Wednesday, 31 January 2007

2pts WERDER BREMEN ( 1.46/1 Betfair) v Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 1

First thoughts may be that Bremen are poor value. After all, this has been a very closely fought contest in recent years, they are away from home, were perhaps flattered a little by the scoreline in the Hannover match, and are against opponents who are on a roll at the moment. In reality though, this is likely to be the sort of open play game where they will be able to expose the class gap between the two sides and stamp their authority on the match. With Bayern slipping up last night, and Schalke having a home tie against the struggling Aachen, Bremen will be satisfied with nothing but maximum points.

Leverkusen 0 Bremen 2 + 2.92 pts

3pts SVF HAMBURG ( 4/5 three firms) v Energie Cottbus Bundesliga 1

1 from 18 in all games, and 0 from 8 at home, Hamburg are in a precarious position and are the subject of some interesting debates on the betting forums. If you back them can you can be accused of suffering from ' name blindness '. Their opponents are close to the relegation zone themselves, although six points ahead of tonights rivals. Hamburg received another squad setback when Guy Demel tore a hamstring in the draw against Bielefeld, but Cottbus will be without three first team regulars themselves. You can view this game from different angles. I'll take the one that if Hamburg don't win this tonight end up being relegated at the end of the season, they will look back at this match as the one when their fate was all but sealed. This is make or break and Doll's men must be supported to give them a lifeline.

HSV 1 Cottbus 1 - 3pts