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.

Dienstag, 20. September 2016

VfL Wolfsburg - Borussia Dortmund

Great match between two good teams expected this evening. Dortmund coming from two excellent wins (both 6-0) to Wolfsburg where they could score 12 goals in 3 days. It looks like that they have found the offensive power after having some problems to begin of the Season. Also it is not important which players stands on the pitch as the squad is big and well balanced this Season what can be key in the upcoming weeks. With Wolfsburg they face one of the three teams which could keep a clean sheet in all 3 BL matches so far. The offensive power is still not there in Wolfsburg but they are working on it and want to hurt Dortmund, of course.

Although both central defenders Dante and Naldo left the club they have found their form in defense very early. Maybe key is that Bruma has a lot of experience and plays really great so far, if beside Knoche or Wollscheid he is head of the defensive line and organize very well. Also back wing Rodriguez who wants to leave the club as well has found back to his normal form and gave the team more stability and also options for the offensive play with his crosses into the box. Despite the good defensive play, the offensive has still to improve above all national player Gomez wasted a lot against 1899 last Saturday. He said that he still need some time but he feels on a good way and sooner or later he will score and help the team.  Nevertheless with 5 Points they started well although they scored only in first game but was close in last anyway. Against Cologne they had a weaker performance and did hard at home. Maybe it is better if they can play away from home when they get more space but this will be there against Dortmund at home anyway too. Both missed players Gustavo and Didavi are back and ready for Dortmund. This gives Hecking additional options, if he changes maybe Arnold and Caligiuri must back on bench.

After the good CL match in Warschau 6-0 rotated Tuchel in his starting lineup a lot. Nevertheless the quality was there again and they overcome Darmstadt very easy 6-0 again. Now he has to think about the starting lineup again and it is not sure with what eleven he wants to play against Wolfsburg. With Pulisic and Castro he had two players with excellent performance, who both scored as well. If both sit on bench or can start is open. The players who was only on bench like Aubameyang, Rode and Götze are all expected in starting lineup this time. Aubameyang replace Ramos in attack of course, Rode can take the part from Weigl in central midfield while Götze can be an option for the middle or wing. Schmelzer got slight injured against Darmstadt and can be rested here while Guerreiro plays at left back wing this time. Reus and Bender are still out and no option, Schürrle is close to come back but he is only on bench then after his knee injury anyway. Both matches last Season could Dortmund decide for them and they hope to continue this run.

VfB Stuttgart - Eintracht Braunschweig

Heads up, who will win?
Wow what a great start into the Season from Braunschweig with 5 wins in a row. No one has expect this but they are on top and it would be hard to get them away from there in the next weeks. Too good and stable they are at the moment what makes it very difficult to beat them right now. Of course Stuttgart wants to be the first team to get something against the leader but they have to improve their home performance big.
I wrote already a lot on the weekend about VfB and I do not want to repeat all but some sentences should be mentioned. Start was average with some luck and they are on an up and downtrend right now. After Coach Luhukay left the club due to some problems with Manager Schindelsmeiser the situation is going to be better for some players above all Maxim and Takuma Asano who both were not the favorites for Coach Luhukay but their skills are needed if Stuttgart want to be successful. It was seen that both improved the play a lot in Kaiserslautern and they will also in the future. Interim Coach Janßen celebrated an important win with VfB in Kaiserslautern and let the hope come back to Stuttgart that they are able to get the promotion job done.
Eintracht from Braunschweig started incredible good with 5 wins in the league, the only light shock was the Cup knock out against Würzburger Kickers after extra time. Nevertheless they build up a very good and strong squad for this Season and the problems from last Seasons are gone, it looks like that they are a real competitor for promotion this Season. The last time they started with 5 wins was 2012/13 and in the end they were promoted what they would subscribe of course now.

After the win Janßen will not changes much as they have done 4 changes before the game against FCK and it was successful what he did. It may can be his last two games on the sideline as head coach as next week they want to present the new head coach in Stuttgart. Although some names are named but nothing official right now. The team has to concentrate them on the game anyway and see what happened. The second half was much better in Kaiserslautern what let some think about a system change from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 with Maxim behind lone striker Terodde. Also Großkreutz can start on right back wing while inform Asano play on the left back wing. Both should be push a lot over the wings and put some pressure on Eintracht’s defense.

It is not expected that Coach Lieberknecht change his successful team although he had done it before the game to Sandhausen and it was a big surprise but afterwards it was a great idea from him because with Nyman he let an inform player start and this guy reward the Coach with the leading goal. The other guy was rested Khelifi who was only on bench against Aue but started this time. Hernandez and Biada rotated out of the lineup for both mentioned above and sit on bench. It can change this time again, you never know what Lieberknecht plans as he has a very good squad available with a lot of options this Season. This make them more and more unpredictable for the opponents what is a big advantage for them. This can lead in a very good and successful Season anyway. 

Sonntag, 18. September 2016

1.Bundesliga Sunday matches

The last two games of Round 3 includes 2 European League starters with Mainz and Schalke, Hertha was a candidate as well but did not manage the qualification against Bröndby. Both home teams are rested well and could prepare for the encounter while the other two teams played on Thursday. Mainz at home what should not be a big problem at all while Schalke stayed in Nice and travelled directly to Berlin on Saturday. If this can be a too big problem we will see but S04 is without a Point in the league and they are very hot after winning the game in Nice to get the Season started now.

We saw a lot of home wins in the 7 matches of Round 3 and also a lot of goals too. This means that these two matches can produce less goals and also the away teams can earn something on this sunday. Overall I favor the under and also the away side in both but lets take a quick look on some stats too.

FC Augsburg - FSV Mainz 05

- FCA could win only 1 time in 8 attempts to Mainz (1-2-5).
- The only win they could celebrate on Matchday 11 2013/14 2-1 at home.
- Since 5 matches is Mainz unbeaten against FCA (4-1-0).
- Only against Freiburg Mainz has a better run as against FCA right now.
- But Mainz could win only 1 of the last 8 BL matches (3-1 to Stuttgart / Round 33 - 15/16).
- In this period they played 4 times draw and lost 3 matches.
- After the first win Coach Schuster field the same lineup as in Bremen, only Caiuby is out injured.
- For him one of the new signed players Usami or Schmid can get a chance today.
- FCA at home still goalless, but they are doing very hard to score anyway.

Hertha BSC Berlin - FC Schalke 04

- The last duel won Hertha 2-0 although S04 was unbeaten in 14 before (12-2-0).
- Hertha started with 2 wins in a row into the Season what is a new club record for them.
- Never before they could start with 2 wins in a row, if they won the first match, they failed in 2nd.
- This is the 9. time that Schalke started with two defeats in a row in a new Season.
- Since 1988 it happened the 2nd time, first time was 2010/11 under Coach Magath - 4 defeats in a row.
- Schalke could not score in their 2 BL matches so far but conceded already 3.
- Hertha with an excellent start but also with some luck against Freiburg, winning goal 95. minute.
- Some rotations is possible for the starting lineup from S04 after the EL game in Nice.
- Hertha can count on the same lineup as in Ingolstadt, only defender Brooks is doubtful.

