has a player back who was long injured in first half of the Season. The others should be ready.
In Cologne they are dreaming for more above all the fans. After a great Season so far where they are very hard to play and to beat as well. Coach Stöger and Manager Schmadke did a great job and they have an excellent squad ready for the game today. In winter break there was not much rotation in the squad, only starter Mavraj left to Hamburger SV. Hard decision but should be replaced even. In goal Horn is not ready 100% and Kessler is his replacement again. Up front they need more help in scoring because 62% of the goals were scored from Modest what is the highest amount of a player in BL history so far. If this guy get injured in the upcoming weeks it is very hard for Cologne to get on scoreboard. Osaka and the other guys should be working harder to get more dangerous in front of the goal and help Modest more. The defensive is working well and Cologne is hard to beat what is a big plus for them as well.

- Mainz lost the last duel against Cologne ..... the first time after winning 5 in a row.
- Cologne scored 3 goals in last game in Mainz, the other 4 none.
- Only 2 from 12 matches were won by Cologne --  both in the last 3.
- Mainz scored 26 goals what is the second best in their BL history to this time.
- But they conceded also 30 what is a high for them as well.
- Mainz lost 4 of the last 5 BL games, but won 4 of the last 5 home games.
- M05 scored 14 of their last 16 BL goals at home.
- The last 3 matches ended all 1-1 for Cologne --- 1991 they managed 5 draws in a row.


I am expecting a close match although Mainz is very strong at home but with the lose from Malli they have to find each other in offensive play. Also the defensive is not easy to crack from Cologne. Although Mainz scored in almost all (only against Bayern Munich 1) their home games at least 2 goals it is hard to see them scoring this again above all without Malli and Cordoba. Cologne good defensive work and Modest up front who is always able to score can be very dangerous for Mainz 05 today. My choice COLOGNE AHC0 or +0,25.

Bayer Leverkusen - Hertha BSC Berlin

Important match for the home side above all if they want to close the gap to the top places and reach an international spot in the end of the Season. They need an incredible run but if this run ends in a Champions League spot it is more as doubtful as the gap is almost to big already. Some good news for them is that they have important midfield player Bellarabi back in squad and he is set to start today. With him they have much more speed over the wings and overall in their play what help to overcome the opponent better as in the last month of 2016. Also the strikers can benefit from him with his assists and the Bayer train should be working better and better in the upcoming weeks. With Brandt on the wing it can be a really great duo who push Bayer 04. Therefore no injury worries right now, all important guys are ready, only Volland and Bender needs some days more to recover but should be in the squad again in the next weeks.
Hertha was on fire and played a great first half although it is not exactly a half as this match counts to first half. They are coming to Leverkusen with some absent players like Weiser who is injured and important for the team, also Kalou who showed good form recently is not available due to African Cup. Maybe Coach Dardai has to think a bit on which starting eleven he wants to count. But overall they should have a great team ready who is more as able to hurt Leverkusen. They are always hard to play with they defensive style and also with they fighting spirit in team.

- Hertha does not like to play against Leverkusen, they got only 0,68 Points from these matches.
- Bayer lost only 1 of the last 10 matches with Hertha (5-4-1).
- They could win 5 of the last 6 matches .......
- Since 2008, Hertha is waiting for a win in Leverkusen 0-2-3.
- But Hertha was able to score in the last 13 BL games in Leverkusen at least 1 goal !!!
- Leverkusen is playing their weakest Season in BL History since 2005/06.
- But if History repeats they are on a good way in second half of the Season ... ended 5th.


Real great encounter with two top teams, i like the match up here and it can be that this match produce some goals as well. Both teams have the offensive power and should be able to get the job done. Above all Bellarabi is a big hope for Leverkusen today and he should help to get the offensive play running. OVER can be a good choice, also if you hold back a bit and get on for OVER 2 in running after 10-15 minutes. This should be possible because both scored only 2 in 16 matches in the first 15 minutes ..... both teams scored more goal in second half ..... this means we get good options in running.

Samstag, 21. Januar 2017

BL Update 21.01.17

FC Augsburg - 1899 Hoffenheim

Both teams have some players out but should be ok for the squad. Midfield head of FCA will start despite a slight injury and should help to start well. On 1899 sides some players with problems like Bicakcic, Schär and Toljan ..... replacements are there, of course.
From the last 5 matches 1899 won 4, only 1 defeat but they do not like the opening games after the winter break at all. They wait since 7 matches for a win at this time (0-3-4) while Augsburg never lost a match to begin after the winter break. Also 1899 is unbeaten in 16 matches what makes it more and more possible that they are set to lose sooner or later. If I have to choose, HOME win !!!


SV Darmstadt 98 - Bor. M'Gladbach

Both teams start with a new Coach and they have to do a lot of work to bring the team back on track. Both are involved of relegation battle but SVD more. They need this win immediately if they want to have some hope, on the other side Gladbach is dreaming from other places as at the moment but the way up is very hard and an international spot seems to be not possible this Season. Gladbach won 4 of the 5 matches against SVD and has overall the better squad. Darmstadt is more a fighting team but they miss a lot of last Seasons power. New signing Sam is the biggest hope for them now but he is doubtful according the news with illness. With 9 defeats in a row Darmstadt looks really harmless before the winter break, if Frings can changes this against the experienced Hecking, we will see. UNDER can be a good choice here.


VfL Wolfsburg - Hamburger SV

Both teams had a lot of problems before the break but they showed also that they are able to get things running. Wolfsburg had a good end with two wins and also Hamburg with 3. This should be continued if they want to stay away from relegation trouble. In all the last 10 matches Wolfsburg could not be beaten from Hamburg (5-5-0). Last time this happened was 2011 in their own stadium. In all the 40 matches between these two sides there was never a 0-0 what give us a lot of hope for some goals. If this match see an early goal this match can be wide open as in this derby no one wants to lose. Additional Wolfsburg has to recover from their bad home performance with only 5 Points and 5 goals scored.

