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Loveys’ Bundesliga 2 Betting Preview – Matchday 23

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

Outright Odds from Coral (As of 20th February)

FRI Aue 6/4 Draw 21/10 Aalen 6/4
FRI Bochum 11/10 Draw 11/5 Duisburg 2/1
FRI St.Pauli 10/11 Draw 11/5 Frankfurt 5/2
SAT FC Koln Evs Draw 11/5 Union Berlin 11/5
SAT Ingolstadt Evs Draw 11/5 Dresden 11/5
SUN Braunschweig 4/5 Draw 9/4 1860 Munchen 11/4
SUN Cottbus 4/6 Draw 12/5 Regensburg 10/3
SUN Sandhausen 6/4 Draw 9/4 Paderborn 11/8
MON Hertha 4/5 Draw 9/4 Kaiserslautern 11/5


Braunschweig and Hertha maintained their march towards the top flight last week with hard fought victories over Regensburg and Aalen respectively. The gap from Hertha to third place Kaiserslautern is now 10 points, after the Red Devils failed to beat Duisburg last Sunday. Bochum pulled off a great result away at 1860 Munchen, after spending much of the match with only 10 men, following the sending off of Eyjolfsson on 17 minutes.

Dynamo Dresden chalked up an important victory, winning 3-1 at home to Sandhausen in a relegation scrap and FC Koln made it 10 games unbeaten with a 1-0 victory away to struggling St.Pauli.

Work to do for followers of these selections, as a small loss was delivered last week. Although Frankfurt beating Cottbus at 6/4 was one of the ‘Best Bets’ of the week and other profits were gained with Braunschweig at H/T 21/20 and FC Koln (DNB) at 11/10

On to Matchday 23, my pick of the ties is Hertha at home to Kaiserslautern and having attended this match last year (as a top flight clash where Hertha lost 2-1), I’m keen for ‘Die Alte Dame’ to gain revenge and increase the points gap between the teams. Braunschweig v 1860 Munchen is also another interesting tie and probably the pick of the other games.

‘BEST Bets’

 Aalen (DNB) to beat Aue @ 23/20

Aalen have played both Braunschweig and Hertha over the last two weeks and have been more than a match for both these teams, despite only coming away with a point. Aue on the other hand have lost the last three in the league, so surely Aalen are the value, especially with my frequently used (DNB) market at 23/20. The away side’s goals have been spread throughout the team, but their striker lynchpin is Robert Lechleiter, who’s hoping to improve on his tally of 5 so far this season.

Cottbus to keep a clean sheet vs Regensburg @ Evens

Cottbus are on a terrible run of form, having not won in 7 matches, and neither scoring at all in the last four. However, they are a solid outfit at home, but to prevail over the 90 minutes is a restricting 4/6. Regensburg are struggling at the foot of the table and we’re hoping that Cottbus can turn in a much improved performance with a solid defence as this could re-ignite their season and improve confidence.

Paderborn to score 1st vs Sandhausen@ Evs

This market was a winning bet for us a fortnight ago and we plan to use this again, benefitting from Paderborn’s strong away form. I wouldn’t put people off Paderborn in 90 minutes at 6/4, although Sandhausen’s home form and their recent demolition of St.Pauli, needs to be taken into account. Paderborn have scored first in eight of their eleven away games and have won their last two 2BL games against Ingolstadt and Aue. We’ll hope that this improved run continues and they can strike first against the relegation-threatened home outfit.

As always, below are a variety of different markets where I’ve given a selection in all 9 games for your enjoyment at prices of Evens or above.

Matchday 23 Selections: (Industry Best Prices as of the 20th February)

Aalen (DNB) to beat Aue 23/20
Duisburg to score first against Bochum 11/8
Frankfurt (DNB) to beat St.Pauli 15/8
FC Koln v Union Berlin : DRAW 18/7
Ingolstadt to beat Dresden EVS
Braunschweig v 1860 Munchen: Draw at H/T 15/13
Cottbus to keep a clean sheet vs Regensburg 6/5
Paderborn to score 1st against Sandhausen Evs
Hertha v Kaiserslautern: Draw at H/T 15/13

Good luck with any bets you place!

The Bundesliga Show Episode 90 – Bayern Bomb The Gunners

This week on The Bundesliga Show, Jon Hartley and Matt Hermann separate the wheat from the chaff from the Matchday 22 action.

It is also a Champions League week so Matt grabbed a word about the Bavarians from Bayern blogger at, Susie Schaaf.