Arminia Bielefeld - Hannover 96

An interesting match between these two clubs, Bielefeld still winless this Season is suffering for the first win while Hannover has to look that they get not too much in trouble after getting only 1 Point from the last two matches what makes it more difficult in promotion battle if this run continues.
The start was average with 0-0 to KSC, then 0-1 in Munich to 1860 and a lucky Cup win against lower division team from Essen. Ok, they mean that they on a good way but after taking the lead 3-1 against Union at home they are too regardless and played only 4-4 in the end. The last game was close but they lost due to a late goal 1-2 what was really deserved against St. Pauli.
It was almost a rocket start for Hannover with 4-0 to FCK, 3-1 to Fürth and the Cup 3-2 after extra time against lower division team from Offenbach. All thinking they are on the right way but against Bochum 1-1 it was a light downtrend and after the national break 0-2 to Dresden at home was the worst case now. They have to be much more positive on the pitch and invest more as in the last games otherwise it is going to be a hard Season for them without reaching the goal promotion.

A lot of trouble and problems after the weak performance in the last game what makes Coach Rehm not very happy and he is thinking to changes his starting lineup on a few positions today. A lot of players are not in their best form and this is needed if a smaller club want to play a secure Season. The first change can be Börner who is back from injury again what puts him in a good position to replace Cacutalua in central back who had a bad day in Hamburg. Also both offensive wings Hemlein and Nöthe disappointed a lot, therefore some rotation or changes are possible on this positions as well. Tom Schütz can take the defensive part what makes Görlitz free for one of the offensive wings. Also youngsters Staude and Mak are candidates for the offensive wings. In attack can get Putaro a chance who can replace Ulm there. Up front with captain Klos should be clear.

Despite the harsh 0-2 home defeat to Dresden Coach Stendel will not change all on his system or lineup but some he has to changes anyway. Above all leader Sane is not available due to the red card he received in the end of the Dresden game. It is a big blow for Hannover here but they have to handle this now and with Standberg who starts first time today is a good replacement there. The next bad news was that Harnik got injured in training and is not ready for today's game. This means that Stendel has to change one more time. The options can be that Karaman replace him on the position he played or Füllkrug plays on the wing while Sobiech move in the middle as box player. The other positions should remain unchanged as mentioned above.

Samstag, 17. September 2016

1.Bundesliga Infos to the matches

Bayern München - FC Ingolstadt 04

- Bayern won all the 3 meetings against FCI. But the last two was close with 2-0 and 2-1.
- FCB won 17 of their last 19 BL matches with 59-8 goals.
- Only Mainz could win in Munich in this period with 2-1 (19-1-1).
- Bayern miss some players due to illness or flu today. But the squad is strong enough.
- At "Wieso Time" Bayern never lost a game in the past, they are very strong to this special time.

Borussia Dortmund - SV Darmstadt 98

- Dortmund plays Darmstadt 7 times so far and SVD could win only 1 (4-2-1).
- The last meeting in Dortmund was an incredible one for SVD with 2-2 on Round 7.
- Hero of this game was captain Sulu who scored the equalizer in the 90. minute.
- BvB won 19 of their last 22 matches including last Season (19-3-0).
- The only team who could win in Dortmund was Bayern 17 month ago with 1-0 on 1. April 2015.

Eintracht Frankfurt - Bayer Leverkusen

- Bayer could win both meetings last Season with 3-1 and 3-0.
- They meet each other 62 times already (22-13-27).
- This match is set for goals, never in all the games they played 0-0.
- The average of the matches against each other is 3,1 goals, what let us hope for some spectacle.
- Bayer won 9 of their last 11 BL matches, what is a good run. They lost twice only.
- But these were the last two road games to Gladbach 1-2 and 1-2

1899 Hoffenheim - VfL Wolfsburg

- This match has a special goal guarantee because 16 matches produce 62 goals between these teams.
- The average is almost 4 (3,88) and let hope for some today, above all 1899 is on fire anyway.
- This is the encounter that is set for goals and only 2 meetings have more in BL history at the moment.
- The stats are positive for Wolfsburg as they are a big ahead of 1899 with 9-3-5.
- In the last 7 home games between both there were 5 home wins and 2 draws.
- The last away win was 2012 when Wolfsburg could win in Sinsheim 3-1.

1.FC Kaiserslautern - VfB Stuttgart

After not many weeks, Luhukay left already.
This encounter is a very important one for both. Above all FCK has not won this Season so far and only 2 Points on their side, this means if they continue this run they are involved in relegation battle early in the Season. On the other side relegated VfB has a lot of problems and they could only collect 6 of 12 possible Points so far. They are far away what they have expected and also what most of the experts has expected too.
Stuttgart was lucky to begin against St. Pauli if they could turn the match around after fall behind 0-1, next one in Düsseldorf was lost 0-1, while Cup 3-0 won to Homburg and also in Sandhausen 2-1 let them hope and dream for more but after they failed against Heidenheim 1-2 at home it looks like that it is not the same as before and a lot of trouble has arrived already.
The opener for FCK was good against Hannover but only the first 20-30 minutes then they lost the game very easy 0-4 and showed a lot of weakness above all in defensive. The next two matches to Würzburg 1-1 and Fortuna 0-0 was a little uptrend but the Cup knock out against lower division team from Halle was a big blow in their face. Also the not expected 0-2 defeat in Sandhausen what brought the team under Coach Korkut under huge pressure for the upcoming matches.

Although no one reach the normal form against Sandhausen, expect captain Halfar Coach Korkut can not changes much as he has not many available for this game today. They have with Przybylko, Moritz both injured and new signings Mudjza, Ewerton and Kerk 5 possible starters out. Also first keeper Weis is out due to his red card last weekend. This means that they have to field youngster Pollersbeck who give his debut for the first team today. The players who was not available in Sandhausen already they have only hope for Zoua that he can return after back problems, the others are all out. But he came late and was not in best shape anyway, therefore not an increase for the team.

It is the first match after Coach Luhukay said that he wants to leave VfB Stuttgart after some problems with the Club and also Manager Schindelsmeiser. Interim Coach Janßen has a lot to do and prepare the team for the important match. He may changes some of the positions as the options are there in the squad. A lot of players are looking to get into the starting eleven and they are much more motivated as under Luhukay because they see a new chance like Pavard, Mane and Asano. But also Großkreutz, Hosogai and Grgic are ready after their injuries and should be a real option for Janßen here. The same it was for Maxim who was not the favorite from Luhukay but he has a lot of potential to help Stuttgart out of the bad period now. Nevertheless Stuttgart has the problems with his former Coach but the injury list is less and they can get something here, of course.

