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The Daily Bee (April 22nd, 2019): Matchday 30 recap

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Plus a look at the 2.Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund v SV Werder Bremen - Bundesliga Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images
  • Matchday 30

With 4 matchdays to go nothing has changed at the top, Bayern Munich had a bit of trouble with Werder Bremen but they got it done in the end with a close 1:0 win. Bayern’s win put some pressure on BVB in their Sunday game versus Freiburg but the black and yellows delivered with a solid performance that keeps them in the title race. By the way with the win Dortmund have already secured their spot in the Champions League for next season.

RB Leipzig won an important game against Borussia Mönchengladbach which extended their lead over them to ten points and virtually guarantees them Champions League football for next season. Meanwhile Gladbach not only missed the chance to get back into the race for the Champions League but now they find themselves in a spot where they have to fight to even stay in the Europa League spots.

Bayer Leverkusen and TSG Hoffenheim won their games and stay in the race for a top 6 spot. Both of their opponents from last weekend find themselves in a relegation battle. Nürnberg’s last hope is getting to 16th place and maybe stay in the Bundesliga thanks to the relegation playoff. Schalke on the other hand will want to avoid that but they’re in horrible form, putting on a terrible performance in a 2:5 home loss to Hoffenheim.

Schalke will travel to BVB for the Revierderby next weekend, a game Dortmund have to win especially against a Schalke team that is just not finding their form this season. The Royal Blues are lucky that Stuttgart is even worse, the club lost 0:6 in embarrassing fashion against FC Augsburg which led to the sacking of Markus Weinzierl. VfB Stuttgart have neamed Nico Willig as their interim coach and hope that he can turn it around in the last 4 games of the season.

The match between VfL Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt will round out matchday 30. Frankfurt want to strengthen their position in the top 4 ad Wolfsbutg hope to get back in the race for a top 6 spot.

  • 2.Bundesliga

We are getting closer to the end of the season which means it’s time to take a look at the 2.Bundesliga and see which teams will likely get back to the first German division. Before the season 1.FC Köln and HSV were the obvious favorites for promotion and both of thos teams are indeed in the top 2 spots of the table.

However both are in different positions. With just 4 games to go, Köln are in first place with an 8-point lead over third placed SC Paderborn. Köln are almost assured a spot back in the Bundesliga next season despite their 0:3 loss to Dynamo Dresden on matchday 30.

HSV on the other hand are in the midst of a tight race for the second place which grants a sure spot in the Bundesliga next season (The third placed team will have to play the 16th placed team of the Bundesliga in a playoff series).

Hamburg sit at 53 points with SC Paderborn (51), Union Berlin (50) and 1.FC Heidenheim (49) chasing them. Looking at Hamburg’s roster and financial advantage over those teams it should not really be this close at this point of the season. Ex-BVB coach Hannes Wolf will have to make sure that HSV close out the season strong and keep that second place.

Daily Buzz: Köln are surely getting promoted but which team would you like in the Bundesliga next season?