Monday, 26 February 2007

3 pts HANSA ROSTOCK + 0.5 Asian Handicap 0.8/1 ( Betfair) v MSV Duisburg Bundesliga 2

A clash between second and third - and one that has taken on added importance with fourth place Kaiserslautern closing up behind. Both teams have won 50% of their games; Duisburg are undefeated at home, Hansa have only lost once on their travels. Since returning from the winter break Hansa haven't quite looked as formidable as they have done in the first half of the season. Nevertheless, they tend to grind out results when travelling west. They've got draws on the road against both Karlsruhe and Kaiseslautern, and even before tonights match events have panned out in their favour off the field.The Duisburg camp have been hit by a virus, and at one stage doubts surrounded at least six first team players. While most have now been passed fit, there has to be question marks how they will perform, considering that it is the nature of this match which has probably got them the all clear. Enrico Kern, Hansa's top scorer this season with ten goals, returns tonight, and they should be supported on the Asians to come away with something.

MSV 1 Rostock 2 + 2.4 pts