Bundesliga Betting Preview – 21/12/16
Bundesliga Betting Preview – 21/12/16
In our Bundesliga betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips for the selected fixtures.
Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig
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It’s arguably the biggest game of the season in the Bundesliga on Wednesday night, as Carlos Ancelotti’s top place Bayern Munich host Ralph Hasenhuttl’s RP Leipzig at the Allianz Arena. Bayern Munich are in the top spot but have been pushed to second for a lot of games after RB Leipzig have sprung to action this season. Only goal difference keeps them at bay as they’re still even on points. A win for either side here could decide who wins the title this season, especially as usual challengers Borussia Dortmund are ten points behind in fifth.
Carlo Ancelotti has concluded business as usual in charge of Bayern Munich, looking like the favourite for the title and displaying a team full of goals, consistence and quality. Their first game was a 6-0 thrashing at home to Werder Bremen. They’ve gone on to win a further ten fixtures and draw three, only being defeated by Borussia Dortmund in mid-November. Wednesday’s opponents have shocked The Bavarians though, as they’ve come out of nowhere with a perfectly likely chance of dragging them away from their usual top place finish.
Robert Lewandowski has been in his usual prolific form, scoring eleven goals and two assists. Usual attacking threat and fan favourite Thomas Muller has been having trouble with securing goalscoring opportunities this season, which has been especially strange, only scoring once but helping the side to five assists. Bayern’s efforts in Europe have achieved them a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League. They haven’t been as big a danger to opposition sides though, as they finished second below Atletico Madrid, embarrassingly losing one fixture 3-2 to Russian mid-table side FC Rostov.
After gaining promotion from the second division last season, RB Leipzig have caused an absolute storm in world football, defying the odds in shooting up the table for a title fight with Bayern Munich and being labelled as ‘The German Leicester City’. Many don’t see their potential giant killing as an exciting feat though, as energy drink company Red Bull bought out lowly German side SVV Markranstadt in 2009, changing their name, colours, crest, kits and stadium, transforming them into the RB Leipzig we see today. There has also been anger pointed at the sheer amount of funding they have, as well as how they’ve got by the Bundesliga’s ’50+1 rule’ which is meant to prevent decisions from being made by wealthy investors.
It’s hard to dispute their incredible form though, as many sides spend heaps of money but are still unable to challenge the league’s top sides. Young forward Timo Werner, who signed from VfB Stuttgart in the summer has been on top form, netting nine goals and two assists for the club. Midfielders Emil Forsberg, Marcel Sabitzer and Naby Keita have also influences their top performances, scoring a combined thirteen goals and thirteen assists. They also have eleven wins and three draws from fifteen games, the same as Bayern Munich, but sit below them due to their opposition’s superior goal difference.
Bayern Munich to win (Best priced at 4/9 on Coral) – BET HERE
Robert Lewandowski to score anytime (Best priced at 5/7 on UniBet) – BET HERE
TSG Hoffenheim v Werder Bremen
One of the Bundesliga’s other Wednesday night fixtures sees Julian Nagelsmann’s third place TSG Hoffenheim trying to cement their place in the table against Alexander Nouri’s fourteenth place Werder Bremen. Hoffenheim are nine points off both second place RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich, who are situated in the top spot. A win would see off Hertha Berlin, who are level on points. Werder Bremen have had a mostly disappointing season but could move two places higher up the table with a win.
Following a disappointing fifteenth place finish in the last campaign, it appears that Hoffenheim have set their sights far higher, currently sat third and looking capable of staying there for the rest of the season. Manager Julian Nagelsmann took charge of the side in February to assure league stability after Huub Stevens stepped down due to issues with his health. Their opening fifteen games have shown just how strong they can be, currently the only side who are still unbeaten from their six wins and nine draws.
Forwards Sandro Wagner, Mark Uth and former Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric have been enjoying themselves, bagging an accumulative fifteen goals and seven assists. They’ve already held both Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig to draws in previous meetings, but their last against Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund had fans expecting they would finally be defeated. If anything though, the draw they got was the worst possible outcome, as they were ahead by two goals after twenty minutes but had let the lead slip to a 2-2 draw.
Viktor Skrypnyk was in charge at the Weserstadion until he was sacked after just three games, losing to Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz, conceding twelve goals in the process. Alexander Nouri took charge the same day and has shown minor signs of improvement, winning four and drawing three out of his twelve games as manager. They sit fourteenth, which is only a space below their finishing place in the last campaign, but as a usually stable side who regularly finish in the top half of the Bundesliga, their sights will be set on a far stronger resulting place.
Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry signed from the London club in the summer and has been Werder Bremen’s best player, scoring six goals and helping the side to an assist. They’ve been unbeaten over their last four games, with one of those fixtures being an especially impressive win over fourth place Hertha Berlin. Their most recent game had them up against seventh place Cologne, which had Anton Rudnevs putting the side behind in the opening thirty minutes. Serge Gnabry saved the day for the side once again though, netting five minutes from half-time to take the game to a fair 1-1 draw.
Hoffenheim to win (Best priced at 13/20 on Bet Victor) – BET HERE
Andrej Kramaric to score anytime (Best priced at 5/4 on UniBet) – BET HERE
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