Samstag, 13. Mai 2017

1.Bundesliga - Round 33 !!!

Here I want to give some infos about all 9 matches today. I think this is the best choice and you can have a better inside about the games and teams and for what they are playing now.

VfL Wolfsburg - Bor. M'Gladbach

Typical match for this Round - relegation candidate against european hopes. The home side need Points according to their situation at the bottom of the table - with 2 Points above Place 16. they can fall down if they are not able to get Points, although they play Hamburg in the last match and this can maybe the real decider for Place 16. To be honest Wolfsburg can not be relegated directly because Ingolstadt must win both for this and it is almost impossible. 
Gladbach has still the chance for an European Spot but have to win both last encounters and need some help from other teams as well to climb up in the last 2 Rounds. Gladbach never won in Wolfsburg for the last 13 years !!!
Both miss some players: VfL with Bruma and Gebhardt two important once while Goldbach has Jantschke and Wendt as important out and have Raffael, Johnson, Christensen and Hazard doubtful.

FSV Mainz 05 - Eintracht Frankfurt

This is the next match with the same sign as mentioned above. And this is a big derby as well. FSV in trouble need every Point to stay away from relegation trouble but this opponent is very hard to play, of course. The good thing is that Frankfurt has never won in Mainz in 8 attempts (4-4-0) so far. 
I do not think that Frankfurt is huge motivated here although the fans should be not very pleased according to the big derby as they do not like each other. The main focus for Frankfurt is the Cup Final in 2 weeks against Dortmund and they have less chances for a European Spot therefore they save energy for the big match they have ahead.

Bayer Leverkusen - 1.FC Köln

Same as above. Also a big derby who is called "Rhein-Derby" Leverkusen in trouble and in a situation that no player from their squad had in the last years, therefore they do not know how to handle this. Also the Coach Korkut is nothing special and he is only talking but the player on the pitch did not understand his tactical advices and system as well. If they manage a win or at least a Point it could be enough that they are safe.
For Cologne it is a must win game if they want to stay in the race for an European Spot because all their rivals are on fire and they must be there if some of them fail. They have the best position form all contenders with only 1 Point behind Hertha BSC who stands on Place 6. They are in form right now and this is the first time since 21 years that they let Leverkusen behind them in table. What a boost for them additional for this important game.

FC Augsburg - Borussia Dortmund

Same scenario as mentioned in all the games above already. Augsburg in trouble, they may could have been safe already if they got not the late equalizer in Gladbach. Nevertheless they have to take the focus on the last two matches against Dortmund and Hoffenheim which both fight for the important place 3. If they lose both it can be that they fall down to Place 16 because with only 2 Points advantage now it can be hard above all with this opponents. 
Dortmund only must win 2 matches for a 3rd Place who is very important for them because they have to play no qualification matches for CL then. Also they have the Cup Final in hand to manage a title this Season as well. From the last 12 matches, Dortmund lost only 1 to FCA .....

FC Schalke 04 - Hamburger SV

Schalke disappointed a lot this Season and failed in all competitions. This makes it not much easier for Coach Weinzierl and his Coaching team. This is the last match in their Arena this Season and they want to celebrate with the fans, therefore they have to invest all they have in tank to get a well atmosphere in the last home game. Must win otherwise Weinzierl is fired after the Season.
Oh Hamburg, oh Hamburg .... every Season the same ... they are horrible and they are coming to end up on Place 16 as in 3 times of the last 4 Seasons. Sooner or later they have not the luck in the 2 relegation battles and they must go down .... nothing has changed their, every Season they talking and investing a lot but fail and fail again. They are absolutely out of form right now and no know put a cent on them according to their weakness. If HSV lose they have the pressure for the last home game to Wolfsburg and this battle decides all then.

RB Leipzig - Bayern Munich

Both giants play each other but both are already safe on their Positions. RB as newcomer played the best Season ever and they coming in on Place 2 this Season what is an incredible success for them. Bayern won the title the 5th time what is a new record for Bundesliga. Both playing for nothing - but the match is hot.

