Robben: Too much harmony not a good thing

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has claimed that too much harmony can sometimes have a negative impact on a team.

The Bavarian giants have started the season with a 100 per cent record, registering five straight wins in the Bundesliga and opening their Champions League campaign with a victory over Valencia.

Yet despite their exploits in bagging maximum points thus far, Robben warned his team-mates not to go overboard with the feel-good factor in the dressing room and not hold back in making their feelings known.

“It is important that it sometimes there are clashes between team-mates,” he told Sport 1. “We need eachother to tell the truth, and this is not always a positive.”

Jupp Heynckes’ side will look to extend their winning streak to seven when they entertain Werder Bremen on Saturday.

JD's Betting Blog: Back goals between Everton and Southampton

We had a good week which ended in profit and we are on course to do the same this week. Tuesday was particularly kind to us with a team goals combination delivering for us at evens (2.0) and Sunderland winning at MK Dons despite being reduced to 10 men.


Fishing for goals

Many bettors like the approach of backing over/under goals in matches. It means you are entirely neutral on who wins the match as you just want the goals, or lack of, required to win your bet. If you are applying that sort of strategy, it is important to go where the goals are.

Many bettors focus on the leagues they are most familiar with but it makes sense to bet in leagues that give you a higher statistical chance of winning.

For example, if you are a backer of over 2.5 goals, the Russian Premier League is the place to be at the moment. 63.9 per cent of its matches so far have gone over 2.5 goals.

It is significantly higher than the English Premier League where only 51% of its matches so far have gone over 2.5 goals. Serie A is even lower with  48.8% of its matches going over 2.5 goals. It is early in the season but you will find these trends will not deviate much as the campaign continues.

Weekend tips

Looking ahead to the weekend, Everton are a very short price at 2/5 (1.40) in places, as they take on Southampton at home.

The Saints secured a morale-boosting victory last weekend and they have found the net in both of their away matches so far this season. I like the 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill about both teams scoring at Goodison Park.

William Hill also offer a very interesting market called ‘Race to 2 goals’.  You simply back a team to score two goals first in a match. It can often give you a better return than placing a bet for that team to win. 

Bayern Munich have been in wonderful early season form and are a 4/6 (1.67) shot away to Werder Bremen. You can squeeze a better return by backing them in the ‘race to 2 goals’ market at 3/4 (1.75).

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Bundesliga Team of the Week: Ribery & Schweinsteiger make first appearances

After the weekend’s thrilling action, Bundesliga fans were treated to a midweek special which saw Bayern Munich continue their incredible winning streak for the season, and current champions Borussia Dortmund lose further ground on their rivals as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Schalke, meanwhile, kept up with their fellow title contenders with a 3-0 win over Mainz, as Stuttgart’s appalling start to the season continued as they crashed to a 3-0 home loss to Hoffenheim. And, as ever, Goal.com is here to salute the best performers on show in Germany’s top flight.

Diego Benaglio may have ended up on the losing side when Wolfsburg travelled to the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, but the Swiss goalkeeper made a string of fine saves to limit the Bavarians to three goals.

At the back, Andreas Beck was in excellent form as Hoffenheim claimed a much-needed victory at the Mercedes Benz Arena, while Jens Langeneke and Heiko Westermann were both key for Fortuna Dusseldorf and Hamburg respectively. Holger Badstuber completes the defence after another assured showing at left-back.

Marco Hoger came into the Schalke team and performed admirably, while Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s roaring return from injury continued with another goal from midfield, while Franck Ribery seemed to be approaching he brilliant best for die Roten. Takashi Inui was in a destructive mood as Frankfurt stunned Dortmund, and Szabolcs Huszti continued his flying start to his second spell at Hannover with another incredible midfield showing.

The Hungarians team-mate, Didier Ya Konan, completes the XI for this round of matches after scoring two of his side’s four goals against Nurnberg as Mirko Slomka’s men climbed to third place in the table.









Bundesliga Team of the Week: Bayern go marching on

After the weekend’s thrilling action, Bundesliga fans were treated to a midweek special which saw Bayern Munich continue their incredible winning streak for the season, and current champions Borussia Dortmund lose further ground on their rivals as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Schalke, meanwhile, kept up with their fellow title contenders with a 3-0 win over Mainz, as Stuttgart’s appalling start to the season continued as they crashed to a 3-0 home loss to Hoffenheim. And, as ever, Goal.com is here to salute the best performers on show in Germany’s top flight.

Diego Benaglio may have ended up on the losing side when Wolfsburg travelled to the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, but the Swiss goalkeeper made a string of fine saves to limit the Bavarians to three goals.

At the back, Andreas Beck was in excellent form as Hoffenheim claimed a much-needed victory at the Mercedes Benz Arena, while Jens Langeneke and Heiko Westermann were both key for Fortuna Dusseldorf and Hamburg respectively. Holger Badstuber completes the defence after another assured showing at left-back.

Marco Hoger came into the Schalke team and performed admirably, while Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s roaring return from injury continued with another goal from midfield, while Franck Ribery seemed to be approaching he brilliant best for die Roten. Takashi Inui was in a destructive mood as Frankfurt stunned Dortmund, and Szabolcs Huszti continued his flying start to his second spell at Hannover with another incredible midfield showing.

The Hungarians team-mate, Didier Ya Konan, completes the XI for this round of matches after scoring two of his side’s four goals against Nurnberg as Mirko Slomka’s men climbed to third place in the table.









Lahm: Bayern want to lead Bundesliga until end of the season

Philipp Lahm has stressed that Bayern Munich have learned from last year’s mistakes and have no intention to give up top spot in the Bundesliga in the remainder of the season.

The Bavarians have won their opening five league games and hold a seven-point lead over titleholders Borussia Dortmund, and Lahm is determined to keep it that way until the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

“We are not thinking about any statistics or about what happened in the past. We are sitting atop of the table right now and intend to keep it like that until the end of the season,” Lahm said to Sport1.

“At some point last year we even had an eight-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, yet still managed to throw it all away.

“We can not let that happen this term. Last season was a warning for us. We have to be focused in every game we play.

“We can break the record of winning our opening seven league games. We have to make sure we remain focused, though.”

Bayern resume match action on Saturday when they travel to Werder Bremen.