All that, plus Terry Duffelen with his 2.Bundesliga wrap.

Enjoy the show!

Loveys’ Bundesliga 2 Betting Preview – Matchday 22

The Bundesliga Lounge is delighted to be syndicating Tom Loveys’ excellent betting previews for the German second division. Follow Tom on Twitter here.

Current Odds (12th February) with Coral.

FRI 1860 Munchen 4/5 Draw 12/5 Bochum 10/3
FRI Paderborn Evs Draw 12/5 Aue 12/5
FRI Regensburg 7/2 Draw 5/2 Braunschweig 8/11
SAT Union 8/11 Draw 5/2 Ingolstadt 7/2
SAT Aalen 3/1 Draw 12/5 Hertha 5/6
SUN Duisburg 23/10 Draw 9/4 Kaiserslautern 11/10
SUN Dresden 19/20 Draw 12/5 Sandhausen 13/5
SUN FSV Frankfurt 6/4 Draw 9/4 Cottbus 13/8
MON St.Pauli 11/8 Draw 9/4 FC Koln 9/5

In Matchday 21, leaders Braunschweig escaped with a point with a late equaliser at home to Aalen. Hertha battled back from two down in a pulsating Berlin derby watched by around 75,000 spectators. Ramos and Ronny’s strikes earning a draw after Union had gone clear with goals from Terrode and Nemec. Kaiserslautern made progress in 3rd place, comfortably beating Dresden. At the other end of the table, there were wins for Regensburg (beating Bochum away 2-0) and result of the week was Sandhausen’s demolition of St. Pauli……predicted here last week.

Looking at last week’s selections, two of the three best bets obliged with success in the ‘Draw No Bet’ markets. Overall from the 9 points staked, we lost 1.90 points, so a little work to do as we head towards Matchday 22.

Best Bets: (Industry Best Prices as of 12th February)

Kaiserslautern to beat Duisburg @ 11/10

Kaiserslautern have started strongly after the winter break with two wins against 1860 Munchen and Dresden, Having won 5 out of their 10 away games, I feel this impetus and desire to chase down the top two will continue against a Duisburg side who have already lost 6 at home and 2 of the last three. Idrissou and Bunjaku are the away side’s firepower with 18 goals between them.

1860 (-1) to beat Bochum @ 13/5

The home side were a ‘winner’ for me last week and I like to think they can repeat their performance last week over a Bochum side that were beaten at home to Regensburg. 1860 are a great bet at 10/11, however as we look to find value at Evens or better, we will side with the handicap market, 1860 (-1 goal) at 13/5. Maybe a small wager on the 2-0 scoreline at 8/1 for those that like the bigger odds.

Frankfurt to beat Cottbus @ 6/4

Frankfurt have been strong at home early this season, the only team to inflict a defeat on Hertha Berlin and last week turned in a strong performance in beating Aue 2-0 away. This home form has slipped of recent, although these defeats were to 1860, Kaiserslautern , Braunschweig and Ingolstadt and whilst Cottbus are challenging in the upper half of the table, their away form has been average at best with 3 losses and 2 draws in the last five games. The home side’s firepower comes from Dutch striker, John Verhoek, who’ll be looking to add to his tally of 7 this season after scoring last week and whilst I see this as a tight game. 6/4 about the home team appears of value.

As always, I’ve scoured all of the available markets to find a selection in each of the nine 2.Bundesliga games from Friday through to Monday and all selections will be at Evens or better.

Matchday 22 Bets: (Industry Best Prices as of 13th February)

1860 Munchen (-1) against Bochum 13/5
Paderborn v Aue: Over 2.5 Goals Evens
Braunschweig to be leading at H/T 21/20
Union to be leading at H/T 24/17
Hertha (-1) against Aalen 12/5
Kaiserslautern to beat Duisburg 11/10
Dresden v Sandhausen: Both teams to score in the 1st half 15/4
Frankfurt to beat Cottbus 6/4
FC Koln (DNB) against St.Pauli 11/10

The Bundesliga Show Episode 89 – Dortmund Dominated by Hamburg

Another week of Bundesliga action has past and the Bundesliga Show is here to wrap it all up. Matt Hermann and Jon Hartley bring together the talking points of Matchday 21. Matt is also joined by Jonas Keinert to discuss the troubles of Hoffenheim.

All that, plus Terry Duffelen‘s look back at the 2.Bundesliga.

