Monthly Archives: February 2013

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!

The Guardian European Paper Review with Raphael Honigstein

Here at the Bundesliga Lounge, we regularly enjoy the puns and wit of James Richardson and his European Paper Review at The Guardian. However, with James partaking in a little break on the slopes, the task of humour and headlines this week fell to German football guru Raphael Honigstein.

As this is a Bundesliga-centric edition of the ‘Paper Review’, we thought it was only right to share it.

Take it away Rafa!

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 ESPN.com, Susie Schaaf.

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

Enjoy the show!

Bundesliga Review – 4th place race to provide exciting finale by Archie Rhind-Tutt

As you probably know by now, the Bundesliga’s great. In fact, such is the extensive coverage it has recently received, you can probably recite off by heart all of the reasons for it being so. But, from a competitive point of view, the end of this season could be an anti-climax. The title race is over (unless Bayern Munich appoint Michael Skibbe) and at the bottom, it’s just a case of Hoffenheim, Augsburg and Greuther Fürth sorting out who plays in the promotion/relegation play off.

Fortunately, the battle for the final Champions League spot, known more dourly as fourth place, looks intriguing as we enter the final 12 games of the season. Seven points separate seven teams, though there’s a few who are unlikely to make it such as Gladbach, Hannover and Schalke.

Borussia Mönchengladbach may have done it last season but Lucien Favre’s team haven’t quite recovered from losing players like Marco Reus and Dante, who have been brilliant since moving on to Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively. Losing to Hamburg this weekend leaves them seven adrift of fourth but playing in the Europa League has been a bit of a hindrance as Hannover can perhaps testify too.

The 96’s main problems though are away from home. Mirko Slomka’s side only won twice on the road last season and whilst they’ve matched the total this time around, Hannover had lost their previous four away games before drawing at lowly Nuremberg. That result may sound encouraging but Slomka saw his team lose the lead twice on Sunday, including a 91st minute equaliser from the home side’s Sebastian Polter. Still, Hannover are 8th meaning they’re above Schalke.

And when it comes to surprises, the Royal Blues’s capitulation ranks alongside the resignation of a certain German holy figure in the last week. Because much like the Pope, thousands gather to watch Schalke each week but in contrast, those decked in blue have been leaving bitterly disappointed. They’ve witnessed just one win in their last 11 games, yet new signing Michel Bastos seems to be on a solo crusade to drag Schalke forward. He scored twice in the weekend’s draw against Mainz, however, after little impact from new coach Jens Keller, fourth place looks very unlikely given their recent form.

Their opponents on Saturday, seventh placed Mainz, aren’t exactly front runners either but they are not a team to be underestimated. In Thomas Tuchel, they have one of the best, if not the best, young coaches in the country. He’s had relative success on a small budget and the fact that they are even close to a Champions League place is testament to Tuchel and Mainz as a club. Even so, the lack of a clinical touch at the weekend, against a weak Schalke side, showed why fourth may be beyond them for now.

For Hamburg, Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt though, the Champions League spot is a realistic possibility – and that’s surprising in each case. Hamburg finished fourth from bottom last season and have recovered from a nightmarish start this time around. Freiburg, like Mainz, are the provincial low budget outsiders who are overachieving spectacularly under Christian Streich. A year ago, they were bottom of the Bundesliga but Streich guided them to safety and even greater heights this season. Meanwhile, the current occupants of fourth place, Eintracht Frankfurt weren’t even in the Bundesliga last season. Since their promotion from the second tier though, they’ve looked very comfortable in the higher echelons of the top flight.

And from an unbiased viewpoint, what’s not to like about seeing three teams who would have been considered unlikely candidates at the start of the season all with genuine chances of reaching at least the qualification stage of the Champions League. Which team that will be is difficult to judge especially due to the lack of consistency each has shown. Still,  it was unsurprising to see Eintracht Frankfurt defeated comprehensively at Borussia Dortmund this weekend (and more specifically, by the magnificent Marco Reus who netted a hat-trick). That allowed Hamburg and Freiburg to close in on the Eagles.

