Category Archives: 2.Bundesliga

The Bundesliga Show Episode 96 – Almost for Bayern & Bye Bye Marco Kurz

This week on The Bundesliga Show, Terry Duffelen makes a return at the helm of the podcast alongside Jon Hartley. The pair take a look at Matchday 26, where Bayern couldn’t quite wrap up the title despite their 9-2 win over Hamburg.

All that, plus plenty more chat about the Marco Kurz’ departure from Hoffenheim, the Champions League and the 2.Bundesliga.

Enjoy the show!

Loveys’ 2.Bundesliga Betting Preview – Matchday 27

Tom Loveys is back with some more betting selections for the German Second Division. Follow Tom on Twitter here.

Below are the fixtures ahead of MatchDay 27 in the 2.Bundesliga with Coral Odds.

Aue 23/10 Draw 23/10 1860 Munchen 16/11
Cottbus 12/11 Draw 12/5 Aalen 16/5
Braunschweig 5/7 Draw 45/16 Dresden 9/2
Hertha 6/13 Draw 15/4 Bochum 7/1
Ingolstadt 17/12 Draw 23/10 Duisburg 9/4
FC Koln 4/11 Draw 9/2 Regensburg 68/7
Frankfurt 7/4 Draw 32/13 Union 7/4
Sandhausen 58/15 Draw 31/12 Kaiserslautern 20/21
St.Pauli 21/20 Draw 52/21 Paderborn 49/16

Matchday 27 in the 2.Bundesliga commences this Thursday night and sees another set of intriguing clashes. Braunschweig can regain top spot with a win over lowly Dresden, although Hertha can regain this honour within 48 hours when they entertain Bochum on Saturday lunch-time.

At the other end of the table, Regensburg’s cause isn’t helped by a trip to the in-form FC Koln. Sandhausen will be desperate to get something from Kaiserslautern and Dresden and Bochum, as previously mentioned, have tough away challenges.

With some slightly improved performances over the last few weeks, it’s time to try and turn in some decent profits this week to get us cumulatively ahead.

As always there are three ‘Best Bets’ and a selection for every one of the 9 games from Thursday through to next Monday. Good luck!

Hertha: D/W on the HT/FT Market @ 17/5

I’m boldly putting up a bigger priced selection in the hope of decent profits. Hertha are big favourites to win the game but offer little appeal at the prices outright. Generally games at the Olympic Stadium have been slow to start with the home side drawing 7 games after 45. This is exactly the same number of games they have won in the second half, so at the prices we’re hopeful of a decent chance here.

Ingolstadt v Duisburg: Draw at HT: @ 11/10

Both sides are specialists in this market, Ingolstadt have had 6 previous HT draws at home, whilst Duisburg have gained the same number away from home. A tight encounter is expected with maybe little goals. I don’t see much between the two sides, especially after the first 45 minutes.

Frankfurt (-0.25) Asian Handicap to beat Union @ 5/4

Frankfurt have been kind to us in previous weeks and have a strong home record with 7 wins from 13 games. Union have been on a much-improved run, but occasionally throw in a poor performance highlighting inconsistencies. It should be a tight game with only a point separating the teams. With the security of half our stake returned should the match end in a draw, the (-0.25) on our new found market, the Asian Handicap provides some interest.

Here are the rest of the selections in Matchday 27. As always a variety of specialists markets feature as I look to find an opportunity at Evens or better.

1860 Munchen to beat Aue 16/11
Cottbus v Aalen: Draw at HT 11/10
Braunschweig (-1) Asian Handicap 6/5
Hertha D/W on HT/FT Market 17/5
Ingolstadt v Duisburg to Draw at HT 11/10
FC Koln to win to Nil 5/4
Frankfurt (-0.25) Asian Handicap 5/4
Sandhausen/Kaiserslautern: Both teams to score 21/20
St.Pauli/Paderborn: More goals in the 2nd half 6/5

Good luck with any bets and enjoy the action.


The Bundesliga Show Episode 94 – Nuri Sahin Strikes Back

On the Bundesliga Show this week, Jon Hartley and Matt Hermann reflect on the action from Matchday 26. The pair discuss the rousing return of Nuri Sahin to scoring ways, Bayern’s step closer to the title and the prospects for the teams vying for 4th place.

