All you need to know about the Telekom Cup 2014!

The Telekom-Cup, former known as T-Home-Cup or Liga-Total!-Cup, is an important preparation tournament for German top teams since 2009. It takes place short before the start of the Bundesliga and is very interesting for sports and betting fans as all games are broadcasted live on free-TV by Sat 1. 4 Teams are battling out the title in a knock-out-tournament mode.

How is the Telekom Cup organized?

The tournament starts with two “semi-finals”. The match time is 2 x 30 minutes and in case there is a draw, a penalty shoot-out follows. The winners of day one face each other in the final on day 2. The losers have the chance to restore their pride with the game for the 3rd place.

Where an when do the Telekom-Cup matches take place?

In 2014, this preparation-tournament will be played at the Imtech Arena of Hamburg. The matches take place on the 26th and 27th of July. All matches are broadcasted on free-TV by Sat 1. On Saturday they start at 18:30 and the second game follows at 20:30. On Sunday you can see the game for the 3rd place at 16:30 and the big final at 18:15 CET.

Who takes part in the tournament and how are the odds?

In the first match up the host – HSV – faces the challenger – VFL Wolfsburg. While Hamburg have still several issues to deal with, the “Wölfe” seem to become a strong force in this years Bundesliga season. HSV fired -again- their man in charge with Oliver Kreuzer and Hakan Calhanoglu finally left the club after a hilarious transfer-play. If this club isn’t able to find consistency, work ethic and discipline throughout the whole organization they will have to play against relegation again this year.
In Wolfsburg things are far more relaxed and the team under the command of Dieter Hecking could prepare well for this years season. Luiz Gustavo is wanted by Real Madrid but Wolfsburg itself is very interested in signing the belgian superstar Romelu Lukaku. Nothing is decided so far in both cases but we can expect some transfer action there. Wolfsburg, with the support of the Volkswagen-money, want to reach the Champions League spots this year and this seems absolutely realistic.

Therefore it is pretty obvious who the favorite of this match is. The odds are pretty nice for a Wolfsburg win however. Best offer at Bwin with 2,50. For your bets keep in mind that the games are just played 60 minutes!
The most bookies have a limited offer of bets for this preparation-tournament. Youwin offers the greatest variety of bets and they seem to be the only bookie offering handicap bets. To all the gamblers out there I suggest to bet on VFL -1 goal for very tempting 4,60 at Youwin.
If you prefer being on the -rather- safe side I think double chance X2 should make it. For this selection you still get solid 1,30 at Betclic.

In the second “semi-final” we see a fight between the FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Let’s take a look at the Borussia first: Peniel Mlapa left to FC Nürnberg and Luuk the Jong went to PSV Eindhoven. Marc Andre Ter Stegen now wears a Barcelona jersey. But the “Foals” of Mönchengladbach also striked on the transfer market. They were able to get Thorgan Hazard, the brother of Eden Hazard, from the FC Chelsea on loan. As a keeper they managed to convince former FC Basel life-insurance Jan Sommer to join them and they got Fabian Jonshon from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Max Eberl, Gladbachs manager, announced that they will sign another big fish and are not afraid to invest big bugs. The team was able to work calm and concentrated and they seem well prepared. The 6th of last years Bundesliga season will definitely play an important role this year again.

To the Munichs: Toni Kroos moved to Madrid but the squad of the Bayern is still great in individual quality as well as in quantity. They signed highly wanted talent Juan Bernat from FC Valencia as a left back and David Alaba is expected to move to center midfield to replace Toni Kroos. With Robert Lewandowski they were able to “steal” the best striker of the last Bundesliga seasons away from rival Dortmund what makes them even more dangerous offensively.
You don’t need to be an expert to see who’s the favorite in this one. The Munichs could just win this cup once in the past five years, in 2013, but everything else than a victory would be an upset. The classic bet would therefore be a 1X2 victory for Bayern. Bwin has the best odd for that selection with nice 1,72. Higher odds for this match are hard to find as most bookies offer a very limited selection for the games of the Telekom-Cup. Most realistically seems a betting tip on halftime/fulltime – Bayern/Bayern. At Betclic you get attractive 3,0 for that.

Youwin is definitely the bookie with the best Telekom-Cup offers. I am going to gamble in this one and choose the Bavarians to win with the -2 handicap for juicy 5,50 (keep in mind that the match-time is just 60 minutes).

Livetipsportal wishes you a lot of fun and entertainment with the games of the Telekom-Cup 2014!