SV Darmstadt 98 - Hertha BSC Berlin

SVD already relegated after the unlucky lose in Munich last weekend playing only for their fans. They are trying to build up a new team for next Season in 2.Bundesliga while Hertha BSC has a lot to lose again. They are in the race for an European Spot, has still a good Position but if they lose the 9. time on the road again they will be overcome from some teams behind. This is a must win game for them, nothing more, nothing less. A lot of missing players on Hertha side makes it not much easier for Coach Dardai but he has to handle this situation and push his team. Now or never !!!

Werder Bremen - 1899 Hoffenheim

After a disappointing start, Bremen has a good run and they are still in the race for an European Spot but they have to win this encounter otherwise it could be done for this Season. With losing only 1 form 18 matches against Hoffenheim they have a good argument on their side and they can believe in their strength above all at home they are running from win to win recently. 
1899 coming to Bremen with a unlucky lose against Dortmund who was decided by the referee. Nevertheless they have to look forward and hope that Dortmund fail in one of the last 2 matches but in this case they have to win both. Therefore full focus on the last matches to get the important 3rd Place back. If not, they played an incredible Season anyway and the young team is working and playing excellent. 
Both teams producing a lot of goals, this may can be a high goal scoring game.

SC Freiburg - FC Ingolstadt 04

European vs. Relegation. Newcomer Freiburg is playing one of their best Seasons in 1.Bundesliga and Coach Stretch can be very proud of his young team and how they handle this Season. They are in the best Position according to European Places and with a win they can do the job almost ..... it is a must because the last game in Munich is a tricky one and it can be that they lose there. So all power in this game against a candidate who is in a must win situation as well. In this case Ingolstadt can not sit back an wait, they have to push from beginning on and hope to get the win. If they do not win, it is almost the end for them and they are relegated 1 Round before the Season ends. 
This match can be very open because both teams must push !!!

Samstag, 6. Mai 2017

1.Bundesliga - Round 32 - Saturday

Borussia Dortmund - 1899 Hoffenheim

- 1899 could not win one of the last 8 matches against BvB.
- The last win was at Matchday 34, Season 2012/13 if they avoid relegation with a 2-1 win.
- In second half of the Season both teams collected 27 Points and scored 28 goals, conceded 15.
- If this match has pass for both, they have the same opponents in the last 2 Rounds with FCA / WB.
- Dortmund did not lose one of the last 36 BL home games so far (29-7-0).
- This is a new club record and the longest run from all 5 top leagues in Europe.
- The last defeat was in April 2015 against Bayern Munich 0-1 where Götze scored the winner.
- 1899 lost only one of the last 11 BL games (7-3-1) with 1-2 to Hamburg at Round 28.
- On the road 1899 was only able to win 2 of their 11 matches.

Dortmund miss again Bartra, Götze, Rode, Sahin and Schürrle but should have a great squad available for this important big clash. This is a must win game for them if they want to jump on important Place 3 who bring them directly to CL Group stage while Place 4 they have to play 2 matches for qualifying.

1899 with no important missing, Coach Nagelsmann has all players ready and can choose from a lot. The only have to defend their Position today .... therefore a draw would be enough for them anyway.

FC Ingolstadt 04 - Bayer Leverkusen

- This is the 4th game between these two teams in BL and Leverkusen won both last Season.
- In this Season Ingolstadt won in Leverkusen 2-1 and should win this one at home too.
- After winning 3 games in a row Ingolstadt was only able to get 1 Point form the last 3 matches.
- But they won 2 matches more as in first half of the Season already.
- With 29 Points has Ingolstadt not the best situation because they must close the gap with 4 Points.
- A team with 29 to this time was always relegated to the end of the Season.
- Tyfun Korkut got 6 Points from 8 matches with Leverkusen since he is head coach there.
- Only one Coach was weaker in this period as Korkut ..... they are out of form anyway.
- Only 12 Points in 14 matches so far for Leverkusen, this is the lowest number form all teams.

Some problems for Ingolstast because with Morales and Roger they must replace two important guys today. Not so easy because they must win this game if they do not want to lose all the last hopes to avoid relegation. If they lose it is almost impossible to get the job done, but with a win they maybe can close the gap to 1 Point with 2 matches remaining.

