LEARN HOW TO BET ON BUNDESLIGA LIKE A PRO

Without a doubt, football is sport number one in Germany and its national championship is one of the most intense competitions in the world. Bundesliga, as German first division is widely known in football parlance, is definitely among the top European leagues and it can be counted on to produce plenty of high-quality action every week. While it may not be as glamorous and rich as the English Premier League or Spanish Primera, Bundesliga features a lot of elite players and its teams frequently win big on the European stage.

It is not a surprise that the top German league has many international fans and attracts a good deal of betting interest, as well. Since it’s not as hyped up as some other leagues, it could represent a great opportunity for bettors looking for a new strategy to shake things up. Here are a few tips that might be very useful if you decide to put some money on outcomes of Bundesliga matches:

Don’t bet against Bayern
In football, there are sure things and then there is Bayern Munich. This team won eight of the last twelve national titles (26 in total) and dominated all league rivals like no other team from a large country in recent memory. At present time, they are sitting in the first place again, more than a dozen points above the closest competitor. Betting against this evil machine is not something you ever want to do, no matter how attractive the odds look and how hot their current opponent is. If anything, you should be looking to play on Bayern and parlay this bet with a few others to build a relatively safe ticket that still pays handsomely. Remember, Bayern playing at home against anybody is pretty much a done deal.

Account for the home advantage
Speaking of home advantage, stadiums in Germany are famous for high attendance and rabid support from the local fan base.The atmosphere can get raucous and very loud, so it’s really difficult to go into someone’s home field and snatch a victory, even for quality teams. You can expect the home team to put up a fierce fight in front of its own agitated crowd, so bottom-feeders are known to get draws or even win when playing heavy favourites at home. Of course, this tendency will be calculated into the odds, but there is a small window of opportunity to catch a surprise and capitalise on it. Keep tabs on each team’s home/away splits and you’ll have an idea which teams play the hardest in their own stadiums.

Watch for young teams on the rise
Sport betting is all about identifying underestimated teams early and supporting them at just the right moment before the odds change. With eighteen teams on its roster, German Bundesliga is a fertile ground for up-and-coming teams that lack international prominence despite the fact they could make some noise in the ongoing season and the near future. Given that the level of competition (as well as the budgets) falls off considerably after top five or six teams, there is a lot of space for a dark horse contender to emerge in any particular season. You could win a lot of money if you correctly guess which team might play that role this year.

Keep up with team news regularly
Coverage of the German Bundesliga is extensive and gaining full access to the latest news about your favourite team and its key players should be easy. That’s the beauty of betting on the Bundesliga – it is a high-profile competition that somehow still flies a little bit under the radar. Reading the chatter on sports blogs will let you know intricate details about current form of each squad and allow you to sniff upsets before they happen. It goes without saying that you should still take any information gathered in this way with some reservation, but quite often such insights could lead you to a favourable outcome. If you love football and have a team you like in the German top division, it won’t take you too much effort to follow it on a weekly basis.

Are you a true Deutschland fan? Bet on your team in the German Bundesliga matches every week and cash in on your love for the magical game with the help of those simple tips.

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Premier Punt has been continually evolving since its inception in 2013. It combines traditional eleven a side daily and weekly games, with no season long commitment, but with the added edge of putting your money where your mouth is. The good people at Premier Punt have even created the best DFS app on the market today just to make it even easier for you to clean up while you are on the move.

The single six a side games are rapidly becoming the preferred option of the DFS user and the Premier Punt app has been designed to reflect this trend towards the single game market. The stats are driven by a live feed supported by Opta. This live feed enables Premier Punt to award players for not only scoring a goal or keeping a clean sheet but for successful pass completion, interceptions and tackles therefore producing the most representative reflection of a player’s overall performance available. This enables you to follow the game as it happens while keeping a track of your team’s progression in the game you have joined. There are loads of game options on Premier Punt with the stakes starting as low as £2. It’s a great way to interact with your mates while watching the game down the boozer or interacting from home or on the move through social media.

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THRILLING PERFORMANCE OR PATHETIC TACTICS?