Werder Bremen - Borussia Dortmund

Interesting game here above all if you take a look at the squad. Bremen with some problems but also Dortmund. Bremen has not available Bargfrede, Grillitsch, Hajrovic and Junuzovic what is a big blow above all because many of these guys are normally in starting lineup if they are fit. On the other side Dortmund has no real striker left as with Aubameyang they have their top striker at the African Nations Cup and second striker Ramos would be sold in the next days to China. Therefore they have to change the system a bit and plays maybe with Schürrle or Götze up front. This is not the best way but they have to try it because of the mentioned situation. Also with Bürki and Bender they miss some but should be not the biggest problem at all. Some other players face some slight injuries as well but Coach Tuchel sit them on bench maybe. Important would be that defending chief Sokratis starts as the defensive without him is very shaky. He recover from injury and should be in starting lineup immediately.

- This encounter take place 96 times already and it was a very even one with 40-16-40.
- In the last matches Bremen could only win 1 of the last 10 and Dortmund showed their class.
- Bremen is without a lose in the last 5 BL games (2-3-0). The best run since 2 years now.
- Also they scored in all their last 15 BL games, this is the longest run in the league right now.
- At home they scored in the last 20 matches what is incredible good, of course.
- Dortmund was always down in the last 7 matches and they have to come from behind.
- They managed to lose only 1 of these games (2-4-1).
- Both teams have some problems in first half, what can be very important for OVER betting in 2nd.
- Bremen scored only 40% of their goals in 1st half while Dortmund had more problems 31,45%.
- BvB was not able to score a single goal between minute 31-45.
- Dortmund is very good in second half where they scored 24 goals .......

Normally this should be a very easy game for Dortmund but after the break you never know and the problems of both sides are there too. Bremen at home a good team also without the absent players and can push a lot with the fans in the back ..... AHC+1 looks tempting but if you prefer a safe bet you should wait until half time and take the OVER then. It can be easy money if they hold on with the goals in first half ..........

GL

Freitag, 2. Dezember 2016

FSV Mainz 05 - Bayern München

We have the next Round of 1.Bundesliga ahead and it will be started with Mainz and Bayern this Friday evening. Although Mainz was playing against Hertha on Sunday they have to play today again. No one know if this is a disadvantage for the small club who had to play a lot of matches recently. How much energy have the players left for the last month? This can be an important question for Coach Schmitt. If they do not want to get the second lose in a row they have to invest a lot and maybe bring more as 100%. The memories are good against Bayern because they beat them in March but can they do this for a second time?

The record is very bad against Munich at home. With only 2 wins they had not much to celebrate but lost already 7 times. Moreover they could not keep a clean sheet in all the matches against giant Bayern. This makes it more and more difficult to get a win but hope should be there according to their hope performances this Season. They were very successful in their Arena and could score in all matches so far at least 2 goals. As mentioned above the memories how to beat Bayern are fresh and there. In all matches against Bayern was Bungert involved if he stand in the starting lineup is doubtful as he fight for a place in central back with Bell. Beside the long term injured players like Muto, Berggreen and Serdar is Gbamin out for the match today according to his red card in last game. He may will be replaced from Frei in midfield. Some changes are possible in offensive too according to give some players a rest. Whom Schmitt allow this is not out yet.

Bayern was not in their best shape what two defeats showed and also the last game in Bundesliga against Leverkusen. It was hard work and a lot of luck too that they got the 3 Points. This let Ancelotti work a bit more relaxed but he has to deliver with his team after Leipzig overcome them in Bundesliga and took the lead. After 39 Rounds Bayern is not the leader in Bundesliga what is a big disaster for this big club. If they do not want to fall behind more and hold the pressure on RB Leipzig high they have to win and win, nothing else. A lot of hope is on key striker Lewandowski who scored twice in his last 3 meetings in Mainz. This is absolutely needed but the polish guy got not the right assists lately and therefore scored less. For this reason Coach Ancelotti plans with two new wings (Ribery / Robben) in the starting lineup. In this case Costa and Müller sit on the bench first. Also Vidal is ready again and should start from beginning on. This can move Kimmich on the bench (but Alonso stays in Munich what makes it possible that he starts again maybe) while Lahm take his normal position on back wing again. In central back is Boateng back from slight injury and also an option for Ancelotti. 

Freitag, 4. November 2016

Erzgebirge Aue - 1.FC Nürnberg

This encounter includes two teams which different form. Aue was not able to get more as 3 Points from the last 5 games (4 defeats) while Nürnberg coming in absolutely top shape with collecting 13 Points in the last 5 matches. They have done their work and are back in business after an horrible start. With the next win they can close the gap to the top more and more and with only 2 Points behind they can hope for more. On the other side needs Aue every Point to leave the danger zone. Therefore it can be a hard fight today.

Aue had good performances and invest a lot for their game play but they was not able to reward them for this they did. Therefore they have to less Points and the situation is not the best right now. After good games like to Dresden and KSC they can not continue the way they played and had to bear with some set backs. The last game was also good but they lost 2-6 to 1860 but this was only due to some mistakes from referee who turned this match to the other side. After falling down to relegation place 16 it is very hard to find good words also some problems with their attacker Köpke who could not train the last days and is a big doubt now. He scored already 6 goals and is very hard to replace because none in the squad is a real alternative to him here. Options are Wegner but he was injured for long time and not inform now, Toshev plays no role in Coach Dotchev’s system, in this case midfield player Adler or Nazarov must play in attack and replace Köpke there. All other players are ready, only long term injured players like keeper Männel, Bertram and Kluft. For this reason not many changes are expected as the team did a good job in Munich despite the lost game.

The start was nothing for Nürnberg and their big aims but after winning to Bielefeld they were able to start a good run and won 3 matches without conceding a single goal although the opponents were tough. Only in Cup and the last league match they were stopped. Nevertheless they want to continue the good results and coming closer to the top. The team looks much more balanced as to begin but have to replace some important guys now. Of course with Alushi, Margreitter and Parker are three players back in team training who were injured longer now but should be no option for the match in Aue. Also Erras is working on his comeback while new injured Matavz is out for some weeks now and let Coach Schwartz think a lot who can replace him. Instead of Matavz can Sylvestr or Teuchert play in attack but also Burgstaller is an option in 4-2-3-1 system. Also a 4-4-2 is possible with the named players. Additional not sure is if both missing players Bulthuis and Behrens from Monday can play or not. If the situation is getting better for Schwartz, if not he has to think about. In central midfield can play Leibold or Möhwald, central back Mühl. So he has some options as well.