Dienstag, 13. September 2016

Bayern München - FK Rostov

This is the start of the CL 2016/17 and also the weeks with a lot of matches for Bayern Munich. They are playing 6 matches in the upcoming 19 days what is a hard time for them. But they have the squad and they can rotate what smaller clubs not can as they have almost 22 even players. Coach Ancelotti said already that he wants to rotate a lot and give players a rest if they need it. He can be happy because the injury list is getting smaller after Robben and Boateng returns into team training this week but they are no option for today’s game but in the next weeks. With Kimmich he has one guy in back hand who is very hot after scoring two goals in the last two matches for Germany against Norway and on Friday for Bayern. He starts as Ancelotti mentioned already what means Alonso sit on bench and get a rest. He can play beside Vidal in central midfield who replace Sanches who had some problems against Schalke with a lot of mistakes, even not his best day there. Also attacker Müller can get some rest but it is his birth today therefore he will start and other guys like Ribery, Lahm and so on can be rested while full fit Costa can get a chance on the wing against deep defending Rostov. Maybe some speed is needed on the wings to beat the defensive minded opponent. Nevertheless Bayern was always able to find a way to win the first match in CL above all at home in recent years. 
They are playing first time against Rostov but they have a very good record against Russian teams, lost only 2 of 18 duels (10-6-2). The last 4 matches were won from Bayern, all against ZSKA Moskau. Coach Ancelotti played already with Juventus against them and he could win both 4-0 and 5-1. If Bayern win this game they can claim the next record for them. With 12 victories in CL in row at home (even with ManU in this category) they can take the pole position alone with the 13. win today.  

FK Rostov starts the first time in CL and they are an absolutely newcomer in this competition. With coming in as second last Season they have to qualify for the CL what they did with a lot of emotions. They could beat RSC Anderlecht in third qualification Round and in the play offs to CL they overcome Ajax Amsterdam with 1-1 and 4-1. They showed a great style of play against Ajax but in the past weeks they are only average in the league and could not continue their good run and play from last Season. Although they could win the game at the weekend they are absolutely weak on the road where they won nothing so far. This means a big duty for them this evening anyway. The players are almost all unknown maybe one player make some noise with his two two goals against Ajax. A 21 years old irani Azmoun can maybe make some trouble for Bayern Munich’s defensive guys. The preferred system from Rostov is 3-5-2 but in Munich they can play much more defensive minded with maybe 5-3-2. Of course they will count on counter attacks and their youngster up front but overall it is a big different in class and style of play of both. They can only hope that Bayern Munich has not the best day.

Montag, 12. September 2016

1.FC Nürnberg - 1860 München

Last Seasons successful team from Nürnberg maybe has lost their team spirit and Coach Schwartz stands under huge pressure already. After drawing twice to begin to Dresden 1-1 and Heidenheim where they lead in both but could not finish it. In Cup it was more as always against a lower division team and FCN did hard but advanced after penalty shot out. But after the Cup game they lost deserved 1-6 in Braunschweig although they took the lead again but was absolutely chanceless against the leader of the league. It was a big sign for the Team, Coach and Fans. They have to find them new again and start winning otherwise the situation is going to be worse in Nürnberg.
Struggling 1860 invested a lot into the squad and Coach Runjaic has to build up a new team. This should be not so easy as most of the players came late but nevertheless they lost only the opener 0-1 to Fürth. The other matches are all in their favor with 1-0 to Bielefeld, 2-1 to KSC in Cup and 0-0 to KSC again. This means they are unbeaten in 3 right now and they are working on it to expand this run. From game to game the team work well together and they have much more quality as last Season above all in offense. 

In the break Nürnberg played a test friendly against BL team Ingolstadt what they won 2-1. This was very important because the players get some self confidence and motivation back, also new signing Matavz and Parker got some match praxis what was important for the upcoming matches. Coach Schwartz plans with both in the starting lineup for this encounter anyway. Both came from Augsburg on loan and should help the team immediately. Parker can play on the wing for Salli who disappointed huge against Braunschweig while Matavz can play in attack beside Burgstaller in a 4-4-2 system instead the last practiced 4-2-3-1. A big problem is the absent from key defender Margreitter. He was already out in Braunschweig and the outcome was a disaster. He miss again and with Hovland replace him a guy who had not the best day against Eintracht. But Schwartz trust him more as youngster Mühl who is also and option there. In goal they must replace veteran Schäfer because of knee problems. This puts Kirschbaum into the starting eleven again but every time in the past he could not take advantage of this situation.

According to the last good result is the same starting eleven expected as in the last 2 matches. Although 1860 was in good shape Coach Runjaic was not so unhappy for a break as he could work with his team on some things and also to integrate the new guys in the team better. Some of the new guys like Ribamar and Stojkovic are still not ready also long term injured Sukalo but sooner or later they can be options and put some pressure on the guys who has a slight advantage at the moment. It looks like that the club has done their home work for this Season and they are much stronger and better prepared as last Season or two ago. With a 4-1-4-1 system with only Liendl in central midfield they are very compact and it is working anyway. A lite shock was to begin of the week for Coach Runjaic that key player Aigner could not train due to knee problems but he recovered fast and is ready for the match today what is very important for 1860.

Samstag, 10. September 2016

Bayer Leverkusen - Hamburger SV

After last Seasons good result Bayer is hoping for more this Season. They are talking to put some pressure on the first two teams from last Season above all they can count on all their key players this Season again and additional could strengthen the squad. With all this good news a lot of pressure is on Coach Schmitt and his team. The pressure was given from the Coach as well as he said in an interview why they should not win the league title this Season. Therefore it was a step back for them after losing the first game to Gladbach. Of course they made a good game but in some periods of the match they produce important mistakes with allowed Gladbach to score twice. In the end they can be pleased with the performance but not with the result. 
With Dragovic they signed a new defender short before the transfer window closed. He can be a good option in the upcoming weeks when the matches are getting more and more. For this game he may sit on bench as with Tah and Toprak they have a good defender duo and they knowing each other better and harmonize better anyway. But the problems are not in defensive right now, they are more in offensive as 3 important guys are out. Attacker are needed immediately because Kießling, Chicarito and Volland are all out. First one with back problems while the other two guys has broken hands. Maybe the hopes are on Pohjanpalo who scored immediately after he came in against Gladbach. But more hopes they have in Calhanoglu and Mehmedi who both had good matches with their national teams and should be back with a lot self condidence.
In central midfield Schmitt can choose from 3 for 2 places. Baumgartlinger, Kampl and Aranguiz he has a lot of good players but on whom he counts is not out yet. Maybe a very late decision and feeling from him.