The fall from grace for Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace side has been well documented in recent weeks and the pressure on him has intensified after a wildly entertaining 5-4 defeat last week at the hands of Swansea City who have now managed to claw themselves back off the foot of the Premier League table – all coming off the back of last week’s Premier Punt article that examined who were the worst team in the Premier League. The jury’s still out on that one but it does lead us to ask…

With goals galore in the Swansea Vs. Crystal Palace game – does it make for a thrilling performance or does it just show a huge amount of tactical ineptitude?

Both Crystal Palace and Swansea are shipping an average of exactly two goals per game as they head in to game week 14 of the Premier League calendar and that level of weakness at the back has to the result of a tactical flaw somewhere. The weaknesses were there for all to see last weekend but as Crystal Palace took a 4-3 lead with just minutes to go – it looked like Pardew and his team had turned a corner and you might even have credited the Eagles with showing some character.

That character was drained minutes later as they left the field with zero points and another two goals against their goals conceded statistic. It will probably go down as one of the games of the season but will it be remembered for individual brilliance or just for calamitous defending? Or maybe a bit of both?

Both teams have a much tougher task this weekend with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur the respective opponents of Crystal Palace and Swansea and as Fantasy Football managers we might be inclined to pile players in from Saints and Spurs – and I’d say you’d be pretty justified in doing so.

For all the attacking delights displayed by Palace and Swansea last weekend (and for Palace for most of the season) there are definitely frailties at the back. Swansea concede the fourth most amount of shots per game (15.1) than any other Premier League side, whilst Palace concede the 8th most (13.6). Compare that to Burnley who conced over 20 shots per game and it is hard to fathom how Burnley have conceded 5 less goals over the campaign – can all of that really be attributed to the brilliant goalkeeping displays of Tom Heaton?

Fundamentally, it looks like there is a mentality issue. Particularly with Crystal Palace. To be fair to Swansea they are still getting to grips with a new management style under Bob Bradley and to be fair to him, he is still testing out which is his best backline and so some defensive errors can be forgiven – on top of that – his team did show great character to snatch victory late on last weekend.

Palace on the other hand just go from low to lower – and it looks like Pardew will be on his way out if he can’t claim a win in the next two games. As much as he has been commended for his teams attacking exploits by TV pundits – the reality is that his team only sits 13th in the league for the number of shots per game – this lack of balance between the team’s attacking and defensive philosophy is costing them game after game.

Any manager under pressure should sure up defensively so it will be interesting to see what approach is taken this weekend as they entertain Southampton on Saturday afternoon – but for the sake of Palace and Pardew especially – entertainment should be put on hold and a return to tactical sense should be employed.

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THE WORST TEAM IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

THE WORST TEAM IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?

As we head in to game week 13 of the Premier League season we take a look at the wrong end of the table and ask the question:

Who are the worst team in Premier League?

It may be the 13th week of the season, but bad luck cannot be blamed for poor league positions at this stage as we head in to the second third of the campaign – instead, we are interested in the reasons why certain teams are struggling at the foot of the table and wonder if any of them can pull themselves away.

The Premier League is notoriously competitive and the reality of it is that almost any team can fall foul of the relegation zone’s clutches if they have a bad run of form.

As it stands, Swansea hold up the rest of the teams in 20th position having won just one game all season. Having recently brought in Bob Bradley to steer the seemingly sinking ship doesn’t seem to have had quite the right impact and he is still searching for his first win in the Premier League. Perhaps the grass isn’t always greener?

Sunderland sit just above Swansea in 19th place but have at least showed some spirit in their last two games with two good victories. Sunderland seem to flirt with danger each season before making the great escape – but can they do so again this season? David Moyes is at least starting to see something from his players now.

Hull City complete the relegation zone lineup and sit on 10 points having had a decent start to the season before losing all but one of their last 6 games and with the joint worst record for goal scoring it doesn’t look like they will be turning anything around anytime soon. A 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sunderland last week hardly did anything to challenge that theory – but are one of these three teams really the worst in the league?

THE PREMIER LEAGUE FORM 

With the exception of Sunderland, the teams at the foot of the table also have the worst form which is unsurprising. Another team that have been widely reported in the media this week as having dreadful form are Crystal Palace. In fact, Palace are rock bottom of the form table in the Premier League with one draw and five defeats in their last 6 games. In fact, their form for 2016 is the worst of the entire football league which is almost unbelievable when you look at the attacking talent on show for the Eagles.

