After 31 Matchdays, we still do not know who will be crowned champions of the Bundesliga. This past weekend featured Bayern in the driver’s seat with BVB playing catchup. The roles have switched and switched again and despite BVB’s demolition of Wolfsburg, Bayern retained top spot with a win against Werder Bremen.
Elsewhere, there was significant shuffling on the bottom of the table, with BVB’s rivals Schalke climbing out of the relegation zone for, I believe, the first time this season.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 FC Köln
Mainz 05 2-3 Schalke 04
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 VfL Bochum
FC Augsburg 1-0 Union Berlin
Hertha BSC 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
SC Freiburg 0-1 RB Leipzig
TSG Hoffenheim 3-1 Eitracht Frankfurt
Werder Bremen 1-2 Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund 6-0 Wolfsburg
In a very interesting turn of events, the teams in 18th, 15th, 14th, and 13th all won their games this weekend. Normally a win from the bottom of the table is critical, as it helps your team take precious leaps past the other teams flirting with relegation. Unfortunately, when everyone at the bottom wins, it’s just another day at the office! Hertha Berlin will be feeling exceptionally hard done by, having collected their first win since... well... God knows when. Still, the Berliners remain three points adrift in last place, almost doomed to face the drop. Schalke and Hoffenheim on the other hand capitalized on the stumble from Bochum and catapulted themselves out of the drop spots. Stuttgart and Bochum will need to act fast if they are to save themselves from relegation.
Not Union’s Year
It has been, frankly, an outstanding story in the other Berlin locker room this season. While Hertha are on a crash course to the 2. Bundesliga, Union Berlin, who left the second division only four seasons ago, were a decent shout to win it all for a large part of the season! With this weekend’s defeat to Augsburg, Union are unfortunately all but out of the title race. It has been a season to remember for Union, and their entire squad deserves enormous praise for what they have accomplished. It’s not over yet, however, as Christian Streich’s Freiburg are ready in the wings, waiting to usurp Union for the final Champions League spot. Union need to bring it home and collect the accolade they so much deserve.
Who is going to snag fourth spot come Matchday 34? Are Schalke going to cruise to safety? Let us know in the comments!