Leverkusen miss with Bender and Brandt also two guys who should be in starting lineup but should be able to replace them. Although almost the whole team looks out of form under Korkut and they are in a difficult situation. If they lose today, this can be hard two last weeks this Season and red zone is coming closer and closer, also pressure.

Borussia M'Gladbach - FC Augsburg

- Gladbach won only 2 from 11 duels with Augsburg (2-4-5).
- Only against Leipzig they have a more bad average (0,5 Points / matches ) as against FCA (0,9).
- Augsburg won 2 of the last 3 matches and got some hope back for relegation battle.
- Since March FCA was only able to get 2 wins from 9 matches (2-2-5).
- FCA lost all their last 4 road games. Such a run happened in spring 2015 with 5 defeats.
- Since 15 matches FCA could kept a clean sheet against Hamburg 4-0 last sunday.
- The last time they managed a clean sheet was against Gladbach !!!
- In 2017 Gladbach kept a clean sheet in 6 matches, only Bayern (8) had more in this period.

A lot of missing player for Gladbach with Jantschke, Wendt, Drmic, Hazard and Raffael ..... some of them are key players what makes it not so easy for Coach Hecking to field a strong starting eleven. Nevertheless this is a must win game for them if they want to have a chance for an European Spot for next Season.

Augsburg coming to Gladbach without Koo and Moravek but should replace both. The win against Hamburg should boost them additional and let them work harder to get the job done. This is an important match for them and they need all Points they can get according to their situation in relegation battle.

Samstag, 22. April 2017

1.Bundesliga on Saturday

Bayern München - FSV Mainz 05

- Bayern won 8 of the last 9 matches against Mainz 05.
- But they conceded the last BL home defeat against them in March 2016.
- Overall Bayern was losing 1 time from the last 32 BL home games (27-4-1).
- Mainz lost already 10 times on the road, what is a negative high for them.
- If they lost this one in Munich, it would be a new negative club record for them with 11.
- FSV lost 9 of the last 10 road trips, only in Leverkusen they won 2-0 in this period.
- Included in this run are also the Cup knock out and the EL match in Anderlecht 1-6.
- Bayern won all their last 14 BL home games, if the team was placed 14. downwards.
- In these games they scored incredible 37 goals and conceded only 4.
- Also they did not lose a single game in 21 attempts after a CL match (16-5-0).

It is open if Coach Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup according to the important Cup Semi Final next wednesday against Dortmund. They can rest some guys like Boateng, Lewandowski and so on. In goal injured Neuer will be replaced by Ullreich again.
Mainz will count on a strong defensive line today. Coach Schmitt was thinking about 5 mens on a line to defend Bayern Munich well.

FC Ingolstadt 04 - Werder Bremen

- Last Season Ingolstadt could win both matches against Bremen, this Season Bremen won 2-1 at H.
- Loser of the 29. Round was Ingolstadt with a 0-3 in Wolfsburg.
- They opened the gap to place 16 to 4 Points again and they are in a must win situation today.
- Bremen is coming to Ingolstadt with a great run from 9 unbeaten matches in a row (7-2-0).
- The last time the had such a good run was 7 years ago. 14 matches in August to December 2009.
- The most weak home team is Ingolstadt with only 15 Points out of 14 home matches.
- But lately they could win twice at home and got some believe in them back.
- Bremen collected 17 Points on the road what is even with Dortmund, only 3 teams more.
- Actually Bremen is unbeaten in 5 of their last road matches (3-2-0).
- They scored in all their last 13 away matches at least 1 goals (overall 23 goals / 1,8 goals average).

Ingolstadt with a lot of problems in defensive today. They have to replace Bregerie and Matip both suspended, also Suttner suspended. This makes it not much easier for them but they put all in of course and look forward for a good match.
Bremen suffer only the injured from key midfield player Delaney and Junuzovic suspended but welcome back Gnabry in offensive.

