Soccer Odds - German Bundesliga Week 19 Fixtures Featuring Schalke vs Bayern Munich

  • Monday, February 2nd, 2015

    By  Ej Garr


    Soccer Betting: Bayern Munich comes off their first loss of the campaign. With only a few days off to travel home, they must quickly regroup, pick themselves up after the decisive loss to Wolfsburg, and get back to their winning ways. They are involved with our featured match of the round once again, as a result of the top 4 matchup in the Bundesliga table with Schalke. Schalke will have to make do without Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who was handed a straight red card for his actions during the last five minutes of their match over the weekend.

    With heavy hearts, Wolfsburg will now travel to Frankfurt to continue the campaign, but if there was any indication by the 4 - 1 thrashing over Bayern over the weekend, they have appeared to come together as a club, taking Junior Malanda's memory with them.

    We have 4 matcheson Tuesday, and 5 to finish out the roundon Wednesday, so let's see what we can expect to see in the mid-week action.

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    Tuesday, February 3 - 4Matches

    Schalke vs Bayern Munich

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Schalke +1550

    Bayern -625

    Draw +750


    Schalke +2.5 -130

    Bayern -2.5 -110

    Total 3.5:

    Over -115

    Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    The last thing Schalke needed at the end of the match with Hannover over the weekend was Klaas-Jan Huntelaar making a pointless tackle in the 85th minute that earned him a red card. As a result, he will now be out of an important match for Schalke, who sits tied at 30 points with two other clubs for the third spot in the table.

    Not to mention, Bayern not only comes off their first loss of the campaign, but they took quite a beating in a 4 - 1 loss to second place Wolfsburg. We knew Wolfsburg would be emotional for the match, and they came out quick and relentless, which is what we normally had seen from Bayern all campaign through the halfway point.

    The question is how Bayern will respond to their first loss, because we are in unfamiliar territory now. This will be the first time this year we see Bayern facing the need to regroup, but with the veteran lineup they have, and playing at home, they should be able to get back on track.

    They are immensely favored, to the point of seeing a -2.5 on the handicap, so the line setters are saying they will be fine and this will be no contest.

    Schalke's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will now have to be the leader he has been all year, and hope to add to his 9 Bundesliga goals on the year.

    This is a tough match to predict because of the lines being offered. We easily nailed our over in the Wolfsburg / Bayern match, and it might have to be where we go here. The loss of Schalke's second leading scorer to the red card will surely take its toll, as Chuopo-Moting is not going to go unmarked for even a minute in this match. Bayern knows it will be him who will be relied on, and they will shut him down for the most part.

    We are going to have to go with the Over 3.5 at -115, expecting Bayern to thump this club at home.

    Freiburg vs Moenchengladbach

    3-Way: 1: Freiburg +545 Away ; X: +325 Draw ; 2: Gladbach -185 Home

    Spread: Freiburg +1 -110 ; Gladbach -1 -110

    Total 2.5: Over -145 ; Under +125

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Freiburg did a great job over the weekend, throwing a beat down on Frankfurt to get themselves at least out of the danger zone for now. However, with only 3 wins on the campaign, there is still a ton of work to do if they want to stay afloat.

    We originally thought that Gladbach might have over prepared for the second half of the campaign, and took a chance that it could have been too much, but they responded nicely taking 3 points vs Stuttgart.

    However, we are going to suggest this Under 2.5. Scoring on Moenchengladbach is still as tough as it ever has been, and we do not expect Freiburg to have as much success as they did over the weekend,

    Not to mention that we are getting +125 on the action.

    Wolfsburg vs Frankfurt

    3-Way: 1: Wolfsburg -110 Away ; X: +300 Draw ; 2: Frankfurt +270 Home

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

    Total 3.5: Over +115 ; Under -135

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Well, they did it, and they did it in fashion. Wolfsburg took the bull by the horns, and used their emotions from the Malanda death to go out and thrash Bayern at home and get the second half of the campaign under way.

    Now, they have to regroup, because when you play with that much emotion, win or lose, getting it back and staying focused is tougher than most would think.

    Of course Frankfurt is aware of what happened, as the whole league is naturally, but they are not going to let Wolfsburg walk in their house and just take all three points because they lost a player over the break.

    We know Alexander Meier is leading the league in scoring, and he, along with Haris Seferovic, have combined for 20 goals for the Eagles.

    We played the Over in both of the clubs’ matches over the weekend, and easily got paid for our troubles. With only a day or two to prepare for each other, we are going right back to the well.

    The over 3.5 at a lovely +115 makes it on the boardon Tuesday.