Montag, 31. Oktober 2016

FC St. Pauli - 1.FC Nürnberg

The monday night game take place in Hamburg when St. Pauli hosts Nürnberg to finish Round 11. Both had Cup games against BL teams last week and both were not successful to advance. Nevertheless the form is more on Nürnberg’s side as on the home team from Coach Lienen. St. Pauli has big problems lately and they need results now if they want to come out of the bottom, to get some hope back. The winless run from 4 games (including Cup 5) is hard for a traditional strong home team and not expected as well while Nürnberg started an excellent winning streak and coming with 4 wins in a row to Hamburg.

The start was almost the same as the run now, they lost to begin 3 matches and started to collect Points as they won to Bielefeld, followed from two draws but then the negative run arrived again and is there yet. According to the weak performance against Sandhausen Lienen changed in Cup on 5 positions what was not so bad because most of them were in trouble. Because some of the starters were not available due to several reasons. In this case youngster Koglin gave his starting debut but should be out of the eleven this game again. Both key defenders Sobiech and Ziereis returned on Friday in team training and should be ready to start today. Also Heddenstad is back in training and a real option for the right back wing. For this reason Hornschuh is free for the central back if one of both mentioned defenders are not at 100%. Attacker Bouhaddouz and midfield player Kalla are still out while Sobota is a big doubt at the moment.

It was not the best start for Nürnberg and they were all a bit disappointed about but after they could turn the match around against Bielefeld they are on track and running from win to win. They have maybe the same run like last Season and Coach Schwartz find the right balance after being in cross fire of the supporters. The situation has changed and he can work relaxed now but of course has to deliver results. The aims are higher in Nürnberg as in Sandhausen. But before the Cup game some problems arrived because with starter Bulthuis and Möhwald were two players out injured, if they return is not sure yet. Also not sure is if midfield player Behrens can start after getting injured against Schalke in Cup. His shoulder is a big problem and allow no training so far. The situation is getting worse if all three can not play as Coach Schwartz has no real alternative then. Mühl plays in central back for Bulthuis then but can also play in central midfield. For this reason Leibold can move back in central midfield while Salli returns into the starting lineup since his red card against Union Berlin.

Samstag, 29. Oktober 2016

Bundesliga Informations for Saturday

FC Augsburg - Bayern München

- Bayern won 8 of the last 10 matches with Augsburg.
- Augsburg won twice against Bayern because both times they were already champion.
- Bayern is unbeaten since 18 BL matches (14-4-0).
- And did not lose a single road game in the last 13 (10-3-0).
- Augsburg conceded less goals as in all other Seasons after 8 BL games (11).
- Bayern scored in all their last 17 BL games at least one goal and has one of the best offense.
- They can look at 10 different Scorers this Season so far.
- Augsburg is winless since 3 BL games under new Coach Schuster (0-1-2).
- They won only 1 of the last 6 BL matches at home (1-2-3).


VfL Wolfsburg - Bayer Leverkusen

- Wolfsburg won 4 of the last 5 BL matches with Leverkusen.
- Only the last encounter on 1.April 2016 was lost ..... 0-3 in Leverkusen.
- At home VfL won all the last 6 BL games with Bayer and won 15 from 20 home games.
- The last defeat at home was in October 2010 with 2-3.
- Leverkusen scored in all their last 28 BL games at least 1 goal.
- The last time they end up goalless against VfL was in October 2002 when they lost 0-2.
- Since Season 2006/07 Bayer has the weakest start ever with only 10 Points after 8 Rounds.
- Both teams in some trouble, Wolfsburg winless at home, Leverkusen are out of form too.
- Wolfsburg won only 1 of the last 8 home games while Bayer lost 4 of the last 5 road games.


Werder Bremen - SC Freiburg

- Both clubs meet each other the 33. time this Saturday.
- Bremen could not win one of the last 3 home games with Freiburg (0-2-1).
- In 2016 Bremen conceded incredible 54 goals what is very weak, defensive problems, of course.
- They conceded in this Season already 21 goals what is one of the weakest numbers for them.
- Since they lost to Bayern 0-1 at October 2015 they always score at least one goal at home.
- Since 7 matches is Bremen winless against a newcomer in the league (0-3-4).
- The last win against a new promoted team was celebrated against Paderborn 4-0 two years ago.
- The first time since 20 years has Freiburg lost all the first 4 BL road games..
- The last time this happened was Freiburg relegated in the end.
- The only team who has also no Points on the road is Darmstadt 98 .......

Freitag, 28. Oktober 2016

Dynamo Dresden - Eintracht Braunschweig

The next Round is short ahead and leader Braunschweig can take advantage and expand their lead with a win. This can put additional pressure on all the teams behind but the game is not an easy one in Dresden. Home strong Dynamo is supported very huge in their own stadium although they had some problems lately. Nevertheless they want to move on and turn things around after the not expected Cup knock out to Arminia what was a bit unlucky anyway. They are going into this match to make amends for their fans and themselves too, therefore they should be very hot.

Newcomer Dresden had a really good start into the new Season with an unbeaten run from 5 matches what let them dream a lot but the next matches were not as expected. The derby to Aue was lost 0-3 what was incredible and the first shock above all for their fans. The next three matches they move on winless but they could stop the negative run to promotion candidate Stuttgart with 5-0 at home. Against Heidenheim 0-0 and Bielefeld in Cup they were not able to score sort of failing huge in front of the goal although the opportunities were there.  
Dresden’s Coach Neuhaus has not worries in front of the game to Braunschweig as he has all available and can choose from a lot. This means maybe that he move back all his changes he has made in Cup. Because the rotation was not from success and he needs to get back on track now. Müller, Lambertz and Kutschke were all rested in Cup and can start here again while Kreuzer, Hauptmann and Testroet sit on bench again. But it is not sure if last one is out of the starting lineup as he was able to produce a lot of dangerous situations, the only luck was not with him.

An incredible start for Braunschweig with 5 wins in league in a row, the only set back was the Cup knock out to Würzburg. They showed also that they can work with this and are on track immediately. If the Cup knock out or the 0-2 to Stuttgart they fall not in some crisis. They move on and continue their good way what is a great sign for the good spirit and strength in team this Season. From the last 4 matches could they win 3 and draw to Heidenheim, but all the victories were celebrated at home what is their main fortress. The matches were all close and they won all last 3 with a one goal margin. Nevertheless the team is much more prepared and know how to bring close games to a successful end. The experience from last Seasons are big and their trend are really positive ……
Due to the Cup knock out in first Round Eintracht had the whole week to prepare for Dresden and also could watch the game in Cup from Dresden. But Lieberknecht wants not to look about Dresden, he wants to see his team active and control the game as well. He can not count on long term injured players like Ofosu Ayeh, Biada and Abdullahi so far. To swallow a bitter pill has Moll who came from Dresden to Braunschweig and was really hot for the showdown with his old team but he saw the fifth yellow card against Fürth and is suspended today. This brings Coach Lieberknecht to think a lot as he has to build a new central part in midfield, maybe Boland can play there. In offense he has a lot more to choose and can rotate there anyway. Nyman had not the best day lately what let Lieberknecht think to move Hernandez in attack while Khelifi can play on the left wing in midfield. Also some other changes are possible ….

