With only three matchdays left to play we are seeing a clear picture in the league standings. Who to expect in the Champions League next season or who not to expect in the Bundesliga are becoming more and more clear. But it is not over until it really is, right? Here are the latest predictions:
Hoffenheim vs Hannover
Hoffenheim are getting back to their best and their 5-2 win against Leipzig was another proof of that. In a season that saw them unable to cope with the burden of European football, Julian Nagelsmann’s side are finally making the right step towards another qualification to European football.
Serge Gnabry has 10 Bundesliga goals this season and his recent form is galvanizing their push towards the top four. They sit only two points behind 4th placed Bayer Leverkusen and things will get interesting as the two sides battle it out for a place in the Champions League group stage.
Hannover are currently six points clear of danger but they need to keep it that way in the remaining fixtures so as to avoid a panicky end to the season as Andre Breitenreiter pointed out: “We are still focusing on the last three games so that we can achieve our goals and also have first league football at Hannover next season.”
A win for in-form Hoffenheim!
Hertha Berlin vs Augsburg
It’s 9th vs 11th in this clash of mid-table teams. Hertha is finally putting on a decent form in the last couple of weeks and their impressive 3-0 win away at Eintracht is a huge confidence booster going into this game. Augsburg has enjoyed a solid campaign. Many people had them as relegation favorites at the start of the season but they will be enjoying another season of Bundesliga football.
A win for Hertha!
Freiburg vs Cologne
A few weeks ago Freiburg was safe from relegation worries and looked to finish the season in mid-table. But after losing consecutive games to teams in the relegation battle they are back in the fight. But manager Christain Streich is confident that his team has what it takes to turn this around:
“This week we haven’t spent that much time on the opposition. It’s important that we focus on ourselves. The team is extremely lively and loud. That obviously wasn’t the case on Sunday after the game, but on Tuesday they had picked themselves up again.”
Cologne are all but relegated from the Bundesliga and that obviously draws sadness, but it has been a week of joy in the carnival city. Key players Jonas Hector and Timo Horn, who were being linked with several top clubs, have announced that they will remain in Cologne and help their team move right back into the Bundesliga at the first time of asking.
Germany’s left back Jonas Hector was the first to commit his future to his side ( http://bundesligafanatic.com/20180425/jonas-hector-not-just-different-but-special/ ) and on Thursday Timo Horn did the same and said this about his decision: “I want to make up for what went wrong this season. If we are relegated to the second league, the goal is a direct promotion in the following year.”
A draw is my prediction!
Schalke vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
Schalke couldn’t build on their derby win as they drew 2-2 with Cologne. But the Royal Blues are still in second place and on their way to a Champions League qualification. Gladbach managed to beat Wolfsburg 3-0 last time out. The Foals didn’t need to do much as they faced a poorly organized side but an away game against the league’s second-best side will be a tough task.
In the pregame press conference, Sporting Director Christian Heidel has informed that Max Meyer will leave Schalke in the summer “ We’re dealing with the situation very professionally. It’s all been very amicable.”
A win for Schalke!
Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Bayern may be the dominant force in the Bundesliga but they still seem to not find a way past the Champions League Semi-Final in recent years. Despite being the better side in Wednesday’s game against Real Madrid the Bavarians lost 2-1 at home and saw their chance of making it to the final for the first time since 2013 dwindle.
Niko Kovac will be facing his future employers this weekend before facing them one more time in the DFB Pokal final. The Croatian manager expressed his confidence in his teams’ ability despite the fact that it will be tough getting all three points at the Allianz Arena.
“There isn’t a single team in the Bundesliga that travels to Bayern expecting to win. We obviously want to qualify for Europe and in order to do that, we need to pick up points. We slipped up against Hertha, now we need to bounce back.”
A draw is a prediction!
Wolfsburg vs Hamburg
Another relegation six-pointer is coming!
Wolfsburg is coming into this game following a 3-0 loss while Hamburg has found a lifeline following their recent win. It will still be a challenge for The Red shorts to avoid a first-ever relegation from the top flight but if there is any game that can get three points from is this one.
The Wolves looked lost last weekend. They were out of attacking ideas and creativity up front and they weren’t organized enough at the back.
A win for Hamburg!
Bayer Leverkusen vs Stuttgart
Suddenly Leverkusen is fearing for their top four aspirations. After their loss to Borussia Dortmund last weekend they will be looking over their shoulders in the last weeks of the season. But they have the perfect opportunity to bounce back as they host Stuttgart, who have very little to play for.
Running at the next 3 points with open arms like… pic.twitter.com/xm2wZqtyqE
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) April 26, 2018
A win for Leverkusen!
Mainz vs RB Leipzig
This is a game that is very important for both sides but for different reasons. It is a chance for Mainz to lift themselves out of the relegation fight and an opportunity for Leipzig to revive their hopes of Champions League qualification.
The Red Bull backed club would want to bounce back from their humiliating loss at the hands of Hoffenheim and thus will prove tough opponents for the Zero Fivers.
A win for Leipzig!
Werder Bremen vs Borussia Dortmund
There finally is a smile in Dortmund. Following the Derby loss, there was a lot of discontent in and around the team but there was no one complaining when the Black and Yellows thumped Leverkusen 4-0. Youngster Jadon Sancho’s display was also another reason that made the BVB fans ecstatic.
Werder Bremen who have been solid at home to stop a Dortmund side filled with attacking talent.
A win for Dortmund!
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