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Hannover 96 vs. Bayern Munich Predictions, Tips, & Picks 10/23/11

Sunday afternoon wraps up the long weekend of Bundesliga scores, and we are back with our Bundesliga tips for the battle between two of the top sides in the country. We’re all set to make our Hannover 96 vs. Bayern Munich predictions and tips for arguably the biggest fixture of the weekend!
These two sides both had championship aspirations this season after falling flat last year and finishing in third and fourth. Hannover 96 has come quite a long ways since barely avoiding relegation in 2009-10 and being a mid level team in the Bundesliga table for basically a decade before it. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich just continues to dominate, as every single year, it is partaking in European competitions.

This year though, it is Munich that is truly dominating. In nine fixtures this year, the kings of German football have scored a whopping 25 goals, easily the most in the league. And, on top of that, they have only conceded a single strike, also better than anyone else by a solid five goals.

The only truly questionable result was the lifeless and scoreless draw at TSG Hoffenheim at the start of October. However, immediately after that fixture, Bayern turned around and smashed a more formidable foe, Hertha Berlin 4-0, their third win by at least four goals on the campaign.

Of course, it’s truly hard to argue with a side that hasn’t allowed a goal domestically since August 7th and that hasn’t given up a goal on the road all season long, but we are here to warn that Hannover has the team that could pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season.

Mohammed Abdellaoue has had a fantastic year for the Die Roten, as he already has six of the team’s 11 goals on the season. He is the only man to have scored more than once domestically on the season, and he is sure to be the focal point for the attack on Sunday as well.

Hannover has held its own in the Europa League this year, which has been a real accomplishment for this side. It is 1-1-1 in three fixtures, and it had to win a nervy playoff against Spanish side, Sevilla FC just to get into the competition.

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Domestically, it has been a true bag of mixed results. A 3-2 win at home over Werder Bremen has to give a lot of hope that this upset is possible, as does a 2-1 win over last year’s champs, Borussia Dortmund. However, on the flip side, a draw at home against lowly Mainz and a questionable 2-0 loss at FC Cologne last week are results that are going to potentially haunt as well.

We aren’t ready to lay that goal and a half quite yet on the road with Bayern Munich even though it clearly has the more consistent side in this match. In fact, we’re even willing to go out on a limb and say that we think that it is Hannover that can take the three points in this match. Getting nearly 7 to 1 on the Bundesliga odds is a gift for a team at home that has some real potential, and we plan on taking full advantage of it.

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FC Augsburg vs. SV Werder Bremen Predictions, Tips, & Picks 10/21/11

Our German Bundesliga tips are revved up again on Friday afternoon, as FC Augsburg tries to take out Werder Bremen.

Augsburg is sitting in the relegation zone right now, but the truth of the matter is that just staying alive in the Bundesliga is going to be a tremendous accomplishment. This is a team that has never been in the top flight of German soccer, and it claimed its first win ever on the road at Mainz just six days ago. It was a joyous event for all Augsburg fans, but sitting at just 1-4-4 through nine fixtures, the reality is striking there are going to have to be more wins on the horizon to keep this club alive without making the immediate drop back down to 2. Bundesliga.

So far on the campaign, scoring has been the big problem for Augsburg. This team only has seven goals in nine fixtures, and in the goal-happy Bundesliga, that’s a huge issue. Only Kaiserslautern has seven goals as well, but every other team in the league has at least 11 strikes on the campaign. The good news is that the ‘D’ has only allowed 16 goals, which is fewer than the other four teams in the relegation fight right now.

And then there is Werder Bremen, a team that is still fighting for one of the spots in European competition for the 2012-13 season. Bremen is 5-1-2 on the season, but those two losses have come in back to back matches.

Last Friday, Borussia Dortmund came into the Weserstadion and walked out with a 2-0 victory in spite of the fact that many were making their Bundesliga tips on the hosts in that match. It was the first time since August 14th that the team failed to score a goal in a match, and it was the first time in three fixtures that the squad didn’t strike twice.

Still, Claudio Pizarro, Markus Rosenberg, and Marko Arnautovic, who combined have scored 12 of Bremen’s 15 goals on the season, have to be licking their chops about going against this team, even on the road. The issue is that Werder Bremen only has netted five goals in six fixtures on the road this year, and this could be a big problem if the offense doesn’t get going in a hurry.

If the hosts are going to get their first three points at home in team history in the Bundesliga, they are going to have to do so as big time underdogs. Werder Bremen is a half goal favorite at -120, and the expectations are definitely there to snare three points from this fixture. Anything less will be considered a disappointment, especially against a side that many figured would be the worst in the league this year. The ‘total’ has been set at 2.5 over -150.

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