Montag, 24. Oktober 2016

1.FC Kaiserslautern - VfL Bochum

Important match for the home team above all not to lose too much Points to the teams ahead. With a win they can jump out of the red zone and get some light back. But with a lot of absent players they have to calculate with this regions in table what is not the best anyway. On the other side Bochum is looking to get closer to the top and maybe return into the promotion race in the upcoming weeks but there are wins needed immediately.

To begin they were only able to get 2 draws out of the first 5 Rounds, at Round 6 they could celebrate the first win but after this one it was going down again. With 3 defeats in a row and only 4 goals scored so far they are far away from best. For this reason they have to improve huge above all in their offensive play as they have the weakest offense so far. In the last 3 they did not score a single goal what made it impossible to get anything anyway. Additional they had not so much luck this Season and a lot of injuries let them fall in a deep crises. With Halfar, Mudjza and Pryzybylko they have 3 long term injured starters already and with Zoua is an important guy still injured with knee problems. The next bad news was the injury from midfield hope Kerk who gave his starting debut last Round but got injured this week in training. He is confirmed out for the rest of the year now. This means a lot of important players not available for Coach Korkut and therefore the offensive is suffering a lot without all this guys. With midfield player Ring was the next important player not available in Braunschweig last week and he is a big doubt again. No one know if he can start today after facing a back injury. The other doubtful players Pollersbeck, Heuback and Koch should be ready and start today. The next good news are that Gaus and Osawe are back in the squad after suspension and both can be in the starting lineup immediately according to the problems mentioned above.

Bochum’s start was average and they were not able to bring more stability in their play and performance so far what is seen in the results so far. After good matches they were not able to continue what let them back in the midfield although they had much more aims this Season. The injury worries arrived in Bochum as well and they can not count on following players … Fabian, Losilla, Stöger, Celozzi and also Gyamerah is out now. The youngster was on a good way to be a starter but the luck was not with him. Some changes can be made by Coach Verbeek compared to the last game while Cousane could not convince as back wing is Hoogland planned there this game. In central back move Dawidowicz into the starting lineup and complete the defensive line. If Cousane plays in central midfield then is more as open as he had not the best day against Sandhausen, in this case Wydra is the next option or alternative there.

Samstag, 22. Oktober 2016

Bayern München - Bor. M'Gladbach

The classic from former years is coming back more and more as with Bayern and Gladbach hosts two top sides each other. It was always a big game in the 70s and a very close and hot one as well. Both teams were big rivals at this time but the way from both clubs were different in recent years. Nevertheless this is the top match of the Round and will be played on Saturday evening.

A lot of trouble in Munich above all after failing to win in all 3 last matches (Bundesliga). Above all Rummenigge was not amused about the performance and attitude of the team against Frankfurt and he said that this was not Bayern Munich worthy. He wants to see a reaction in all competitions, also Coach Ancelotti was not very pleased about the performance in Frankfurt. This is the first time since years that this happened and they are not happy with the team. Under Guardiola all was well and they are working like machines, Ancelotti gave them to much tolerance maybe. He wants to change some of this and want to see a reaction, of course. This was already there under the week when they were able to win the CL match against PSV Eindhoven with 4-1. This was already a statement again and they were absolutely dominating the game in the first 40 minutes but showed also some weakness in defense. Although they are firing from all guns they lead only 2-1 at half time. A much higher result was possible but they wasted too much. Maybe they are back on track now and showed that the strength is still there what was a real sign for the Bundesliga anyway. According to the strong performance it is not far away that the same starting lineup get the next chance but with a lot to choose from he can change always short before the game, of course.

The team from Gladbach has a lot of problems on the road, they were not able to win a single match in Bundesliga this Season so far. At home it is different they won 3 of 4 and were very close at the last one too but they missed two penalties what was absolutely incredible. Of course such matches happen where nothing work although they had a lot of opportunities to win. Despite the bad result the moral was there and they showed a real good match in Glasgow against Celtic where it is not easy to get anything but they won 2-0 there. Both lame duck Hahn and Stindl (shot the penalties against HSV) scored the goals in this game and made some compensation. With this win they are back in business in CL and can hope for more now, all depends on the upcoming matches. Nevertheless this should gave them self confidence for the game in Munich as well. Coach Schubert is still unbeaten in all 4 last games against Bayern. He won 3-1 and draw in Munich last Season …….
If he can continue this depends on how good can Gladbach replace a lot of missing players. They were able to compensate this in Glasgow already but the second time this week it would be a hard one because with 3 times winless Bayern is coming a hard nut now. It may stand the same starting lineup on the pitch as in Glasgow, only Raffael is maybe an option but not sure yet. If Hermann move out of the starting lineup but they try to risk not to much with him after injury.

Freitag, 21. Oktober 2016

VfB Stuttgart - 1860 München

In this encounter are two teams involved which both are running behind their expectations. Both received hard defeats last weekend and they are looking forward for better times right now. VfB lost really incredible against Dresden 0-5 while 1860 got a harsh 1-3 defeat in their home stadium. For this reason Stuttgart fall down to Place 6 and the absolutely top favorite for promotion has a lot of work to do if they want to be able to be in the race until the end, although they are only 2 Points behind Place 2. Today’s opponent has much more problems despite a good start because the last 5 games were nothing. Only 1 Point they got out of these games and they are back where they were already last Season but never want to be. Therefore it can be the next hard Season after dreaming from 1.Bundesliga after the first Rounds.