All that, plus Terry’s Duffelen’s weekly report on the 2.Bundesliga.

Enjoy the show!

Loveys’ Bundesliga 2 Betting Preview – Matchday 26

Tom Loveys is back with some more betting selections for the German Second Division. Follow Tom on Twitter here.

Below are the fixtures ahead of MatchDay 26 in the 2.Bundesliga with Coral Odds.

Fri Duisburg 11/8 Draw 9/4 Cottbus 9/5
Fri Union Berlin 11/10 Draw 12/5 St.Pauli 11/5
Fri Paderborn 5/4 Draw 23/10 Frankfurt 2/1
Sat Bochum 21/10 Draw 12/5 Braunschweig 23/20
Sat 1860 Munchen 11/5 Draw 12/5 Hertha 11/10
Sun Kaiserslautern 4/7 Draw 11/4 Ingolstadt 9/2
Sun Aalen 5/6 Draw 5/2 Sandhausen 3/1
Sun Regensburg 6/4 Draw 9/4 Aue 13/8
Mon Dresden 12/5 Draw 12/5 FC Koln Evens

In MatchDay 25, Hertha surged 4 points clear at the top of the table with a 4-2 home victory against Duisburg. Braunschweig were reliant on a late Domi Kumbela equaliser to earn a point at home to Kaiserslautern. FC Koeln continue to surge upwards with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Paderborn and Cottbus delivered another win, 2-1 at home to Union.

St.Pauli produced another dramatic 90th minute winner against Regensburg and FSV Frankfurt demolished Aalen 6-1

1860 Munchen v Hertha is probably the pick of the matches this week, however Union v St.Pauli looks interesting and Monday’s night’s clash between Dresden and Fc Koeln will have implications at either end of the table.

Best Bets:

Paderborn/FSV Frankfurt: Over 2.5 Goals: 11/10:

Both these teams play with attack on their minds. 50% of Paderborn’s home games and 66.7% of Frankfurt’s away games have gone over 2.5 goals and the 11/10 on offer for this makes some appeal, especially off the back of Frankfurt’s 6-1 thrashing of Aalen.

Braunschweig (-0.25-Asian Handicap): 41/40

I’m tempted not to touch Braunschweig again after being let down by them twice in two weeks, however on Saturday they travel to 15th place Bochum, who have a home record of W3-D4-L5 from their 12 games. Braunschweig battled back to gain a point against Kaiserslautern on Monday and whilst recent form is extremely poor, you don’t become a bad side overnight and they’ll be keen to get back to winning ways.

The Asian Handicap is a new venture for me, and the above bet gives us the security net of half of our stake back should the game end in a Draw. Bochum haven’t won in the last 4 games and Braunschweig should really have the quality……otherwise I won’t be including them again!

1860 Munchen v Hertha: Hertha to score more goals in the 2nd half: 16/11

An attractive looking clash with both teams in good form. I’d imagine this game to be quite tight and cagey early on and I was tempted with a Draw or even 0-0 at Half Time. However, looking at the stats and a ‘different market’, it’s interesting to note that Hertha have scored 28 goals away from home, 20 of these being in the second half. The 16/11 price on offer would appear to be great value around the league leaders who seem to ‘kick into gear’ from 45 minutes.

As always, I’ve attempted to find a ‘bet’ in each of the nine 2.Bundesliga games which offer Evens or above. We went 5/9 last week and hope to improve on that further.

All the selections for Matchday 26:

Duisburg/Cottbus: Draw at HT 11/10
Union to beat St.Pauli 11/10
Paderborn/Frankfurt: Over 2.5 Goals 11/10
Braunschweig (-0.25) Asian Handicap 41/40
Hertha to score more goals in the 2nd half 16/11
Kaiserslautern/Ingolstadt: Draw 11/4
Aalen (-1) Asian Handicap 6/4
Regensburg to score 1st vs Aue Evens
FC Koeln to keep a Clean Sheet 7/4

Thanks, as ever for reading, enjoy all the games and good luck with any bets. Comments and your own selections are welcomed.


The Bundesliga Show Episode 93 – Derby Joy & Champions League Disappointment

Matt Hermann and Jon Hartley are back to run the rule over matchday 25 from the Bundesliga. There was derby joy and Champions League disappointment for Schalke, while at the bottom of the table Hoffenheim made ground on Augsburg.

