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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE THREEFOLD LANDS!

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE THREEFOLD LANDS!

The accumulator special was focused on three games being played in the Champions League round of 16

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Juventus to Win
Juventus vs Atletico Madrid

FC Barcelona to Win
Barca vs Lyon

Total goals over 2.5
Manchester City vs Schalke 04

 


The games end in the following results:

Juventus 3 – 0 Atletico Madrid
Juventus needed a big win over Atletico Madrid in order to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals and they managed to get one. The Bianconeri dominated the game from the very start and after 27 minutes they took the lead thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s header. CR7 doubled Juve’s lead four minutes into the second half and when everybody expected that the game would go into extra time, Cristiano Ronaldo put the game to bed. Federico Bernardeschi was brought down in Atletico’s box and the Portuguese star scored from the penalty spot to help the Italian champions overcome the deficit. Juventus’ win is well deserved and it has to be noted that they had 15 goal attempts in the Allianz Stadium clash. Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, played below expectations, with the team producing one of the worst performances of the season.

27′ Cristiano Ronaldo 1 – 0
48′ Cristiano Ronaldo 2 – 0
86′ Cristiano Ronaldo 3 – 0

FC Barcelona 5 – 1 Olympique Lyon
As expected, Barcelona defeated Olympique Lyon at their Camp Nou in the second leg of the Champions League last 16. The Catalan giants took the lead after 17 minutes, with Leo Messi scoring the opener from the penalty spot. Philippe Coutinho doubled Barcelona’s lead in the 31st minute, but les Gones never gave up on their quarter-finals dream. The Ligue 1 side managed to score in the 58th minute, with Lucas Tousart finding the net. Olympique Lyon then gave their best to score the equalizer, but Barca eventually had the last word. Leo Messi scored his second goal of the match (78th minute) following an assist by Sergio Busquets and three minutes later the La Liga champions increased their lead, with Gerard Pique burring the ball from close range to make it 4-1. Ousmane Dembele scored the last goal of the match, with the France international unleashing an unstoppable shot into the bottom left corner.

18′ Lionel Messi 1 – 0
31′ Philippe Coutinho 2 – 0
58′ Luca Tousart 2 – 1
78′ Lionel Messi 3 – 1
81′ Gerard Pique 4 – 1
86′ Ousmane Dembele 5 – 1

Manchester City 7 – 0 Schalke 04
After failing to impress in the first leg in Gelsenkirchen, Manchester City rolled over Schalke at Etihad Stadium in the Champions League last 16 return leg. The Citizens broke the deadlock after 35 minutes, with Kun Aguero scoring from the penalty spot. The Argentine attacker doubled Man City’s lead three minutes later, but that was not the score of the first half as Leroy Sane scored the third in the 42th minute. The Citizens adopted an attack-minded approach in the second half as well and thanks to Raheem Sterling’s goal in the 56th minute they increased their lead – 4-0. Bernardo Silva then made it 5-0 in the 71st minute, but the hosts continued to push forward. Youngster Foden scored the sixth goal for Pep Guardiola’s troops after 78 minutes, with Gabriel Jesus setting up the final score of the match – 7-0.

35′ Sergio Aguero 1 – 0
38′ Sergio Aguero 2 – 0
42′ Leroy Sane 3 – 0
56′ Raheem Sterling 4 – 0
71′ Bernardo Silva 5 – 0
78′ Phil Foden 6 – 0
84′ Gabriel Jesus 7 – 0

 


 

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MLS Season Preview 2019

MLS Season Preview 2019

Yet another entertaining season in MLS is ahead of us. Atlanta United are on a quest to defend their trophy, but fellow contenders for the title New York Red Bulls, Los Angeles Galaxy and New York City should not be written off just yet.

Despite being founded in April, 2014, Atlanta United have already established themselves as a top-table side in Major League Soccer. The Five Stripes did well to win the MLS Cup last season, with the team beating Portland Timbers in the title game, but it is much easier to win the trophy than to defend one. Dion Pereira, Pity Martinez and Florentin Pogba joined the club in the transfer window and the good news is that the club chiefs managed to keep hold of last season’s top scorer Josef Martinez. New coach Frank de Boer has a number of top-class players to choose from and it is no surprise Atlanta are considered favourites to win the 2019 MLS Cup.

