Leipzig v Hacken Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 26th July
Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Leipzig v Hacken and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Europa League Second Round Qualifying clash.
Leipzig v Hacken Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 26/06/18
- Time: 17:30
- Venue: Red Bull Arena
Since their formation in 2009, Leipzig have catapulted themselves into a regular European outfit. Largely backed by the riches of Red Bull they’ve bought their way to success, but their decision making at board level cannot be overlooked. Their recruitment has been excellent, mainly focusing on younger players and watching them progress with regular football at sister club RB Salzburg before bringing them over to Saxony when the time is right. This has been the case for new Liverpool signing Naby Keita, and another promising young player in Dayot Upamecano.
Ralf Rangick has a good eye for a player and the experienced manager has once again focussed his summer recruitment on players with a great deal of potential. Montpellier defender Nordi Mukiele wasn’t short of suitors and Brazilian Matheus Cunha scored 10 in 29 for F.C. Sion last year at the tender age of 19. Of course the players that have got them into European contention remain, Timo Werner, Youssef Poulsen and Emil Forsberg all played at the World Cup and may not be risked here. Even without the aforementioned trio, Die Rotten Bullen have alternative attacking options in the lively Bruma, the tricky Slovenian Kevin Kampl as well as former PSG striker Jean-Kevin Augustin who has settled well since his move from France.
BK Häcken of Sweden are a much more unknown quantity to your average punter. They finished 4th in the Allesvenskan last term and disposed of Latvian side Liepāja in the previous qualifying round after a comfortable first leg. Domestically ‘Getingarna’ have struggled in 2018 with the Swedish league 14 games deep already, they lie in 10th in a 16 team league. Having said that they’re recording a +6 goal difference, 6th best in the league, partly down to a thumping 5-0 win against Elfsborg and a 3-0 victory at Trelleborgs a week prior. They have the potential to net.
Häcken do tend to struggle away from their Gothenburg base (W1, D1, L5) and that’s against teams nowhere near the standard of Leipzig. At 1/5, it’s how to find value with the home side; the asian handicap is set at 2 which is fair but an angle I like is for the German side to score in both halves at 17/20. They have the firepower to get this tie over and done with in the first leg and if they score in the first half I doubt they’ll let up and relax in the second. In a game with little value, that looks a nice find.