All that, plus Terry Duffelen‘s review of the 2.Bundesliga.

Enjoy the show!

The Bundesliga Show Episode 92 – Dortmund in Dreamland

This week on The Bundesliga Show, Jon Hartley and Matt Hermann are joined by journalist Mark Lovell.

The pod crew get to grips with Dortmund’s win over Shahktar, the Bundesliga matchday 24 action…and a nod to the promotion race in the 2.Bundesliga.

Enjoy the show!

Loveys’ Bundesliga 2 Betting Preview – Matchday 25

Tom Loveys returns with some more betting selections for the German Second Division. Follow Tom on Twitter here.

Here are the fixtures for Match Day 25 in the 2.Bundesliga. Probably the stand-out tie will be on Monday night where second place Braunschweig entertain third place Kaiserslautern. A review of match-day 24 is here.


St.Pauli 8/13 Draw 29/10 Regensburg 9/2
Frankfurt 7/5 Draw 23/10 Aalen 21/10
Sandhausen 12/5 Draw 12/5 1860 Munchen 13/10
Cottbus 13/10 Draw 12/5 Union Berlin 12/5
FC Koln 13/20 Draw 29/10 Paderborn 9/2
Ingolstadt 23/20 Draw 12/5 Bochum 13/5
Aue 5/4 Draw 12/5 Dresden 12/5
Hertha 4/11 Draw 4/1 Duisburg 9/1
Braunschweig 13/10 Draw 23/10 Kaiserslautern 9/4


Best Bets:

Braunschweig to beat Kaiserslautern @ 13/10

Despite letting us down last week, we’re taking a chance with the early pace-setters. Admittedly recent form hasn’t been good, but arguably their opponents, Kaiserslautern are in just as poor form, having only drawn against Bochum and Duisburg and losing in a one-sided affair to Hertha. 13/10 is good value for the home team who have the strongest record on their own soil with 9 wins from the 12 games played at the Eintracht-Stadion.

Hertha (-1) to beat Duisburg @ 11/10

It’s not often I’ll put up my own team as a ‘Best Bet’, so maybe a little heart is being used here as well as my head! After putting in a disappointing effort against Dresden last week, the current league leaders will be desperate to forget last Saturday and show the Berlin public what they can really do. Odds of 4/11 for the outright 90 minute win are extremely prohibitive at the Olympic Stadium, so we’ll be hoping for at least two goals with no reply and a convincing win to get back on track with a selection on the handicap market.

Dresden (DNB) to beat Aue @ 11/8

Having watched Dresden last week, there seems a renewed fighting spirit which has seen them gain 2 wins, 2 draws and a solitary loss in their last 5 games. If they can put in anything similar to the performance which toppled Hertha last week, then the 11/8 with the ‘Draw No Bet’ security blanket could be terrific value against an Aue side which appear to be spiralling into trouble after losing 4 of their last 5 games. This is the big relegation clash of the weekend with both teams locked on 24 points each.

Following a profitable last Match-Day with 5/9 results correctly predicted, again we’ll be looking for a selection in every game, specifically looking at a variety of markets in order to offer a bet which is ’Evens or Above’


St.Pauli/Regensburg: 2nd half to have most goals 11/10
Frankfurt to beat Aalen 7/5
1860 Munchen to beat Sandhausen 13/10
Cottbus/Union: Both teams to score in the 2nd half 5/2
Paderborn (DNB) to beat FC Koln 19/5
Ingolstadt v Bochum: Draw at HT 23/20
Dresden (DNB) to beat Aue 11/8
Hertha (-1) to beat Duisburg 11/10
Braunschweig to beat Kaiserslautern 13/10


Some bigger prices selected this week, particularly the near 4/1 for a Paderborn away victory in Koln with ‘no bet’ should the game be a draw.

Thanks for reading, enjoy the games. As always comments and your own selections are welcomed.


Betze News – 1.FC Kaiserslautern News Update

The lovely folks at Kaiserslautern have released their latest news update and we are pleased to be able to share it with you. You can either view it here on Bundesliga Lounge or download via PDF. Right click here to download: Betze News 11 – Bochum



Loveys’ Bundesliga 2 Betting Preview – Matchday 24

Tom Loveys is back with some more betting prospects for the German Second Division. Follow Tom on Twitter here.

