Bundesliga dinosaur facing extinction!
The German Bundesliga season reaches its final matchday on Saturday with plenty of questions still to be answered. Bayern Munich may have claimed the title in record time at the end of March, but the question of both Champions League and Europa League places remains open and a thrilling fight to avoid the drop is also on the cards.
The final three in the table have already been decided, but the system of a playoff between the team finishing 16th in the Bundesliga and the team finishing 3rd in the second division means that there is still everything to play for. Braunschweig go into the weekend propping up the table on 25 points, with Nuremberg just one point ahead and Hamburg just two. It is the latter that has been making all the headlines this season as HSV is the only team in the country to have played every season in the top flight since the inception of the Bundesliga in 1963. Nicknamed the “Bundesliga Dinosaur” by the German press, the club will become “extinct” if they fail to win away at Mainz and either of their rivals picks up three points. Mirko Slomka, who took over on the Hamburg bench at the start of February, has failed to work any miracles and the pressure is well and truly on both players and coaching staff alike as they attempt to avoid their place in the history books. An improved showing during last week’s defeat to Bayern Munich could provide a straw to cling to, but with Mainz looking for a win to secure a Europa League berth, Hamburg cannot expect any presents on Saturday.
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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.