Montag, 17. April 2017

Arminia Bielefeld - VfB Stuttgart

This became a very important match for both teams. If we take a look on the table both are in almost a must win situation, Arminia to close the gap from 2 Points and stay in the relegation battle while Stuttgart wants to climb back on top and make the next step for promotion.
With the new Coach Bielefeld is doing well and they had a good run lately. With 10 Points out of the last 4 matches they are doing well in relegation battle but all the rivals collected Points and they are in a must win situation as well. VfB coming of a excellent derby win to KSC with 2-0 what should give them some boost as they could only win 1 of the last 6.

Arminia celebrated the first away win this Season in Sandhausen 3-1 where they won exactly one year ago the last time. This was a very important one and also the good home streak should help them in the next week to hold all in their hand in relegation battle.
Coach Saibene needs not much time to find a good working starting eleven. But he has to changes it this time because with Prietl he has one guy suspended for this encounter. Also the long term injured Nöthe, Görlitz, Lang and Hornig are not available. Some options are there to replace Prietl - 1. one can be that Junglas plays beside Schütz in central midfield - 2. one is to move Yabo back from offensive midfield to central midfield (of course, only if he is ready because he faces a shoulder injury from Sandhausen match) then central striker Vogelsammer can play in offensive midfield while top striker Klos gives his comeback in starting eleven up front. Some more changes can be on the left wing where Staude or Putaro could not convince much. With Brandy they have a good player back from injury and he can maybe jump into the starting eleven.

After stopping the negative run from 5 matches Stuttgart coming to Bielefeld with a lot of self confidence and believe in their strength to win the 6. time there. As I said already, the derby win should give them some boost and give them the additional needed percent of power back which is needed in a close promotion race.
It is not far away that Coach Wolf counts again on the winning lineup from last weekend. With Grgic they have one guy back from injury while Mane, Grahl and Sarpei are alle sidelined. If Wolf plays again with two youngsters in central midfield is more as open, because with Zimmermann he has a very talented and powerful player ready again. Also in offensive he has a lot options as well. Last time he field with Gentner, Asano, Maxim and striker Terodde a strong and powerful offense who did the job, above all Asano convinced. Nevertheless he has with Ginczek, Brekalo and Green some in the back hand and can change every time he needs.

The record is pro Bielefeld in their home games against Stuttgart. They hare up with 8 wins 3 draws and 5 defeats. According to both teams situation and form, it can be a very tough and close game.

Some facts:
- Stuttgart scored in 10 from 11 matches in second part of the Season while Bielefeld conceded in 17 of their last 19 matches at least a goal.
- In matches where Stuttgart was involved the last 10 times, there was always a goal in first half 9 times.
- In matches where Arminia was involved the last 8 times, there was always a goal in fist half 7 times.

Sonntag, 9. April 2017

1.Bundesliga on Sunday 09.04.17

Hertha BSC Berlin - FC Augsburg

- In 11 matches between these two sides there were only 15 goals, an average from 1,4 / match.
- In the last 7 matches there were only 3 goals, an average from 0,4 goals / match.
- We had it 4 times that this encounter finished goalless.
- At home Hertha BSC is unbeaten against FCA (2-3-0).
- Augsburg is waiting since 4 matches or 423 minutes for a goal against Hertha BSC.
- Against no other club is Augsburg waiting so long for a goal.
- Only against FCA could Hertha kept a clean sheet in the last 4 matches.
- From all encounter which takes place at least 6 times, this is the one with the fewest goals.
- Hertha won all the latest BL games on Sunday.
- Away from home, Hertha lost all the last 6 Sunday matches.
- Without shape, Hertha collected only 3 Points out of the last 5 matches.
- But FCA has less with only 2 Points collected in this period.

Some changes are possible on both sides, with Mittelstädt and Ibisevic Coach Dardai has some options in hand, also Brooks can be a candidate to start again if he is fit, of course. Augsburg's Coach Baum is under pressure and he has to deliver today otherwise it could be hard for him to be on the sideline next week. Some changes can be done as well from him.