Almost before every Season Hamburg has a lot of hopes but the truth is different. Investor Kühne gave a lot of Mios that they can invest in the squad again after having a lot of financial problems anyway. They bought some players to strength the team but the outcome was not like expected so far. Ok, they took the lead against Ingolstadt but they were not able to bring this to a good end. In the end they conceded a curious goal and all their good mood was gone. It looks like same as last Season, at home with late goals and also convincing not much. Coach Labbadia and his team has a lot of work to do if they want to make the next step. Investor Kühne is expecting a lot from them after his big investment again.
With the next match ahead in Leverkusen they have a big nut to crack because all the last 4 matches were lost in BayArena. Therefore not the best sign for them although they have nothing to lose there and Leverkusen without a Point so far has of course more pressure. Maybe Labbadia can find a way to crack the power from Bayer and surprise here. According to news are almost all players available for this encounter what allow Labbadia to think about some positions. Only Jung is out injured, Ekdal is back in team training and in the squad anyway. In central back he may change, Spahic for Cleber. Also in offensive some options are possible.

Freitag, 9. September 2016

VfB Stuttgart - FC Heidenheim

It was not as expected because Stuttgart had a lot of problems in their opener against St. Pauli and some luck to win 2-1 in the end after they have come from behind. Second match was almost the same, they did really hard and lost against a big fighting team from Düsseldorf. But nevertheless Coach Luhukay found the right mix and balance what was key for the following 2 victories. First one in Cup against lower division team FC Homburg 3-0 and one week later in Sandhausen 2-1. Both wins are deserved but in the end of the 90 minutes they had a bit of luck above all against SV Sandhausen.
Their opponent Heidenheim started well and won to Aue 1-0 but could not convince much in this game, better was the second match in Nürnberg 1-1 where was much more possible but they missed too much. In Cup it was had work against a lower division team from Wattenscheid 2-1 what continues in league against Würzburg 1-2. The form is not there right now but they had 1-2 weeks to prepare more for the Season now.

At the end of the transfer period was Stuttgart able to sign some more players to bring more deepness in their squad and also some fighting spirit for the positions. With Pavard, Mane and Asano they finished their transfer activities. All three guys started with training on Wednesday and should not be in the starting lineup immediately. They are more expected to sit on bench first and maybe get some minutes in the end of the match. Also Baumgartl, Hosogai and Ristl are no option for the squad and train individual. Coach Luhukay mentioned that Großkreutz is back from injury and an option for the squad against Heidenheim. All the others are the same like to begin. It is the same lineup expected which managed the last two wins what means Maxim sit on bench again. Because youngster Özcan is on fire with 1 goal and 3 assists in 2 games. Therefore no surprises expected from Coach Luhukay.

After having some problems in cup and league Heidenheim played some test friendlies to get some self confidence back. Against lower division teams like Dorfmerkingen 3-0 and Jahn Regensburg 2-1 they won both tests and the players got a lot of self confidence back. Above all Halloran and Finne who scored twice. Coach Schmidt was very pleased with this good matches and he hopes that they can continue the better way now. Both Scorer has some hope to move into the starting lineup now but it would be very tough as well because against Regensburg missed they some players due to illness. All these guys are back and starts of course what let them sit on the bench again anyway. Only Finne can remain in the starting lineup although he was very weak against Würzburg. Nevertheless Coach Schmidt has a lot to choose and all positions are double digit therefore he can plan his starting lineup whatever he needs against each opponent. Some youngsters make a lot of noise and put some pressure on the guys in starting eleven, sooner or later they get a chance.

Montag, 29. August 2016

1.FC Kaiserslautern - Fortuna Düsseldorf

We have two traditional team which meet each other for the last game in 2.Bundesliga this evening. Both had not the best time in the past years and also they are almost every Season behind their aim or expectation. Additional both had a different start into the Season, the home side with new Coach Korkut managed only 1 Point so far and knocked out of the Cup against 3.BL Hallescher SC what was a bit disappointment for FCK again. The next Round was expected above all that they can get more money in their pocket to buy maybe one or two players. The opponent form Düsseldorf struggled a lot last Season and was very close to become a 3.BL team but they did the job in the end and had a good start this Season anyway. With 4 Points on their side they can jump with a win on 3rd place right now, also in Cup they was successful.

With Hannover 96 had Kaiserslautern one of the top favorites to play on match day one and they started well into the match but failed in front of the goal what was the negative point of the play. On the other side they are absolutely weak in defensive right now what 4 goals against H96 showed, also against newcomer Würzburg they conceded 1 and wasted with their chances as well, in Cup against a team from 3.BL they conceded 4 as well. The weak points are for sure the defense and offense. Ok the offensive is creating some good opportunities but they are not able to get it finished. The defensive is very shaky and produce a lot of faults what make it not so easy for them. Coach Korkut has to find the right balance between these parts otherwise it would be a very hard Season.
Korkst said that he wants to minimize the mistakes and look forward for a better future. For the game today he can count on almost all of his squad, the only doubtful player is midfielder Moritz. Maybe he faces a late test if he can start or not. If Moritz gives his ok he may starts beside Frey in central midfield. This puts Ring on the bench if Korkut's decision is as expected. New signing from Freiburg Mujdza is no option for this game as he came late. Therefore Mwene starts again on this position. The other positions remain the same as in the past matches, maybe Zoua can be an option but his fitness is not at 100% after having a long break and coming late to FCK.

Fortuna's start was not the best and after 20 minutes they were 0-2 down in Sandhausen but they had the moral and were able for a big comeback to 2-2 in the end. It was a good sign for them although it was not deserved overall, even lucky. The home game against giant Stuttgart was what they are looking for. A big crowd in the stadium which push them to the limit and with their fast guys up front they can overcome all opponents in this League. With a big fight they got the win what was of course not expected. This gave them a lot of motivation for the upcoming matches and they showed the good trend already in Cup against Rostock where they walk through very easy with 3-0. Maybe Coach Funkel has find the right balance and work excellent after coming late last Season to safe Fortuna.
You think all is absolutely well in Düsseldorf, you are not right. The reserve players had a test against a lower division team which they won easy 11-0. But they got two huge injuries with Ritter and Gartner, both are out longer what the club confirm. Also central defender Madlung could not train this week due to back problems. He is a doubt right now for the game. Important Madlung can be replaced by youngster Bormuth but he has by far not the experience and peace like Madlung has. This is a big weakening for Fortuna if he must pass. Of course Funkel has some options with Bodzek as central defender as well but he is needed in central midfield after Gartner is out. The full offense is ready and with Hennings they singed an experienced player under the week who has shown his quality in this League already. This can be a really strengthening of their offensive with this guy.  Maybe Coach Funkel changes here something. Hennings and Bebou can play both in attack but also is possible that Hennings plays alone up front and Bebou comes from the wing. Nevertheless what Funkel decides, it looks like Kiesewetter is out of the starting lineup then.

