Sunday, 18 February 2007

2 pts Under 2.5 Goals 0.92/1 (pinnacle) 0.89/1 ( Bet UK) Rot-Weiss Essen v FC Koln Bundesliga 2

Despite being on a winning run, Cologne are not impressing visually. The victories have been hard fought against poor opposition and they needed the help of an own goal and a fine save by Stefan Wessels to claim all three points against the lowly Braunschweig. Essen look doomed for relegation into the Regional Nord; they would dearly love something from this match and Cologne coach Daum is aware that this will be no ' give me' for his side. Cologne are much the stronger on paper and should really win this, but the most sensible option is to support under 2.5. Cologne are finding goals hard to come by, Essen have only scored five in their last twelve matches.

Essen 5 Koln 0 WTF ! - 2pts

2 pts KARSRUHE - 1.5 Asian Handicap 1.1/1 ( Betfair) v Eintracht Braunschweig Bundesliga 2

Top versus botton and Braunschweig will feel the wrath of Karlsruhe here after the top side's defeat at Duisburg on Monday night. The gap between these two teams is that between Bundesliga 1 and the regional divisions. They won this fixture 7-0 last season and another comfortable victory is expected. Worth support to overcome a - 1.5 on the Asians.

KSC 2 EB 0 + 2.2 pts

2pts VfL BOCHUM + 0.5 Asian Handicap 3/4 ( Bet 365 UK ) v DSC Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga 1

Both teams are deeply involved in the fascinating relegation struggle at the bottom of Bundesliga 1 - only five points separate 10th place Wolfsburg from bottom team Monchengladbach. Bielefeld regularly play between the 1st and 2nd divisions, and their best Bunsdeliga finish has been an 8th place in both 82/83 and 83/84 - though they have that popular ' Viva DSC ' song on the widely listened to CD ' LIEDER AUS DER BUNDESLIGA' ! They entertain Bochum here whom they are three points and five places ahead of in the table. Needless to say this will be closely fought and Bochum, having managed to frustrate the likes of Bayern Munich, Nurnberg, Hamburg, Dortmund, Hannover and Hertha Berlin on the road this season, must be backed at + 0.5 on the Asians.

Bielefeld 1 Bochum 3 + 1.5 pts