Rafael van der Vaart, a player who has been a significant catalyst in Hamburg’s charge up the table, swerved a spectacular effort into the top corner to defeat Borussia Mönchengladbach in an otherwise dull affair. In contrast, Freiburg won an entertaining five goal thriller away at Werder Bremen in a game characterised by suspect defending. That’s not been typical of Freiburg this season, with only Bayern Munich conceding less goals. However, Streich’s team showed their character, having been pegged back twice after taking the lead, by scoring a third and decisive goal through Mathias Ginter. With Freiburg taking on Eintracht Frankfurt this Friday night, the race for that final Champions League spot could be even tighter come next Saturday.

But who will make it to fourth? Well, where’s the excitement in football when you know what’s going to happen. The fact each team has its flaws is part of what will make the race for fourth the most exciting aspect of the final games of the Bundesliga’s 50th season.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga:

  • Bayern shaped up for their Champions League trip to London with a win at Wolfsburg on Friday night. The leaders weren’t as free flowing as they have been for most of the season, but the discipline they displayed showed why the Bavarians will be Bundesliga Champions come May. There were flashes of brilliance from Jupp Heynckes’s side too with Mario Mandzukic’s overhead kick the undoubted highlight of his return to former club Wolfsburg.
  • At the bottom of the table, Augsburg suffered their first defeat of 2013 at the BayArena with Bayer Leverkusen inspired by Stefan Kiessling. The joint top-scorer in the division headed in the first before setting up the second. Augsburg scored a late consolation through Sascha Mölders. The result didn’t affect Augsburg’s predicament at the bottom though as the side below them, Greuther Fürth, lost away at Fortuna Düsseldorf and the team above them, Hoffenheim, were beaten at home by Stuttgart.

Matchday 22 Results:

Wolfsburg 0-2 Bayern Munich

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Augsburg

Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-0 Fürth

Hamburg 1-0 Gladbach

Mainz 2-2 Schalke

Werder Bremen 2-3 Freiburg

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Nuremberg 2-2 Hannover

Hoffenheim 0-1 Stuttgart

Table:

Rank Club Matches W* D* L* G* GD* Pts.*
1 FC Bayern Munich 22 18 3 1 57:7 +50 57 CL*
2 Borussia Dortmund 22 12 6 4 50:26 +24 42 CL*
3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 22 12 5 5 43:30 +13 41 CL*
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 11 4 7 38:34 +4 37 CL* Qual.
5 SC Freiburg 22 9 7 6 29:22 +7 34 EL* Qual.
6 Hamburger SV 22 10 4 8 27:27 0 34 EL* Qual.
7 1. FSV Mainz 05 22 9 5 8 30:27 +3 32
8 Hannover 96 22 9 3 10 41:41 0 30
9 FC Schalke 04 22 8 6 8 35:37 -2 30
10 Borussia Mönchengladbach 22 7 9 6 31:33 -2 30
11 SV Werder Bremen 22 8 4 10 38:41 -3 28
12 VfB Stuttgart 22 8 4 10 24:39 -15 28
13 Fortuna Düsseldorf 22 7 6 9 27:29 -2 27
14 1. FC Nuremberg 22 6 8 8 22:29 -7 26
15 VfL Wolfsburg 22 7 5 10 22:32 -10 26
16 1899 Hoffenheim 22 4 4 14 26:46 -20 16 Play-offs
17 FC Augsburg 22 2 9 11 18:35 -17 15 Relegation
18 Greuther Fürth 22 2 6 14 13:36 -23 12 Relegation

Table thanks to official Bundesliga website

Article originally written at Football Fan Cast

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!

