As the Bundesliga enters its penultimate round, things are finally starting to be set in stone. Bayern have won the league, and Leipzig have clinched second place, but there is still much more to be decided over the next two weekends.
Let’s take a quick look around the Bundesliga.
There’s been a lot going on off the pitch in Dortmund recently, but Thomas Tuchel and his players still have to secure third place on the season. Third place in the Bundesliga means an automatic spot in next year’s Champions League group stage. But the team that finishes fourth will enter next year’s CL in the playoff round that leads into the group stage.
If BVB win in Augsburg, and Hoffenheim fail to win, third place is wrapped up for Dortmund even before the final day.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side trail Dortmund by two points, and they face Werder Bremen this weekend. Bremen are only one point of of the final Europa League spot, and thus they’ll have something to play for. Don’t be shocked if Bremen continue their second half push to end in the European places.
But Hoffenheim should still be very pleased with fourth place.
Augsburg are still in a relegation battle. It’s so tight at the bottom of the table, with 5 teams within 3 points of that relegation playoff spot. Augsburg will also have something to play for this weekend, and their home crowd will be hyped up for Dortmund’s visit. Expect the typical determined and desperate late season effort from a team threatened by relegation.
Hamburg have escaped relegation a bunch recently, but this year it might finally catch up to them. They take on a Schalke team this weekend that doesn’t have a ton to play for, but is just a lot better than Hamburg. If HSV lose this week their final day clash, with fellow strugglers Wolfsburg, could decide who plays in the dreaded relegation playoff.
They can still get relegated! It’s been a disastrous season for Bayer, and they’re still only 3 points up on that 16th spot. It doesn’t look likely, but they should probably try and win against Cologne this weekend so they don’t have to sweat on the final day.
At this point, Ingolstadt would kill to be in the relegation playoff. Their future looks bleak, and they could be officially relegated this weekend. A win keeps them alive, but a loss against Freiburg tomorrow means they are going back to the 2. Bundesliga. A draw makes it very hard for them to stay up, but they could if Mainz or Hamburg choked on the final day.