THE RELEGATION DOGFIGHT

With just 4 points separating the teams in the top half of the table from the relegation zone, we could be here all day analysing who the worst team is – and you could perhaps make a pretty convincing case for many of them. Aside form Hull, you have to say that it is the established Premier League sides that look more vulnerable to the drop this season but West Ham and Crystal Palace surely have enough quality to pull themselves away from trouble.

The North East of England is a passionate place when it comes to football but Hull City have looked pretty awful this season. The biggest two statistics paint a worrying picture for the Tigers as they have both the worst goalscoring form and the worst goals conceded stats too. A game against West Bromwich Albion this week might have been one to look forward to until the Baggies thumped Burnley 4-0 on Monday and this will be a game that could see Hull City crowned as worst team in the Premier League if they don’t avoid defeat. The management structure in place at Hull (and we are not talking about Mike Phelan here) looks like it needs to carry a lot of the blame for the state of affairs at the KC Stadium.

Swansea face Crystal Palace this weekend and this clash could see the relegation zone shaken up again if Bradley does manage his first victory in Swansea colours – if he fails to capitalise on Palace’s poor form then they will sit rooted to the bottom of the league in a very perilous position.

As good as the league is at the top, it is as poor at the bottom – and whilst any team in this league can beat anyone, it looks to us as though Swansea and Hull City will be destined to relegation – with Sunderland playing their usual Houdini act – but it might be one trick too far this season.

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CAN WAYNE ROONEY EVER SHAKE THIS HANGOVER?

Wayne Rooney has arguably been one of the greatest talents in English football in modern times. The player who has scored over 50 goals for England and is closing in on 250 goals for Manchester United has enjoyed a 15 year career so far that has been mainly filled with highs. As is often the case with the British media, the very same publications that have celebrated his successes and built him up are now preying on his every move to knock him down from whence he came.

Once upon a time in a football fairytale (not so long ago), a player joining a wedding celebration and enjoying a few drinks with guests would be a hero – nowadays things are very different and Wayne Rooney has been hammered by the press for his antics whilst on international duty.

Perhaps it has raised wider issues and bigger questions about footballer conduct and the line between their personal and professional lives, but for Wayne Rooney, it is just the latest in a long string of 2016 low points – so we are asking the question as to whether Wayne Rooney is suffering a hangover that he just won’t be able to shake.

It is hard to feel sympathy for someone who earns more in a week than most people earn in five years – but then no-one enjoys seeing a previous Premier League star fade away.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended for the visit of Arsenal in the Saturday lunchtime kick off it might be the perfect tonic for Rooney to bounce back to form if he gets the chance to play in a more prominent position – but would it just be a short term fix even if he were to bang a goal in?

Wayne Rooney made his debut for Everton at the tender age of 16 in 2002. The fact that 2002 seems like a lifetime ago may go some way to explaining the downturn of the Englishman’s form. Rooney has been a fantasy football manager’s dream at times and the 2013/14 season that saw him score 17 goals and register 10 assists was his most impressive of recent years. If we go back to the 2011/12 season then we will remember him ruthlessly destroying defences with 27 goals and 4 assists. But will we ever see this side of him again or is it time to give up on him from a fantasy football point of view?

Some pundits are saying that the versatile forward has lost his legs, others disagree and say it’s his appetite for the sport. Others blame his lifestyle and general fitness. One thing that cannot be argued is his skill. But is it enough to keep fantasy footballers picking him? In fact, Rooney does not even feature in our fantasy football single game between Man Utd and Arsenal today with preference given to Marcus Rashford as a Premier Punt star player and he is likely to be given a starring role in the game by Mourinho.

From Rooney’s perspective, one of the biggest frustrations for the ex-Everton player  is probably that he has been playing in various roles (but crucially not as a striker) for two seasons now – Rooney is an impact player and whilst he is capable of playing in midfield or out wide, he is not going to be as impactful as he will in the number 10 position or as an out and out striker. Has he been mis-managed or is he simply not good enough?

Rooney should feature in today’s fixture and whilst it could be marred by injury and suspension there is enough talent out there for Premier Punters to choose from. Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott will be amongst the other popular picks for the game. It will be interesting to see if the Man Utd manager opts to play Rooney in a more advance role – if he does, then he can potentially have more of an impact – possibly the only thing that can clear his head from this lingering hangover. Either way, it looks like the trend is declining and we don’t see that changing in the medium to long term.