Freitag, 12. August 2016

Fortuna Düsseldorf - VfB Stuttgart

Both Coaches worked together some years ago.
46 times meet both teams each other but 42 of these games were in 1.Bundesliga what make clear that both teams have a long tradition. Of course both are aiming for a better future and maybe for a return into 1.Bundesliga. The home side Fortuna is far away from this after having a lot of trouble last Season and avoid relegation very close in the end while Stuttgart is the absolutely top favorite who must be beaten this Season. But almost all teams are very hot and motivated against them therefore they have to handle the pressure if they want to make the goal possible.
What they can expect saw they already in the first game against St. Pauli where they had a lot of problems above all in first half. They had to come from behind after conceding an early goal and had a lot of luck not to fall behind more as St. Pauli played great and had 2-3 more excellent attempts but wasted it. In second half Stuttgart was better in the game above all Maxim makes the difference after he came in. He was the man with the equalizer and his good actions to push the team what was rewarded with the 2-1 short before the end. 
It was almost the same to Fortuna when they had an incredible weak first half to Sandhausen and was down 0-2 after 12 minutes. Ok, they had a better second half and could equalize in the end but it was also a bit lucky as Sandhausen stop playing after the 2 goals lead.

For Fortuna Coach Funkel is clear that they are not the favorite today. He said that they have not the quality and squad like Stuttgart and therefore they must put all available power into the game if they want to have a chance here or get a positive result out of this encounter. Of course he said this in an interview but with his team he talked a bit different and let them know that if all work they can make a surprise against the top favorite of the league above all in their own stadium.
Compared to the game in Sandhausen he has some problems in defensive because with Bodzek and Madlung are two players slight injured. A bit question mark behind captain Bodzek who scored the important first goal in Sandhausen with a shot outside the box. If he must pass the first guy who replace him in midfield is Sobottka. Defender Madlung could not train to begin of the week but they have hope to get him ready for today. If all are ready Funkel should not changes to much although Bebou and Iyoha were very weak that he can think about some changes on this positions. Ngombo and Ritter can be the possible replacements here but it is not out yet if. For sure not available is Yildirim who got injured huge against Sandhausen and is out longer now.

The squad from Stuttgart is not complete so far because Coach Luhukay has still some wishes and the optimal starting lineup is not there for him right now. He has to work with the same squad he had on Monday. With Baumgartl and Großkreutz he misses still some options for the starting lineup injured. On the other side should be new signing from FC Augsburg Werner back in the squad today after missing the first match due to private reasons.
After putting on a very unexperienced young offensive line with both wings Heise and Özcan it can be that Luhukay changes on 2 of the 3 offense positions today. One of them can be Werner on the wing and also Maxim who was on bench against St. Pauli but made a lot of self advertising after he came in at half time. Both can bring a lot more power in the offensive play from VfB as the youngsters and can put the quality on a excellent level. Above all Terodde can hope to take profit from both experienced players in the box. 
But for Luhukay is more important that he has a good balanced team on the pitch and not the quality of each player. They must be a team and play like this what brings success in the end anyway.

Montag, 8. August 2016

VfB Stuttgart - FC St. Pauli

Mission Promotion !!! This will get started from VfB Stuttgart today but it would be not as easy as they expect, of course. The league is very hard and close and they are the team against all opponents maybe have a lot more motivation. Therefore they must bring all their power on the pitch from beginning on and should not underestimate the opponents. Also they are without a few starters today what makes it more difficult additionally.

Despite the lose of some top players like Harnik, Kostic and Werner VfB Stuttgart is the top favorite for promotion of all experts. But not only the experts see the club in a good position, all Coaches and supporters as well. With Luhukay they won an excellent Coach who has a lot of experience and know how to get promoted. The squad look good so far but Manager Schindelsmeiser said in an interview that they want more deepness and therefore one or two players more to sign in offense. Until end of August they have to chance to get the job done.
The starting lineup and be a big puzzle for Luhukay today. With new signed Werner they miss one of the offensive wing due to private reasons while Grgic has not the form and need still some time. Also back wing Großkreutz is not ready and should be replaced from Zimmer who came from 1.FC Kaiserslautern in summer break. The offensive left wing can take youngster Heise but this is not his normal position anyway. Moreover the starters in central back are a big question right now.
Timo Baumgartl is not ready due to injury, youngster Sama made a good preparation and can maybe start beside Sunjiic although this is not the optimal duo. With Kaminski has Coach Luhukay one in back but he has some lag.

It was seldom that St. Pauli could be successful in Stuttgart because from the last 9 matches they were unbeaten one time only. But this is not what the players interest right now. They want to be as focused and also with some self confidence as in the last friendly against Sevilla 1-2 they want to be as hard as they can for VfB. Additional this can be their chance because Stuttgart is not well rehearsed to begin what midfield player Buchtmann mentioned. This is what give them a lot of motivation and good mood before the game.
Compared to Stuttgart can St. Pauli count on the same starting lineup as in the last game against Kaiserslautern 5-2, only Maier and Thy are not available because they left the club already. Also the system can be changed from Coach Lienen to a more offense 4-4-2 with two strikers. Because with Bouhaddouz and Picault they have two very quick and agile guys up front who can make some trouble anyway. Supported can be both from Kalla and Sobota on the wings.

Samstag, 6. August 2016

Dynamo Dresden - 1.FC Nürnberg

Dynamo is back !!! They managed the promotion race really excellent and find the way back into 2.Bundesliga. The stadium should be almost full today and the match is very attractive against 1.FC Nürnberg today. Dresden have the wind of promotion in their back and should be very motivated while Nürnberg maybe suffer a bit of their missed chance to get promoted after losing very close the relegation battle to Eintracht Frankfurt. Despite this bad experience they wants to start the next attempt but this time with a new Coach after Weiler left to RSC Anderlecht.

Dresden's two promotion hero's left the club during the summer break. Captain and head of the team Hefele signed a contract in England's Championship while top striker Eilers (23 goals) left to Werder Bremen where he was in former years already. Both are very hard to replace and this must be the first task for Coach Baumann to find the right mix and replacements but they had such an individual class that both can not be replaced even.
The replacement for Hefele in defensive can be new signing from FSV Frankfurt Ballas. He knows the league already and can start a new future after a disappointing last Season. For the opening position in offense they have a lot of candidates or options. With Berko or Hilßner have two new signed players the chance to start but also Kreuzer can have some hopes to be in the starting lineup on the wing today. The other positions are well manned with Stefaniak and Testroet.
In defensive part they must buy a new keeper after first choice keeper Balswich left again. They signed the best keeper from last 3.Bundesliga Season. This was Schwäbe who came from VfL Osnabrück now but overall it looks like that they have a lot of work to do if they want to have a chance to remain into 2.Bundesliga. The squad look to weak right now but of course it is still time to work on. But if the euphoria is gone after some defeats the situation is getting hard.