Enjoy the show!

From England’s Three Lions to Munich’s Lions – Sven-Göran Eriksson joins 1860

TSV 1860 Munich’s investor Hasan Ismaik has had his special New Year’s wish granted – former England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson will join the Bundesliga 2nd division club. Mark Lovell brings you the lowdown on what has been happening at the Lions.

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Last week, banker Hamada Iraki, a trusted advisor of Jordanian businessman Ismaik, was trying to act as a peace-maker to bring the two ‘warring’ fractions back to the negotiation table again, in an attempt to find some common ground. After hammering out a compromise deal deep into the early hours, President Dieter Schneider and his vice Otto Steiner spoke to the press at 3am this morning to reveal the 64-year-old Swede’s appointment.
“It was a good night”, said Steiner. “We’ve agreed that Sven-Göran Eriksson will join our coaching staff. Alexander Schmidt will remain as coach.”
Eriksson has been strongly linked with the Lions since attending three games in Berlin and Munich before the winter break.
Exact details of the experienced coach’s role are still unclear but he is expected to start his job in “one to two weeks” after finalising the small-print with CEO Robert Schäfer.

Eriksson has lifted 17 major trophies as a manager, with a host of clubs in Sweden, Portugal and Italy. He was the first manager to win league-and-cup doubles in three different countries. He later took charge of national sides in England, Mexico and Ivory Coast, as well coaching in the Premier League with Manchester City, before dropping down the divisions with Leicester City and Notts County.

However, he is perhaps best remembered for his spell as England coach. Eriksson turned England’s bid for 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification around, including a memorable 5-1 rout of old foe Germany in 2001. Later the relationship turned a little sour, and the Swede often found himself in the headlines more for alleged off-the-pitch (s)exploits than for success with the ‘Three Lions’.
Current ‘caretaker’ manager Alexander Schmidt will stay at the club, working in tandem with Eriksson. “He’s doing a super job”, added Steiner, who is convinced that the duo can work together in complete harmony.

6th placed 1860 could propel themselves into a promotion play-off position with a decent run in the second half of the season. The Lions are just five points from that prized spot, currently occupied by Kaiserslautern, who they meet in the first game after the winter break on February 4th at the Allianz Arena.

Originally written for, and reproduced with kind permission of the Munich Eye.

For more information on the state of 1860 Munich listen to this edition of the Bundesliga Show with Mark Lovell:

The Bundesliga Show Episode 85 – The Prodigal Son Returns

The Bundesliga is almost back from the winter break, as is the Bundesliga Show. Jon Hartley and Matt Hermann are joined by Mark Lovell to talk about the big transfers so far in the transfer window, including Nuri Sahin, Ivan Perisic and the defensive bolstering at Hannover 96.

In addition, there is a chat about the state of affairs at 2.Bundesliga club 1860 Munich. All that, and a look at the up-coming fixtures at the start of the rückrunde.

Enjoy the show!


Bundesliga Tickets – A Buyers Guide

Once the Bundesliga has taken its hold on you, it is only natural that you want to experience a game first hand and get that incredible atmosphere that the league possesses. So it is probably no surprise that one of the most frequent questions we get asked in relation to the Bundesliga is how to get hold of tickets. There is no hard and fast rule for success but Jon Hartley provides a few guidelines and things to remember.

Plan ahead: You really need to plan ahead if you want to watch Bundesliga football. If you are coming from abroad there are so many things that you need to consider and I would put the ticket for the game at the head of that list. Bundesliga games are announced in blocks, so while the weekend of the game is known, the exact day and time of the match is worked out as the season progresses. If time is not an issue and it doesn’t matter if the game is on Friday night or Sunday evening you’ll have less of a problem, but do take this into consideration.

Some clubs take different views than others about the way they will sell tickets. Bayern Munich tends to be sold out from the beginning of the season onwards, while others will also sell them in blocks and only put the tickets on sale when the exact date and time of a game is known. So you need to do your homework! See if the date of the game you want has been announced. If the fixtures list shows all the games on a Saturday (apart from the final two matchdays of the season), the fixture date has not been announced. Keep looking, keep checking for that to change, scour the Bundesliga official website…you need to be on the ball. Also take the time to find out the policy that the club you want to watch has. Searching club ticketing websites can be tricky if you don’t speak German. One key word you may need is the German word for sold-out: Ausverkauft.