New York Red Bulls, on the other hand, suffered elimination in the semi-finals of the MLS play-offs last term, with the team losing to Atlanta United in the two-legged tie. The Metros aim to go all the way in the Major Soccer League this season and, as always, experienced attacker Bradley Wright-Phillips will be the man to watch in Chris Armas’ team. The likes of Amro Tarek, Marcus Epps and Omir Fernandez joined the club and, no doubt, New York Red Bulls will play an important role in the upcoming season.

New York City start life without David Villa, who moved to Japan, but his replacement Alexandru Mitrita is expected to shine in the 2019 MLS season. The club owners did well to reinforce to squad, but it remains to be seen if coach Domenec Torrent is going to put the pieces of the puzzle together. New York City are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they will have to improve their away record if they are to record a good result in the Major League Soccer this time out.

Los Angeles Galaxy have been producing fine displays in MLS ever since Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed for the club. The Swedish veteran impressed in the 2018 season (22 goals), but LA Galaxy eventually failed to book their place in the play-offs. The team’s main goal for the upcoming season is to secure a top-six finish in the Western Conference and it remains to be seen if new signings Juninho and Matt Lampson are going to help the team turn the dream into reality.

Los Angeles FC should not be underestimated as they reinforced the squad as well. Carlos Vela is still part of the team, meaning that Bob Bradley’s men could be one of the biggest surprises of the season.

Anyhow, the time has come for the new MLS season to start and we are positive that, as before, there will be a number of football festivals and beautiful goals in each and every round.

Check out our MLS Predictions for all upcoming matches.

Premier League Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Premier League Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Premier League is once again a two-horse race. Liverpool and Manchester City have been the dominant forces in the 2018/2019 season so far, but Tottenham should not be written off just yet.

Liverpool impressed in the first half of the season, with the team finishing the process without a single defeat. Jurgen Klopp is doing a great job with the Anfield outfit, but the Reds will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if they are to win their first Premier League trophy since 1990. Mohamed Salah is still the team’s key player, but both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will surely play important roles in Jurgen Klopp’s team in the second half of the season.

Manchester City dropped a number of points in the first half of the season, but they are still considered one of main favourites to win the national championship. Pep Guardiola has a number of top-class players to choose from and his rotation policy could prove to be his advantage over fellow contenders for the trophy. Kun Aguero has found his goal-scoring touch of late and there is every chance Gabriel Jesus will remain in his shadow in the second half of the season. Anyhow, the Etihad Stadium outfit are capable of defending their title.

Over the years Tottenham have established themselves as one of the best sides in England. Spurs are enjoying yet another successful season and they are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League. Mauro Pochettino’s troops are dreaming about the Premier League title as well, but seeing that key players Harry Kane and Dele Alli suffered injuries, we do not believe that the capital club will clinch their first domestic trophy since 1961.

Seeing that Chelsea struggled in front of goal in the first half of the season, the club chiefs decided to sign Gonzalo Higuain in the January transfer window. The Argentine striker scored a brace on his Stamford Bridge debut against Huddersfield Town and there is every chance he is going to help Maurizio Sarri’s team improve offensively. Eden Hazard is still considered the team’s key player, but the Blues need to keep on improving their game if they are to secure a top-four finish.

Arsenal continue to struggle in matches against top-table sides and despite the fact that they were scoring goals for fun in the first half of the season, Unai Emery’s troops are likely to represent England in the Champions League next season. Manchester United have been impressive ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins, meaning that they should not be written off speaking of the race for a place in the elite competition.

As for the survival battle, Fulham and Huddersfield Town just can’t find their best form and it is no surprise they are considered main favourites to suffer relegation to the Championship at the end of the season. Burnley and Cardiff City will find it difficult to survive in the English top flight as well.

 

Primera Division Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Primera Division Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Real Madrid made yet another slow start to the season, but new coach Santiago Solari helped the team regain a much-needed confidence. Barcelona are on the right track to defend their La Liga title, but coach Ernesto Valverde must warn his men against complacency.

