Raphael Honigstein’s Bundesliga Betting Tips
FC Augsburg 3.10, the draw 3.40, Werder Bremen 2.20
The home side have two goals, two points, and no clue how to change things around. Key players Mölders and Koo are injured, the new boys are struggling to integrate and the togetherness of last season is long gone. They’ll certainly give it a go on Friday night but Werder are clear favourites. Thomas Schaaf’s men are also not quite there yet – the balance between attack and defence has been a perennial problem for years – but they have an excellent front-line that will get goals on the night. Nigerian Jonathan Akpala is expected to be given the nod at centre-forward ahead of the less physical Nils Petersen in the SGL Arena. Another defeat looms for Markus Weinzierl’s men here.
Schalke 04 1.42, the draw 4.30, VfL Wolfsburg 7.20
Throwing away a 2-0 lead at Düsseldorf was careless – as was throwing away a 2-1 lead against ten-man Montpellier in the Champions League. Now, the Royal Blues are wondering if the team is psychologically robust enough. S04 midfield trickster Julian Draxler misses the game with a broken arm but everyone else is on board for the return of Felix Magath, who’s got bigger problems. The Wolfsburg head coach took away most of the team’s water bottles after a run through the woods as an “educational measure”, just to remind everyone why his nick-name was “Saddam” in the past. Schalke, despite their wobbles, should have the upper hand here.
SC Freiburg 2.20, the draw 3.35, 1 FC Nürnberg 3.15
At least “Der Club”, as Nürnberg are called locally, don’t have to worry about unrealistic expectations following three defeats on the trot. The number of individual mistakes at the back has shocked coach Dieter Hecking, and the loss of defender Per Nilsson poses particular problems; veteran Timmy Simonson might have to drop in from midfield or Veh will give youngster Noah Korczowski his first start. Brazilian Marcos Antonio won’t get a look in after his 16 minute horror show against Stuttgart. Freiburg must fancy their chances at home, even if confidence isn’t exactly sky-high either having lost two games on the trot and midfielder Karim Guede to a silly red card against Frankfurt. A narrow win should help to settle nerves for Christian Streich’s team though
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