• Friday, 7 May 2010

    Bundesliga round 34

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

    It's the final round of Bundesliga fixtures on Saturday and barring something extremely spectacular, it's a coronation party for FC Bayern. They lead Schalke, who will finish second, by three points, but have a superior goal difference to the tune of 17. Bayern go to the capital to take on Hertha, already relegated and pretty bloody hopeless, so it's difficult to think that Bayern will concede the ten - at least - Schalke need them to. Indeed, Bayern ought to sign off with a win, even if Luis van Gaal rests players ahead of their date with Inter in Madrid next week. Schalke have defied all odds and accountants to come so close. Immense credit must go to Felix Magath for that who has insulated his players from the off-field mess. He now starts his biggest job at the Royal Blues: slashing the wage bill and starting over. They go to Mainz this weekend - never easy at the best of times and unlikely to yield a win by the necessary shed load of goals that the Gelsenkirchen outfit require.

    Bremen need a point from their game at home to Hamburg to seal third place and Champions League football next season. Should they fail to do that, Leverkusen can sneak in there by winning at Gladbach. That is unless Leverkusen win by five while Bremen draw. Otherwise, it's the Europa League for Leverkusen and they'll be joined by Dortmund unless they get hammered by Freiburg while Stuttgart are winning in Hoffenheim.

    The biggest game of the weekend is at Bochum where Hannover are the visitors. If Bochum win, they'll go above Hannover and out of the bottom three. A draw favours Hannover. Nurnberg, currently in the relegation play-off place, are the others in trouble and they need to at least match Bochum's result in their game against Cologne in order to avoid automatic relegation.

    The one game with nothing riding on it sees Wolfsburg end their season as champions at home to Eintracht.

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