Blog Written by Adam Stapleford (@asfooty1984)
As we move into a two week international break, many Bundesliga clubs will have several players representing their countries, but when Germany's top flight starts again, expect an exciting end to the campaign. With many scenarios still up in the air, top to bottom, the remaining games will bring much nail biting to the supporters of these clubs.
The top two have pulled away from the chasing pack. Bayern Munich currently lead Borussia Dortmund by five points, but any slip up by Bayern could see Dortmund pounce. The two clubs shared the spoils on March 5th, drawing 0-0 at Signal Iduna Park. The previous meeting in October saw Bayern thump Dortmund 5-1. Despite that, Dortmund keep fighting on and will surely push Bayern all the way in the remaining games.
Even more excitement could lie in who gets the final two Champions League spots. They are currently filled by Hertha Berlin and Schalke, but expect that to change hands many times before the season ends. The surprise package of the season is Hertha, they have climbed to the third spot, despite many writing them off. And with only seven games remaining, they have a six-point advantage over 5th spot, currently filled by Gladbach. Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, and Mainz are all in the running too, with Leverkusen still having to play Hertha, Schalke and Gladbach in their remaining seven matches. Hertha visit Mainz on the final day, which could be a blockbuster if both sides are still fighting it out, to be in Europe's greatest club competition next season.
Then, we move to the bottom end of the table where Hannover already seem doomed,10 points adrift of safety, Thomas Schaaf's men look destined to play in the second tier next season, but the teams above them all are in the shake up. Frankfurt, who defeated Hannover last weekend, currently sit in the final relegation spot, while Hoffenheim fill the play-off position. From 16th place to 9th place, the clubs are only separated by six points, moving into the final seven games. Frankfurt travel to Werder Bremen, who are in 14th, and only one point clear of the relegation/promotion playoff, on the final day. Augsburg, in the 15th spot, currently level on points with Hoffenheim, entertain Hamburg on the final day, who themselves are only 4 points from the play-off spot, and before then many clubs have to play each other. So expect nerves all round for Koln, Ingolstadt, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Darmstadt, Werder Bremen, Augsburg, Hoffenheim and Frankfurt, until the final whistle blows.
All European leagues still have major decisions to sort out between now and May, including titles, European spots and relegation, but the Bundesliga will take some beating. As we speak, if you don't write Hannover off just yet, all 18 clubs have something to play for, so get ready for exciting times as the 2015-2016 Bundesliga campaign comes to an end.