It has been leading up to this moment. The final match day of the Bundesliga is upon us. The joy of triumph, the pain of relegation and the ecstasy of qualifying for Europe are all the emotions we will be witnessing on this day. And of course, there is that sadness from Bundesliga fans when they realize that their beloved league is taking a summer break. For the last time this season here are the matchday predictions:
Hoffenheim vs Borussia Dortmund
On the last matchday of the 2016/17 season, Borussia Dortmund hosted Hoffenheim in an important game to ensure direct qualification to the Champions League. A 2-1 win secured a 3rd place for the Black and Yellows in what was Thomas Tuchel’s last game in the Bundesliga as BVB manager. In almost similar circumstances BVB will face Hoffenheim in order to secure a top-four finish. This also can be/will be/ the last game for Peter Stöger.
Borussia Dortmund only needs a draw from this game while Hoffenheim needs to win or relay on Leverkusen and Leipzig to lose in order to secure a historic qualification to Europe’s elite competition. Julian Nagelsmann: “It’s an extraordinary achievement for Hoffenheim to be fighting for the Champions League in Saturday’s season finale against BVB. We’ll give it our all!”
The return of Shinji Kagawa and Raphael Guerreiro is good news for BVB.
A draw is my prediction.
Hertha Berlin vs RB Leipzig
Hertha Berlin saw their slim hope of qualifying for Europe disappear as they lost to Hannover last week. Leipzig, who currently occupy 6th place, have the chance to make it into the top four but their fate is not in their hands as they need both Hoffenheim and Leverkusen to lose in order to achieve that goal. They will be hoping that wonder kid Ademola Lookman and star striker Timo Werner can help them overcome a Hertha side that has nothing to play for. Davie Selke has 5 goals in the last 4 games and is expected to be a handful for the visitors.
A win for Leipzig.
Freiburg vs Augsburg
Freiburg only needs a draw to maintain their Bundesliga status as they host Augsburg who are in 11th place and safe from relegation worries. The home side will relay on Nils Petersen for goals and the crowd for inspiration in this important game. Goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow reckons that with the fans behind them they will get the job done.
Given that the stake is higher and as a result, the desire will be heightened I’m expecting Freiburg to win and secure safety.
Bayern Munich vs Stuttgart
Another year and another Bundesliga trophy, It’s business as usual at the Allianz Arena. The only new thing to look forward to as far as the record Bundesliga champions are concerned is the new kit for next season.
I don’t think Robben liked it that much though.
Shirt news: Adidas have released the new Bayern home kit for 2018-19
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Stuttgart’s ascent under Tayfun Korkut has made them an outside contender for Europa League qualification. If they win against Bayern and if Leipzig loses and Frankfurt fail to win then Stuttgart will make the unthinkable a reality but that seems a tall order.
A win for Bayern.
Schalke vs Eintracht Frankfurt
And so Schalke are there. They have secured second place and a return to the Champions League. Domenico Todesco’s impressive debut season couldn’t have gone any better. Die Adler will be hoping that the home side will be in a party mood to offer any resistance as Niko Kovac’s side look to secure a top 4 finish.
A win for Schalke.
Wolfsburg vs Cologne
It’s a must-win the game for Wolfsburg against already relegated Cologne. The best Die Wölfe can hope for now is to avoid a slip to 17th place which will mean automatic relegation. If they can better Hamburg’s result they will have to play another relegation-promotion play-off.
With key players extending their stay and their amazing fans behind them the Billy Goats are expected to immediately bounce back to the top-tier but for now, it’s Auf Wiedersehen. The Bundesliga will surely miss them.
A win for Wolfsburg.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Hannover
Leverkusen is on level points with Hoffenheim and only a mere 3 goal difference behind. It will be an exciting tussle between these two teams in order to salvage that coveted fourth place. Die Werkself are welcoming a Hannover team that secured safety last week and have very little to play for. I’m expecting an easy win for the home team.
And they will also be saying farewell to a legend. Feel old yet?
Hamburg vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
Can Hamburg pull off the greatest escape of all time? Can they keep the clock ticking? Will they be relegated for the first time in history? Hamburg’s winning form was halted by Eintracht last week. They need to huff and puff all the breath they have as they host Gladbach. Dieter Hecking’s side comes into this game in solid form with two wins and a draw in their last 3 league games.
I think it will be a draw and historic relegation for Hamburg. Will they prove me wrong? We will just have to wait to see.
Mainz vs Werder Bremen
Mainz have done it. After a first-ever win at the Signal Iduna Park, the Zerofivers will be playing Bundesliga football next season. Once again they have wonderkid Ridle Baku to thank for that who grabbed his second league goal in as many games.
Sandro Schwarz said that he was inspired by a team that is managed by an old
“I was so excited by the game (Liverpool vs Roma) and by Liverpool’s attacking, that I called my video analyst straight away and got him to cut and paste all of them together.”
I am expecting Leverkusen to make finish fourth while Hoffenheim and Leipzig directly qualify for the Europa League. Hamburg to be relegated and Wolfsburg to secure survival through the playoffs. Excited to see what the match day offers. Enjoy it and goodbye.