Sunday, 25 February 2007

2pts FC KOLN - 1 Asian Handicap 1.22/1 ( Betfair) v SC Paderborn Bundesliga 2

The Rhein Energie Stadion will be one of the locations used when Cologne hosts the 2010 Gay Olympics - and judging by the the manner in which the FC were hammered at Essen last weekend, one could be forgiven for thinking that many of this present team will be participating in the games themselves ! At the beginning of the season promotion back to Bundesliga 1 was seen as a formality. Hope of that has now disappeared and all the team has to play for is it's pride.Paderborn have won their last two on the road, but I have a feeling there will be an edge to the home side today. Christophe Daum has demanded ' fight and determination' from his team and Cologne are worth chancing at -1 on the Asians to bounce back from last week's disaster.

Koln 1 Paderborn 1 - 2pts

2 pts KARSRUHER SC 1.58/1 ( Betfair) v FC Augsburg Bundesliga 2

Bundesliga 1 football beckons for Karlsruhe, and they cam move a step nearer here with a victory against Bavarians, Augsburg. KSC have won five on the road so far. They slipped up after taking the lead against Duisburg in their last away match, and although todays opponents are solid middle table material, there is a notable class difference between them and KSC. They are fairly priced for outright victory.

Augsburg 3 KSC 1 - 2 pts

2pts BAYER LEVERKUSEN + 0.5 Asian Handicap 1.44/1 ( Betfair) v Schalke 04 Bundesliga 1

Leverkusen played clever in their midweek European tie, and it paid dividends for them. However, expect them to revert to type here in a fixture that traditionally has plenty of goals, not least that 7 - 4 scoreline in SO4's favour last season. Both teams are naturally attack minded, and the SO4 are playing with flair and arrogance at the moment - which is their style. They are however hit with an injury crisis here.Danish forward Lovenkrands will miss the match, along with promising defender Christian Pander, Gustavo Varela, Soren Larsen and Gerald Asamoah. Three other first team players are doubtful. They look vulnerable today and Leverkusen should be supported on the Asians to take advantage of the situation.

SO4 0 Leverkusen 1 + 2.88 pts