Barcelona clinched the 2017/2018 La Liga trophy in style and they are now on a quest to win their 26th title in the Spanish top flight. The Catalan giants impressed in the first half of the 2018/2019 season, with the team suffering no more than two defeats in the process. Leo Messi is not getting any older and seeing that Barca are eight points clear of Real Madrid in the La Liga standings, the Argentine attacker is likely to lead Ernesto Valverde’s team to yet another domestic trophy.

Real Madrid continue life without Real Madrid. Los Blancos obviously struggle in front of goal, but they have been showing signs of improvement ever since Santiago Solari took over the reins. Brazilian rising star Vinicius is likely to play an important role in Real Madrid’s team in the remainder of the season, but the capital club are unlikely to melt Barcelona’s advantage in the La Liga table. Anyhow, Santiago Solari’s men will almost certainly secure yet another top-four finish.

Atletico Madrid have been impressive at the back in the 2018/2019 season and they are likely to on their rock-solid defence in the remainder of the season. Diego Costa has yet to overcome his long-term injury and, as a result, the club owners decided to sign Spanish attacker Alvaro Morata in the remainder of the season. Los Rojiblancos are still in the race for the title, but give their defensive style of play, we do not believe that they are going to put an end to Barcelona’s dominance in the Spanish elite division.

Sevilla have been producing splendid showings under Pablo Machin this season, but they need to keep on raising their form if they are to book their place in the Champions League. Anyhow, seeing that Valencia dropped a number of points in the first half of the season, the Andalusians are widely expected to represent Spain in the elite competitions next term.

Given the money that has been pumped up into Real Betis squad over the last few transfer windows, Quique Setien’s charges have been playing below expectations in La Liga this season. Anyhow, they are considered one of main candidates to secure a top-six finish and a place in European competitions.

Valencia failed to make a flying start to the season, but it seems as if they are on the right track to find their best form. Los Che have been scoring goals for fun of late, but seeing that they are six points behind fourth-placed Sevilla in the La Liga standings, we do not believe that they are going to make it to the Champions League.

Speaking of the relegation battle, Huesca will almost certainly compete in Segunda Division last term, whilst the likes of Villarreal, Rayo Vallecano, Real Valladolid, Espanyol, Leganes, Celta Vigo and Girona will have to fight hard if they are to avoid the drop to the Spanish second tier.

Europa League Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Europa League Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Europa League has always been in the Champions League’s shadow, but it seems as if the second best European competition is undisputedly looking the strongest it has ever been since the format of the competition.

Spanish sides won four of last five Europa League titles, but this time out Premier League teams are considered hot favourites to lift the trophy.
Chelsea have been producing fine displays in all competitions ever since Maurizio Sarri took over the reins and seeing that they have slim chances of winning the Premier League title, the Blues are likely to fight tooth and nail in each and every match in the Europa League knockout stages. The good news for Chelsea fans is that January signing Gonzalo Higuain can represent the English club in the last 32 of the Europa League where they face Malmo of Sweden.

Arsenal impressed in the group stages of the competition as well and considering that Unai Emery is doing a great job with the Gunners, it is no surprise they are seen as one of main favourites to win the Europa League title. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just can’t stop scoring and all eyes will be on the former Borussia Dortmund attacker when the Premier League side take on BATE Borisov in the double-header.

Sevilla are enjoying a very successful season as well. The La Liga team have been producing splendid performances under new coach Pablo Machin and the fact that they outplayed Barcelona 2-0 in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, first leg, is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the two-legged tie against Lazio. It is well known that Sevilla have already won five Europa League titles in the 21st century.

Napoli were on the verge of booking their place in the Champions League last 16, but they eventually suffered a 1-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in the decided and failed to book their place in the knockout stages in the elite competition. The Partenopei aim to put an end to Juve’s dominance in the Serie A, but they want to go all the way in the Europa League this season as well. Seeing that Carlo Ancelotti has a number of top-class players to choose from, the Neapolitans are definitely capable of winning their first Europa League trophy since 1989 (UEFA Cup).

Aforementioned Lazio have big ambitions for the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign as well, but they face an uphill task in the tie against Sevilla. Anyhow, Ciro Immobile and Co. should not be written off just yet. Fellow Italian side Inter are considered hot favourites to beat Rapid Wien in the last 32 of the Europa League, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the knockout stages if they are to win the title.

