Football Bet of the Day: Goals from Red Devils would be heavenly
After two winners and two losers this week, Kev's hoping for Friday night fun in Kaiserslautern.
"Five of Kaiserslautern's six games since the winter break have featured at least three goals, and they have looked more dangerous in attack since they changed coaches."
Kaiserslautern v Union Berlin
Friday 02 March, 17:30
Both teams need a win, so will push for goals
Sometimes it feels as though the universe is against us. We somehow picked out Real Betis' first goalless draw for over a year, as they failed to entertain against a Real Sociedad side they'd drawn 4-4 with in the previous meeting.
Undeterred in our pursuit of goals, we'll head to Germany. Relegation-threatened Kaiserslautern are up against Union Berlin, who are very much still in with a chance of winning promotion.
Kaiserslautern's tale is a sorry one. They were champions of Germany just 20 years ago, but they were relegated in 2006, and since then they have spent most of their time in the second tier. The last two campaigns brought mid-table finishes, but this season has been an unmitigated disaster. The Red Devils are bottom, six points adrift of safety.
That said, there is still hope. Former Manchester City defender Michael Frontzeck appears to have had a positive effect since taking up the coaching reins, and FCK have won three of their last five matches. They do at least score goals now - they have scored eight times in their last five games, having only scored 15 goals in their first 19 league matches of the campaign.
Union have had to rely on their good results in Berlin to keep their promotion push on track, because their away form has been poor. The capital club have failed to win any of their last six Bundesliga 2 away games, and they have leaked 11 goals in that sequence, failing to keep a single clean sheet.
Seven of Union's last 11 league games have featured at least three goals, and that's true of five of FCK's six outings since the winter break. Also, Kaiserslautern don't have much use for draws right now, so I expect them to play on the front foot and push for a much-needed win.
Points Staked: 31
Points Returned: 32.28
P/L: +1.28 points
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