If you can’t work the website out it is best to contact the club ticket office. Send them an email and find out what the score is. I can’t speak for across the board, but every ticket office I’ve been in contact with has English speakers and are willing to help. So find out what you need to do for that specific club and also ask about the payment options and which cards you can use. Germany is different from other nations when it comes to payments. A bank transfer is a typical form of payment and from abroad that will come with a hefty fee attached.

Be ready to strike: As with clubs across the world, it is typical that clubs members have the first chance to buy tickets and that applies in Germany as well. So it is likely that you’ll be at the back of the line to buy your tickets – another reason that planning is crucial. So armed with your information, be ready to strike the moment the tickets go on sale. You are going to have to get in there quickly as those tickets are going to go swiftly, and more so for the bigger and more successful clubs.

The vision of the Bundesliga is that of terraces and cheap tickets, and while that exists, don’t build up your hopes that you’ll be joining the Ultras for your game of choice. In most cases terrace tickets do not get past the members selling stage. Accept the fact now that they will all be gone! So prepare yourself now to be sitting for this match. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing as seeing a choreo from the seats is very impressive.

Use your connections: If you are already a fan of a specific club and this trip is your footballing pilgrimage, it is probably a good idea to search out a fan club from whichever part of the world you live in. Many clubs have branches across the globe and to be a member of a fan club could be advantageous. International fan clubs are often affiliated with the club as a whole and may have access to tickets. Not only does a membership to a fan club have benefits in terms of ticketing, but it also puts you in touch with other fans in your area which always a good thing.

So you have you ticket…what next: You’ve done the hard work and you have a ticket for the game. The flights and train tickets are booked and the hotel is sorted, so what now? The good thing is that your ticket to the game will also include your travel to the match on the city’s local transports system. So having saved yourself a few euros on an U-Bahn ticket you have a little more to buy a coveted beer in the stadium.

There are two things to be aware of. Firstly, in the stadium there is often a system for paying for food and drinks with a card that you load with cash (Just Pay Card). Personally it isn’t a system that I’m joyous about but I have to live with it. Ask around with the stadium staff if a system like this is in place and if so, where can you get a card. They cost around €3 (but this can change from stadium to stadium) and then you load it up with cash. There are often people around to assist that process so do keep an eye out. The good thing is that the scheme runs in many stadiums, so you can use that card again when you next go to another Bundesliga match.

Having managed to get hold of the card, the next step is to get a beer. If it is a big match there may be a no alcohol rule for that particular game. It isn’t a common occurrence but it does happen. What this doesn’t mean is that there will be no beer, just that it will be Alcohol free beer will be served. Beware!

You may have noticed that I haven’t spoken about touts/scalpers or resale sites. The reason for that is that I’m generally not a fan of either. Resale sites like Viagogo do exist and some are affiliated with clubs, so there are options there for buying tickets but you might run into a bank transfer problem with German tickets sellers. As for buying tickets on the day, I have little or no advice. I’ve seen touts/scalpers at some stadiums and not at others. I have no idea how much markup is usual and I don’t really intend to find out. If you choose that route you run have the uncertainly that comes with it, as with anywhere in the world.

Just one more thing! Sunday is still a day of rest in Germany. The football is on, some pubs are open as are some restaurants, but the vast majority of shops will be shut. Factor that in if you need essentials on a Sunday.

I hope this article helps and good luck with that hunt for tickets. Enjoy the game!

Betze News – Kaiserslautern News in English

The Bundesliga Lounge is pleased to bring you the latest English News from the 1.FC Kaiserslautern. The Betze News is the club’s English section of the official club magazine and is available to download in PDF form.

Betze News – 07 – 2012/13

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The Bundesliga Show Episode 80 – The Future For Allofs

On this weeks edition of The Bundesliga Show, Matt Hermann and Jon Hartley get under the skin of Matchday 12 in the Bundesliga. They also tackle some of the big issues of the week including the future of crowd control in German stadiums, as well as the future for Klaus Allofs, Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen.

All that, plus a round-up of the 2.Bundesliga from Terry Duffelen.

Enjoy the show!

The Bundesliga Show Episode 79 – Bayern & The Best Of The Rest

This week on The Bundesliga Show, Terry Duffelen steps in for Matt Hermann and chats with Jon Hartley about Bayern’s charge for the title. And if the Bavarian’s are destined to win back what they see if rightfully theirs, then who are the best of the rest.

All that, some Champions League chat and a look at the 2.Bundesliga.

Enjoy the show!