The likes of Valencia, Eintracht Frankfurt, Benfica, Red Bull Salzburg and Zenit are the teams who are capable of playing an important role in the Europa League knockout stages as well. Anyhow, a number of interesting fixtures are on the horizon.

Champions League Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Champions League Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Yet another entertaining Champions League campaign is ahead of us. Each and every European giant is determined to put an end to Real Madrid’s dominance in the prestigious competition, but that is easier said than done.

Despite failing to impress in group games against Olympique Lyon, Manchester City eventually made it to the Champions League knockout stages. Over the years the Citizens have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the Premier League, but they are still eyeing their first ever Champions League trophy. The good news for Man City fans is that important midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has overcome his long-term injury, but the English champions will have to be at their sharpest in the knockout stages of the elite competition if they are to win the title. Anyhow, they are considered hot favourites to eliminate Schalke 04 in the last 16 as die Knappen sit in the danger zone in the Bundesliga standings.

Barcelona are once again seen as one of main favourites to win the Champions League trophy. The Catalan giants have been producing fine performances in all competitions this season and seeing that duo Luis Suarez – Leo Messi looks unstoppable at the moment, the La Liga title holders are widely expected to beat Olympique Lyon in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Barca chiefs decided to sign experienced attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng in the January transfer window, but it remains to be seen if the former Sassuolo man is going to help the club improve their game.

Fellow La Liga sides Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have big ambitions for the 2018/2019 Champions League campaign as well, but seeing that Cristiano Ronaldo has been sorely missed in all competitions this season, we do not believe that Santiago Solari’s men are going to win their fourth consecutive Champions League trophy. Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, are still without important attacker Diego Costa, but seeing that they have been producing fine showings in all competitions this term, Diego Simeone’s men should not be underestimated. Anyhow, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will have a big fish to fry against Ajax, who seem to be on top of their game at the moment, and Serie A giants Juventus respectively.

Speaking of Juve, many people believe that the time has come for the Old Lady to win their first Champions League trophy since 1996, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo when the Italian side face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the elite competition, but the upcoming two-legged tie will be anything but a walk in the park for Max Allegri’s men.

PSG aim to go all the way in the Champions League this season as well. Coach Thomas Tuchel did well to rest key players in the national championship and it is more than obvious that the club’s main goal this season is to win the prestigious competition. Kylian Mbappe is in the form of his life, but both Neymar and Cavani will have to find their best form as well if les Parisiens are to clinch their first ever Champions League trophy.

LA LIGA ACCUMULATOR RAMPS IN!

LA LIGA ACCUMULATOR RAMPS IN!

The accumulator special was focused on three games being played in La Liga round 21!

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Atletico Madrid to Win
Atletico Madrid – Getafe

Sevilla to Win
Sevilla – Levante

Barcelona to Win
Girona – Barcelona

 


The games end in the following results:

Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Getafe
Atletico Madrid were determined to stay in the race for the La Liga title and they managed to do so thanks to a win over Getafe in the local derby. Los Rojiblancos outplayed los Azulones at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, with Diego Simeone’s troops getting their job done in the first half of the match. Atletico Madrid took the lead after 27 minutes, with Antoine Griezmann scoring the opener for the hosts and ten minutes later midfielder Saul set up the final score of the match. Diego Simeone’s team then decided to defend their two-goal lead, which they did in style. Getafe did their best to score a consolation a goal in the second half of the match, but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak was on top of his game. Taking everything into account, los Rojiblancos’ victory on Matchday 21 is well deserved.

