It is when all the games are played at the same time on a Saturday afternoon that you start to realize the Bundesliga season is coming to an end. This season has been full of thrills, excitements, dramas and roller coaster rides. There is still plenty to look forward to in the next two weeks.
Here are the matchday predictions:
RB Leipzig vs Wolfsburg
Leipzig are in danger of missing out on the Champions League. They certainly endured a tough campaign with the European football stretching their very thin squad. But even after being knocked out of the Europa League they are failing to put on a consistent display in the league. Even worse they could face a mass exodus come summer. Naby Keita (suspended) is already leaving for Liverpool but players like Emil Forsberg (suspended) and Timo Werner might follow him through the exit door.
Wolfsburg have kept on declining and are on the brink of playing a relegation play off to ensure survival. The Wolves are only two points ahead of Hamburg and they can even be relegated by finishing 17th. This is a side that finished second and won the DFB Pokal in 2015 while knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League the following season.
A win for Leipzig
Cologne vs Bayern Munich
Talk about a game that very little meaning. The Billy Goats are relegated and host a Bayern team that won the league for the sixth consecutive season. There is nothing at stake here and we might see some new faces in the lineup.
Bayern are obviously in a bad mood after their semifinal exit from the Champions League. The Bavarians once again fall victim to a Spanish side in the last four. They made a couple of mistakes at the back and failed to take their chances at the other end. This doesn’t sound like the Bayern we know. They simply couldn’t handle a more efficient side. At what point will they realize that lack of a domestic rival is one of the reasons behind their struggles in Europe?
Cologne may be playing in the 2. Bundesliga next season but with key players extending their stay they have a big chance of immediately bouncing back.
A routine win for Bayern!
Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkusen have two crucial match days ahead of them. They currently occupy 5th place but are only a point behind 4th placed Hoffenheim. After a remarkable season qualifying for the Champions league is not more than what they deserve but with Hoffenheim back in form Die Werkself have their work cut out.
Bremen are safe from relegation worries and will host B04 in a relaxed mood. The Green-Whites managed to salvage a draw from their last game against Borussia Dortmund and once again proved their formidable home form.
A draw is my prediction
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Freiburg
Gladbach are suddenly looking solid and perhaps can salvage a Europa League qualification. After their comfortable 3-0 win against Wolfsburg, the foals drew against second-placed Schalke and could’ve even won the game. The bad news for Dieter Hecking’s team is that Captain Lars Stindl’s season is over after his injury last weekend. That certainly will take its toll on the team, who are also without Dennis Zakaria, Jannik Vestergaard and Christoph Kramer
After their 3-2 win against Cologne Freiburg have climbed into 15th place. They need more of the same this weekend if they are to stay there. And they will once again be relying on Nils Petersen for goals, who is currently the highest scoring German in the league with 15 goals.
I am expecting a Freiburg win.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hamburg
So Niko Kovac’s impending exit is affecting his teams ‘result, isn’t it? Do we blame Bayern again? Certainly not but there appears to be something missing with Die Adler and the results in the last couple of weeks are indicators of that. They will, of course, have the DFB Pokal final to look forward to but they need to make sure of their Europa League qualification first.
The Red Shorts are not done yet. After another win, Hamburg have closed the gap between themselves and Wolfsburg to just two points. The great escape is well and truly on. And the main reason behind this change in fortune is their new manager. Check out this article by Abel, who is an expert on Titz. *smiley face emoji*
A win for Hamburg.
Augsburg vs Schalke
Schalke are still in second place thanks to Dortmund’s failure to beat Bremen. The Royal Blues showed great determination to earn a draw after playing with 10 men against Gladbach last weekend. They are on course to a second-place finish and travel 11th placed Augsburg to make sure of that. The hosts will be playing without any pressure. Whether that’s a good thing or not will remain to be seen.
Oh and Happy Birthday to Schalke! Will we see another wonder goal on Saturday?
A win for Schalke!
Hannover vs Hertha Berlin
This is another game with very little riding on it. Hannover managed to secure safety in their first season back to the Bundesliga, despite all odds. Hertha, on the other hand, will be disappointed that they couldn’t achieve a European qualification. The Berliners are finding the net in the last couple of weeks and Davie Selke’s return to form is playing a key role in that.
I’m expecting a Hertha win.
Borussia Dortmund vs Mainz
It has been a week full of rumors in Dortmund. The Black and Yellows failed to make certain of their Champions League qualification last week but with only a win from the last two games needed to make sure of that the attention is now on who the next manager at the Signal Iduna Park will be. Several German newspapers are reporting that Nice manager Lucien Favre will become the new manager of Borussia Dortmund. The Swiss looks to be a safe choice as he is an experienced manager with a track record of improving teams and individual players.
The Black and Yellows are also eyeing a Swiss goalkeeper, Marvin Hitz, according to Bild.
Marco Reus is a doubt for this game. It is clear that Dortmund are a much better side when he is playing but even without their star man they have enough firepower to beat Mainz at home.
A win for BVB
Stuttgart vs Hoffenheim
And now we come to a game that promises a lot of excitement. Stuttgart are doing incredibly well under Tayfun Korkut while Hoffenheim are once again doing exceptionally well under Julian Nagelsmann
Both sides had a tough road along the way but are looking to finish the season on a high. Hoffenheim are fourth and looking to make it into the Champions League group stage which they narrowly missed out on last season. Stuttgart are in 8th with only a point separating them from 7th and 2 points from 6th. Can they finish the season with an unlikely qualification to the Europa League?
A draw is the prediction