Stuttgart started an average start and after only 6 Points after 4 Rounds Coach Luhukay left, interim Coach Janßen did a good job but they signed unknown young Coach Wolf. With Janßen and Wolf they could go 3-1-0 but the weekend showed an incredible downtrend what makes Wolf a bit stunned right now. He need results according to the position they are at the moment. He claims that this should not happen again but looking forward as well and said that the team want to show a much better side this time. He is very positive about the performance for the 1860 game and believe in success here.
Changes may are not possible about the situation in squad right now, Hosagai is out with a broken toe while Terodde returns and should be in the starting lineup immediately after the alternative with Mane as striker failed in Dresden, although he was the man at home against Fürth. Some changes in team are possible where Asano can play right offensive while Großkreutz move back and play instead of Klein there. Additional can Özcan start on an offensive position while Zimmermann moves back and play the open position in midfield (Hosogai is missing).

To begin it was all well in Munich and all are dreaming because of 7 Points out of 4 matches buth with the unlucky defeat to Union 1-2 the trend is going more and more down. Of course they were able to get a deserved 2-2 against St. Pauli but the upcoming 3 matches were all lost with 1-7 goals (Hannover, Würzburg, Düsseldorf). Above all the last game gave a lot of concern about the performance and attitude of the team. If they continue like this it is very hard to avoid any worst case.
Coach Runjaic trying a lot this week with training behind closed doors and so on. He gave also not many information about his team before the game in Stuttgart. The only one was that Rodnei will start as central back and that Boenisch is not ready to be in the squad as he face a slight injury. Additional there are not many options to change anything according to the full injury list with 9 players. Therefore they have to wait till many of the players return above all Aigner is a key factor for the play from 1860. Both Rodnei and Andrade showed some better performances after coming in against Düsseldorf what put them in a good position to start. First one was already mentioned from Runjaic …… Two youngster can be in the squad as well with Jakob and Weber according to the bad situation with injured players at the moment. Nevertheless this match is very important for the team and also for the Coach, if they get the next defeat it would be hard to hold Runjaic as he has nothing what speaks for him then.

Montag, 17. Oktober 2016

Eintracht Braunschweig - 1.FC Kaiserslautern

Leader Eintracht Braunschweig hosts bottom side 1.FC Kaiserslautern to end up Round 9. The home side wants to continue their good start with 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat while Kaiserslautern wants to leave the danger zone. Because they are not very pleased with the current 16. Place.

It was an incredible start for Braunschweig with 5 wins in a row but they could not hold it anymore and lost deserved 0-2 against Stuttgart. Nevertheless they got back on track and won to Düsseldorf and showed that they can react on a lost game. But overall the form is looking a bit down as they were very close to concede the second defeat in Heidenheim but were able to draw this game before the break. Now after two weeks preparing for the next matches they should be more fresh and have reload their batteries what can help anyway. 
Coach Lieberknecht can count on almost the same guys who stand on the pitch in Heidenheim, only Biada got injured in team training this week. This means that maybe Schönfeld returns into the starting lineup and the system can be a 4-4-2. Additional it can be that he changes some more as he has a strong squad and a lot to choose from. With Correia and Baffo are two guys very close to the starting eleven and also in offensive he has with Hernandez a good option too. The attack will be build with Nyman and Kumbela. Overall he will think what is the best against this opponent and decides …….

The start was not as expected and they had only 2 Points on their account after 5 Rounds, the atmosphere was getting better after the first win to Dresden at home but they could not confirm it in the next matches. With 0-3 against Heidenheim and bottom team Bielefeld 0-0 they are back to old style. Therefore it can be very important for them how they come out of the break.
The sitatuion in squad is not the best according to their long injury list because with Halfar, Jacob, Przybylko and Mudjza are still 4 starters not available. Also Osawe is not in the squad after his suspension from the club due to some ridiculous behavior. A big doubt is additional behind Zoua who may face a late test if he can play or not. It would be important to have him in the squad otherwise Görtler is the only option in attack for today.
Last but not least miss midfield player Gaus with suspension this game because he was sent off against Bielefeld. A lot of hope they have to all the ill players from last week. With Heubach, Ziegler, Moritz and Koch they had 4 players who did not train due to the mentioned reason above. According to all the bad news now some good one ….. with Ewerton they have one player ready who can start the first time today and help to get more stability in defense while second one Kerk can help to leverage the offensive play.

Samstag, 15. Oktober 2016

Bor. M'Gladbach - Hamburger SV

HSV has nothing to celebrate this Season so far, today?
This encounter should be a clear thing on paper but it can be very different anyway. Gladbach was doing really well at home and won all three of their games in their stadium while Hamburg had not much to earn on the road and lost all 3 matches so far. But they have hope to turn things around above all after new Coach Gisdol could work two weeks with the team now and also the good results against Gladbach from last Season.

It looks like that Gladbach has two different teams or two faces. One at home where they are running from win to win and one on the road where they could only earn 1 Point so far. They were absolute harmless in second half against Schalke and lost deserved 0-4. It was maybe the change from Coach Schubert in half time because he take an eye on more offensive power and replaced defender Vestergaard with captain and midfield player Stindl which took them in much danger in defense. According to stats was Vestergaard one of the best players from Gladbach with the most ball action and most won duels man vs. man.  Therefore they are very happy that they play at home and hope that they can continue the run there.
Compared to the last away game Schubert maybe changes twice. He field both rested players Stindl and Wendt who replace Johnson and Vestergaard. This means that Christiansen move into the middle while Wendt take his preferred position on the wing. In offensive is Stindl back in team as mentioned above and he should be needed as with Raffael is an important offensive player not available again. Also Hazard returned with some knee problems from national team and is still a doubt. If he must pass Herrmann can be the first option to replace him. Up front plays Hahn who is very hot against his former club.

According to stats and all the last games speaks not much for Hamburg here but they have some hope. After the 1-1 to begin of the Season against Ingolstadt at home they were not able to collect a single Point. They got 5 defeats in a row and running very vulnerable from week to week and hope for better times. Also Coach Gisdol was not able to turn things around in his first game as HSV Coach and they lost to Hertha 0-2. They showed not much in this game although a reaction was expected from the team with the new man on the sideline. 
When they need some extra motivation they should watch the vidos from both games from last Season, because they won both, 3-0 on the road and 3-2 at home. According to news has Coach Gisdol some problems with his personal and he must changes some compared to the last game. Captain and head of the defense Djourou got injured in team training under the week and is out, for him can play Cleber beside Spahic in central back. The next doubt is behind attacker Wood who returned slight injured from national team. If he can not play Gregoritsch can be the first option in offense. Up front should get Lasogga the next chance and he should help with his power to score some goals. It would be very interesting to see what Gidsol has worked out with his team in the two weeks now.

