Follow It's Round and It's White on Facebook

Auf Wiedersehen Hannover - Reds relegated with 3 games still to play

Monday 25th April 2016
Hannover are relegated but Bayern must wait another week for the title. We wrap up Game Week 31 in the Bundesliga with Mark Dannell.

Hamburger SV vs SV Werder Bremen – 2:1

Hamburg finally pulled themselves together, in the process probably securing their top flight and promptly ruined my 16/1 shot (the other three results all came in). In truth, it was a decent performance by HSV, 2 goals by Lasogga in the first half, his first for nearly six months secured a comfortable half-time lead in a much-improved display.

In the 2nd half Werder began a fightback which was promptly halted when Pizarro had a 57th minute penalty saved by stand-in keeper Drobny. Anthony Ujah did pull one back for Bremen just after the hour mark but that was as good as it got. With results around them going the wrong way it could come down to the last game of the season when they play Frankfurt at home.

Prediction–  Draw- WRONG!

VfB Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund – 3:0

No surprises here, Stuttgart now are just 3 points above Frankfurt and their goal difference is going in the wrong direction too. Dortmund extend the title race another week and 17-year-old Christian Pulisic has had quite a start to his Bundesliga career, notching for the 2nd week in a row.

Either side of that Kagawa opened the scoring and .Mkhitaryan finished it off. Stuttgart now face a crunch Monday night game on the 2nd of May against Bremen. The winner of that game might well stay up automatically, the loser can expect to be at the best in the Relegation play-off.

Prediction–  Away Win- SPOT ON!

VfL Wolfsburg vs FC Augsburg – 0:2

Borrowed time now for Dieter Hecking surely. I have been banging this drum for weeks, the “performances” he is getting from his talented squad remind me of the situation at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho earlier this season. Benaglio, Dante, Rodriguez, Gustavo, Draxler, and Schurrle are all names that are familiar over Europe and their squad players are hardly poor either. Something stinks in Wolfsburg, perhaps that's where sponsor VW were hiding all their exhaust gases!

As for Augsburg they were clinical, Alfred Finnbogason notched his 6th of the season and must surely be a contender for best January signing. Halil Altintop secured the points in the 2nd half and if, as seems likely, Markus Weinzierl departs for Schalke he will leave Augsburg still in the Bundesliga and with their best wishes!

Prediction– Draw- WRONG!

Hertha BSC vs FC Bayern – 0:2

No surprises as Bayern picked up the points in the capital. Their title party must wait until next week when they take on BMG at home. The game followed a familiar pattern, Bayern labouring forwards but not really threatening. Thomas Kraft returned to the Hertha starting 11 after a long spell out and the keeper had nearly nothing to do.
Bayern eventually broke through after a deflected long ranger from Arturo Vidal left Kraft helpless and Douglas Costa wrapped up the points with a peach from long range late in the game. Hertha now have BMG just a point behind and have lost contact with Leverkusen who look to have 3rd sewn up. It could well end up as Europa League football for the Capital club wih difficult awa
Prediction–  Away Win- SPOT ON!

FC Ingolstadt 04 vs Hannover 96 – 2:2

Ingolstadt got their required point for safety but will be exceedingly disappointed to have only got that. Hannover meanwhile, despite their improved displays, are now officially relegated as Frankfurt's surprise win on Sunday ensures that either they or Werder will reach at least the 32 point mark which Hannover no longer can.

Despite having Roman Brégerie sent off in the first half, Ingolstadt went into the break 2 goals to the good as first Morales and then Hartmann with his 10th of the season found the net. In the second-half, Hannover began the fightback and equalized through Sakai and then Kiyotake. The winner remained elusive, largely thanks to the excellent Benjamin Hübner in defence..

Prediction–  Draw- SPOT ON!

1.FC Köln vs SV Darmstadt 98 – 4:1

Anthony Modeste and Marcel Risse both scored twice for Köln who destroyed Darmstadt on Saturday afternoon, in the process securing their place in the Bundesliga next year. Darmstadt, as expected, will have to wait a while longer but will have a decent chance next week at home to Frankfurt. Their consolation was actually an early equalizer through Gondorf, but after that, it was one-way traffic.

Prediction–  Home Win- SPOT ON!

Schalke 04 vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen – 2:3

A frankly mental game on Saturday night between 2 teams with Champions League aspirations was decided by Leverkusen after an amazing comeback.

Choupo-Moting and Sane fired Schalke into a comfortable 2- lead at half-time and at that point I was feeling decidedly awful about smashing into my bet. That came after Huntelaar had missed a 5th minute penalty and Leverkusen were all over the shop.

Roger Schmidt must have had some harsh words at half-time as Bayer 04 came out a completely different side. Julian Brandt, pulled the first back and at that point I sat up and started paying attention. Just 6 minutes later Leverkusen led thanks to further goals from Bellarabi and Hernandez. In between and around Hernandez and Aranguiz combined to hit the post/bar 3 times between them and I had to chew my nails down to the quick before the final whistle went. Schalke can now forget the Champions League and must make sure they take the points required to qualify for the Europa league.

Prediction–  Away Win- SPOT ON! (Just about!!)

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – 3:1

A much-required shot in the arm for BMG this week and with Hertha losing they have a great chance to secure the 4th spot. Small problem of Bayern away next week who are looking to wrap up the title so Week 33 will be crucial to their hopes when they play Leverkusen at home.

An own goal from Toljan set them on their way and a half-time lead of 2.0 was well deserved as Dahoud slotted home just before the break. Kramaric pulled one back in the 54th minute but the hope of a comeback was extinguished quickly when Andre Hahn added a 3rd just after the hour.

Hoffenheim huffed and puffed but did not have the quality to break down one of the strongest home teams in the Bundesliga. A home game against Ingolstadt next week could well give them the final shove over the line they need!

Prediction–  Home Win- SPOT ON!

Eintracht Frankfurt vs 1. FC Mainz 05 – 2:1

Oh Mainz. Tripping up in sight of the line, a 2nd poor display in the late Sunday game leaves them precariously placed in the race for the European spots.

Once again they took the lead through Brosinski, but Marcel Russ equalized for Frankfurt in the 28th minute. That was Frankfurt's first goal in over 3 games and it seemed to give them a massive surge in confidence. An unlucky own goal by Stefan Bell settled the result in favour of Frankfurt but ultimately it was deserved as they dominated the rest of the game. Next week gives them a chance to drag Darmstadt right into the thick of things.

Prediction–  Away Win- WRONG!

  • Much better tipping this week with 6/9. Frankfurt was the only real embarrassment! Betting was mixed with the Accumulator over immediately following Hamburg's strong display on Friday night. However, the 3/1 shot on Brandt to score anytime/Leverkusen to win salvaged my weekend!

  • Team of the Weekend: If I was basing it on the first half only they would be nowhere near, but Leverkusen win my team of the weekend for their superb 2nd half comeback. Credit must got to Roger Schmidt for his half-time team talk!

  • Player of the Weekend:  Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored his first goals in over 5 months and in the process probably secured his team Bundesliga football next year. Good time to end a drought!

Here is this weeks Table, see you Thursday for the next round of predictions!

Mark Dannell
Fan of most sports first and foremost, Tottenham fan born and raised. Currently living in Germany and married, avid follower of the Bundesliga and closet Dortmund fan since 1997 thanks to a very enthusiastic high school German teacher! Covering the Bundesliga in detail for itsroundanditswhite.co.uk, any questions, requests for features or general information required all welcome, either by mail or Twitter (@mdannell) preferable.

Total articles: 86

Latest European Football Articles