Bundesliga Review – Hamburg shock Borussia Dortmund, again by Archie Rhind-Tutt

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According to Hamburg’s official website: “Nobody in his right mind would have predicted HSV’s superb 4-1 win away to double winners Borussia Dortmund.” As you’d expect from a club publication commenting on their own fortunes, this description could be accused of glorifying their achievements. On this occasion though, it was justified.

Earlier this season, Hamburg prevented history by bringing Borussia Dortmund’s 31-match unbeaten run to an end but on Saturday, die Rothosen (“the red shorts”) made history by becoming the first side to beat Borussia Dortmund home and away since February 2010.

Saturday’s encounter was just as nonsensical and surprising as September’s 3-2 win, providing controversy and another five goals too. This time, it started as expected with the Champions scoring first. Heiko Westermann thought it would be a good idea to let a high ball bounce as it travelled back towards his own goal. Sadly for Westermann, Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski agreed as he punished the defender by finishing neatly past Rene Adler.

Lewandowski has been subject to much transfer speculation in the press and intriguingly he has been linked to Bayern Munich. The chatter about the Polish striker was to continue after the game too but it would be for another contribution that would come later. Lewandowski’s finish was impressive, yet neither he nor the Dortmund defence were prepared for Hamburg to strike back 93 seconds later.

The visitors moved the ball forward with the speed and precision you’d usually associate with the Champions. Marcell Jansen’s one touch pass down the left hand side found Dennis Aogo. He immediately squared it into the box where Artjoms Rudnevs finished first time past Roman Weidenfeller, completing a slick response from the visitors. That goal demonstrated the coherence lacking in last week’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. Eight minutes later, it was time for Hamburg to show the individual talent they possess.

Step forward Son Heung-Min, the 20-year-old South Korean who has been in great form for Hamburg, netting a series of wonder goals for the Northerners this season. One of those came against Borussia Dortmund back in Hamburg and on Saturday he scored a very similar effort. As he did in September, Son stormed down the right hand side before cutting inside on the edge of the penalty area and shooting. The ball found its intended target on both occasions – September’s effort curled into the net without any woodwork assistance but Saturday’s strike swerved inwards before smacking off the post and bouncing into the goal.

Away at the Champions, Hamburg were a goal up, and soon they were a man up too thanks to Robert Lewandowski and their very own Rafael van der Vaart. Whilst attempting to win the ball, the Polish striker caught HSV midfielder Per Ciljan Skelbred as he carelessly swung his right foot. Enter van der Vaart stage right.

Not being involved in the incident didn’t stop the Dutchman from falling to the floor dramatically in the resulting melee. His comments after the game confirmed his intentions to get Lewandowski sent off. He admitted: ‘I had the feeling that he would not otherwise have been sent off. It was a clear red card.’ Still, at the same time he sounded like a bad sitcom actor discussing his performance as he said: “In the scene with Lewandowski I had to do a bit of theatre.”

Either way, the Polish striker was off with van der Vaart settling for a yellow card (having missed out on an Oscar). However, Hamburg’s one man advantage was gone 15 minutes into the second half after Jeffrey Bruma brought down Marco Reus as he went through on goal.

Perhaps that gave Borussia Dortmund a false sense of security as within minutes, Hamburg had extended their lead with Rudnevs heading in van der Vaart’s brilliant cross. Three became four just minutes before the end of the game when Son Heung-Min slid in from a couple of yards, rounding off a magnificent victory for the visitors.

The 1-4 score line condemned Dortmund to their worst home defeat since a 5-1 drubbing to Bayern in September 2009. The result was all the more confusing given the assured start they’d made to 2013 and it certainly ended any dreams of BVB becoming Champions for a third year in a row. Saturday’s result will have added some unnecessary anxiety prior to this week’s Champions League game in Donetsk.

Talk of the Champions League has become relevant to Hamburg, even if some of their performances this season haven’t been worthy of a side challenging for Europe. They’re six points behind Eintracht Frankfurt who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot. Greater consistency is needed in their performances for that to happen but on what was his return to his hometown club Saturday’s result is definitely the high point of Thorsten Fink’s time as coach.

