The 2011/12 seasons are kicking off all round Europe. The Premier League in England starts today and the leagues in Germany and Scotland are already underway. I called together the talents of some of the best writers around to give you a glimpse into their predictions for the season ahead.

Terry Duffelen is one half of the excellent “Bundesliga Show” podcast and the fantastic new website “Bundesliga Lounge” be sure to check it out. Here are Terry’s predictions for new Bundesliga season.

Who do you think is the favourite for the title in your respective league and why?

I’m placing my fiver on FC Bayern Munich for the title. Mainly because they rarely go two seasons without winning it but also because I think they have finally addressed their defensive problems with the recruitment of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Rafinha to their ranks. I think Bayern could win the league by ten points or more.

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You may have noticed an unexplained banner floating across this fine blog for a while. What is Picklive you may well have asked? Well actually, it is a revolutionary cross between fantasy football games and in-play betting that has already transformed the way that thousands of people watch live football.

The game takes plays in real-time during televised matches and allows football fans to win cash prizes live whilst watching the action unfold.

Gib Football Show readers can get their first three games free by signing up here . All you need to do then is log on during any live game and pick the three players who you think will influence the game the most in that period. Your picks then have five minutes to accumulate points for all of their actions on the pitch, from passes and tackles to goals and assists, with the top three teams taking home a share of the cashpot.

You may consider yourself enough of an afficionado to strike out on your own, but if not then here is some friendly insiders advice from Picklive ahead of this evening’s game:

Top Man City Pick:

Yaya Toure

The rangy Ivorian amassed an astounding 136 points in his last Picklive outing against Aris Solonika, completing 80 passes in the process. Tonight’s game could well follow the same pattern of long, unbroken passages of City possession, of which Toure is the focal point. His willingness to break into the box from midfield is an added advantage.

Top Wigan Pick:

Ali Al-Habsi

If the match follows the same pattern as I seem to have predicted then the Wigan goalkeeper must be a sensible pick. The only Omani ever to play in the Premier League has been the Latics stand out figure this season, and without him their position could be a whole lot worse. So with eight points given to Goalkeepers for a save, and a City barrage expected throughout, he could well end up as the away side’s top Picklive scorer.

One to Avoid:

Mohamed Diame

Holding midfield players of Diame’s ilk are often a sought after commodity on Picklive. Their destructive approach sees them accumulate points regularly for passes, interceptions and tackles. Diame however bucks the trend, simply because he doesn’t really do anything at all. In 90 minutes against Newcastle earlier this season he managed to complete only 23 passes and 10 interceptions, a puny amount that makes him an absolute ‘no go’.



Now I know a fixture between Wigan and West Brom doesn’t send a tingle down the spine of most neutrals out there but there were a few reasons I decided to take a trip to the DW. Ethan one of the guys from the podcast is a West Brom fan, so it was a chance to meet him while seeing a game, but the main reason to go was my love of Peter Odemwingie.

It has been mentioned a few times my affection towards the Nigerian forward and the chance to see him in person couldn’t be missed, it would also provide a slight chance of maybe getting my Lille jersey signed.

The journey was quite pain free, a bus to Manchester then train to Wigan Wallgate. The DW Stadium is a good 20-25 minute walk from the station, down past the canal towards the retail park in which it sits. Walking down it was clear that West Brom had brought a big away support, I walked past more Baggies fans than Wigan fans, and obviously the trip up the M6 had gotten them in good spirits.

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