Quick Takes: What Saves HSV from Relegation on Matchday 34?

The only club who’s played in every Bundesliga season (1963-present day) is in serious danger of ending this streak on Saturday – the final matchday of the 2014-15 Bundesliga season.

Even if HSV defeat Schalke 04 at home on Saturday, a victory alone will not secure HSV with a position outside the drop zone. The situation is more difficult than simply winning on Saturday. HSV need help from elsewhere.

In order to secure a spot for next season, all three scenarios below must happen:

  1. Win (obviously).
  2. VfB Stuttgart can’t win at Paderborn.
  3. Hannover 96 and SC Freiburg can’t tie their match.

To go to the relegation playoffs, any of two scenarios can occur:

  1. HSV wins, Stuttgart loses, and Hannover and Freiburg tie.
  2. HSV ties, Stuttgart loses by least least nine goals, and Paderborn does not win. A scenario I would not bet on, considering Paderborn have a slim chance against VfB.

If Hamburg does not three points on Saturday, they’re pretty much done for.

And their famed clock will be too.

HSV's (in)famous clock, counting the time they've stayed in the top flight.
HSV’s (in)famous clock, counting the time they’ve stayed in the top flight.

I will be at the Imtech Arena on Saturday.

Let’s just say I’m expecting many tears when the clock stops on Hamburg’s final bragging point.