Ahead of us is a new championship round in almost all leagues, with a winter break soon coming up in the major European championships. The odds were valid at the time of ticket compilation.
Darmstadt – Koln – gg&ov 2.5 @ 1.90 at Mozzartbet
There is no doubt that these two teams will fight for survival in the Bundesliga, which gives this match a special charm. As it is often said, the points are worth double, and the home team enters the duel with a better performance. Darmstadt has won 9 points in the 12 rounds so far, while the Goats are on just six and occupy the last place in the table. We must admit that we did not expect such a weak start from the Cologne team, which played in Europe just two seasons ago and narrowly missed qualifying for the European stage last year. Cologne has only one win, and their biggest problem is efficiency, having scored just 9 goals in 12 matches. Darmstadt played very efficient matches until the last two rounds and draws with Mainz and Freiburg. The match with Mainz ended without goals, and against Freiburg, it was 1:1. The Goats scored three goals against Mönchengladbach and in no other match did they score more than one. Although everything indicates a small number of goals in this duel, it somehow seems to us that there will be goals, and on both sides.
Westerlo – Anderlecht – t2 over 1.5 @ 1.67 at Mozzartbet
This could be the season of a great comeback for the Brussels giant. After 15 rounds in the Jupiler League, Anderlecht is in second place, trailing the leader Royal Union by only four points. Perhaps not everyone considered Anderlecht a legitimate title contender at the start, with the preference given to Genk, Antwerp, Royal Union, and even Gent and Club Brugge, but they have fully deserved what is happening to them with their good performances. In the first match of the 16th round, the team from the Belgian capital will visit Westerlo. The home team played excellently last season, secured a spot in the upper part of the table, and was close to making it to the playoffs, where the top four teams compete. This year, things look much worse; Westerlo is in the penultimate position and will fight for survival, which will not be an easy task as four teams are relegated from the league. Westerlo has one win in the last five rounds, and in the last two matches, they have conceded a total of 6 goals. We believe that Anderlecht can score at least two goals against them, and in the first match between these two teams in August, Anderlecht won 2:1.
Karagumruk – Istanbulspor – fr 1 @ 1.67 at Mozzartbet
The duel between Karagumruk and Istanbulspor is a city derby, one of many played in this metropolis. The home team is in better form at the start of the season, sitting in 14th place, while the visitors are last with only 8 points so far. Istanbulspor has recorded two victories but has managed to earn only one point away. In the last five away games, they have suffered as many losses, and despite playing against Karagumruk in Istanbul, we don’t give them much chance. Karagumruk has won seven points in the last three matches in front of their fans, defeating Adana and Sivaspor, and drawing with Trabzon. Interestingly, they have not conceded a goal in these three matches. In the last round, they put up a strong resistance against Fenerbahce away, leading after the first half but ultimately losing 2:1.
St. Pauli – Hamburger – gg&ov 2.5 @ 1.75 at Mozzartbet
Kudos to all the matches being played this Friday in various leagues, but the most interesting for us is the Hamburg city derby in the German second division. To make things more intriguing, St. Pauli and Hamburger occupy the top two positions, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they both make it into the Bundesliga. For Hamburger, this is a priority; they have been playing in the Zweite Bundesliga for five years, and the fans have grown impatient. Meanwhile, St. Pauli doesn’t face as much pressure, which might be the reason behind their good performances. Currently, the Pirates from St. Pauli are the leaders with 30 points, three more than their city rivals, followed by Kiel with four less, and then Fortuna, Greuther, and Elversberg with 24 points so far. It’s going to be a very interesting season, with the winter break coming soon, and the decision on who will move up to the elite will be made in the spring. The host is still undefeated, having won 3:2 in Rostock in the last round, while Hamburger, despite three losses, is just three points behind. In the last round, Hamburger won 2:1 at home against the weaker Braunschweig. The previous duel between these two teams, played last spring, ended in a goal fest with Hamburger winning 4:3.