• Friday, 30 April 2010

    Bundesliga round 33

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

    With two rounds of fixtures remaining, everyone kicks off at half two (UK time) on Saturday. There's a growing war of words between the title rivals. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, perhaps getting a bit carried away from the 3-0 tubbing of a hopeless Lyon side in the Champions League in the week, reckons Bayern can win the lot - league, Cup and Champions League. Felix Magath is a master of this kind of thing though and did what he does best; take the pressure off his players completely with a few well-placed soundbites. Despite Bayern facing Bochum and Bayern in these last two games, Magath said "I believe that the guys from Munich are still going to slip up in the run-in". Schalke have Bremen at home and Mainz away left to play, both tricky opponents, but a full-strength squad to pick from. Bochum, Bayern's opponents this week, have sacked Heiko Herrlich after a run of ten games without a win. Herrlich was only in the job for six months having taken over from Marcel Koller in October. Daruisz Wosz takes over for the last two games as Bochum begin the final fortnight in the bottom three.

    Hertha will be down if they fail to win this week, and there's every chance that'll happen as they go to Leverkusen this week. Hannover are in the other automatic relegation spot and they have a visit from Gladbach. Nurnberg are still deep in trouble and face troubled Hamburg while Freiburg aren't completely out of it, though a point will do for them this week at Cologne.

    Dortmund and Stuttgart retain hopes of Champions League qualification and are both at home, to Wolfsburg and Mainz respectively. In a mid-table, nothing to play for sort of game, Eintracht face Hoffenheim.

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