Bayern Leverkusen host Kaiserslautern at Bay Arena in an attempt to wash some of the last year’s embarrassment away. The fourth placed Bundesliga team crashed in the quarter finals against Kaiserslautern after a 0-1 loss in extra time, avoiding a 5-1 defeat in the semifinals at the hands of last year’s winners of the competition.
Kaiserslautern are third in Bundesliga’s second tier and are two goals away from a direct Bundesliga qualification. They have four wins in their last five matches and have conceded only three goals. This stage of the competition was reached after another extra time win over Wehen Wiesbaden and a 2-0 win over Greuther Fürth. Alex Ring is keen to repeat last year’s sensational result, even if Jenssen is yet to find the back of the net this year. Kaiserslautern are not having a good record in away games in the second Bundesliga with only two wins since April of last year, and with only four matches since the beginning of the year they could see themselves victims of Leverkusen’s attacks from the wings.
After the 4-5 defeat against Wolfsburg and the 2-2 draw against Augsburg, Bayern Leverkusen went on to somehow win against Atletico Madrid and Freiburg with the same 1-0 score. When playing at Bay Arena they have only one loss in 12 Bundesliga matches, which is why they will be confident of being able to overcome their last year’s nemesis. Calhanoglu, Bellarabi and Son are Leverkusen’s midfielders with 22 goals, and should find no trouble scoring early in the game. Schmidt received the news of having to start in the DFB Pokal without Bender who has a bruised ankle, and Kiessling was left frustrated with the shaky approach his team had to the game against Freiburg. The striker admitted his team were lucky not to concede in the last minutes of the game and asked for improvement against Kaiserslautern.
The bookmakers favor the hosts to win and offer them 1.44 odds to win as opposed to Kaiserslautern’s 7.50. A draw at the end of the regular time has 4.50 odds, and Bayer Leverkusen were given 1.20 odds to qualify, Kaiserslautern 4.33. A minimal 1-0 Leverkusen win has 7.50 odds; the hosts for both halves have 2.15 odds, Leverkusen as the last team to score 1.42 odds, Kaiserslautern 3.40 and we’re going to bet 7 units on Bayer Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals in the second half with 2.70 odds from Titan Bet, because they have good players and a Stefan Kiessling who is hungry for goals.
Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation
Kaiserslautern: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Bayer Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals in the second half
Liverpool make the bid for the fifth place in the Premier League in the match against Southampton, a side who are coincidentally on the 4th place in the table. The Reds come from a win in Europa League which might have given the team the confidence Brendan Rodgers was talking about when he mentioned his squad could have won the Champions League.
Southampton have had an impressive season so far, which of course allowed them the luxury of keeping the tabs on Manchester United in their bid for the third place in the table. After the FA Cup exit, the hosts have had the necessary time to get ready to host Liverpool and capitalize on their fatigue after the Europa League clash against Besiktas. Coincidentally enough, the win is not making as many papers as it should, due to the well-known penalty taker row between Balotelli, Henderson and Sturridge.
The usual suspects from both teams are injured this time around, and punters are looking at former Southampton players to make the difference, but for Liverpool. Lallana, Lambert and Dejan Lovren are aware the Saints supporters won’t be giving them the warm welcome and if either gets to score, hopefully with the decency of not celebrating. Southampton have a good defensive record at home where they only conceded two goals: one form Chelsea and one from Swansea. Liverpool have four away matches where they didn’t concede, three of which are wins.
In the midfield area Henderson will have to battle it out against Wanyama, but Liverpool’s second in command is the Red’s main man with the assists, and you could even place a bet on him to score, 888sport will offer you 9.00 odds for a Henderson goal. Last time the two teams met Liverpool won with 2-1 after Sterling and Sturridge scored a goal in each half. This time around, Liverpool comes from a morale boost win against Tottenham while Southampton recorded a frustrating 0-0 draw against West Ham.
Graziano Pelle must be in need of a goal, at 2.50 with 888sport, but he might clash with Skrtel for the goal or Mignolet might be in one of his great days to save. The last four matches between the two provided us with goals, and keeping in mind that Southampton have one of the best defensive records this season it will be interesting to observe which defensive line will crack first.
888sport offers Southampton 2.50 odds to win, and some punters are unable to comprehend just why Liverpool got 2.90 to win. Both teams to score has 1.72 odds, Southampton to score over 1.5 goals has 2.43 odds, Liverpool with a +1 handicap 1.21 odds, a goal in the first 15 minutes has 3.25 odds and a red card 4.75. Both teams need the three points more or less for the same reason which is why we’re going to bet 5 units on both teams to score in the second half with 3.55 odds from 888sport.
Southampton: Team’s Formation
Liverpool: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score in the second half
Result: -5 units, bet lost
Manchester City are faced with another must-win match as they are trying to keep up the pace with Chelsea London and defend their title. At this point their actions might seem without result after unnecessary draws against Everton, Chelsea and Hull City as well as the defeat against Arsenal.
Sergio Aguero was back to full fitness against Stoke City, which could see the striker hungry for goals against Newcastle, who return to Etihad after taking the hosts out of the Capital One Cup. Now, Aguero is rumored to miss the match due to a back injury, but the Citizens will see Toure finally back in the fold as well as Bony from the AFCON. Their return will hopefully mean much more stability for Man City who are undefeated in 28 of their last 31 matches played at Etihad. Man City need a David Silva in great form as his play-making skills could open up goalscoring chances for other players if Aguero will be unavailable.
Newcastle are 11th in the Premier League coming from a draw against Crystal Palace, which only adds to their defensive issues. The visitors conceded 37 goals this season, and now with Dummett, Tiote and Taylor out for the match against the Champions, Newcastle will have to find potential winners from Perez and Cisse. The Magpies might be keen on showing again that Eithad does not give Man City the needed clout, but with City up for three points prior to their Champions League clash, might see them tightening their defensive ranks.
Manchester City are almost assured winners with Unibet backing their win with 1.28 odds, as opposed to Newcastle’s 10.50. The difference in odds is due to the fact that Newcastle are without a win at Etihad since 2005, not taking into account the League Cup win. In the last five Premier League matches between the two, Man City conceded only once and scored 15 goals, which makes the both teams to score betting market a real gamble. Over 3.5 goals has 2.43 odds, Man City with a -2 handicap have 2.25 odds, Newcastle with a +2 one 1.66, and we’re betting 7 units on Man City to win both halves with 2.50 odds from Unibet.
Manchester City: Team’s Formation
Newcastle United: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Man City to win both halves