That Nürnberg is more as competitive in this league is out of question of course but they have lost some important players anyway. With Blum, Kerk and top attacker Füllkrug they have to suffer a lot in offensive. The three lost, other three came. With Salli who had good moments in preparation, Kempe from Darmstadt and Alushi from St. Pauli they try to compensate this. Also on the sideline they find a new Coach who knows the league very well as he was former Coach from Sandhausen and this is the logical next step in his career now.
It is not far that Nürnberg need some time to get back on track after losing such an important promotion battle to Frankfurt. Some clubs before showed it already that this can be not as easy as all mean. The clubs are KSC and Fürth who made the experience already. It is very important that Coach Schwartz find the right balance in team and also make the right decisions. With a good start all is ok but if they have to run behind from beginning on it would be a bit disappointing for them.
A big advantage maybe can be that the defensive line is the same as last Season and with the experienced keeper behind they can count on a strong defensive to begin already. The positions in midfield can be changed a bit compared to last Season. But with Behrens is a guy there who can lead the youngster Mühl. Up front is Burgstaller key player and absolutely unsaleable.

VfL Bochum - Union Berlin

The next match starts at 13 o'clock in Vonovia Ruhrstadium when VfL Bochum hosts Union Berlin. Both teams are counted to the promotion candidates but both have to replace a lot of their important players to begin. It is very important to get a good start and count on this in the upcoming matches therefore both are required to push.

After coming in as 5th last Season they are aiming for more right now but the man who makes this all possible left the club and decides to make the next step in his career. VfL top striker Simon Terodde (left to VfB Stuttgart) is to replace with his 25 goals from last Season and this can be a very difficult task for them anyway. But they have the power and attitude to be one of the top teams this Season again.
They try to handle this with different players like new signings because from Fürth they got midfield players Weiland, Stiepermann and Wurtz, from Paderborn they signed Kevin Stöger and Wydra from Bundesliga newcomer RB Leipzig came Quaschner. Also new is Canouse from 1899 Hoffenheim. With all this guys they try to build a new offense and be as dangerous as they can. It would be very interesting which guys have done the job and be in the starting lineup today. Overall after the last test friendlies and trainings it looks like only Weilandt and Stiepermann made it.
But nevertheless this can be a big advantage compared to other teams to begin as they can count on a well balanced team from last Season. The defensive line is the same from last Season and should work from beginning on. With keeper Riemann and the defending line with Perthel, Bastians, Hoogland and Celozzi they are ready and must be beaten first. Up front they count on Mlapa after hero Terodde is not there yet. He made some good performances in preparation and if he continues his way this can maybe a good replacement anyway.

The team from Berlin Köpenick is always very close to be a candidate for promotion but they could not manage this over a whole Season therefore they are coming in on the places behind the top 3. Of course, this is a big success for the club but they want more sooner or later. With the new Coach Keller they want to get the next step. With his experience and reputation they want to be more in focus. This is Keller's first job after he was fired at Schalke in October 2014.
What they can bring on the pitch this Season showed some test friendlies when they could beat Udinese 3-2 or Utrecht 3-0. This was a good statement for the league but in offensive they are maybe a bit short of options with only Hosinier as attacker and they should try to get some more options in the next weeks because they transfer window is open until end of August.
Key for them is maybe that they are well rehearsed too. With only two new guys in the starting eleven expected they can bring almost all their power from last Season on the pitch. Both new guys are well integrated in the play and should help to bring them to a good start. With striker Hosinier and back wing Pedersen they want to raise their quality. The biggest quality should be their midfield row with Kreilach, Fürstner and new captain Kroos. One of the best in this league and can be a key factor for Union's play.

Freitag, 5. August 2016

1.FC Kaiserslautern - Hannover 96

This is the opening game of the 2.Bundesliga in Germany today. Two traditional teams meet each other for the start of the Season. We can expect a very interesting game and also a new start from both sides. This happen because Hannover was relegated and have to build up a new team but the aim is clear, the return into the highest league again. On the other side the home team Kaiserslautern had a very disappointing last Season what put them in a position to make some things new. Both are aiming for better times right now and it would be interesting to see which team is able to get the job done.

In his first match for the new club meet Coach Korkut his former club where he was working until April. Maybe this can be an advantage for him but the team is not the same as under him and with Stendel they changed a lot. Nevertheless it can be a lot of emotions for Korkut and also some fighting spirit to show that it was the wrong decision to fire him. He wants to beat his former club of course but for this he can not count on his strongest lineup right now. With Klich he has an important midfield player out for sure, the other two Piossek and Jacob trained less in the past days due to illness. Also striker Pryzbylko is a big doubt with a foot injury and additional he can not count on EM Hero Bödvarsson because he was sold this week. This means one striker less in squad what bring them more and more in a difficult position maybe.
According to the situation in offense he plans with Osawe as lone attacker who should be supported from the offensive midfield with Halfar, Gaus and Görtler.  The defensive midfield can be build with Ring and Moritz where both has his place in the starting lineup for sure. Behind this both starts a new defense, first one in goal with Weis who came from relegated FSV Frankfurt. With Mwene, Vucur, Ziegler and Aliji he has an absolutely new defensive line and it needs maybe some time until this is working well for FCK. 

It was the worst case for Hannover 96 last Season when they lost 23 of their 34 league games. After the big disaster they were relegated of course and have to start absolutely new now. After the awful last Season Coach Stendel got an almost new squad to work with. The focus was absolutely on the offense where they have a lot of potential now. With this new power promotion is a must for them anyway.
With Füllkrug (1.FC Nürnberg / 14 goals) and Harnik (VfB Stuttgart) they got some very good offensive players to their squad where both should help to get more power there. With Füllkug and Harnik over the wings and Sobiech up front they want to be as dangerous as they can but for today it looks like that Stendel can not count on his new offensive line. According to news is Füllkrug out with injury and this is the chance for Klaus to start. In midfield they planned with new signing Bakalorz who came from SC Paderborn but his out injured too. He will be replaced by Fossum who plays beside new captain Schmiedebach today.
In central back can Coach Stendel still count on Sane who wants to leave the club (mabe to Cologne) but the clubs could not find a solution so far. So far Sane is there he will start and lead youngster Anton beside him. After keeper Zieler left the club to England’s champion Leicester they try to find a good replacement but it was not as easy. For the match today the more experienced player Tschauner (30 years and know the league from former club St. Pauli) may starts but it is only probation. But if he is not able to organize his defensive line and give them some stability Coach Stendel will changes to one of the youngsters like Königsmann (19 years) or Radlinger (23 years). Therefore a good performance is needed to hold the position.

Donnerstag, 19. Mai 2016

Eintracht Frankfurt - 1.FC Nürnberg

This is the first from two duels between both teams and it is an important one as most of the battles gives a real sign what team can go through. It was almost in every battle the same thing, the team who won the first game was in advantage before the second game and did the job then. Also in many battles won the team from 1.Bundesliga against 2.Bundesliga in two matches but sometimes surprises happened of course. Both do not like each other much and the fans are big rivals therefore we can only hope that this is an silent game between both but the atmosphere can be very hot anyway. Maybe Nürnberg wants the revenge for 99 where they got relegated due to a 1-2 against Freiburg at home and Frankfurt had to win high against Kaiserslautern what was the case with 5-1. This time can be turned things around for FCN. Also the financial aspect is very important for both, Frankfurt has to move the budget down in case of relegation while Nürnberg is in a need of additional money according to their difficult financial situation. If they can not reach the goal promotion they must sell some of their top players.