27′ Antoine Griezmann 1 – 0
37′ Saul Niguez 2 – 0

Sevilla 5 – 0 Levante
Sevilla and Levante faced each other at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Matchday 21. Los Sevillanos were struggling to break the deadlock in the first half of the game, but they proved their worth in the second half. Los Sevillanos opened the scoring three minutes into the second half, with French attacker Ben Yedder finding the net for the hosts. 12 minutes later Andre Silva doubled Sevilla’s lead, but Pablo Machin’s men continued to dominate the game. Franco Vazquez scored the third goal for the hosts in the 71st minute and nine minutes later Pablo Sarabia scored from the penalty to make it 4-0. When everybody expected that referee Rojas would blow the final whistle, Quincy Promes put the game to bed in the 90th minute. It has to be noted that Sevilla had 23 goal attempts in the 5-0 win over los Levantinos at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

48′ Wissam Ben Yedder 1 – 0
60′ Andre Silva 2 – 0
71′ Franco Vazquez 3 – 0
80′ Pablo Sarabia 4 – 0
90′ Quincy Promes 5 – 0

Girona 0 – 2 Barcelona
Thanks to a 2-0 win over Girona Barcelona cemented top position in the La Liga standings. The Catalan giants scored the opener after nine minutes, with full back Semedo finding the net from inside the box. Pedro Alcala then missed a good chance to level the score and, as a result, Barca had a one-goal lead at the break. The Catalan giants continued to dominate the game in the second half, but Girona had yet another chance to score the equalizer after 56 minutes. Christian Stuani received a killer pass, but his shot from the six-yard box proved to be a disaster. 12 minutes later Barcelona doubled their lead, with Leo Messi lifting the ball over Girona goalkeeper Bono to make it 2-0. Luis Suarez could have increased Barcelona’s lead in the stoppage time, but Bono was well positioned and made a comfortable save. Taking everything into account, Ernesto Valverde’s men totally deserved to win the Catalan derby.

9′ Nelson Semedo 0 – 1
68′ Lionel Messi 0 -2

 


 

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Serie A Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Serie A Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Nothing new in Italy. Juventus are on the right track to win their fifth consecutive Serie A trophy, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.

Juventus chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer window, with Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo superstar joining the Italian giants. The club owners signed CR7 as they are determined to win their first Champions League trophy since 1996 when they defeated Ajax in the final of the elite competition. Juve have been impressive in the 2018/2019 Serie A season this season and they have yet to suffer a loss in the national championship. Seeing that Max Allegri’s troops are nine points clear of second-placed Napoli in the Serie A standings, the reigning champions will almost certainly defend their trophy.

Napoli, on the other hand, are determined to put an end to Juve’s dominance in the Italian top flight, which is easier said than done. The Neapolitans have already dropped a number of points in the 2018/2019 season and given the quality of Juventus’ squad, we do not believe that Carlo Ancelotti’s men will have a reason for celebration at the end of the season. Anyhow, the Partenopei are widely expected to secure yet another top-three finish.

Inter were producing splendid displays in the first half of the season, but, all of a sudden, they suffered a dip in form. The Nerazzurri have slim chances of winning the Scudetto and seeing that they failed to make it to the Champions League knockout stages, we believe that they will be fully focused on the national championship in the remainder of the season, which will see them book their place in the elite competition. Mauro Icardi is enjoying yet another season to remember, but, as previously mentioned, he is unlikely to help the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza outfit win the domestic trophy.

Milan have been having their ups and downs under Genaro Gatusso this season, but they are still in the race for a place in the Champions League. Key attacker Gonzalo Higuain joined Chelsea on loan in the January transfer window, but fans have big expectations for Poland rising star Krzysztof Piatek, who signed for the Stadio San Siro club.

The likes of Lazio, Roma and Atalanta are in the race for a place in the Champions League as well and, no doubt, an interesting second half of the season in the Serie A is on the horizon.

As for the relegation battle, Chievo are doomed to failure as they have collected no more than 9 points in the Serie A so far this term, with Frosinone being considered favourites to suffer relegation to the Serie B as well. Serbian tactician Sinisa Mihajlovic marked his Bologna debut with a 1-0 win over Inter and the fans are positive that he is going to help the Rossoblu secure yet another top flight survival. Empoli, Udinese, SPAL and Cagliari are sitting in the danger zone as well, meaning that they will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if they are to avoid drop to the Italian second tier.

Championship Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Championship Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Yet another entertaining Championship campaign is under way. Several teams are eyeing automatic promotion to the Premier League, but it remains to be seen who will have a reason for celebration.

