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    Bundesliga Preview: Revierderby between Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund headlines matchday 30

    What a weekend it promises to be in the Bundesliga! While the title is already settled, there is still a lot to fight for.

    The Revierderby is no doubt the headline fixture however, do keep your eye on the relegation fight as three huge games this Saturday and Monday could have a significant impact on who stays and who goes. 

    Saturday

    Hertha Berlin vs. FC Koln

    It’s do or die time for FC Koln as their chances of survival shrink with every matchday. This time round they take on Hertha Berlin who are also out on a mission to end their horrendous five game winless run at home.

    Looking at recent history, the Cologne side don’t often return from the capital with points. In fact, Koln have picked up one win away at Hertha in eight years. However, that one win did come a couple of months ago in the German Cup.

    Prediction: FC Koln

    Hoffenheim vs. Hamburger SV

    Hamburg have been the only side to take part in every Bundesliga season since the league was created in 1963. However, that historic run could end should Christian Titz’s side fail to bridge that 5 point gap to Mainz and avoid relegation.

    Last weekend’s shock 3-2 win over Schalke has given fans hope however, this weekend they are taking on Hoffenheim who haven’t lost a game in six.

    Prediction: Draw

    Bayer Leverkusen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

    With the exception of the Revierderby, this is the next big game of the weekend. Champions League football will be on the line as two points currently separate fourth placed Leverkusen and fifth Eintracht Frankfurt.

    All eyes will be on Niko Kovac following the announcement that he will be the next manager of Bayern Munich. Frankfurt were less than pleased with the news and it will be interesting to see whether this has an effect on their performance.

    Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen

    Stuttgart vs. Hannover

    This promises to be an interesting battle between two of the sides who were promoted last season. Hannover got off to a better start on their return to the Bundesliga but recently, positive results have been hard to come by.

    Stuttgart have been the complete opposite. First few months showed that the team was strong at home but hopeless away. Things changed and now it is Stuttgart who are racking up wins and pushing themselves up that Bundesliga table.

    Prediction: Stuttgart

    Bayern Munich vs. Monchengladbach

    Legendary manager Jupp Heynckes will be leaving the Munich club following the announcement that Niko Kovac is set to become the new man in charge. However, the Bayern great will want to leave his post in style.

    With the title already in the bag, don’t be surprised to see some new faces enter the frame. Gladbach will no doubt want to take advantage of this and pick up their second successive win over Bayern.

    Prediction: Borussia Monchengladbach

    Sunday

    Schalke vs. Borussia Dortmund

    The Revierderby is the headline fixture of this weekend as old rivals Schalke and Dortmund go head to head. While the race for the title is well and truly over, the battle for Champions League places is fiercer than ever and it should add more spice to this already highly anticipated fixture.

    Last time these sides met they produced one of the games of the season as Schalke fought back from 4-0 down to earn a point at the Signal Iduna Park. In fact, four successive clashes have ended as a draw. The Revierderby hasn’t seen a winner since 2015 when Dortmund won 3-2.

    Prediction: Draw

    Werder Bremen vs. RB Leipzig

    It’s been a bad week for Leipzig who in two games have managed to crash out of the Europa League, crash out of the top four in the Bundesliga and concede nine goals in the process.

    Meanwhile, Werder Bremen followed up their three game win streak with a 2-1 defeat to Hannover. That good run has lifted them to 12th in the table and safety is pretty much guaranteed as no one has ever been relegated with a tally of 36 points.

    Prediction: RB Leipzig

    Monday

    Mainz vs. Freiburg

    The dreaded Monday night football returns to Germany and it could not be any bigger. Mainz take on Freiburg in a game which could be huge in the context of relegation.

    Freiburg’s nine game unbeaten run came to an end in February and it seemed the team had got themselves out of trouble. However, their recent form which has seen them lose four out of five games once again puts them in a precarious position.

    Mainz, currently in a relegation play-off position, are three points away from Freiburg. They have won two games in 17 and desperately need points in the final stages of this season.

    Prediction: Mainz

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