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Augsburg take the spoils in the "Schwaben Derby" as Werder move a step closer to safety

Tuesday 19th April 2016
An awful weekend for Borussia Mönchengladbach who not only slip up against Hannover but see Leverkusen stretch away. Week 30 in the Bundesliga, here is your wrap up by Mark Dannell

Hannover 96 vs Borussia Mönchengladbach – 2:0

An awful performance in the Friday night game by BMG. Against a team who had failed to win since the 14th(!!!) game week, they allowed themselves to be dominated from start to finish. Goals from Waldemar Anton and Artur Sobiech deservedly sealed the points for Hannover who still cling to life in this division, and ruined bets across the land for the 2nd week in a row!

The change interim trainer Daniel Stendel has affected on Hannover in just 2 weeks is nothing short of remarkable and the top brass must be kicking themselves they didn't get rid of Thomas Schaaf sooner. With just 4 games to go the gap is however still 10 points to the relegation playoff and an away fixture against Bayern on the final day of the season coupled with the fact they realistically have to win every game means we can probably write them off now. I would not be surprised to see Stendel given the chance to bring them back up next year if he can gain a few more points before the end of the season.

As for Mönchengladbach… I tipped them 2 weeks ago for the final Champions League spot and now look really rather silly. Their shocking return of just 11 points from 15 games on the road is wholly to blame for this predicament. If Andre Schubert wants to hang on to his job next season he is going to have to find a remedy for their travel woes.

Prediction–  Away Win- WRONG!

SV Werder Bremen vs VfL Wolfsburg – 3:2

Claudio Pizarro finally became the sole record holder for Bundesliga goals for Werder as they maintained the 10 point gap over the automatic relegation places in a crucial home win.

For Wolfsburg the 6 point gap to the European spots was their main focus, especially with BMG losing on Friday night but although Guilavogui equalized, further goals from Bartels and Yatabare put the result beyond doubt.

Bas Dost did pull a goal back shortly before the end but it was nothing more than a consolation for Wolfsburg and the gap remains. I have been consistently amazed that Dieter Hecking is not attracting more scrutiny as this Wolfsburg team are much better than this. Perhaps now their Champions League adventure is over that will now intensify, especially if the gap cannot be closed and they end up without European football next year.

Werder should now be assured of at least the playoff place and with Stuttgart struggling they might not even need that!

Prediction–  Away Win- WRONG!

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt – 3:0

At least I managed to get my Weekend banker correct in a generally horrible weekend of tips. Leverkusen strolled to a comfortable win against Frankfurt who showed a lot of effort but a lack of quality. They will be praying that Alex Meier can somehow get himself fit for the end of the season.

Leverkusen took some time to break down Frankfurt but once Kevin Kampl had opened the scoring shortly after arriving as a substitute in the 70th minute, Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi were able to finish it off.

I won't curse them by saying they are nailed on for at least 4th now… I'll say they finish 3rd!

Prediction– Home Win, WEEKEND BANKER- Correct!

FC Augsburg vs VfB Stuttgart – 1:0

A typically weak display on the road by Stuttgart led to a 7th straight defeat in the “Schwaben Derby”. Alfred Finnbogason has more than repaid his winter transfer fee with his 5th goal in just his 10th appearance and Augsburg now move level on points with Stuttgart.

Both teams need at least one more win to be absolutely sure of staying up and Stuttgart's away fixture at Bremen in GW32 is looking like a real nail biter now.

The game itself was predictably scrappy and settled after a 2nd mistake in 2 weeks by Stuttgart's Georg Niedermaier. An own goal last week and allowing the ball to slip under his foot in the area in the 36th minute for Finnbogason's winner, he might just find himself on the bench next week.

Prediction–  Draw- WRONG!

SV Darmstadt 98 vs FC Ingolstadt 04 – 2:0

Gah!, Ingolstadt are frustrating. A meek surrender on the road this week that looked suspiciously like they might have their minds on their summer holidays already. Darmstadt were well worth their win in all fairness, goals from Rausch and “Super” Sandro Wagner sealed not just the points but most probably their participation in the Bundesliga next year.

Overall hats off to both teams for their displays in the Bundesliga this year, it will certainly be interesting to see if they can repeat them next time around.

Prediction–  Draw- WRONG!

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs Hertha BSC – 2:1

Well dropped points and the 3rd defeat in a row for Hertha. The wheels are falling off at just the wrong time for the capital club. Julian Nagelsmann the Hoffenheim trainer should probably have a go at walking on water sooner rather than later. Quite honestly I am running out of platitudes for the young manager!

Hertha dominated the first half and took the lead through Niklas Stark. However TSG were able to equalize before half-time through Fabian Schär and that was to prove decisive as they came out for the 2nd half full of confidence. Mark Uth secured the points in the 85th minute.

Prediction–  Draw- WRONG!

FC Bayern vs Schalke 04 – 3:0

At least another week to wait for the title party for FC Bayern. They had to wait for the 2nd half for the breakthrough as Schalke defended resolutely but Lewandowski scored two and Arturo Vidal was forgiven for his histrionics the week before and scored the other.

The game was much like most other Bayern games this year, massive possession, but few ideas of how to break down a stubborn 5-man defence. As usual, the pressure eventually told, the result never in doubt once Lewandowski broke his 4 game duck streak.

Prediction–  Home Win- Correct!

Borussia Dortmund vs Hamburger SV – 3:0
Dortmund managed to put their disappointing Europa League exit behind them and extend the title race a bit longer. Hamburg were as expected chanceless, even against a heavily rotated BVB. Christian Pulisic, at just 17 years old opened the scoring and Adrian Ramos added 2 either side of Rene Adler's red card for bringing down Kagawa. Hamburg now have a crucial home derby next week on Friday night against Werder and they will not have a better chance to open some daylight with Bremen in Cup action in midweek against Bayern.

Prediction–  Home Win- Correct!

Mainz 05 vs 1. FC Köln – 2:3

Shocker of the weekend as Köln put away the flip flops for a short trip to Mainz and left with all 3 points! Any lingering relegation worries were also settled and astonishingly Köln came back from 2:0 down to win this one.

Mainz started well and took the lead early through Jhon Cordoba. After pointing him out in the preview for this week's action it was surprising to see Yunus Malli miss a gilt-edged chance to extend the lead to 2 just before half-time. It looked like that would not matter in the 49th minute as Balogun did extend the lead but then the comeback began.

Risse and Jojic scored the goals to equalize and Anthony Modeste finally broke his goal drought of over 500 minutes in the 82nd minute to secure all three points.

Prediction–  Home Win- WRONG!

  • A new low of 3/9 predictions. Think I got a bit carried away with that 7/9 a few weeks back!. Betting was awful, Accumulator ruined before it started by BMG's Friday night horror show and Ingolstadt's meek surrender meant my Sunday was spent with tap water and Super Noodles.

  • Team of the Weekend: Superb comeback from Köln this weekend earns them the award. Run a close second by Hannover's display against Mönchengladbach but they are playing as dead men walking so no pressure

  • Player of the Weekend:  Robert Lewandowski's double lifts him to 27 goals for the season and 4 clear of Aubameyang. I think this little competition might be over now!

Here is the updated table, next weekend's preview will be with you on Friday!

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.

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