Thursday, 13 March 2014
Bundesliga Matchday 25 Preview: Top Matches FCB vs Leverkusen, BVB vs Glabach
Bayern is chasing, among other records, their own record of 101 goals, which they set in the 1971/72 season, with the Bomber of the nation Gerd Mueller. 33 goals in the next ten games would get them there. Leverkusen's performance since the winter break has been below form. Bayern will probably continue its winning spree.
Dortmund faces Borussia Moenchengladbach ahead of their second leg with Zenit St. Petersburg. After some huffing and puffing at the start of the season, Dortmund is once again competitive and a team to reckon with. BVB holds a four point cushion over Leverkusen and a win against eighth place Gladbach could increase it to seven. There is enough motivation there to keep Dortmund winning.
Schalke 04, currently even on points with Leverkusen has a unique chance to overtake the "Werkself." There opponent, currently in sixth spot, is not an easy opponent particularly at home. Schalke needs a success prior to traveling to Madrid to take on one of the truly great clubs in Europe. Success could be defined with saving one point in Augsburg.
Wolfsburg, currently in fifth spot, travels to Braunschweig. While Braunschweig's is at the bottom of the league, the clubs relative standing is deceiving and the side can be a formidable challenge. Wolfsburg need to have the right attitude to walk out of Braunschweig with three points.
The relegation fight is still wide open, with most of the clubs in the second half of the table having the vulnerability to end up with that dilemma with ten games to go. Stuttgart, Hamburg, Freiburg and Braunschweig all need wins if they are to slide out of the relegation zone, but it becomes increasingly more difficult.
Frankfurt and Freiburg meet head on on Sunday and the outcome is important for both sides. Frankfurt requires a top performance to defeat Freiburg. Hamburg and Nuernberg are precisely in the same position. Bremen hosts Stuttgart on Saturday. The Schwaben are just outside the relegation zone by goal difference, while Bremen has a cushion of eight points. Hoffenheim hosts its neighbours from Mainz and this is always a great local derby. For Mainz there is still a chance to make a Euro League spot, while Hoffenheim is all but out of it.
Aside from Bayern, the competition for a Champions League spot next season is still wide open, while Dortmund has a bit of a cushion now with the four point lead over Leverkusen. Nevertheless every game still counts. The top nine are pulling away from the remainder of the field and will contest Euro League spots. This weekend will further solidify the final outcome of the league and as always should be delightful for the fans.
All eyes will be on the game in the Allianz Arena, with the view of Bayern breaking another undefeated record or for Leverkusen fans to see if the club is returning to its previous form. The Dortmund/Gladbach game will be a test of wills, although Juergen Klopp will undoubtedly spare some players for the Zenit match.
Friday 14 March
FC Augsburg vs Schalke 04 0-1
Saturday 15 March
Borussia Dortmund vs Bor. Mönchengladbach
Werder Bremen vs VfB Stuttgart
Hertha BSC vs Hannover 96
Eintr. Braunschweig vs VfL Wolfsburg
1899 Hoffenheim vs FSV Mainz 05
Bayern München vs Bayer Leverkusen
Sunday 16 March
Hamburger SV vs 1. FC Nürnberg
Eintracht Frankfurt vs SC Freiburg
Posn Team GP W D L GF/GA Points
1 FC Bayern 24 22 2 0 72:11 68
2 Dortmund 24 15 3 6 55:27 48
3 Schalke 25 14 5 6 48:36 47
4 Leverkusen 24 14 2 8 40:27 44
5 Wolfsburg 24 12 3 9 41:38 39
6 Augsburg 25 11 5 9 38:36 38
7 Mainz 24 11 5 8 33:36 38
8 M'gladbach 24 10 6 8 41:30 36
9 Hertha BSC 24 10 6 8 35:28 36
10 Hoffenheim 24 7 8 9 52:52 29
11 Bremen 24 7 7 10 28:46 28
12 Hannover 24 7 5 12 31:43 26
13 Frankfurt 24 5 8 10 27:40 26
14 Nürnberg 24 4 11 9 27:42 23
15 Stuttgart 24 5 5 14 37:51 20
16 Hamburg 24 5 5 14 39:53 20
17 Freiburg 24 4 7 13 22:45 19
18 B'schweig 24 4 5 15 19:44 17