Freitag, 14. Oktober 2016

Borussia Dortmund - Hertha BSC Berlin

After the international break Bundesliga is starting this Friday evening again. The first encounter is an top class between third Borussia Dortmund and second Hertha BSC Berlin which both could win 4 of their first 6 matches. This can be an important one for Dortmund if they do not want to lose the contact to leader Bayern Munich total.

After the second defeat against Leverkusen 0-2 before the break a lot of trouble about Coach Tuchels statements that most of the opponents playing to aggressive against them and make a lot of tackles and fouls. This is why they have a lot of problems and also a lot of injured players. But this happened against a team who has too much advantage against smaller clubs. What would Bayern say, they have the problem for years now. Are they already moaning in Dortmund about this?
One of the positive aspects is that long term injured Reus returns into team training this week but he is not ready for this game as he was away too long now. He should get back to his full fitness in the next weeks and they know that he needs the time and Tuchel wants to give him this at least. But overall after the actual situation they hope that he recover soon. But it is more the defensive who have a lot of missing player now. Both Bender and Subotic are still out longer but with Sokratis they have one more on the list. This means that Bartra who has some problems lately must start although he is not ready yet. Additional returned both back wings Guerreiro and Pisczek injured from their national teams. A lot of important guys out in defensive right now what makes Tuchel not very happy. He has to build up a new defensive line. With Schmelzer and Passlack he has two guys for both wings ready. In offensive he can count on the good playing guys …..

After Hertha knocked out of the Europe League qualy against Bröndby most of the experts were thinking of a hard Season for them but it was all different right now. The team from Berlin is doing very good so far and staying straight behind Bayern Munich what is a big success so far. But in this case we should mentioned what teams they have played so far ….. with Freiburg, Ingolstadt, Hamburg, Frankfurt and weak Schalke none of the top teams …. Only Bayern Munich and there they lost very easy 0-2 and looked really helpless. This is the next big test now against the second big team in Bundesliga. Overall a hard game for them, could they not win much in Dortmund lately.
Hertha arrive in Dortmund also with some problems as they miss the head of their play Darida in midfield who his one of the most important player. Also Pekarik is still not available, he starts running this week again but is no option for this game. A big doubt is Swiss guy Lustenberger who face an injury. If he can start it should be the same lineup in defensive as at least but if not? This means Stark move forward to central midfield while Brooks comes in for the central back positon then. In offensive it can be that Kalou’s chance is getting bigger to get some minutes now. He is fully fit now also mental wise what let him be a real option for Coach Dardai. In this case Haraguchi must on bench but this should not the case for this game as he returned with a lot of self confidence and very motivated from national team where he scored a goal (Australia 1-1).

Samstag, 1. Oktober 2016

Infos BL-Matches for Saturday

Bayern München - 1.FC Köln

- Attention Bayern !!! Only against Bremen more defeats 26 as against Cologne 23 in BL history.
- At home they lost 9 times to Cologne what is incredible for them.
- But the last 6 games in Munich were all won from Bayern with 18-2 goals.
- They were able to win the 5 matches to begin a Season the 10. time.
- Next home match for Bayern, next top match. After Hertha, now Cologne .....
- Cologne is unbeaten in 10 of their last BL matches (only Bayern 15 longer).
- Last time Cologne was so good placed was in August 1989 in front of the game in Munich.
- But the last time they had such a good position lost they easy 1-5 in Munich.



Hertha BSC Berlin - Hamburger SV

- Hertha won 5 of their last 6 matches against Hamburg.
- Only the match in March 2016 was lost with 0-2 but this happened in Hamburg.
- In all their 5 wins Hertha could keep a clean sheet against Hamburg.
- Against no other team Hertha celebrated so many victories as against Hamburg 21.
- They scored in incredible high of 65 goals against HSV so far.
- With 10 Points after 5 matches Hertha has the second best start in their BL history this time.
- On the other side HSV has with 1 Point after 5 matches their club negative record this Season.
- Bruno Labbadia was sucked and new Coach Gisdol is on bench for the first time today.
- Since 2010 had HSV 13 Coaches so far what speaks not much for stability on this position.



SC Freiburg - Eintracht Frankfurt

- Both teams meet each other the 25. time now.
- Frankfurt was able to get an average from 1,5 Points against Freiburg what is the second best value.
- Only against SV Darmstadt 1,7 Points they have an higher average.
- In the 24 matches so far there were only 3 draws between these teams.
- 11 time won Frankfurt, 10 times won Freiburg ..... very even outcome overall.
- In the last 7 BL matches Eintracht was only able to get 1 win (1-3-3).
- This was in September 2009 with 2-0.
- 3 defeats on the road and 2 wins at home is the actual outcome for Freiburg this Season.
- If the streak continues SCF is set for the win today but it would be a tough match anyway.
- Frankfurt is unbeaten since 3 matches, 4 times managed they at least last Season between Round 2-5.

Freitag, 30. September 2016

1.FC Nürnberg - Union Berlin

Both teams were expected in the upper half but only Union did the job with 14 Points so far while Nürnberg disappointed a lot this Season. They celebrated their first win last weekend what is far away from good and with only 5 Points they are on Place 16 and in danger right now. They need to bring all their power on the pitch to get out of the trouble as soon as possible otherwise it would be a very tough Season for them.
To begin with 2 draws and a lucky advance in Cup they were not really on track but the upcoming 4 matches were all lost what made the situation in Nürnberg very explosive. The last match was not well too as they started with a missed penalty, fall behind but managed to get the win in the end what was very important for Coach Schwartz.
For Union it was different, they had problems to begin with getting only 2 draws but were able to get back on track with 4 wins in a row. This latest victories let them get a lot of self confidence and they are coming to Nürnberg with a lot of motivation and believe in their strength that they can walk on and end up an excellent September month.

It is not far away that Coach Schwartz is still in need for positive results according to the situation there. They started the positive trend last weekend but they have to continue this way otherwise it would be very hard for him to work without any pressure there. According to the news are not many changes expected that he wants to count on the same lineup as in Bielefeld but with Leipold they have one guy doubtful. If he can play he is the man maybe on the back wing while Sepsi showed a good performance after he came in and is a real option too. Leipold’s normal position is the offensive wing but there plays Burgstaller right now after Schwartz change the system to 4-1-3-1 with Matavz as lone striker. Burgstaller showed a real uptrend what can be key for the team as he can lead the other guys with his excellent fighting spirit. Not available are important key players like keeper Schäfer, defender Margreitter, midfied player Alushi and Erras.

