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Bundesliga Week 27 Fixtures: Schalke vs Augsburg

  • Friday, April 3rd, 2015

    By  Ej Garr

    Schalke-vs-Augsburg odds

    Soccer Betting: Our featured match may come at Veltins-Arena, due to the fact that they are both battling to hold on to Europa League positions. However, all eyes may be on the Bayern Munich match with Dortmund, which will have just as many implications in the table.

    Bayern Munich will be taking on Dortmund away from home, and will be without two of their key players for the match, the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery and the lines reflect their absences. With only eight matches remaining in the campaign, there is also a huge battle at the bottom of the table, with the latter eight clubs only separated by 7 points from 11th to 18th.We will see seven matches taking placeon Saturday and the last two matches comingon Sunday, including our featured match, Augsburg facing Schalke at SGL Arena.

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    We have a nice action play offered in that match, with one team dominating that series.

    There is much to discuss, and this is certainly one of the most anticipated weekends we have seen in Bundesliga since the second half of the campaign started, so let's not waste any time and get to the pitch.

    Saturday, April 4 - 7Matches

    Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund

    3-Way: 1: Bayern +115 Away ; X: +255 Draw ; 2: Dortmund +245 Home

    Spread: Bayern -0.5 +115 ; Dortmund +0.5 -135

    Total 2.5: Over -120 ; Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:

    It may not be our featured match of the weekend, but it sure is set to be a classic match, as the two clubs meet for the 92nd time in league play.

    Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will be in the stands, which explains the lines we see offered by the line setters for this one. Bayern needs to keep Wolfsburg at bay, with the Wolf facing bottom feeder Stuttgart this weekend. Wolfsburg is expected to take all three points in their match, which could potentially pull them to seven points apart if Bayern takes a loss here.

    Naturally, losing Robben and Ribery will have its effects, but that will not mean that Bayern is going to struggle as they did the last time out against Gladbach.

    We are taking this Over 2.5 at -120, because we rarely get the opportunity to take a total this low with Bayern, despite the injuries to two key players.

    Hamburger vs Bayer Leverkusen

    3-Way: 1: Hamburg +900 Away ; X: +400 Draw ; 2: Leverkusen -285 Home

    Spread: Hamburg +1.5 -115 ; Leverkusen -1.5 -105

    Total 3: Over +120 ; Under -140

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Hamburg needs to figure out a way to score if they plan on pulling some kind of outrageous upset here at BayArena.

    Naturally Leverkusen is strongly favored, as they should be since Hamburg is winless in their last six league outings. Hamburg looked miserable in their friendly over the Euro 2016 break when they played VfL Osnabruck from third tier which finished 0 - 0.

    Leverkusen has every reason to smash this club, and they hopefully will since we are suggesting the -1.5 handicap on the home side here at a reasonable -105.

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    Hannover vs Frankfurt

    3-Way: 1: Hannover +280 Away ; X: +280 Draw ; 2: Frankfurt -110 Home

    Spread: Hannover +0.5 -110 ; Frankfurt -0.5 -110

    Total 3: Over -115 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Frankfurt can't stop anyone when they are away from home, and no one can stop them when they are home, so luckily for them, they are home this weekend. They are, indeed, only four points out of a European spot for next year, so there is plenty of reason to go out and put forth a valiant effort in hopes of catching Augsburg or Schalke for those final spots in the table that carry qualification for Europa League.

    Hannover could find themselves in trouble if they keep letting points disappear. They are only two points clear of the third spot that gets sent down to second tier, so they will also play with a good bit of desperation.

    All this leads to goals being scored in the long run, and we have the potential to see a 3 - 2 type of match here, which should easily be enough to cash the ticket on the Over 3 at -115.

    Koln vs Freiburg

    3-Way: 1: Koln +185 Away ; X: +215 Draw ; 2: Freiburg +165 Home

    Spread: Koln Pk -105 ; Freiburg Pk -115

    Total 2: Over -130 ; Under +110

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Both clubs are doing all they can to remain afloat in top flight, but they are each still facing a battle to maintain their positions.

