Soccer Picks: Wolfsburg vs. Schalke 04

Mike Richardson

Friday, August 16, 2013 1:50 PM GMT

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 1:50 PM GMT

There is plenty of money to be made over in Germany's top flight especially if you follow your Humble Handicapper’s tips when Wolfsburg host Schalke.

It's possibly going to be a classic matchup as the visitors are fourth favourite with Coral bookmakers to lift the German Trophy but before you get all excited about that and start throwing money on them you should know that Schalke are  66/1 to win the Bundesliga which is somewhat worse than Bayer Leverkusen, who are 11/2 and the third favourite with the bookmakers but considerably better than the 250/1 which Hamburg are and are considered to be behind Schalke in that competition.

However that is just the best odds as a lot of other bookmakers have Schalke around the 33/1 mark to lift the trophy but that still puts them twice as good as 66/1 Wolfsburg according to the sports books.

Enough with the league  winner…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?

It's a 2:30 PM kick-off in this game which means you should have enjoyed a hearty German breakfast of meaty sausage and black bread before settling in to watch your Humble Handicapper’s tips pay off.

There's a very clear pattern that has emerged if you look at the last five head-to-head meetings between these two sides and that pattern sees Wolfsburg going down and Schalke coming out on top. In not three, not four but five of the last five meetings Schalke have been the clear winner. Their most recent trip to Wolfsburg saw them come out 4-1 on top and you might consider that to be a flash in the pan but the bookies are offering a repeat of that score at 45/1 but you should know that out of the last three meetings between these two sides Schalke have scored four on two occasions and the game in the middle of that was a 3-0 victory. A repeat of that 3-0 victory is available at 22/1 with most bookies, but Bet Victor are going out on a limb and have offered it up at 30/1. That score is a little bit ahead of Wolfsburg winningly by the same score which ranges from 25/1 to  40/1 on the soccer betting boards with those generous chaps at Coral.

That does look like the bookies are expecting it to be somewhat a one sided affair but they can't decide in whose favour. Looking at the combined scores for the last five matches between these two sides there is unsurprisingly a very clear winner Schalke have scored 14 goals in their last five meetings against Wolfsburg but have  conceded just two. That's three clean sheets and two sets of single consolation goals.

Tight at the Back

I think this game will be considerably tighter than that, while I do think that Schalke will come out on top I don't think they can keep a clean sheet.

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Gimme 5 !

Looking at their last five games they may well have won four and drawn just the one but they conceded three goals in their last match and for overall from their last five.

Wolfsburg by comparison only boast two victories and three defeats from their last five but they have scored in all but one of their last five fixtures.

Therefore let's give Wolfsburg the goal to start with and start betting accordingly.

If you want to get really creative anything that Wolfsburg will get a goal and not get an early goal why not back Wolfsburg to be leading at the 45 but Schalke city became on the 90 that's offered up at a very encouraging 25/1 with supportingbet.

Things do get considerably more interesting as they get more complicated as Schalke leading on the 45 but the game ending drawn is that 14/1,  while Wolfsburg leading at halftime but drawing it full-time is at 23/2 with bwin.

The fattest betting odds your Humble Handicapper can see is for Schalke to be leaving at the 45 but Wolfsburg to come out on top at the 90 that at 28/1 with Tote sport.

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