Welcome to “Englische Woche”

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Welcome to “Englische Woche”

Tom Johnson

As we have a round of midweek fixtures to help us reach the joy and elation of the weekend, the same is happening in both the Bundesliga and La Liga. The Germans call a midweek round of fixtures ‘Englische Woche’ as it is more common for the English to have a congested fixture list, especially during winter when the Germans are relaxing with their various international winners medals, hence the name.

So I have put together a few tips on both leagues that I hope will help you earn some extra pounds for the pub for next weekend when we can all do this again.

Bundesliga.

After Gladbach beat Bremen at the Weser-stadion on the eleventh of February it seemed they had decided to become embroiled in the dogfight of relegation just to take some attention away from local rivals Hamburg, in the same way an older sibling would imitate their brother or sister in order to retrieve some attention lost since that fateful day at the hospital.

Since the dawn of spring three giants of the German game seem to have woken from a deep sleep to the horror of being narrowly above or in the playoff relegation place. Wolfsburg, Hamburg and Werder Bremen have all had fine runs of form recently and I predict the later will continue this good run of form at home to shaky looking Schalke.

Coming in at 19/10 this one looks juicy like a medium rare steak! If steak doesn’t tickle your fancy then how about 23/20 odds on RB Leipzig to build on their 4-0 win at the weekend against the most inconsistent team in the Bundesliga, Mainz. Of course, being the most inconsistent team in the league does mean they could pull off a surprising victory but with Naby Keita back along with top creator Emile Forsberg, Leipzig can smell the money waiting for them when they secure their place in Europe’s elite.

Orban, Keita and Forsberg are all smiles after their 4-0 win. (Source: Squawka)

La Liga.

After a hard fought victory away at struggling Malaga, as predicted on this blog, Atletico face stronger opposition in Real Sociedad on Tuesday evening. Both teams come into this contest with almost polar opposite form. Atletico have won four straight games whilst their Basque counterparts haven’t won in three only scoring one goal in that time.

The odds on a home win don’t really offer much so I’m going to go for Atletico to score in both halves, something they have failed to do at home only twice in the league this calendar year. 5/4 odds are available and I suggest you take them

If that doesn’t quite get your mouth salivating then fear not because on Wednesday evening Sporting Gijon have a chance to pull Malaga firmly into the relegation scrap. A home win will see Gijon within two points of their opponents with eight games remaining. A spirited scoreless draw with Sevilla followed a 3-1 victory over presumably relegated Granada to give Gijon momentum to add to the significance of the match. In stark contrast Malaga have the second worst form in the division after Osasuna.

At 13/8 for a Gijon win wipe the drool from your mouth and get betting!

Can Malaga do what Sevilla couldn’t? (Source: SportingIndia)

TJ’s Euro Acca.

It wouldn’t be a European round up of tips without an accumulator. Even with a fixture list as depleted as the Arsenal first team I’ve managed to rustle up a nice acca for you starting at the Signal Iduna.

Dortmund have been able to show solid consistency at home and their forward line will surely be too much for Hamburg on Tuesday evening. Likewise, Hertha Berlin’s away form has been as pitifully consistent as Dortmund’s home form as been exceptional. Without an away win since the start of December Gladbach look odds on to win on Wednesday.

As the dark cloud of relegation hovers over Osasuna like a wake of vultures waiting for their prey to keel over an accept their fate, a team that came up with them last season, Alaves, will look to put them out of their misery a little sooner on Wednesday evening.

Throw a home win for Barcelona the same night against a now unrecognisable Sevilla team who have not won in four and you can get over £40 back from a tenner bet on this. Take the bet in the knowledge that if it, for some unfathomable reason, doesn’t come through then at least it’s nearly the weekend come the final final whistle.

Enjoy and adios amigos.