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German Bundesliga Week 16 Fixtures Featuring Bayer Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim

  • Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

    By  Ej Garr

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    Soccer Betting: A full week of German football continues with mid-week fixtures. We have 4 matches onTuesday, December 16, with another 5 taking placeon Wednesday, and we will back again with another full slate of matches for the weekend.

    Following up another 4 - 0 victory over the weekend, Bayern Munich continues to outclass the league and gradually pull away from everyone. Our featured match of the week happens at Rhein-Neckar Arena, with Hoffenheim hosting Bayer Leverkusen. Both clubs are improving over the last month to now be in the top 6 of the table.

    Let's break down the matches and see what action we can find on the German pitch.

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    Tuesday, December 16- 4 Matches

    Freiburg vs Bayern Munich

    3-Way: 1: Freiburg +2300 Away ; X: +1050 Draw ; 2: Bayern -1000 Home

    Spread: Freiburg +2.5 +115 ; Bayern -2.5 -135

    Total 3.5: Over -135 ; Under +115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Well, we took a chance that Augsburg might be able to give Bayern a match over the weekend, and we that simply did not happen. How a club at the bottom of the table would fare any better is just not worth betting on until Bayern shows some kind of weakness. Bayern could score 4 goals against 15 people, much less any 11 Freiburg could throw on the pitch, so we turn to the Over 3.5, despite the -135 juice.

    Stuttgart vs Hamburger

    3-Way: 1: Stuttgart +245 Away ; X: +250 Draw ; 2: Hamburger +115 Home

    Spread: Stuttgart +0.5 -135 ; Hamburger -0.5 +115

    Total 2.5: Over -115 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Hamburger's scoring issues once again reared their ugly head over the weekend in a 0 - 0 match with Freiburg. Combining the efforts of two clubs who do not have the ability to score with any consistency, this Under 2.5 makes the most sense of any play on this board, especially at -105.

    Augsburg vs Hannover

    3-Way: 1: Augsburg +170 Away ; X: +225 Draw ; 2: Hannover +175 Home

    Spread: Augsburg Pk -115 ; Hannover Pk -105

    Total 2.5: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    We tried to give some respect to Augsburg over the weekend against Bayern, but with one loss they have shifted down to the 5th spot in the table. However, we did continue to take advantage of the fact that Hannover can't stop anyone from scoring multiple goals, as was evidenced in another 3 - 3 match with Bremen.

    What is stopping us from taking this Over 2.5 at minimal -105 juice? Nothing at all will stop that from happening! Over 2.5 it is.

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    Mainz vs Koln

    3-Way: 1: Mainz +225 Away ; X: +225 Draw ; 2: Koln +135 Home

    Spread: Mainz Pk +130 ; Koln Pk -150

    Total 2.5: Over +110 ; Under -130

    Analysis and Prediction:

    What are the line setters seeing that we aren't? Offering a +110 on a 2.5 is hysterical to me, because Mainz hits Overs on a match by match basis, and both clubs have had defensive issues all campaign. Gladly will suggest this Over 2.5 with a lovely price of +110 to expect a measly 2 - 1 match.

    Wednesday, December 17- 5 Matches

    Featured Match Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Leverkusen +115

    Hoffenheim +225

    Draw +275

    Spread:

    Leverkusen Pk -165

    Hoffenheim Pk +140

    Total 3:

    Over +100

    Under -120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Our featured match of the weekend comes with two clubs who are fighting to stay near the top of the table and both are playing well lately. Scoring has been the theme for Hoffenheim lately, with many results of 3 goals or more.

    This total sitting at straight 3 gives us a little indication that the line setters do indeed expect to see some tickling of the twine, and that is, without doubt, the best place to look for a play with our action.

    We cashed the Over with Hoffenheim over the weekend, and saw a 3 - 2 match, but the first half was uneventful to say the least. It took 43 minutes to find that first goal, but the second half was much more wide open. We saw both clubs score 2 goals each, with Hoffenheim finding the 3rd and match-winning goal, with only a few minutes left in regulation time.

    We will turn right to this Total again, at even money expecting yet another match with a minimum of 3 goals, so the Over 3 is our best bet of the weekend.

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    Werder Bremen vs Moenchengladbach

    3-Way: 1: Bremen +550 Away ; X: +350 Draw ; 2: Gladbach -200 Home

    Spread: Bremen +1 +115 ; Gladbach -1 -135

    Total 3: Over -115 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    This is a 4 - 3 match waiting to happen, and to only see a -115 on this total to go over the 3 seems like a bit of gift. Despite Gladbach not being the most offensive-minded club lately, they have got to take advantage of what should be 3 easy points for them at home. Bremen was getting back in the mix with some nice results as the month started, but have now only found 4 points in their last 4 matches.

    We will recommend this Over 3 with marginal -115 juice.

    Hertha Berlin vs Frankfurt

    3-Way: 1: Berlin +260 Away ; X: +265 Draw ; 2: Frankfurt +105 Home

    Spread: Berlin Pk +160 ; Frankfurt Pk -190

    Total 3: Over +115 ; Under -135

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Frankfurt had been winners of 3 straight until last weekend's 3 - 2 defeat at Hoffenheim. We can expect them to get back to their winning ways at home, as Berlin has been terrible on the road the last two months. Getting results away from home is still one the toughest things to do in Germany, and Berlin has only 4 points on the road their last 7 matches. Frankfurt +105 is reasonable enough for the 3-Way action at home.

    Schalke vs Paderborn

    3-Way: 1: Schalke +155 Away ; X: +250 Draw ; 2: Paderborn +175 Home

    Spread: Schalke Pk -115 ; Paderborn Pk -105

    Total 2.5: Over -145 ; Under +125

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Paderborn has done a decent enough job in getting draws that carry some points, but they have still given up 24 goals in the year. Schalke Overs have been the play the last month, as it is 4 - 0 the last 4, and now both clubs only have a couple of days to prepare for each other. Once again, we will look to the total, but we will hope to find the handicap Over 2.5 and 3, instead of paying $45 for the 2.5.

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    Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund

    3-Way: 1: Wolfsburg +315 Away ; X: +295 Draw ; 2: Dortmund -120 Home

    Spread: Wolfsburg +0.5 +100 ; Dortmund -0.5 -120

    Total 3: Over +100; Under -120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Once again, Wolfsburg looked great in Europa League, notching another 3 - 0 win, but could not secure all 3 points over the weekend with Paderborn in a 1 - 1 match at home. Now they take on struggling Dortmund, who apparently can only play against quality European clubs, because they are kicking butt in Champions League. However, they are in the relegation zone in Bundesliga with only 14 points through 15 matches.

    To see Wolfsburg and the handicap +0.5 at even money, expecting them to, at worst, see a draw here is plenty valuable to us with where they both sit in the table and how both clubs’ campaigns have gone. It will be the last play of the weekend.

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