• Friday, 9 April 2010

    Bundesliga round 30

    Monchengladbach v Eintracht
    Mainz v Dortmund
    Hannover v Schalke
    Hertha v Stuttgart
    Hoffenheim v Cologne
    Bremen v Freiburg
    Leverkusen v Bayern
    Bochum v Hamburg
    Nurnberg v Wolfsburg

    Top game this week sees leaders Bayern take on Leverkusen. This is Leverkusen's last chance to influence the outcome of the championship this season. Lose here and they can forget it. The long-time leaders have lost their last three and sit six points behind Bayern who come off the back of knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League. They've been comically bad on occasion lately, but just keep grinding out the wins. Having beaten Schalke with ten men a week ago, win this and they're well on their way. Schalke will not let go though and face hapless Hannover this week. If they don't win that, they don't deserve a shot at the title.

    Hertha have five games to save their skins, but the first of those is against Stuttgart, on the up and chasing European football. Freiburg are the initial target, three points better off than the Berliners, and they face Bremen this week, so even if Hertha lose, they still have a chance. Above them are Bochum, a further three points up the table, who are at home to Hamburg this week. Hamburg will be without Paolo Guererro for this and the remaining games after he picked up a five-match ban for throwing a water bottle into a fan's face after last week's goalless draw with Hannover. Stupid boy.

    Dortmund are the form side of the league and sit just a point behind Leverkusen in fourth place. Champions League football is very much in their sights. They'll have to beat Mainz this week to take advantage of any potential stumble from Leverkusen, but Mainz are a tricky outfit, especially at home. Elsewhere, Wolfsburg will try to put Europa League disappointment behind them at Nurnberg, Eintracht travel to Gladbach and Hoffenheim face Cologne.

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