Slomka may be Hamburg’s saviour
When a free kick from near the halfway line flies into the top corner of your opponent’s net, you just know that your luck may well have turned. It was a rare experience of joy for Bundesliga outfit Hamburg and their fans last weekend when they sent mighty Borussia Dortmund home with a 3-0 defeat in their suitcase.
The final scoreline may indeed have flattered the hosts on new coach Mirko Slomka’s debut on the Hamburg bank, but nobody at the club was worrying about that as a dreadful run of seven successive league defeats came to an end. Suddenly the club, that has achieved the unique feat of playing every single season in the Bundesliga since its conception in 1963, is buzzing again and fans around the globe are hoping that Slomka will be the man to lead them away from the dreaded drop zone. Saturday sees the Rothosen travel to local rivals Werder Bremen in what is a crucial clash for both teams.
Bremen too have been struggling mightily this term and are currently just four points clear of an automatic relegation spot. Coach Robin Dutt, who joined the club last summer, hails from the far south-west of Germany and somehow has never seemed to fit in at this northern former powerhouse. Bremen’s fans to their great credit have stuck by their team and the coaching staff through abysmal performances this season, but a home defeat against their hated rivals this weekend could well change all that. Hamburg travel to the Weser Stadium buoyed by their win over Dortmund and with “saviour Slomka” at the helm, who knows where their journey might yet take them…?
Werder Bremen vs. Hamburg, Odds
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CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football. Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.