Hamburg’s result against Dortmund in September changed their season, though Thorsten Fink will be hoping the score line at Signal Iduna Park will help define their season as HSV push for an unlikely place in the Champions League.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga:

  • With Dortmund losing, it gave Bayer Leverkusen the chance to overtake them if they could win at Borussia Mönchengladbach but they ended up drawing 3-3 in another entertaining encounter. Even 4th placed Eintracht Frankfurt couldn’t win as they were held to a goalless draw by Nuremberg.
  • That gave Bayern Munich the chance to extend their lead to 15 points at the top of the Bundesliga, which they did as they thrashed sinking Schalke. It’s the first time the Royal Blues have entered the bottom half since the first match day of last season as they continue their poor start under interim coach Jens Keller.
  • The only side in worse form than Schalke are Stuttgart. They were thumped at home by Werder Bremen meaning they’ve now lost five consecutive games in the Bundesliga – something they hadn’t done for nearly 26 years. Still, Stuttgart can take solace in the fact that none of the sides below them won at the weekend.
  • Hoffenheim were edged out by Hannover thanks to Heurelho Gomes’s first Bundesliga blunder, picking up from where Tim Wiese left off. Augsburg fought back to earn a draw against 10-man Mainz. Greuther Fürth were unable to follow up last week’s historic win at Schalke as they lost at home to Wolfsburg whilst Fortuna Düsseldorf lost late on at high-flying Freiburg.

Matchday 21 Results:

Borussia Dortmund 1-4 Hamburg

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Nuremberg

Gladbach 3-3 Bayer Leverkusen

Hannover 1-0 Hoffenheim

Fürth 0-1 Wolfsburg

Stuttgart 1-4 Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich 4-0 Schalke

Augsburg 1-1 Mainz

Freiburg 1-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Table:

Rank Club Matches W* D* L* G* GD* Pts.*
1 FC Bayern Munich 21 17 3 1 55:7 +48 54 CL*
2 Borussia Dortmund 21 11 6 4 47:26 +21 39 CL*
3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 21 11 5 5 41:29 +12 38 CL*
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 21 11 4 6 38:31 +7 37 CL* Qual.
5 SC Freiburg 21 8 7 6 26:20 +6 31 EL* Qual.
6 1. FSV Mainz 05 21 9 4 8 28:25 +3 31 EL* Qual.
7 Hamburger SV 21 9 4 8 26:27 -1 31
8 Borussia Mönchengladbach 21 7 9 5 31:32 -1 30
9 Hannover 96 21 9 2 10 39:39 0 29
10 FC Schalke 04 21 8 5 8 33:35 -2 29
11 SV Werder Bremen 21 8 4 9 36:38 -2 28
12 VfL Wolfsburg 21 7 5 9 22:30 -8 26
13 1. FC Nuremberg 21 6 7 8 20:27 -7 25
14 VfB Stuttgart 21 7 4 10 23:39 -16 25
15 Fortuna Düsseldorf 21 6 6 9 26:29 -3 24
16 1899 Hoffenheim 21 4 4 13 26:45 -19 16 Play-offs
17 FC Augsburg 21 2 9 10 17:33 -16 15 Relegation
18 Greuther Fürth 21 2 6 13 13:35 -22 12 Relegation

Table thanks to official Bundesliga website

With thanks to @timbotania for the image

Article originally published on Football Fan Cast

The Bundesliga Show Episode 88 – Fürth win at Schalke

Matt Hermann and Jon Hartley get under the skin of matchday 20 in the Bundesliga for this episode of the Bundesliga Show. Outside of the 2nd v 3rd dual between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund, there were plenty of other games to get excited about…including the win for Fürth at Schalke.

All that, and a look forward to the up-coming fixtures.

Enjoy the show!