FC Ingolstadt 04 - SV Darmstadt 98

- Ingolstadt lost only 1 form 7 games against D98 (2-4-1).
- This happened in April 2016 in Darmstadt with 0-2.
- The reserve match was won by Ingolstadt with 1-0, what was the first match from Walpurgis.
- Under Coach Kauczinski they could won win a single game in 10 attempts, only 2 Points collected.
- This is the first time that Placed 17. team plays placed 18. team, last time February 2014.
- Continues the same way? 2015 both were promoted to 1.BL, 2016 both saved, 2017 both relegated?
- FCI could celebrate they 4 win in second part of the Season against Augsburg 3-2 under the week.
- More as 2 wins in a row managed Ingolstadt not since they are in 1.BL.
- If they want to close the gap from 4 Points to Mainz or maybe Augsburg, they must win today.
- Only a win keep Ingolstadt in the race of the relegation battle.

Coach Walpurgis must do some changes, because Hadergjonaj is suspended and Levels is not in the squad since weeks. Therefore he need a new right wing. He has to improve there now. Striker Leckie should be in starting lineup after he missed last match. - On the other side has Coach Frings some players doubtful and if they can not start there are some changes as well.

Samstag, 8. April 2017

1.Bundesliga on Saturday (Match Infos)

RB Leipzig - Bayer Leverkusen

- This is the 2nd match between these two sides, first one was won by RB with 3-2.
- With 55 Points after 27 Rounds is RB the third best newcomer in BL history.
- Only Bayern (58) and Kaiserslautern (57) had a better outcome in the first 27 Rounds.
- With the 3-2 win in Mainz RB expand the lead to Place 5. to 15 Points.
- No Team has lost this until the end of the Season, therefore they are for sure in CL next Season.
- After 5 BL games without a win, Leverkusen was able to win against bottom side D98 2-0.
- The win was important because they have now 6 Points between them and the red zone.

Coach Hasenhüttl can count on almost all of his squad, also on striker Werner. This means some hard decisions. On the other side Leverkusen has Tah and Chicarito doubtful.

Hamburger SV - 1899 Hoffenheim

- 1899 lost only one of the last 7 games with HSV (4-2-1).
- This was the last game for former Coach Gisdol (1899) what was lost 0-1.
- Against no other actual BL club they had such a good run and so many wins as against HSV.
- Only against Hannover (10 wins and 32 goals) they had a better outcome as HSV (7 and 31).
- With 17 Points out of the last 7 matches 1899 is in good shape and with an excellent run as well.
- With 51 Points after 27 Rounds they are playing the best BL Season in their history so far.
- HSV is unbeaten since 8 BL home games (6-2-0).
- The last time with such a run was from May 2008 to February 2009 with 10 wins and 1 draw.
- Hoffenheim is unbeaten since 3 road games (1-2-0), and collected 19 Points on the road so far.
- The club record is at 23 Points in one Season on the road - from 2008/09.

HSV has keeper Adler doubtful, he may face a late fitness test if he can play. Also some others are not available like Müller, Ekdal ..... not much left for Coach Gisdol. 1899 has also some problems above all if Rudy can not play (he is doubtful) because he was key in their play in the last matches and with Schwegler or Polanski they lack on pace there.

1.FC Köln - Bor. M'Gladbach

- This is a big derby and they face each other the 86. time.
- From 85 duels in BL won Gladbach 46 and Cologne only 23 by 16 draws.
- The last 3 duels - could Cologne win 2 and Gladbach only 1.
- In the last 12 derbies Cologne won only 2 (2-3-7).
- The first match was won by Cologne with 2-1 this Season.
- Against no other team has Gladbach celebrated so many wins 46 and scored incredible 169 goals.
- On the other side, against no other BL club has Cologne such a bad record as against rival BMG.
- In 13 home games, Cologne suffered only 1 defeat (7-5-1).
- More Points in 13 home games got Cologne only in Season 1988/99 with 30.

Cologne must replace Hartel suspended, Risse long term injured and Osako (knee). Gladbach has some good news with Raffael back in squad.