After the good run from Union Coach Keller has not reasons to changes his successful team but he has a lot of good options in hand as well what let him think about. This is may to hold the quality high in training and also to show the players that they are all needed. Top striker Quaner was out with muscle problems against St. Pauli what allow Hosnier to start and he scored the leading goal what was self advertising of course but Quaner maybe returns this evening. In this case Coach Keller has to decide between his two top strikers whom he let start. On the left offensive wing Redondo could convince in recent matches what put him in a great position while new signing Hedlung must wait for his chance on this position. He is on bench again despite his fitness has improved and should be at 100% now.

Mittwoch, 28. September 2016

Atletico Madrid - Bayern München

Time for revenge? After the 0-1 last CL Season in Vicente Calderon Bayern Munich want to do better this time. According to their squad they can count on players which were not available last Season like Ribery and Robben but what players Ancelotti field is more as open as he has a lot to choose from.

To begin of the CL Season Atletico had a lot of problems with PSV Eindhoven but won in the end and this is what only count anyway. In LaLiga they are unbeaten so far and showed that their form is excellent when they got a 1-1 draw in Barcelona. The last match was very close but they could win 1-0 to LaCoruna and hold the contact to the top places. But according to news they got two players injured in this encounter what makes Coach Simeone not very happy. Both defender Gimenez and midfield player Fernandez are injured now and they miss the match with Bayern today. But both replacements played already last Season against Bayern as they had to replace some players as well. Savic in defence had an excellent day there and also Saul Niguez who scored the winning goal. He will start beside Gabi in central midfield again. The most important player Griezman is ready to play and he scored already 5 times this Season additional he got a great partner in attack with Gameiro (came from FC Sevilla) who scored also 2 goals so far. Both are working excellent together and can make a lot of trouble for Bayern’s defense.

After the late win in Hamburg Bayern got some good news on Monday because defender Hummels stands on the pitch and could train after he must left the field injured on Saturday. This means that all the top guns in defensive are ready but this can be a problem for Ancelotti as he has 3 great defenders for 2 places. One of the three Boateng, Hummels and Martinez sit on bench. It can be that Boateng is the one after his injury as he is not at 100% while Martinez is in great form and can not be out of the starting lineup. The wings are field with inform Ribery who was the difference in Hamburg game after he came in and on the other side with Müller. Robben is planned as joker then what should be a good choice at the end of the game. In central midfield they have a lot of players ready like Alonso, Thiago, Kimmich and Vidal. One of the 4 named guys must on bench. It is very open whom Ancelotti sit on bench as all are in good shape and have a lot of potential to help the team.

Dienstag, 27. September 2016

Borussia Dortmund - Real Madrid

This is the absolutely top match in Group F when Borussia Dortmund hosts Real Madrid in CL this evening. Real has not the best remembrance of Borussia as they lost the last meeting there. Overall they are not so successful if they have to play on German ground anyway.

It looks like that Dortmund is more prepared and competitive in all competitions this Season, also they are unbeaten 2016 at home what is a very good statement anyway. After the goal festivals against Legia, Darmstadt and Wolfsburg they had a bit problems with newcomer Freiburg but won in the end easy and deserved 3-1. This was exactly the match Tuchel wants to have as most of the crowd around the club are high flying with they expectations on them. This was absolutely key to get back on earth for some of them and was maybe a little bit of warning before the big match. In all latest games Coach Tuchel rotated a lot and it was not really to see which player are absolutely key in his system as they have 21 even players this Season in squad. This gives him a lot of options and the opponents do not know what they have to expect additional. With Real is the biggest opponent in town and of course all players are really hot to start but it will be very interesting to see what players impressed Tuchel in the last weeks that he gives them the possibility to start. Some doubt are behind Ramos, Aubameyang and Bartra according to the latest news but against Real Madrid they do all to start. A option can be Schürrle after his injury as he is back in team training and should be in the squad today. After the good start in CL against Legia they want to get something against Real of course too. They can count on their home strength and on the great atmosphere in Signal Iduna Park as well.

The defending Champion Real Madrid had a hard start into the CL league Season with a late win to Sporting at home. They had a lot of problems in this match and it looked more that Sporting win this one but with two late goals they turned the match in their way although it was not very deserved. After this match Real had a lot of problems in league too and could only get 2 draws against Villareal and Las Palmas. They are not in the form they had to the end of last Season. This is maybe according to the injury of some important players but nevertheless they did not lose a single game this Season anyway. Therefore we are having to much expectations on the team maybe. But if they want to get something in Dortmund where they never could win, they have to improve their performance from last matches. According to the last result in Dortmund they should be warned anway (3-2-0). To begin they managed two draws but the last three matches are all lost. Not available for Coach Zidane are Marcelo, Casemiro and maybe Pepe who face a knee injury.

Samstag, 24. September 2016

1.Bundesliga Round 5 - Infos

FSV Mainz 05 - Bayer Leverkusen

- Both teams meet each other 20 times in BL and it is even with 8-4-8.
- If Bayer Leverkusen takes the lead in this match, then they are almost set for the win (10x = 8 wins).
- Since Martin Schmidt is on the sideline Mainz is without a win in 5 home games the first time now.
- The last time this happened was under Coach Tuchel where they had the same 5 matches run.
- The win in 6th game was against Bayer Leverkusen 1-0, maybe a good sign for today.
- Leverkusen can concede the 3th defeat in a row on the road was is a negative high for them.



Bor. M'Gladbach - FC Ingolstadt 04

- Both meet each other only last Season and Gladbach could not win and score a single goal (0-0 0-1)
- Ingolstadt was able to end up the run from Schubert who was on a 6 games winning streak.
- This happened with a 0-0 what was really deserved because Ingolstadt was very aggressiv.
- The last 9 home games were all won from Gladbach, longest run 1987 with 11 BL matches.
- Since Schubert is on the sideline Gladbach lost only 1 home game to Dortmund 1-3.
- In their last 17 home games they could collect 46 Points out what is even with giant Bayern.
- FCI is winless since 9 BL games (0-2-7) what is a new record in their club history now.
- They conceded in all these games at least 1 goal what would be not surprise against this offense today.
- The last win was celebrated also against Gladbach with 1-0 but at home.



