|#||Club||Matches||W||D||L||Goals||+ / –||Pts.|
|5||1.FC Union Berlin||24||9||8||7||39:33||6||35|
|6||FC Energie Cottbus||24||9||8||7||28:25||3||35|
|7||TSV 1860 Munich||24||8||10||6||27:22||5||34|
|9||SC Paderborn 07||24||9||5||10||32:29||3||32|
|10||FC Ingolstadt 04||24||7||11||6||28:27||1||32|
|12||FC St. Pauli||24||7||8||9||23:27||-4||29|
|15||FC Erzgebirge Aue||24||6||6||12||29:38||-9||24|
|18||SSV Jahn Regensburg||24||4||5||15||27:44||-17||17|
Leaders Hertha and 2nd place Braunschweig both slipped up over the weekend. Hertha were undone by relegation-threatened Dresden at the Gluckgas Stadion, Lasogga with the unfortunate OG. Hertha had plenty of possession but couldn’t create anything of real note in a disappointing performance.
This presented Braunschweig with a great chance to re-gain the initiative at the head of the table taking on a Duisburg side that had struggled in the main throughout the season. However Braunschweig couldn’t seize on this golden chance as Exslager hammered home the winner for the Zebras on (62).
Third place Kaiserslautern turned in another lack-lustre effort on Saturday with a goal-less draw at home to Bochum. Even with the return of main striker Idrissou they couldn’t break down a resilient Bochum and will now face Braunschweig in Matchday 25, in probably the fixture of the round.
The trend of ‘not taking advantage’ seemed to continue as FC Koln couldn’t overcome a ‘strong at home’ Frankfurt team. Zafer Yelen’s penalty on (76) was cancelled out by left-winger Christian Clemens to keep the Billy Goats three points behind.
Union turned in an improved performance with a comfortable 3-0 victory over a poor Aue side on Friday night, Nemec and Mattuschka with the first half goals and Parensen sealed in on (57) in the second half. Aue are spiralling dangerously close to the drop zone, a position not helped by both Duisburg and Dresden’s unexpected wins
Energie Cottbus won for the first time in 8 games, a much-improved performance and a goal from Sanogo was enough to give them the points against at in-form Paderborn.
1860 Munchen and Ingolstadt played out an expected 1-1 draw. The away side, who had seven 1-1 draws to their name, equalised through Eigler with 11 minutes to go after Tomasov gave 1860 a first half lead.
Aalen and St.Pauli played out a low-scoring clash as selected here last week. In-form striker Daniel Ginzcek scored from the spot after being fouled himself in the last minute to give the away side all three points. St.Pauli have now won two in a row and have put in much improved effort after some recent terrible form.
The bottom two of Regensburg and Sandhausen met on Friday night. Whilst both teams may be staring down the barrel of the 3.Liga, we expected an entertaining game with plenty of goals. It didn’t disappoint. The Over 2.5 goals bet was a winner by HT, with Olajengbesi and Loning scoring for Sandhausen sandwiched between a Carlinhos strike for Regensburg. With Sandhausen adding a third in added time through Riemann, this put them four points clear of Regensburg at the bottom, but still three points behind both Dresden and Aue.
We correctly predicted 5/9 games for Matchday 24, giving a welcome profit of 1.82 points.
Below are the fixtures for Match Day 25 with latest best industry odds as of 4th March 2013
|25.Match day – details|
|FC St. Pauli 8/13||-:-||SSV Jahn Regensburg 9/2||Draw 29/10|
|FSV Frankfurt 13/10||-:-||VfR Aalen 21/10||Draw 23/10|
|SV Sandhausen 12/5||-:-||TSV 1860 Munich 5/4||Draw 12/5|
|FC Energie Cottbus 13/10||-:-||1.FC Union Berlin 12/5||Draw 12/5|
|1.FC Cologne 13/20||-:-||SC Paderborn 07 9/2||Draw 29/10|
|FC Ingolstadt 04 23/20||-:-||VfL Bochum 13/5||Draw 12/5|
|FC Erzgebirge Aue 5/4||-:-||Dynamo Dresden 12/5||Draw 12/5|
|Hertha BSC 4/11||-:-||MSV Duisburg 9/1||Draw 4/1|
|Eintracht Braunschweig 13/10||-:-||1.FC Kaiserslautern 9/4||Draw 23/10|
Be sure to check back this week for a ‘selection’ in each of these 9 games and some ‘Best Bets’ for Match Day 25.
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