    Freiburg came up with a huge result over Augsburg two weekends ago, and need to put up a similar effort to break the tie with Hamburg for that last spot that gets sent down. Koln only sits five points out of safety themselves, but have done a decent job lately getting draws. However, one point at a time is not going to work down the stretch with so many clubs facing similar situations at the bottom of the table.

    Koln has actually been pretty respectable away from home, being fifth in the table when it comes to points on the road, so we will take a bit of a chance here, and take that Koln Pk Draw no Bet action at -105.

    Moenchengladbach vs Hoffenheim

    3-Way: 1: Gladbach +180 Away ; X: +240 Draw ; 2: Hoffenheim +155 Home

    Spread: Gladbach Pk -105 ; Hoffenheim Pk -115

    Total 2.5: Over -120 ; Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:

    This match also has a lot at stake for both clubs, with Gladbach trying to keep a grasp of the third Champions League Group Stage, while Hoffenheim is only a point back of Augsburg with their own hopes for European spots for next year.

    Hoffenheim has struggled with clubs above them in the table all campaign, and this is yet another one of those situations. They are coming off a lackluster performance against Paderborn, letting two points slip away after a scoreless draw.

    We know Gladbach is coming off their match of the year, taking out Bayern last time out, and there is no room for a letdown this weekend, so we will suggest the Gladbach Pk Draw no Bet option at -105.

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    Mainz vs Werder Bremen

    3-Way: 1: Mainz +195 Away ; X: +250 Draw ; 2: Bremen +140 Home

    Spread: Mainz Pk +110 ; Bremen Pk -130

    Total 2.5: Over -140 ; Under +120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Simply put, we see plenty of goals being scored in this one. The last three times these two have met, we have seen the Over come in. We have played the Bremen totals plenty in the second half of the campaign with a decent amount of success. Move this total to the Over 2.5 and 3 and get close to even money for your troubles.

    Stuttgart vs Wolfsburg

    3-Way: 1: Stuttgart +640 Away ; X: +360 Draw ; 2: Wolfsburg -225 Home

    Spread: Stuttgart +1 +115 ; Wolfsburg -1 -135

    Total 3: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    This match is the reason that the Bayern result is important, because the Wolf is howling and being at home against the club at the bottom of the table should surely hold three points in store.

    How this -1 handicap is sitting there at -135 is beyond us, and you know from our history of giving plays on the site, our suggestions never gets beyond that line. The -1 has to be recommended here, and if Wolfsburg struggles, albeit that Stuttgart is desperate and should put up a semblance of a fight, we can't let this -1 just sit there unattended.

    Sunday, April 5- 2 Matches

    Featured Match Schalke vs Augsburg

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Schalke +205

    Augsburg +140

    Draw +235

    Spread:

    Schalke Pk +115

    Augsburg Pk -135

    Total 2.5:

    Over +100

    Under -120

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Like we said, some may not consider this the featured match of the week, but it is indeed the only match with two clubs currently in the table that are in contention for European competitions next season. Augsburg couldn't have picked a worse time to be struggling, coming off yet another scoreless effort against a club under them in the table last time out. That makes three of the last four matches showing a loss in matches they were expected to come out with at least some type of result, facing Berlin, Mainz and Freiburg.

    Schalke has never lost to Augsburg, facing them eight times in league and Cup play, and coming out with six wins and two draws. Until that changes, this Schalke Pk Draw no Bet option at +115 seems worthy of some action.

    Paderborn vs Hertha Berlin

    3-Way: 1: Paderborn +360 Away ; X: +240 Draw ; 2: Berlin -115 Home

    Spread: Paderborn +0.5 -105 ; Berlin -0.5 -115

    Total 2.5: Over +125 ; Under -145

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Berlin and Paderborn have surrendered 94 goals between them this campaign, and that is simply ugly stuff.

    Even though the two have put up poor offensive performances recently, they should have plenty of success against each other, just as they did in their first meeting this year, with both teams scoring in a 3 - 1 Paderborn win.

    Also throw in that the line offered is +125 to expect a 2 - 1 score line, so let's see if these two offenses can take advantage of two of the worst defenses in all of Bundesliga, and splash the pan on the Over 2.5.

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