Sonntag, 2. April 2017

2.Bundesliga on Sunday

1.FC Kaiserslautern - Eintracht Braunschweig

The situation is getting harder for FCK and they are very close to red zone therefore they should invest a bit more as in the last games. With Moritz they have an important midfield player back who starts, of course. In defensive there can be some rotations according to Moritz return.

In the break Braunschweig got some injured players back what makes it not so easy to Coach Lieberknecht to choose. He has more options now and this can be an advantage what all saw in training sessions. There was a big fight for the positions in the starting eleven.

On the "Betzenberg" were the lowest goal scored with an average from 1,50 pro match. Kaiserslautern conceded only 6 goals in their home games so far what is the best home defense in 2.Bundesliga while Braunschweig allowed only 12 goals on the road also one of the best number.

Braunschweig is unbeaten since 6 games and Kaiserslautern is winless since 4. Moreover Braunschweig lost none of the last 5 road games (this should be continued according to promotion battle).

VfB Stuttgart - Dynamo Dresden

After the 0-1 defeat in Fürth there can be some changes in the starting eleven. Also the system can be changed from 4-1-4-1 to 3-4-2-1 what they love more. In offense Coach Wolf has a lot of options and it is not out yet whom he field there.

Coach Neuhaus plans not much changes because he has no reason after the 2-0 win against Sandhausen before the break. Only Müller is suspended and must be replaced by Modica in central back.

Dresden is coming to Stuttgart as second best away team but Stuttgart has won 9 of their 12 home games. At home they are hard to play and beat as only 2 defeats show. The last matches were not as expected and they must be much more focused what can be a big advantage for them today because they know that they can overcome Union to take the lead again.

Dresden has scored 14 goals in 2017 so far, what is the best number in 2.Bundesliga now. Stuttgart has scored 25 goals in 12 home games - this may speak for goals today.

Freitag, 31. März 2017

Fortuna Düsseldorf - 1860 München

Before the national break Düsseldorf collected 7 Points out of 4 games which put them in a much more comfortable situation now. With 33 Points they are far away from relegation trouble but some Points are needed of course to be absolutely safe. A bit more difficult look the situation from 1860 Munich who is only 5 Points ahead of the red zone and it can become more difficult because Aue and St. Pauli face each other, therefore one of them are making a step forward. This puts additional pressure on 1860 today. 

After an important and deserved win against KSC with 3-0 Fortuna Coach Funkel has no arguments to change his successful team although the national break was long. He has all his players ready and can choose from a lot at the moment but it can start the same eleven to get the first home win since Matchday 10.
Fortuna is expected to play in 4-1-4-1 again with Bodzek as central midfield player while both youngsters Akpoguma and Bormuth build the central back. In offensive Funkel can field Sobottka, Ayhan, Bebou and Fink while leader Bellinghausen is sitting on the bench and is set as joker. Up front plays Hennings who is back in shape after scoring twice against his former club lately.

It was very important for 1860 to stop the losing run from 3 matches in a row with a 2-1 win against relegation rival Würzburger Kickers. This give them some self confidence and believe in their strength back. Although on the road they are one of the weakest teams in 2.Bundesliga with only 1 win so far (September 2016).
New Coach Pereira has found his eleven in the past weeks and he change only if it is a must or maybe according to some tactical things. Therefore it is not far away that he count on his winning team from two weeks ago again. In this case youngster Neuhaus remain in the team instead of veteran Bülow. Also one of the best players in squad from 1860 Munich Liendl sit on bench again. The situation for the top Austrian player is more as disappointing and he is already searching for new clubs. Although he was the man against Würzburg after he comes in, Pereira does not like him much. Also new and with a lot of hopes signed striker Gytkjaer has lost the fight for the offensive postion against Olic. He sit on bench now after could not convince much.  Not available are all the long term injured players like Mölders, Kager, Andrade and Simon.

Very nice encounter above if you take a look at the numbers. Düsseldorf has not won since Matchday 10 at home while 1860 Munich has lost all his last 8 road games. It looks like the draw is a good choice here. The Under can be a good one as well. Düsseldorf did not score in 7 of 11 latest matches and 1860 scored only 1 single goal in 5 attempts on the road including Cup.

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 ..........


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.