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Bundesliga Week 2 Fixtures Featuring Hannover vs Bayer Leverkusen

  • Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr

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    Soccer Betting: The first fixtures of the new campaign are in the books, and Bayern Munich set the precedence once again with a resounding 5 - 0 win over Hamburg at home. There were certainly other opening day surprises around the league too, as newcomers Ingolstadt came up with an away win at Mainz, and Dortmund handed Gladbach a humiliating 4 - 0 loss.

    The second round kicks offon Fridayat Olympiastadion with Hertha Berlin hosting Werder Bremen. Berlin looks to build on an opening day win at Augsburg, while Bremen looks to atone for a 3 - 0 home loss to Schalke.

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    Our featured match of the weekend comes at HDI-Arena, where Hannover plays host to Bayer Leverkusen. Hannover opened the campaign with a 2 - 2 draw against new arrivals Darmstadt, while Leverkusen took three home points in a win over Hoffenheim.

    Let's see what else happened on opening weekend, as we progress to the second round of the Bundesliga campaign.

    Friday August 21- 1 Match

    Hertha Berlin vs Werder Bremen

    3-Way: 1: Berlin +105 Home ; X: +245 Draw ; 2: Bremen +275 Away

    Spread: Berlin -0.5 +105 ; Bremen +0.5 -125

    Total 2.5: Over +105 ; Under -125

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Werder Bremen played an outrageous amount of off-season matches to prepare for the new campaign, and without a single loss in 13 outings, they opened the regular season with an ugly 3 - 0 loss at home to Schalke.

    Now Bremen has to pick up the pieces and hit the road to the Capital city to face Berlin at Olympiastadion. Berlin did not impress anyone much in their off-season preparations, but that is why we don't put much stock in friendly matches against lower tier clubs.

    They are merely scrimmages with no meaning but to simply get in shape and prepare mentally and physically for a long campaign ahead.

    Both clubs prevailed in their initial DFB Pokal outings just before the campaign got underway, but the German Cup will not continue until October.

    We will offer the Berlin home 3-Way line of +105, expecting them take all three points at home. They seemed to be prepared after a nice 1 - 0 win to open the campaign, and now they get to celebrate a consecutive win in front of their own fans this weekend.

    Saturday August 22- 6 Matches

    Featured Match Hannover vs Bayer Leverkusen

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Hannover +350

    Leverkusen -125

    Draw +280

    Spread:

    Hannover +0.5 +105

    Leverkusen -0.5 -125

    Total 2.5:

    Over -130

    Under +110

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Hannover played to a 2 - 2 draw with top flight new comers Darmstadt, but Darmstadt scored three of the four goals, while Hannover also missed a penalty kick opportunity of their own.

    It was a wide open affair, as the two exchanged 25 shots and managed nine combined shots on frame, but it took an own goal against Darmstadt to bring the match level at two.

    Leverkusen came away with a 2 - 1 win over Hoffenheim to get their campaign started, despite going down a goal in the 5th minute of the match at home.

    Stefan Kießling brought Leverkusen even at one when he picked up a loose ball in the box and slammed the shot home as he fell to the ground as the first half was coming to an end.

    It the 71st minute, Leverkusen'sJulian Brandt benefited from a streakingAdmir Mehmedi, who beat two defenders to clear space, led Brandt down the left side of the box and kept the ball low to the far post to secure the 2 - 1 result.

    The line setters expect some goal scoring here, as do we, although the -130 offer on the Over 2.5 is a bit steep. It is, however, the best recommendation to make in this match, especially with a -125 line if we wanted to make a play on Leverkusen to win outright on the 3-Way line.

    The Over 2.5 makes the board here at -130.

    Koln vs Wolfsburg

    3-Way: 1: Koln +315 Home ; X: +275 Draw ; 2: Wolfsburg -115 Away

    Spread: Koln +0.5 -105 ; Wolfsburg -0.5 -115

    Total 2.5: Over -135 ; Under +115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    The first 70 minutes or so of the Koln match with Stuttgart was rather uneventful, but boy did that change in the last 15 minutes. Four goals were scored in Koln’s 3 - 1 opener on the road, as Stuttgart simply fell apart down the stretch of the match.

    After a foul in the box led to a75th minute penalty kick by Anthony Modeste, the French national got the scoring started by burying home the chance from the spot to make it 1 - 0 in favor of the Cologne side.

    Just two minutes later Simon Zoller extended the lead for Koln, but the lead was cut in half within a minute when Stuttgart was given their own chance from the spot to get back in the match.

    Koln's Yuya Osako put the game away in extra time, to earn Koln three points away from home to get their campaign started.

    Wolfsburg got their campaign started with a 2 - 1 win over Frankfurt at home, and all three goals that were scored found the net before the 20-minute mark. Wolfsburg scored on both shot attempts in the first half of play, and cruised from there despite only having a one-goal lead. The second half was like watching paint dry, as absolutely nothing happened in the last 45 minutes that was worth speaking about.

    This is another play on the edge of our comfort zone, but we can simply not leave this total sitting there unattended. This is one of those opportunities where a line movement is the best option. However, -135 on another Bundesliga total is pushing the limit of making it worth having the action.

    Move the line to a straight 3 to go Over the total, and give yourself the +110 option instead of settling on -135 for the 2.5.

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    Frankfurt vs Augsburg

    3-Way: 1: Frankfurt +120 Home ; X: +250 Draw ; 2: Augsburg +230 Away

    Spread: Frankfurt -0.5 +120 ; Augsburg +0.5 -140

    Total 2.5: Over -125 ; Under +105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Both clubs got off to auspicious starts to the campaign as each lost on opening day.

