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Judgement Day: relegation battle as it happened

14 May

After 33 matchdays in which Dortmund dominated, Mainz and Hannover impressed and Bayern flattered to deceive we have reached the final weekend. Only formalities at the top remain but we still have a three way battle between Wolfsburg, ‘Gladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt to come.

Remember in this mini-league, top means safety, second the play-offs and last the second tier…

Here we go:

12 mins: Kuba fouled in the box but Barrios’ penalty is brilliantly saved by Ralf Fährmann. [Dortmund 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt]

  • Wolfsburg – 36 pts (- 7)
  • Borussia M’gladbach – 36 pts (-17)
  • Eintracht Frankfurt – 35 pts (-16)

25 mins: Elia goal disallowed as Ben Hatira commits a foul off the ball. [HSV 0-0 Gladbach]

29 mins: Grafite goes through on goal but his rather weak attempt is saved by Starke in the Hoffenheim goal. [Hoffenheim 0-0 Wolfsburg]

37 mins: Lewandowski goes through one-on-one with Fährmann but the goalkeeper stands up well and the Pole sends the rebound wide. [Dortmund 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt]

41 mins:  GOAL: Arango’s stunning free kick from at least 30 yards beats Rost to lift Gladbach up to 15th. [HSV 0-1 Gladbach]

  • Borussia M’gladbach – 38 pts (-16)
  • Wolfsburg – 36 pts (- 7)
  • Eintracht Frankfurt – 35 pts (-16)

43 mins: Long range effort from Caio almost sneaks in but Roman Weidenfeller gets down well and pushes the ball round the post for a corner. [Dortmund 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt]

45 mins: Gekas gets onto the end of a long ball but his stretching effort is just about tipped onto the bar by Weidenfeller. [Dortmund 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt]

Half TimeHSV 0-1 Gladbach, Hoffenheim 0-0 Wolfsburg, Dortmund 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

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New Kits 2011/12

12 May

It’s that time of year again. Designers have a nightmare or there’s that occasional beauty that everyone agrees on. Let us know, on the comments below, what you think of these so far confirmed efforts:

 Freiburg (Home, Away and 3rd)

Kaiserslautern in action

Schalke 04 (3rd and Away)

Bayer Leverkusen (Away)

 

Borussia Dortmund

Mainz 05

Bayern Munich

 Köln

Hamburg (Home)

Wolfsburg 

Nürnberg

Bundesliga – Week 34 Relegation Permutations

7 May

With matters at the top all but settled, attention turns to the wrong end of the table.

Hoffenheim, Kaiserslautern, Stuttgart, Werder Bremen, Köln and Schalke all (in one way or another) saved themselves on Saturday.

As Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt slipped to desperate defeats, Borussia Mönchengladbach got out of the relegation zone for the first time since week 8. With Pauli gone, this has set up an almighty 3-way scrap for to avoid 2nd and 3rd bottom.

15. Wolfsburg – 35 pts (-7 GD) @ Hoffenheim

16. Borussia M’gladbach – 35 pts (-17GD) @ Hamburg

17. Eintracht Frankfurt – 34 pts (-16GD) @ Borussia Dortmund

Obviously Wolfsburg remain in the driving seat because of their goal difference, but when you look at it from a statistical, home vs away record basis, Gladbach look the most likely to avoid relegation:

  • Wolfsburg (3 away wins all year) at Hoffenheim (4 home defeats all year)
  • Gladbach (5 away wins all year) at Hamburg (5 home defeats all year)
  • Frankfurt (4 away wins all year) at Dortmund (1 home defeat all year)

With football unlikely to work the way the statistics suggest, here’s the rundown on what would see which club safe:

Wolfsburg will STAY UP (finish 15th) if:

  • They win
  • They draw and both Frankfurt and Gladbach fail to win
  • They lose and Frankfurt fail to win and Gladbach lose

Gladbach will STAY UP (finish 15th) if:

  • They win and Wolfsburg fail to win
  • They draw and Wolfsburg lose and Frankfurt fail to win

Frankfurt will STAY UP (finish 15th) if:

  • They win and both Wolfsburg and Gladbach fail to win