I was 2/3 heading since the return of the Bundesliga and eager to make it 4/5 when Bayern Munich travelled to take on Borrusia Dortmund.
The top table clash promised by all accounts to be an entertaining one, and though Bayern were heavy favourites I’m always hesitant to pick a winner in a big derby match, and looked instead to the (many) other markets on offer. A lot of reading suggested that the game could be high scoring. Lewandowski on top goal scoring form for Bayern Munich, while his team topped all the attacking stats with Dormund the close seconds. Four of the previous five encounters had seen four or more goals and valued at 1.87 I thought it a decent bet.
It proved to be horribly wrong as Joshua Kimmich netted the only goal in 90 minutes just before half time, in a defensive back and forth characterised by the echoes of the empty stadium. It is rather odd as a spectator to hear the resounding shouts of players, like they are at training, rather than the usual roar of the crowd. One can only wonder what the effect is in the players themselves. My account balance was up from the previous two weeks, so I adjusted my betting values and took over 3.5 goals as a Class A bet at R200. Its never easy to see the winninghs of a previous week so quickly undone.
I took a chancy Class C of R60 on Robert Lewandoswki to score the first goal of the match, at 3.25. Unfortunately, this was not to be either, but I felt the risk worth it based on his lethal combining with Müller this season to net points, and the fact that In thought my Class A bet was likely to come off and cover the R6O loss were Lewandowski not to strike first. Which he was not and so the losing total of my Tuesday was R260.
A disappointing third round of betting for me since the German league’s return, but such is the nature of the game. My gut always sways me from derbies like these, and it probably would have been best to listen in this case. I’ll be doing some reading today but probably looking to the weekend for value.
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