Saturday, 17 March 2007

3 pts ALEMANNIA AACHEN 1.28/1 ( Betfair) v DSC Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga 1

Both sides have key players missing for this lower end of the table clash. Bielefeld thrashed Aachen in October, but going into this encounter, Frontzeck's team are in far better shape and are making a bold effort to stay in the top division. They have won three out their last four; their victims including Bayern. They had a terrific result against Cottbus last weekend, and play host to a side today who have the worst away record in the division this season, picking up a mere five points on their travels.

Aachen 2 Bielefeld 0 + 3.84 pts

3ptsVfB STUTTGART + 0.5 Asian Handicap 0.99/1 ( Betfair) v Schalke 04 Bundesliga 1

Stuttgart travel to Gelsenkirchen knowing that defeat here will put them 7 pts behind the SO4, and realistically out of the title race. Top Bundesliga 1 scorer Mario Gomez is on the injury list at present - after being told that he'd miss a couple of matches through his knee injury, he punched the medical box in frustration, broke his hand, and will now be on the sidelines for even longer ! They've only picked up two points in their last three but face a home side who are also going through a mini crisis. True, the SO4 have a large talented squad, and on paper there is quality replacement for injured or suspended players, but they have sorely missed Lovenkrands, and Brazilian Lincoln. Lovenkrands returned to training this week but reported himself as not feeling in the best of shape, and may not be fully effective even if he does start. I strongly fancy that the visitors will come away with something here.

SO4 1 Stuttgart 0 - 3 pts