Dogfight to beat the Bundesliga drop!

Six teams still battling to beat the drop in the Bundesliga.

Hamburg coach Slomka faces his old team Hanover for a crucial game on Saturday.

The race to the German Bundesliga title is long over with nobody able to keep pace with an extraordinary Bayern Munich team this season, but at the other end of the table things are really hotting up as the season heads down the home straight.

With just five games to go, a total of six teams, separated by just four points, are still involved in a desperate dogfight to avoid the drop to the second division. Whilst most experts were sure that promoted Eintracht Braunschweig would struggle to survive, the names of several of the other strugglers are big surprises. Hanover and Freiburg had been hoping to build on recent success-stories in the league, but now find themselves back at the wrong end of the table and struggling for form. 2007 Bundesliga champions Stuttgart have a quality squad, but have simply been unable to get into gear since the winter break and the arrival of new coach Huub Stevens has proven to be of little benefit so far. Perhaps the biggest story of all is, however, Hamburg – the only club that has been in the Bundesliga since its inception in 1963.

As we head into matchday 30, HSV are 16th in the 18-team table -the position that would see them face a two-leg playoff against the team finishing 3rd in the German second division. Saturday sees them travel to northern rivals Hanover in a clash that is absolutely crucial to the future of both clubs. To add to the spice, current Hamburg coach Mirko Slomka was in charge of Hanover until he was sacked at the end of December. It will be a game full of emotion both on the pitch, on the sidelines and on the terraces and one thing is certain – the loser will have it all to do to stay alive in the race to stay up!

Hanover vs. Hamburg, Odds

Hanover            2.35
Draw                     3.4
Hamburg             2.75

Bundesliga: To be relegated

Eintracht Braunschweig                 1.28
Nuremberg                                        1.6
Stuttgart                                             2.75
Hamburg                                            2.85
Freiburg                                              5.5
Hanover                                           6.0

All odds provided by are correct as of today, but subject to change.

CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.



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