    Raúl Bobadilla will not be playing this weekend for Augsburg after picking up two first-half yellow cards in their home loss to Berlin. Bobadilla led the team with 10 goals in all competitions last season.

    Frankfurt and Wolfsburg met on opening day and, as we mentioned in the Wolfsburg preview, Wolfsburg took a 2 - 1 win at home, with all the scoring coming early in the match and an extremely uneventful second half.

    We will gladly be offering this Under 2.5 at a more than reasonable +105, as we were truly surprised to see the line setters put the juice on the Over with Augsburg top scorer out, knowing how poor of a road team they are.

    Schalke vs Darmstadt

    3-Way: 1: Schalke -220 Home ; X: +350 Draw ; 2: Darmstadt +650 Away

    Spread: Schalke -1 -130 ; Darmstadt +1 +110

    Total 3: Over +115 ; Under -135

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Schalke took a 3 - 0 result at Weserstadion against Werder Bremen, as the two combined for 31 shot attempts in the match.

    Werder Bremen's scored Schalke's first goal for them, with an own goal from right back Gebre Selassie that found his own net from just outside his own box. Certainly a strange fashion to put a ball in your own net from that far out, but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting made it 2 - 0 in the 68th minute, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar put the match away with the third goal just five minutes from time.

    As we mentioned, Darmstadt came away with a 2 - 2 draw on opening weekend against Hannover, and it was the only draw that was played to open the Bundesliga campaign.

    Darmstadt scored first just past the hour mark, and again took a 2 - 1 lead later in the match, but an own goal haunted them as well and resulted in the final goal of the match that gave each club a point in the outing.

    We will offer two plus money action plays in this one, with the Over 3 at +110 making the board, along with the Darmstadt +1 also at +110.

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    Hamburger vs Stuttgart

    3-Way: 1: Hamburg +185 Home ; X: +245 Draw ; 2: Stuttgart +150 Away

    Spread: Hamburg Pk +105 ; Stuttgart Pk -125

    Total 2.5: Over -130 ; Under +110

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Hamburger had the lovely assignment of opening the campaign against Bayern Munich, and five goals later they are officially already at the bottom of the table, not that we expected any different.

    Stuttgart also suffered defeat to Koln as we mentioned, and now have to regroup and travel up north to Volksparkstadion.

    Neither side showed much of a defensive effort, so we will keep this one simple and attack this total.

    The Over 2.5 at any price they offer would make our board, so to see a -130 on this Over 2.5 is not all that outrageous.

    Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich

    3-Way: 1: Hoffenheim +900 Home ; X: +475 Draw ; 2: Bayern -335 Away

    Spread: Hoffenheim +1.5 -105 ; Bayern -1.5 -115

    Total 3.5: Over +100 ; Under -120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Bayern Munich did all we expected them to do in their opener, taking a 5 - 0 win over Hamburg to get their campaign underway.

    We don't know what Hoffenheim plans on doing to slow this train down, but it will likely not be enough to get any type of result.

    After going 2 - 0 with the two suggestions on Bayern last weekend, we return to make the same two plays this weekend.

    The Bayern handicap of -1.5 makes the board at -115, and the Over 3.5 also goes in as a recommendation at even money.

    Why waste your time with a detailed analysis when we know all we need to know about how fired up this Bayern club is and how they are ready to tear through the league again.

    Sunday August 23- 2 Matches

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    Moenchengladbach vs Mainz

    3-Way: 1: Gladbach -140 Home ; X: +285 Draw ; 2: Mainz +400 Away

    Spread: Gladbach -0.5 -140 ; Mainz +0.5 +120

    Total 2.5: Over -125 ; Under +105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Both clubs lost their openers, but the surprise of the two certainly had to be when we saw Gladbach suffer a 4 - 0 loss to Dortmund.

    Dortmund brought the heat and it was too much for Gladbach to handle, as they were down 3 - 0 only a half hour into the match. Die Fohlen only managed to put one shot on frame, and now have to rebound in front of their own fans at Stadion im Borussia-Park.

    Mainz took on Ingolstadt at home to open the season, and the newcomers to Bundelsiga handed Mainz a 1 - 0 defeat.

    The first half was rather uneventful, but Mainz looked like a third-tier club in the second half, while only putting one shot on net and allowing the lone goal that gave Ingolstadt three points.

    The only problem we have here is the -140 offer we see on the home side, because that is just outside our comfort zone when it comes to offering plays.

    We will suggest that you move the line to -1 on the handicap, to get +120 or so for your trouble. Gladbach should be able to manage three points at home, and even if they can only win by a goal, it would simply push our action. We expect them to score more than one goal at home, however, so the -1 is worth a play.

    Ingolstadt vs Borussia Dortmund

    3-Way: 1: Ingolstadt +700 Home ; X: +375 Draw ; 2: Dortmund -240 Away

    Spread: Ingolstadt +1 +120 ; Dortmund -1 -140

    Total 2.5: Over -140 ; Under +120

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    We just mentioned that Ingolstadt did well enough to survive opening day, and earn an all-important away win to start the campaign.

    Dortmund we would say looked the best of all the clubs in the league outside of Bayern of course, basically taking the life out of Gladbach early and often in their home opener.

    This will be Ingolstadt's first home game in top flight, and we think they are going to give Dortmund all they can handle, as the excitement at Audi-Sportpark is going to be electric.

    We are going to offer the +1 handicap at +120 on the home side here, expecting Ingolstadt to rely on their defense, and keep them in the match.

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