It was very close for Frankfurt above all after they changed the Coach as with Kovac for Veh success was not there and he got only 3 Points from 5 matches what many experts let them be relegated. But they could turn things around and won to Mainz, Darmstadt and Dortmund and got a real final game against Bremen which was lost. But overall they did the job and get the next chance to be in 1.Bundesliga for next Season again. Despite the late goal against them they have to look forward and should be positive to get the job done against Nürnberg.
Compared to the last game in Bremen where they was very defensive minded is Frankfurt expected to be more offensive this time. For this reason some changes are possible above all Huszti should be back in starting eleven after his suspension, he can replace defensive player Ignovski. He plays with Hasebe in central midfield then where he takes offense part and bring more power in their offensive play. In offensive part can Ben Hatira move from the middle to the wing and also up front he can count on two attacker as only on Seferovic as in Bremen. Beside him is Castagnios an option but it would be no surprise if hero Meier starts from beginning on after his long injury time.

It was sure that Nürnberg come in as third after having an incredible run with 18 unbeaten games and of course they had the hope to enter second place and direct promotion but after their winning streak was over he lost 3 of the following 4 matches. This knock them out in the race of place 2 and they have to look forward to be well prepared now to make the aim reality. The self confidence should be there after two wins to St. Pauli and Paderborn in the last League games.
In the last game against bottom side Paderborn gave Coach Weiler some players some rest like Burgstaller, Margreiter and Behrens but all are expected to stand in the starting lineup again today. They are coming to Frankfurt with almost all their players, only Polak, Erras and Mössmer are out and injured for long time now. The rest are ready what gives him a lot to choose but he said already that 9 of the 11 starters are already safe. Only on 2 Positions he is thinking about ….. Very important is the return of veteran Schäfer into the goal because he has more coolness and experience and gave the defensive line more stability as Rakovsky do or did. In front of him are Brecko, Margreiter, Bulthuis and Sepsi safe. In central midfield with Behrens and Möhwald are also two safe but with Petrak and Leipold he has to in back. Maybe he changes here a bit. According to the performance of some players on the wing line Gislason, Blum or Stieber Leibold is the man there of course. One of the mentioned three gets a place in starting lineup because Kerk is not 100% ready and only on bench then. Up front we have the two dangerous players with fighter Burgstaller and Goalgetter Füllkrug.

Sonntag, 15. Mai 2016

Eintracht Braunschweig - Fortuna Düsseldorf

It was a long and disappointing Season for Braunschweig so far but in the last games they seems on a good way to bring this to a good end. With two wins in a row they can close the Season with a win today what would be very important for them according to the TV money they get then. If they win they can overcome Kaiserslautern in this ranking and get 500.000 Euro more what is a huge amount for them. Fortuna on the other side made the important step against rival FSV Frankfurt and have now 3 Points advantage to the red zone and also plus 6 goals what is a very save position right now. If they want to be absolutely sure about the remaining in 2.Bundesliga they need one Point but overall the situation is clear and no one doubt that they can be cached form the teams behind. MSV plays RB Leipzig and FSV Frankfurt plays 1860 Munich but FSV has 10 goals difference to Fortuna.

It was a very hard and crazy Season for Braunschweig with a lot of problems above all in their defensive part they had a lot of injured players what made Coach Lieberknecht a lot of work to find always a new lineup in defensive. They had to play some matches without Baffo, Correia, Decarli, Afosu Ayeh and Sauer what would be the case again today. But they were able to handle this in the last games and can look forward to a good end and celebrating with their fans today. The uptrend is seen and they scored 3 goals in both last games what is much for Braunschweig if you take a look on the results. The offensive is working very well at the moment and with Holtmann they have an incredible inform player on the wing. He can make the difference here with his fast actions despite the defensive line is build by a lot of players which is not their part normally. But the guys did a good job and they help the team where they can.

In the winter break was Kurz the new head coach for Fortuna and they hope to have better times as at least but he was sucked after 7 games without any success. For him Funkel is the man on the sideline an experienced Coach who has the skills in this situation. The start was good with him and a win against Kaiserslautern but the following matches he was also not able to bring this team forward and they got only 2 Points but the last game to rival FSV was won 1-0 and this was maybe the key match and the game where they were saved now.
Despite the win Coach Funkel wants to changes on a lot of position, first one is on the wing where Bellinghausen is out. For him can play Bebou or Bolly but they are also possible as back wing because Mavrias could not convince against FSV again. On the other back wing move Schauerte in the starting lineup after illness where Koch is out then. In offensive they have with Pohjanpalo an attacker back who was missed in last game but Demirbay made the job there. He can move back in the midfield and bring some rotation there too. Fink move back and plays beside Bodzek in central midfield while Gartner is on bench.

Both teams with some problems and missing players today. But overall it is very hard to play in Braunschweig for all the teams because the fans and the atmosphere is great there and push the home side very well. According to the latest run it is more as possible that they can walk on above all the pressure is gone in Düsseldorf. They are almost save, they should only not lose to high ..... What the teams are doing if the pressure is gone saw we yesterday, they sit back and play only on low level. We expect Braunschweig at home to push and bring Fortuna in danger.

PICK: Eintracht Braunschweig AHC -0,25 @ 1,90 (3 Units / Flat Stake)

Samstag, 14. Mai 2016

FC Bayern München - Hannover 96

This is the last home game for Bayern Munich before they can celebrate the championship with their fans. They had an incredible good season despite the third knock out in the champions league semi final in a row. Normally Coach Guardiola was signed to bring this title home to Munich but he was not able to beat a spanish team in three attempts. But overall he had a excellent time in Munich with a lot of success and the new style of play is seen very well. Before the league doors close for him he has to bring his team well prepared on the pitch to celebrate the last home game with an excellent game against relegated Hannover. Also they should hold the concentration high according to the important Cup Final in one week against rival Borussia Dortmund. For this he will count on his strongest lineup and allow his top guys a good rhythm. Also they can play for their striker Lewandowski who has scored 29 goals so far and he wants to break 30 this Season what is an incredible number and never reached in the last years. Also he is the first none German who can reached this special number.

Hannover comes to Munich already relegated and has to play for nothing, only for a good result what was not always the case in the last years if they were there. No they got almost every game a big pounding from Bayern. The play from Munich is to fast for Hannover and they were not able to defend this well. Therefore it is not sure if new Coach Stendel is able to find the right mix and balance for this game also if the motivation is gone. Despite the situation they should try to bring this match to a good end but the pressure can be very high over the 90 minutes and this can be one of the hardest matches for them this Season. In the last 8 matches with Bayern Munich they scored only 2 goals and conceded incredible 31 what says all of the dominance from Bayern. Of course under Stendel they are doing better but this is almost impossible for them to get the job done.

