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5/9/2014 8:58:00 AM
The Bundesliga enters the final round this weekend and on the soccer-betting menu is the clash between Schalke 04 and Nurnberg. Find out what odds are currently in swing and where the angles for profit are to be had.
04 To Finish Top 3
Schalke 04 are well on their way to
finishing inside the Top 4 this season but where they finish depends on the
outcome of the last round of Bundesliga action on Saturday. Naturally, they’re
aiming for a third place finish. But with Bayer Leverkusen just three-points
adrift, it’s still up for grabs.
Schalke 04 need only a draw to clinch third
place in the Bundesliga table when they take on bottom stragglers Nurnberg.
Given home form is an auspicious 11-2-3 on the season and includes seven wins
and a draw in their last nine home fixtures, they’ll be looking to close the
season in winning fashion
Currently in third, they boast an 18-7-8
overall record and 61 points. Most recently, they are after a 1-0 home defeat
to Borussia M’gladbach, a defeat that snapped their 10-game unbeaten record at
Even though the result was disappointing, it was
a tough task against Borussia M’gladbach. The visitors are mired in a battle
with Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg for a Top 4 finish and they simply rose to
the occasion at Veltins Arena. In any event, Schalke 04 immediately bounced
back with a road victory over Freiburg.
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Nurnberg are sat pretty in 17th
place on the back of an abysmal 5-11-17 record and 26 points. They are certain
to finish in the relegation quagmire this season with just one game left on the
schedule. What isn’t clear however is whether they will be amongst the two
sides automatically relegated or whether they’ll receive a second chance for
survival in a two-leg playoff with third place finishers from Bundesliga 2.
If form were any indication, the prognosis
doesn’t look good for Nurnberg. Nor does allowing their fate to be decided
by one of the top set in Bundesliga.
Nurnberg are enjoying a cringe-worthy six
straight defeats, ten in their last eleven fixtures both home and away. Defence
(or lack thereof) has been their main problem as with 66 goals against, they are
up there amongst the worst. Only Hoffenheim (69) and Hamburger SV (72) have
allowed more goals against this season. Although that could change if Schalke
04 decide to be merciless while heaping one final misery on Nurnberg.
Soccer Betting Verdict
Predictably, Schalke 04 have the market
cornered on this clash with -350 soccer odds to win outright at Bet365. The
prospect of a Schalke win is boosted by both home advantage as well as poor
form by the visitors. Hence, soccer bettors are sure to pile onto the hosts’
odds. But for additional angles for profit, Schalke supporters should turn to
periphery markets. Given Nurnberg’s suspect defending this season, taking the
Over 2.5 at -333 is a good option. A much better option however is to be found
on the Over 3.5 at +110 at William Hill. The hosts to win both halves is
trading reasonably at -150. Finally, Schalke to win and maintain a clean sheet
is a very attractive +160.
Soccer Free Picks: Schalke 04 to win
outright at -350
recommended picks: Over 3.5 @ +110,Schalke to win both halves at -150, Schalke to win and No to both teams to score @ +160