Hamburger SV - Bayern München

- Bayern won 61 from 102 BL games with Hamburg and scored 231 goals in these - BL record !!!
- The last win from Hamburg against Bayern was 2009 with 1-0, exactly 7 years ago.
- Who was the Coach for Hamburg? Do know them anyone? Of course Bruno Labbadia.
- With the 4th win against Hertha Bayern has a new BL start record in history. 12 Points +13 goals.
- Bayern is very hard to beat at "Wiesn Time", the last club who was able to get a Point - HSV.
- Since this happened won Bayern all his 11 BL games to this time.
- Hamburg was the club with the lowest outcome of Points in 2016 with only 20 !!!
- HSV was only able to get two more Points as Stuttgart but they are already in 2.BL (4 games less).



Werder Bremen - VfL Wolfsburg

- Bremen lost 6 of the last 7 matches to Wolfsburg but the most important one was won last Season.
- With 3-2 at home they put them in a good position in relegation battle what was almost key for them.
- If Bremen and Wolfsburg meet each other on Saturday evening, 4 times VfL won.
- In BL history lost Bremen the first time all 4 matches to begin of a Season.
- Also the 14 goals against them was a new high for them.
- VfL did not conceded since 282 minutes on the road, in the last 3 without conceding.
- Both home matches were lost from Bremen despite a 1-0 half time lead with 1-2.
- It is also new that Bremen lose home games to begin of the Season, never happened before.



Freitag, 23. September 2016

Borussia Dortmund - SC Freiburg

After 17 goals in the last 3 games Borussia Dortmund is aiming for the next goal festival. They are absolutely inform at the moment and whoever stands on the pitch for them all is well balanced and they work excellent together. It can be the next big show from BvB as the opponent from Freiburg looked a bit shake in the defensive work above all the young defensive central back was not always ahead of the action and this can be a real problem against fast playing Borussia, of course. Although they won to HSV 1-0 it was lucky because they allowed too much and Dortmund is using this opportunities all.

With 6-0 against Legia in CL, 6-0 against Darmstadt at home and 5-1 in Wolfsburg where they gave a real statement of their strength this Season. Above all Guerreiro and Dembele showed a lot of their potential and were absolutely ahead of all actions. Both youngsters are already well integrated and this is maybe key that they can deliver such performances every week.  Almost all have really fun to play in this actual good performing team. The only blow for Dortmund so far is that defending chief Barta got injured against Wolfsburg and should be out for this game, if he is fit he will be rested anyway due to the upcoming CL match against Real Madrid next week. With Ginter they have a good replacement for him and he made his job if he was needed so far. Therefore no quality lose for them as they have 21 even players this Season what is the next step for BvB this Season. Tuchel mentioned already that Götze, Aubameyang and Castro for Pulisic are sure in the starting lineup what looks like he wants to field almost his strongest lineup against promoted Freiburg. In central midfield can Rode play instead of Weigl but nothing special anyway. The history against Freiburg is very positive and they won the last 10 matches all while scoring always 3 or more in the last 5 home games against SCF.

With 6 Points out of 4 matches was Freiburg very successful to begin of the Season above all as newcomer. The only problem both victories were celebrated at home, on the road they were not able to get something so far. Coach Streich is not thinking to changes much against such a powerful playing team like Dortmund at the moment. He counts on the same defensive lineup as against Hamburg and field only a 4 men defensive line instead of 5. In this case Höfler plays again in central back while Abrashi takes the central midfield position from Höfler. Both did his job against Hamburg so why should I change said Streich. He believe in his eleven from last game what allow Petersen no hopes to move into the team because he needs physical strong players who run and work a lot against fast playing BvB. He is therefore only an option at the end of the match maybe. For Stenzel it is a special match as he is on loan from Dortmund and can make some self advertising here with a good performance what can be difficult if he must play against Guerreiro.

Mittwoch, 21. September 2016

Bayern München - Hertha BSC Berlin

Top match of Round 4 take place in Munich when Bayern hosts Hertha BSC on Wednesday evening. Both teams won all their 3 matches so far and stand on top of the table, therefore one team lose the first Points, of course. In the past 31 matches in Munich Hertha was not much successful because they won only 2 of these games. The last 10 were all lost anyway and they could score only 4 goals in these matches what makes it a big task for them although they have nothing to lose and played very stable in the first 3 matches what can maybe let them hope for more this time.

The last home game was not the best from Bayern and they were a bit lucky as well although the better class has decide the match in the end. Without some important players they had to play against Ingolstadt what was seen in their style of play and also the space they gave Ingolstadt for counter attacks. In this match they have to come from behind but they managed this job above all keeper Neuer saved them many times. He was the best player on the pitch for Bayern where new signing Sanches is far away right now. He had again a lot of problems in midfield and need some time to know all processes better.  After 5 matches without conceding a goal in all competitions Bayern conceded first time this Season. According to news can there be some changes from Ancelotti because some of the ill players are back and can move into the starting eleven again.
With Lahm, Alaba and Hummels they have still ill players which are not 100% ready but should be on bench (Coach Ancelotti said in an interview that he decides if he put one or two of them in the starting lineup or not), only Müller returns for sure, also Boateng can give his debut as starter. In this case the following changes are possible, Boateng comes in for central back, Kimmich moves forward and takes Sanches position according to his weak performance against FCI while Müller plays on the wing for Coman who had also a bad day lately. In attack all hopes are on Lewandowski of course.

Big surprise in Berlin as they could win all their matches in BL what makes the best start in their BL history possible. They won the last two games with 2-0 what allow them to travel with a lot of self confidence to Munich. Keeper Jarstein concedes only 1 goals, same like Neuer and he hopes that his defensive line can hold the pressure stand for yet another surprise. But it is not all well in Berlin above all after the big injury from one of their key players Darida who got injured against Schalke and is out for weeks now. This missing hurts Coach Dardai a lot, was he the man with the most distance he run every game. A real worker what is needed in team which both replacement candidates are not like. With Stocker and Kalou Coach Dardai is thinking about but they are really different to Darida. In this case this miss can be a key puzzle for Hertha BSC. All the other positions remain the same like last game as with Brooks (defender) they have one guy who is not ready yet.