Leeds United are on a quest to return to the Premier League where they undisputedly belong. Experienced tactician Marcelo Bielsa has been chosen to help the Whites secure promotion to the English top flight and he is doing a great job with the Elland Road outfit. Leeds United are sitting in top two in the Championship standings, but the season is quite long and Marcelo Bielsa’s men need to keep on improving their game if they are to return to the Premier League. The Whites face a tough fixture list in February and matches against Middlesbrough and Leeds United could be crucial in their quest for promotion.

Norwich City are enjoying a successful season as well. The Canaries have been scoring goals for fun in the Championship this term and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in the remainder of the season. Norwich City proved their worth in a 3-1 win over Leeds United and, no doubt, the victory over the fellow promotion-chasing side gave them a confidence boost. The attacking partnership of Jordan Rhodes and Teemu Pukki has been in a perfect working order and if they remain unstoppable in front of goal, Daniel Farke’s charges are likely to return to the Premier League following a three-year absence.

Sheffield United should not be written off just yet when it comes to promotion as they have been impressive in 2019 in the English second tier. The Blades are playing with confidence and despite the fact that they face the likes of Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and WBA in February, we believe that they are capable of spoiling Leeds United and Norwich’s party at the end of the season.

Both WBA and Middlesbrough are widely expected to book their place in the play-offs, but a number of teams are still in the race for a top-six finish. Frank Lampard is doing a good job with Derby County, but the Rams need to improve their away record if they are to book their place in the Championship play-offs. Bristol City made a very slow start to the season, but they have been raising their form week by week and, as a result, they are sitting in top six in the Championship standings ahead of the trip to Blackburn. Aston Villa rely on one man – Abraham, but his teammates will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if the Villans are to secure top-six finish. Hull City have found their best form of late as well.

As for the battle for survival, Ipswich Town will almost certainly compete in the League One next term as they just can’t find their form in the 2018/2019 season. The likes of Bolton, Reading and Rotherham United are considered favourites to suffer relegation to the English third tier as well.

Bundesliga Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Bundesliga Season Preview 2018/2019 (Second Half)

Over the years Bayern Munchen have established themselves as the dominant force in the Bundesliga, but Borussia Dortmund are on the right track to put an end to their dominance in the German top flight.

Borussia Dortmund won their last Bundesliga trophy in 2012, meaning that they are determined to go all the way in the German elite division this term. The Millionaires have been producing splendid displays in all competitions ever since Lucien Favre took over the reins and, as a result, they are leading the chase for the domestic title. Borussia Dortmund suffered only one loss in the first half of the season and if they remain injury-free in the remainder of the season, Marco Reus and Co. will almost certainly win the trophy. Yet another man to watch in Lucien Favre’s team will be England rising star Sancho.

Bayern Munchen, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their form under Niko Kovac, who is under big pressure in the second half of the season. The mighty Bavarians suffered a heart-breaking loss to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga derby at the weekend and, as a result, they dropped to third position in the standings. It is still early to draw a conclusion, but given Borussia Dortmund’s thrilling form, Niko Kovac’s men have slim chances of defending their trophy. Robert Lewandowski has been struggling to find his goal-scoring touch of late and, no doubt, the reining champions need to make a big progress if they are to lift their 29th domestic trophy.

Leipzig made a slow start to the season, but they have been raising their form week by week and, as a result, they are sitting in top four in the Bundesliga table at the moment. The Red Bulls are playing on three fronts, but given the number of high-profile footballers in Ralf Rangnick’s team, we are positive that they are going to book their place in the Champions League.

Borussia M’gladbach have been impressive in the 2018/2019 Bundesliga season as well, with Thorgan Hazard being in the form of his life. Die Fohlen aim to keep their 100% record at home intact and seeing that they improved their away record as well, we are positive that Dieter Hecking’s charges are going to secure a top-four finish.

Eintracht Frankfurt have been playing above expectations in the German top flight this term, with Serbian attacker Luka Jovic enjoying a season to remember. The Bundesliga top scorer looks unstoppable at the moment, but considering that die Adler face a tough fixture list in the remainder of the season, they are unlikely to represent Germany in the Champions League next term.

Speaking of the relegation battle, Nurnberg and Hannover are considered main favourites to suffer a drop to 2. Bundesliga, while Stuttgart, Augsburg and Fortuna Dusseldorf could find it hard to secure yet another top flight survival.