This match is very clear, I am sure that Bayern wants to celebrate with a great win the title. Also with some goals from Lewandowski, therefore they press from beginning on and bring H96 in really danger. The goals will come for sure here as they did in several games before against Hannover and they won always with a high margin. They love to play against this team and they come to an exactly good moment to Munich.

PICK: Bayern München AHC -2,75 @ 1,86 (3 Units / Flat Stake)
Special PICK: Lewandowski to score anytime

1899 Hoffenheim - FC Schalke 04


- This team meet each other 15 times and it is very even so far (5-4-6 for 1899).
- S04 was 7 times in Hoffenheim and they could never win there (0-4-3).
- Against no other club they have such a bad run as in Hoffenheim till now.
- Only the top clubs collected more Points from the last 13 Rounds as Hoffenheim 23.
- With Nagelsmann on the sideline they are much more effective and successful as before.
- 1899 was able to bring 24 Points on their side 2016, 2 more as Schalke did so far.
- Schalke was not able to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 league games.
- The last one was in February to Frankfurt 0-0. Such a run happened at least 2004.

With Nagelsmann as head coach 1899 has found the right man to lead this team despite his young age. He has a lot of power although the experience is not there but he is working hard and has some good skills in his training work. The team is doing by far a better second half of the Season as to begin where they got only 13 Points, under Nagelsmann they were able to be 5. in the second part of the season. This says all and the team is following him very well what is seen in success. They are already save and they can go out and play relaxed but with a lot of passion and celebrate with their fans the last game of the Season. They have all their key players ready, so no excuses here.

It was an average Season for Schalke so far but they have reach one of their goals already. They are sure for an international spot so far. Although they wanted much more above all the Champions League was their big aim but they missed this target. They can be happy with this above all after some weak performances they do the job. All is possible for them form place 5 to 7. With a draw they maybe climb one place up as Mainz and Hertha which both above them are playing each other. It could be important to get one of the places above them as they do not have to start so early in qualification for Euro League. With Goretzka they miss one midfield player who started recently but he can be replaced from Geis this time.

Both teams should be very even in their class at the moment and 1899 at home can always be a difficult team to play although they play for nothing. Nevertheless Nagelsmann is ambitious and he wants to win this one of course. S04 has something to play for and must be take the active part in this game what can be dangerous for them above all if Hoffenheim brings their fast offensive players in running. This can hurt them badly. We love the matchup and the HC on our side here.

PICK: 1899 Hoffenheim AHC +0,25 @ 1,95 (3 Units / Flat Stake)

VfL Wolfsburg - VfB Stuttgart

The Season is already gone for Wolfsburg but they have not won in the last 3 home games what put them under additional pressure for this game despite they play for nothing. This can not be their real target to reach a midfield place. Both manager Allofs and Coach Hecking are not pleased with the outcome and the Season, all the players have to improve their level and ask themselves what they can do better for the next Season. After coming in as second last Season they had a huge downtrend this Season above all away from home they won not much and this was maybe the reason why they missed an international spot. At home they lost only 3 matches so far and they had some really strong games there what should make it possible to get a win in the last game. All players are monitored if they are the right one for Wolfsburg next Season. Coach Hecking and Manager Allofs put the level high and they want to see a good performance and also a win.

After 39 years in Bundesliga the worst case is almost there for VfB Stuttgart. They had a good run after Kramny took over and pushed VfB on the right way but the last games were all without any fire above all the big miss in midfield with fighter Die is a big blow for them. Some other important players are not fully fit and plays with slight injuries what help the team not much. Therefore the results are all against them and only with a win they can have some hope to reach place 16 and two relegation matches against the 3 rd from 2.Bundesliga. But for this Bremen must lose otherwise Stuttgart has no chance anymore, although if Bremen plays draw and Stuttgart win with a very high margin they can overcome Bremen but this is almost impossible. So only a lose from Bremen hold them in the race. A very hard scenario for Stuttgart and what the fans are thinking about was seen in the last home game where they attack the pitch after the match was over. Also they attacked some of the players. The nerves are not the best there anyway and how should they be handled from the players on the pitch additional. Stuttgart travels to Wolfsburg with almost full squad only Sunjic suspended, Serey Die injured and Großkreutz injured again are not ready. 

The pressure is clear on Stuttgart’s side and Wolfsburg can sit back and play a normal game at home what is maybe their preferred style if they can play on counter with their fast offensive players. If Stuttgart has to open in the end of the game it can be that Wolfsburg overcome them easy. I have my doubts that Stuttgart can celebrate the same wonder as last Season when they won the important game against Paderborn and was saved then. This time we have to say good bye for a traditional BL team.

PICK: VfL Wolfsburg AHC 0 @ 1,78 (3 Units / Flat Stake)

Saturday 1.Bundesliga update

Werder Bremen - Eintracht Frankfurt

- Frankfurt lost only 1 of the last 11 matches against Werder, at Round 31 0-1 last Season.
- They are 6-4-1 in this period against Bremen and of course want to continue the run.
- Frankfurt needs only a draw here while Bremen has to win if they want to overcome Frankfurt.
- If Stuttgart does not win in Wolfsburg both Bremen and Frankfurt can not be relegated directly.
- This is only the case because Stuttgart -23, Bremen -16 and Frankfurt -17 goals.
- It is almost the same run from Frankfurt since they managed the biggest surprise 98/98.
- They won 98/99 also the last 4 matches and got saved .... 3 in a row they have already managed.
- Bremen kept the first clean sheet this Season and collected 7 Points out of the last 4 games.

FSV Mainz 05 - Hertha BSC Berlin

- For FSV a draw would be enough to be directly qualified for the Euro League.
- On the other side Hertha need a win to overcome Mainz and do the same job.
- In the last 7 matches between these two clubs in Mainz, Hertha had the better outcome (3-3-1).
- This is the weakest number from Mainz against a team who played at least 2 times there.
- Hertha lost all their last 4 road games and showed a big downtrend recently.
- Hertha was always better in the first half of the Season and in second half they are much weaker.
- Berlin lost 5 of their last 6 last Season games. The only win was 2012 with 3-1 to 1899.
- In BL history lost Berlin 10 of their last 13 matches of the Season (2-1-10).

Borussia Dortmund - 1.FC Köln

- Cologne was able to get 7 of 9 possible Points against Dortmund from the last 3 games.
- Coach Stöger is actual unbeaten against Dortmund so far.
- Before this run they lost all 8 matches to Dortmund.
- But in Dortmund is Cologne waiting since 25 years for a win. The last one was 1991 2-1.
- Since this win they lost 14 times and got 2 draws what is not the best outcome so far.
- Also they are waiting since 440 minutes to score a goal in Dortmund.
- Cologne has the change to win both matches against BvB this Season. They are the only one then.
- FC is playing his best Season since 2000/01 when they managed 45 Points, 42 now.
- Dortmund won 18 of their 20 BL home matches and scored 57 goals, an average from 2,9.
- The last team who was able to win in Dortmund was Bayern in April 2015 with 1-0.