Matchday 11 - Needing the Bundesliga Poiints
By Joe, bettingexpert.com | Edited
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Ambitions is what Torsten Fink wants from his Hamburg team but one at a time, getting out of the drop zone should be a priority and on Sunday they will be hosting FC Kaiserslautern for the three points. Bayern will take on FC Nurnberg on Saturday in hope to build on their lead.
Bayern Munchen vs. FC Nurnberg
A blip last weekend in the away 2-1 defeat to Hannover 96 but they still maintain the lead position in the Bundesliga. However their lead could sustain if they were to beat Nurnberg at home and keep their distance from Dortmund with at least three points. Their form hasn’t been something to talk about in the late, a 1-1 draw in the champions league and then a defeat afterwards also seeing a red card which will hampering Bayern’s midfield as they are without Jerome Boateng for three games. It’s most likely that Nil Petersen will replace Boateng on Saturday. Another key player that will be involved on Saturday is Arjen Robben while Ivan Olic is pushing for a start in the Bayern lineup.
Bottom half of the Bundesliga, Nurnberg is only five points away from the bottom club, SC Freiburg, while just four points away from the relegation zone. They could be dragged into the relegation struggle this week if they don’t collect any points to move away from the drop zone. They managed only a point last weekend when they drew 2-2 at home to Stuttgart. It was better in the midweek when fired themselves in the next round of the German Cup by beating Erzgebirge 2-1 away, both Alexander Esswein and Julian Wiessmeier got the goal. Key players like Markus Feulner and top scorer Timmy Simons will need to lead the team with discipline to get at least a solid point. Their last win away for Nurnberg in the Bundesliga was back in September 11 and that was against FC Cologne and Simmons was the hero that day.
Verdict: League leaders at home should be a walk in the park against a lower half team.
Hamburg vs. FC Kaiserslautern
Second from bottom and this is a club that trying to turn tides when things are going hard. Unpredictable should be rolling on your tongue when you talk about the Northern club. Hamburg has turn things around by collecting four points out of six in the last two games. An away win over fellow struggler, Freiburg, was then followed up with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home against Wolfsburg, but never the less, important points to help them avoid being the wooden spoon yet again. Newly appointed head coach, Torsten Fink is more of a traditionalist tactican and he has gone for a 4-4-2 formation which will at least bring in a solid point per game. Still needing to learn the perks of his players, he has a task this week to find a suitable role for Heiko Westermann as he looked uncomfortable in a defensive minded role.
Things are just a little bit better with Kaiserslautern as they are three points away from their host but still very much involved in the relegation zone battle. They too have been on a good form and they showed it with much conviction in their last two games by winning them. Kaiserslautern managed to won away against Schalke 04 by 2-1 and also followed by a 1-0 home win over relegation strugglers Freiburg. What more followed is a 1-0 away win over Frankfurt in the German Cup so the good run continues and Sunday could be their fourth consecutive win, mind you, before this good run they only managed one win over seven attempts. They are riding on a good and high confidence. The defense needs to be praise over their efforts and solid defending.
Verdict: Relegation strugglers in form so a draw should satisfy the both.
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