Hertha took over as leaders of the 2.Bundesliga last Monday with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Kaiserslautern. With the away side being reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Baumjohann on (33), Hertha found it difficult to break down a stubborn defence after Ronny missed an early penalty after just 3 minutes.

With an extremely attacking formation in the 2nd half, Luhukay’s side were finally able to get the much needed goal, Per Kluge with a fine finish from a Lassoga flick.

Braunschweig dropped down to 2nd as a result of Hertha’s victory and their loss to 1860 Munchen on Sunday. Despite going a goal up Kumbela’s 14th goal this season, 1860 mounted a superb comeback with goals from Friend and Lauth on (77) and (85) respectively.

St Pauli turned in an impressive and much needed performance beating Frankfurt 3-0, Daniel Ginczek with an impressive hat-trick. FC Koln kept up their unbeaten run with a 2-0 victory over Union and at the bottom, both Regensburg and Dresden picked up away points, but Sandhausen lost after taking the lead against Paderborn.

Matchday 24: Odds from Coral as of 28th February 2013

Paderborn 5/4 Draw 9/4 Cottbus 2/1
Regensburg 6/5 Draw 9/4 Sandhausen 21/10
Union 8/11 Draw 13/5 Aue 10/3
Dresden 10/3 Draw 13/5 Hertha 8/11
Kaiserslautern 1/2 Draw 11/4 Bochum 11/2
1860 Munchen 5/6 Draw 12/5 Ingolstadt 3/1
FSV Frankfurt 19/10 Draw 9/4 Fc Koln 13/10
Aalen 11/8 Draw 11/5 St.Pauli 15/8
Duisburg 9/4 Draw 23/10 Braunschweig 11/10


Tom’s Best Bets: (Industry Best Odds as of 28th February 2013)

Regensburg v Sandhausen (Over 2.5 Goals @ 11/10)

The clash of the bottom two and whilst both teams will probably be looking at 3.Liga action next season, I see this as an entertaining clash. The unpredictability of both defences leads me to believe that goals are expected with 90 goals being conceded between the two teams in their games so far this season. Regensburg’s recent form has been much improved and in Frank Loning, Sandhausen have someone who knows where the goal is, having notched 1o already this season.

Braunschweig to beat Duisburg @ 11/10

Braunschweig will be keen to get back on track after a few below par performances and surrendering their place at the top of the 2.Bundesliga. Their away form has been impressive throughout and Kumbela’s is a massive goal-scoring threat. Duisburg are hovering just above the relegation-play-off place and have only mustered 2 home wins all season.

Kaiserslautern to be leading at H/T @ 11/10

Again the home side here will want to prove that Monday’s below par performance against Hertha (admittedly with 10 men) was a one-off. They are a force at the Fritz-Walter Stadion and with the return of Idrissou, they should present a 1st half threat to Bochum and are taken to be leading at 45 minutes.

As ever, I have looked at every game this Matchday and have selected a bet in each of the 9 games with a price of Evens or above. Selecting some or all of these in doubles/trebles or above could result in decent returns for small stakes.

We are in desperate need of a few better results (and a bit of luck) to turn around some small losses over the last three weeks. The Draw No Bet and H/T results have been the most profitable for us so far.

Paderborn to beat Cottbus 5/4
Regensburg v Sandhausen: Over 2.5 Goals 11/10
Union to be leading at H/T 11/8
Dresden/Hertha: 2nd Half Highest Scoring Half 5/4
Kaiserslautern to be winning at HT v Bochum 11/10
1860/Ingolstadt: Both Teams to score EVS
Frankfurt/FC Koln: 2nd Half Highest Scoring Half 5/4
Aalen v St.Pauli: Only 1 team to score 11/10
Braunschweig to beat Duisburg 11/10


Good luck with any bets you place and enjoy the action…

The Bundesliga Show Episode 91 – Bayern Bulldoze On

This week on The Bundesliga Show, Matt Hermann and Jon Hartley are joined by Deutsche Welle’s Mark Hallam to talk about plenty of issues surrounding German football.

For starters there was Matchday 23 to dissect, as well as what is happening in the 2.Bundesliga. There is also a debate about ‘works clubs’ and a look forward to Matchday 24.

Enjoy the show!