La Berliga now has a clear leader at the top of the league table.
Week 5 Recap
In the first match of the week, Shaktar Donuts took down Atletico Madrink in a tight 18-15 battle. The Donuts were favorites to win the game, and their performances indicate they are on pace for a middle table finish. They were led by Juan David Giraldo who scored a nice 7.63 rating in the match. Atletico will have to lick their wounds and come back for the second half of the season with renewed energy.
Secondly, Real Social Dads defeated Werder Beermen with a punishing scoreline of 6-0. Alexandr Lazarev had a world-class performance and was supported by a strong team performance from the rest of the Dads. The Dads will be competing for a mid-table finish after their rough start to the season, but the Beermen will have to continue the search for their first points of the season.
To the most important game of the week, one featuring the two joint leaders in the league, Birrareal versus Pathetic Bilbao. In what was a controversial affair, Birrareal came out on top of a hard-fought game and beat Pathetic Bilbao by a score of 16-13. On the Facebook group, Birrareal and Pathetic Bilbao discussed the rough nature of the game, and many players complained of injuries inflicted from hard tackles and fouls. But in the end, Birrareal asserted their dominance once again, and all teams will have to try to take points off of them to have anyone else win the league. Radu Ichim claimed Man of the Match honors for Birrareal.
Week 6 Preview
To open the second half of the season, Birrareal will play Atletico Madrink. Atletico Madrink is currently struggling for players, and their game against the league leaders could not come at a worse time. Birrareal is a huge favorite to extend their reign as league leaders, and Fubles seems to think so too, giving Birrareal nearly 80% winning odds.
Next, Pathetic Bilbao and Real Social Dads face off. Pathetic Bilbao will be eager to keep pace with Birrareal and potentially revenge their defeat with a come from behind league title. But, Real Social Dads put out a strong performance last week, so they will not be pushovers. Despite their difference in league position, Fubles thinks this one is about even.
Finally, on Sunday Werder Beermen and Shaktar Donuts will close out week six. Shaktar Donuts will be looking to solidify their third-place position against the winless Beermen. The Beermen are still a force to be reckoned, and Fubles is giving only a slight edge to the Donuts.
Join the tipping competition here if you would like to participate in this year’s tipping and keep track of the tipping standings. Halfway through the season, there are several breakaway tippers at the top of the table. Three tippers are still tied at the top after predicting the last four weeks all correct, so the competition is fierce.
Juan David Giraldo, Radu Ichim, and Alexandr Lazarev won the Man of the Match bragging rights this week. They also won a “Wildpack” from Wildcorn Popcorn and a 2-week trial for Blinkist. Keep track of the Top Players table here.