    Mainz vs Hannover

    3-Way: 1: Mainz +225 Away ; X: +245 Draw ; 2: Hannover +125 Home

    Spread: Maniz Pk +135 ; Hannover Pk -155

    Total 2.5: Over -125 ; Under +105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Mainz ended up getting Okazaki back in time for last weekend, despite us thinking he would be out with the injury he took at the Asian Cup. He did indeed make it through 70 minutes of playing time, so we can now expect him to able to go here as well, even with the quick schedule. He did not produce much, and didn't make it on the score sheet, but his presence is still needed if they hope to get out of the middle of the pack.

    We are taking this Over 2.5 with some marginal juice of -125, because we see both clubs being able to find the net. We check the Both to Score prop at -165 at the major books in Europe, and we know why they see it happening. We hope they don't stop at 1 - 1, and that third goal we need comes for us.

    Wednesday, February 4 - 5Matches

    Stuttgart vs Koln

    3-Way: 1: Stuttgart +240 Away ; X: +230 Draw ; 2: Koln +125 Home

    Spread: Stuttgart Pk +140 ; Koln Pk -165

    Total 2.5: Over +115 ; Under -135

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Both clubs only find themselves 5 points away from each other, but Koln is certainly in better shape than that of Stuttgart. We tried to give Stuttgart some respect over the weekend -- we saw their preparation over the winter break and hoped it would lead to something -- but they still had to deal with a club near the top of the table, and it did not go well. Defensively, we know Moenchengladbach is one of the best in the league, and Stuttgart found that out early. They only produced one shot on goal, and that was not even a realistic threat, so we cannot give them respect again until they earn it.

    Koln at home with a reasonable +125 is the play we have to make here, simply until we see Stuttgart show us more.

    Augsburg vs Dortmund

    3-Way: 1: Augsburg +685 Away ; X: +365 Draw ; 2: Dortmund -230 Home

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

    Total 2.5: Over -135 ; Under +115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    We cashed both of our tickets we placed on each of these clubs’ respective matches over the weekend, and rather easily at that. We took the Dortmund under and it was 0 - 0, and we took the Augsburg over and easily cashed that.

    Now, we see Augsburg in that fray of clubs with 30 points vying for European qualification, and now Dortmund is the bottom of the barrel in the table. So with this match, we shake our head at the -230 the line setters have set on Dortmund at home, and wonder why they see it the way they do. We cannot invest in a last place club, much less throw down -230 to get it, so the +1 on the away side here is more than reasonable at +120, expecting the better club to, at worst, get some type of result, and a draw would certainly be enough to cash the ticket. If they lose 2 - 1, then so be it, no harm, no foul, and we live to see another day.

    Leverkusen vs Hertha Berlin

    3-Way: 1: Leverksuen -135 Away ; X: +265 Draw ; 2: Berlin +415 Home

    Spread: Leverkusen -0.5 -135 ; Berlin +0.5 +115

    Total 2.5: Over +100 ; Under -120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Leverkusen struggled as we expected last weekend, but luckily we see Berlin on their schedule today.

    Last we heard, if you don't shoot, you can't score, and Berlin did not put up a single shot on goal this weekend in a 2 - 0 loss to Bremen.

    We do not see any reason to invest in anything Berlin is selling, so we will simply drink the juice of -135 expecting Leverkusen to come out of here with 3 points. No further analysis needed.

    Hamburger vs Paderborn

    3-Way: 1: Hamburg +185 Away ; X: +235 Draw ; 2: Paderborn +155 Home

    Spread: Hamburg Pk +105 ; Paderborn -125

    Total 2.5: Over -105 ; Under -115

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Well what do you know, Hamburg picked up right where they left off before the break, which now makes it 4 straight matches the net has eluded them.

    Paderborn may not be all that much better, coming off an embarrassing 5 - 0 loss to Mainz over the weekend.

    We are taking this under with no doubt, because expecting scoring from these two is like wondering if the root canal you are about to have might hurt or not! It hurts! Take the Under 2.5 with the minimal -115 juice.

    Werder Bremen vs Hoffenheim

    3-Way: 1: Bremen +380 Away ; X: +315 Draw ; 2: Hoffenheim -145 Home

    Spread: Bremen +1 -130 ; Hoffenheim -1 +110

    Total 3: Over -145 ; Under +125

    Analysis and Prediction:

    We would have liked to see this total at 2.5 with some juice, but the line setters are on to the fact that we are going to see a good bit of goal scoring here. There is no value in the Over 3 at -145, but there is plenty of value in the Over 3 and 3.5 at even money, expecting a 3 - 2 type of match here. The Both to Score prop is as high as -250 at some sites in Europe, and that is enough evidence for us to move the line up from 3, to Over 3 and 3.5 at even money or so.

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