Sunday, 15 April 2007

3 pts FC KOLN 1.36/1 ( Betfair) v SC Frieburg Bundesliga 2

The FC are in fine heart at present. After a commanding second half performance against Koblenz they gained an away victory against Aue. It's a shame that the performance there was overshadowed by crowd disturbances where some of the wacky Trotskyites/ Quasi - Anarchists who follow the FC around set off smoke bombs. They play host to a side pushing for a promotion place, and who have won eight of their last ten. Helmes will face a late fitness test. He announced earlier in the week that he would definitely be staying at the club for another season - though rumours abound that captain Lukas Sinkiewicz could be going to Leverkusen or BVB ( Thomas Doll was in the crowd at Rostock to watch him play). With home advantage, I fancy the FC to win this fixture for the fourth time running.

FC Koln 0 Freiburg 3 - 3pts

3 pts TuS KOBLENZ +1 & +1.5 Asian Handicap 0.81/1 ( Betfair) v Karlsruher SC Bundesliga 2

Perhaps they consider themselves safely promoted - but the KSC were an absolute disgrace against TSV 1860 on Monday night. They played with no sense of urgency or pride and seemed content to pass the ball around in their own half - even when 2-0 down. It's unlikely they'll ever play so bad again but even so, they face a side here who are only five points ahead of the relegation zone and probably need a few more points to render them safe. They played some good football in the first half at Cologne, and their attacks were well constructed, causing problems for their opponents defence. They have since lost at home to Essen, but I fancy them to acquitt themselves well here and they are worth supporting with the help of the Asians.

KSC 3 Koblenz 1 - 3pts

3pts ROT- WEISS ESSEN 1.1/1 ( Betfair) v SpVgg Unterhaching Bundesliga 2

Rot-Weiss are making a commendable effort to stay in Bundesliga 2, and I fancy that their rivals today will make the journey back to Munich empty handed. In fact, they have lost their last six matches on the road and, along with today's rivals, sit only a point the relegation zone. Rot-Weiss have managed away victories at Koblenz and, surprisingly at KSC, losing at home to the inconsistent but useful TSV 1860 in the interim, and managing to make a name for themselves with their football as opposed to the large number of skinheads who follow the team around.

RW Essen 1 Unterhaching 1 - 3pts

3 pts WERDER BREMEN 1.24/1 ( Betfair) v Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 1

BVB managed to obtain a desperately needed three points at Aachen but they are still a club in desperate trouble, and Doll's men will struggle to keep the visitors at bay today. Werder need to match the SO4 result yesterday to keep within two points of their championship rivals. With games running out, five points will be too large a gap to close down. Portugese striker Almeida will be misssing along with Mertesecker and Wome, but they have a large enough squad for cover, and the back to form Aaron Hunt will start alongside Klose. They should beat their moderate rivals today.

BVB 0 Werder Bremen 2 + 3.7 pts