This weeks accumulator. £5 @ 8/1
- DORTMUND 4/9 (home v Schalke 04 14:30)
- RB LEIPZIG 2/7 (home v Freiburg 14:30)
- B. MONCHENGLADBACH 13/10 (away v Eintracht Frankfurt 17:30)
- WOLFSBURG 11/10 (away v Augsburg 14:30)
OVERVIEW: Bettings back. Not properly but this is the best I can do. I’m not expecting much from this accumalator for various reasons I’ll go into, but I’ve selected the 4 teams based on their respective form and league positions before lockdown. Obviously there’s going to be more variables than usual. Firstly, we are going to have to get used to games being being closed doors. No fans and therefore no atmosphere is probably going nullify the usual home advantages. It may also mean the matches have a pre season friendly type mentally to them. Let’s hope not.
Secondly, we don’t know where teams are going to be in terms of fitness and how they’ve trained during the enforced break. Each team will probably be at differing levels and there’s also the added factor of player rustiness. You would think it’s going to take them time to get back into the full swing of things. It’s basically like the opening day of the season all over again.
And thirdly, which players actually feel safe enough to be able to perform at their best. The return of German football all seems a bit rushed, are the players all fully on board? We seen reservations from Priemier league players. I can’t see all the Bundesliga lot all being happy about the situation. Psychological factors to beware of for sure.
PICKS. The massive North Rhine-Westphalia Derby. Usually I would avoid big Derby matches as anything can happen but there’s not a lot to choose from with football just returning. I expect Dortmund to come out on top. They’re still in with an outside chance of the title and prior to lockdown they were in blistering form. Although there’s no fans, which is a leveller, quality should prevail though. Sancho and Haaland are the obvious players to watch out for.
Likewise, RB Leipzig. Unbeaten in 12 games including the dismantling of Tottenham in the Champions League. At 2/7, it’s very short odds and, in that respect, a bit of a risk for not much gain but although Freiburg sit in 8th, their away form is very scratchy. Home win.
Monchengladbach away at Frankfurt is very dodgy. Again, with not much to choose from and needing to add value to the acca I’ve gone with them. Frankfurt aren’t the same side they were last season having lost a few key players and have struggled in the bottom half. Gladbach will be looking to further cement their Champions League spot in the table. I was toying on picking the draw at a similar price, but who wants to sit on the fence?!
The final choice is also far from certain but with Wolfsburg just outside the European spots they will be hoping a good run at the end of the season will see them in sneak in there. Augsburg are hovering just above the drop zone and are without a win in 6. I’m hoping no fans will work to our advantage here.
That all been said, I’ve only gone a fiver stake for the reasons stated. 8/1 is still decent odds. I think a winner here will be more a bonus rather than expected. Still worth a go though and it’s definitely something worth keeping an eye on. GOOD LUCK.