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Our premium partner Fortuna Dusseldorf has reestablished their hopes to remain in the league. The new trainer Friedhelm Funkel, who is well-known for his prowess and experience in relegation battles, has managed to bring the team back to live. After a hard-fought 4:3 victory against the 1. FC Kaiserslautern and a draw against Arminia Bielefeld, Dusseldorf is now up against a major challenge. "Rasen Ballsport" Leipzig will pay the Esprit Arena a visit this evening. The Saxons were struggling somewhat in away games lately, which did cost them their lead in the league with the SC Freiburg taking over. A weakness that our boys seek to expose further this evening at 20:15 o'clock at the expense of another three points for the current runner up. Time to take a look at both teams and the most interesting odds for this game.

Strong defense and strong on the counter – the best approach against Leipzig

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Friedhelm Funkel already knows how to welcome his guests this evening. A solid defense is the base for everything. Fast players, like Mathis Bolly, are to be entrusted with the task of catching Leipzig swiftly on the counter. „Leipzig is not meant to have fun playing football against us“, Funkel emphasized at the final press conference. Also Adam Bodzek, the 30 year old veteran of the "Fortunen", knows: „Leipzig tends to risk a lot going forward. That is what makes them vulnerable.“ Bodzek, in spite of the scoreless draw against Bielefeld, recognizes the improvements ever since the new coach has arrived: „He emphasizes the importance of a compact defense, which was on display against Bielefeld.“ „The team has heard the wake-up-call.“, according to him. „We have earned ourselves new self-esteem and we will continue to do so.“ The situation of Dusseldorf, being involved in the relegation struggle, is still fairly dire. Only three points separate them from TSV 1860 Munich and the threat of the relegation play off rank.

Funkel appeals to the responsibility of the veteran players

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Friedhelm Funkel acknowledges that all his players understand by now what is at stake: „I have no reason to throw any player under the bus“, said the 62 year old coach at Friday's press conference. „We all want to stay in the division and are willing to work for it.“ Easier said than done against the likes of Leipzig. As could be seen in their last game against Bochum. The VfL was lucky to just lose it 1:3. But being scared would make for a sorry excuse according to Funkel: „We know about the qualities and the offensive power of our opponent. But we will do our best to shut them down.“ With their fast wingers our premium partner seeks to counter the offensive drive. In the defense as well as in the midfield Funkel is banking on experience. Bodzek (30) and Oliver Fink (32) proved to be a solid double-six over the course of the last weeks. And also Axel Bellinghausen (33) plays an important role in the team. „The coach has faith in us, which is the most important for any player“, says Bodzek. „Axel, Finki and I identify with the club and will give it our best until the very end.“

Leipzig only three points away from climbing up

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Leipzig, just like Dusseldorf, has urgent need for these three points. Even though for completely different reasons. Because RB is all about playing in the 1. Bundesliga in the next season. This season has seen a most exciting struggle for the top ranks. And given that Nuremberg missed to secure three important points last weekend, there now is a major opportunity for Leipzig to solidify their second place. „We are confident but still have a little to go. Now it is all about one game at a time“, says the forward Forsberg. A victory against Fortuna would mean a comfortable six point lead over Nuremberg (currently ranked third).

That is how the odds look at Tipbet:

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The current runner-up is considered to be the clear favorite. The Tipbet odds for the away win are at 1.75. Should Dusseldorf win the game at home, the Tipbet odds for that would be 4.50. The odds for a draw are currently at 3.65. Hard to choose given that both teams have plenty of reason to go all out. Both are desperate to score, Dusseldorf because they want to stay and Leipzig Because they want to rise through the ranks. However, in spite of their current table ranking "F95" is perfectly able of scoring goals, as was on display against Kaiserslautern. And also the guests missed hardly any chance to demonstrate their offensive threat over the course of this season. The Tipbet odds for „over 3.5 goals“ are at a juicy 2.95. Another interesting bet may be „Both teams score: yes“, which is available with odds of 1.75.

Of course, these options can all be combined with the regular three way bet. This allows for some interesting betting opportunities. Should you have faith in the concept of Friedhelm Funkel but still consider both sides to score, then a bet on home victory and "both teams score: yes" would allow for combined odds of 6.50. Should you instead be under the impression that an away win would be more likely without the hosts scoring, then the odds would be 2.40 in total.

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We wish you much fun and all the best for our premium partner for the match between Fortuna Dusseldorf and RB Leipzig with Tipbet.com online sports betting!

*Odds from 11.04.2016 10:00 o'clock (No guarantee for displayed odds and statistics to be accurate. Changes of the odds may occur.)