Take 5: Weekend Soccer Previews

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1. Dortmund v Schalke

Saturday, 11:30pm AEST, beIN Sports

The Bundesliga is back and one of the biggest matchups is the Revierderby (“Revier” essentially meaning mining area) a game that’s been played since 1925. While it’s incredibly difficult to analyse form after such a long, strange layoff, Schalke’s lead-in to the break couldn’t have been worse, going winless in their last seven matches. You might remember Schalke manager David Wagner, who was formerly at Huddersfield and started out at Dortmund working with Jurgen Klopp.

FACTS
-Dortmund have won their last 4 home matches.
-Dortmund have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 home matches v Schalke.
-Schalke have lost 3 of their last 6 games against Dortmund, but won this fixture 4-2 last season.

WIN-DRAW-WIN
$1.45 Dortmund
$4.33 Draw
$6.00 Schalke

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2. Suwan Bluewings v Ulsan Hyundai

Sunday, 5:30 pm AEST, Optus Sport

Last week wasn’t the start that Suwan Bluewings – or Aussie football fans for that matter – wanted to see. The club was beaten 1-0 by Jeonbuk Motors, with Terry Antonis red-carded and Adam Taggart, last season’s Golden Boot winner, substituted. This week, things don’t get any easier against another K League powerhouse, Ulsan Hyundai, especially with Antonis suspended for this match and the next one.

FACTS
-Ulsan won all 3 meetings between the clubs last season.
-Ulsan are undefeated in their last 7 meetings with Suwon.
-Suwon have won just 6 of their last 25 home games.

WIN-DRAW-WIN
$4.00 Suwon Bluewings
$3.40 Draw
$1.83 Ulsan Hyundai

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3. FC Köln v Mainz

Sunday, 11:30pm AEST, beIN Sports

Both Köln and Mainz went into the break with a little bit of momentum. Köln won 8 of their last 11 league games to jump out of the relegation zone into 10th place, while 15th place Mainz ended a 4-game losing streak with a win and a draw before another loss.

FACTS
-Köln have won 5 of their last 6 home games.
-Köln are undefeated in their last 9 home games against Mainz, but 4 of the last five have been draws.
-Mainz have seen over 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 12 away games.

WIN-DRAW-WIN
$1.83 FC Köln
$3.75 Draw
$3.75 Mainz

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4. BATE Borisov v FC Slutsk

Sunday, 2am AEST, YouTube

It’s a meeting between the top two teams in the Belarusian Premier League, with red-hot BATE Borisov, winners of 5 of their last 6, taking on cult favourites FC Slutsk, who lost for the first time in 6 matches last week. BATE started the season slowly under new manager Kirill Alshevsky but are starting to find the form that helped them win 13 of the last 14 Belarusian Premier League titles.

FACTS
-The Both Teams To Score market has hit in Slutsk’s last 6 games.
-BATE have 9 wins in their last 12 home games.
-BATE have won by 2 or more goals in 2 of their last 3 games.

WIN-DRAW-WIN
$1.25 BATE Borisov
$5.00 Draw
$7.50 Slutsk

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5. Union Berlin v Bayern Munich

Monday, 1am AEST, beIN Sports

This one probably won’t be much of a game, but once the ball is kicked off, Bayern Munich will be the best team in the world. With all due respect to Jeonbuk Motors and BATE Borisov, the Bundesliga is the most prestigious league playing at the moment and stars like Robert Lewandowksi and Joshua Kimmich will be back in the spotlight.

FACTS
-Union Berlin have won 5 of their last 8 home games.
-Bayern Munich won 14 of their last 15 matches (in all competitions) before the shutdown of the league.
-Bayern Munich have scored 3+ goals in their last 5 away matches.

WIN-DRAW-WIN
$15.00 Union Berlin
$7.00 Draw
$1.17 Bayern Munich

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What do you think?