With one eye on the Bundesliga trap door, Kaiserslautern will be looking to make home advantage count as they welcome St Pauli to the Frits-Walter Stadion tomorrow night (April 29th).
The last five meetings between the two clubs have all ended in a win for the home side, with the Red Devils taking three ties and the Pirates winning the other two.
This statistic is reflected in the three-way betting market with Marco Kurz’s side odds-on favourites to emerge victorious at 22/25.
Betting fans can back the draw at 27/10 while an away win is priced at 13/5.
St Pauli manager Holger Stanislawski is poised to leave the Millerntor Stadion next season having agreed terms with Hoffenheim. However, maintaining the Bundesliga status of a side he guided to the top flight from the regional league would be a fitting way for him to end his 18-year association with the club.
For that to remain a possibility, the bottom-placed team will be looking for nothing short of three points as they are currently five points from safety with three games to play.
As such Gerald Asamoah, the club’s top scorer with six goals this term, will need to be on song and the Ghanaian-born forward is priced at 6/1 to open the scoring.
St Pauli’s goals have been evenly spread around the squad this year, meaning no other player on the side’s roster can boast more than four notches. Matthias Lehmann, one of a cluster of four-goal Pirates, offers longer odds of breaking the deadlock.
The former Alemannia Aachen man can be backed at 20/1 to score first during the game and a £10 bet would see bwin’s punters earn £210.
While clear favourites to take the spoils, the Red Devils are not themselves safe from the Bundesliga relegation fight. The club lies 12th in the league, just five points above the playoff spot.
As such, Kurz will look to prolific hitman Srdjan Lakic to continue his impressive run of form. The Croatian has averaged a goal every other game this season and will be looking to add to his haul of 14.
The forward is set to join Wolfsburg at the end of the campaign but will be looking to leave on high by firing Kaiserslautern to Bundesliga safety.
At odds of 7/2, the striker is the favourite to get the clash up and running while Erwin Hoffer, the club’s second most prolific attacker with five goals, is priced at 6/1 to achieve the feat.
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