Even though most of the desired positions within the top half of the Bundesliga table have already been signed, sealed and delivered, the final day of German football fixtures still promises its share of drama, with relegation battles stealing the spotlight of the weekend.
Enjoy a closer look at some of the best German football on offer this week as teams fight for their last chance to collect three points.
For the ninth season in a row, Bayern Munich have ended their league campaign on the top of the Bundesliga table. Hans-Dieter Flick’s champions once again made it into German history by claiming the club’s 30th title – 25 more than any other team in the country.
Although things looked uncomfortable for a few moments throughout the year, with RB Leipzig challenging for a lot of the 20/21 Bundesliga season, Bayern Munich were able to regroup and quell the outside threat, going into the last fixture of the season 10 points above their rivals.
Robert Lewandowski’s individual contribution to Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga campaign cannot go unnoticed. The Polish striker scored a jaw-dropping 40 goals in the 28 league games he played in and helped out with an additional seven assists.
Undoubtedly keen to make an impression before the Euro 2020 (2021) tournament, Robert Lewandowski is measured at 2/9 (1.22) to score against FC Augsburg this Saturday, with Bayern Munich at 3/20 (1.15) to seal their season off with a win.
BUNDESLIGA: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
The Bundesliga season started quite well for RB Leipzig. Never more than a few points away from Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig were responsible for keeping the pressure on the champions-to-be, challenging them until quite late in the season.
While it was a season filled with clear progression by Die Roten Bullen, many fans of the club will feel like a lot of hard work has gone to waste. On the one hand, RB Leipzig managed to secure another season with Champions League football. On the other hand, however, this side were well-beaten in the DFB-Pokal Final by Borussia Dortmund (4-1) and will lose key players such as Dayot Upamecano and manager Julian Nagelsmann to Bayern Munich next season.
A fantastic run of six straight wins in the league have rocketed Borussia Dortmund up the table and into a safe-ish third place come the end of the season this weekend.
Although things have not worked out exactly how they might have wanted, BVB have arguably enjoyed a better season than the team which will finish above them on the table. Securing Champions League football was – and always will be – the expectation for Borussia Dortmund. Still, the added bonus of getting their hands on a DFB-Pokal trophy will not go amiss.
With the possibility of losing their third-place position to Wolfsburg – who are equal on points, Borussia Dortmund must finish off their season with another win in the bag. At 3/2 (1.67) to win, BVB play host to Bayer Leverkusen, with their talisman Erling Haaland at 3/10 (1.30) to score what could be his last goal for Dortmund.
VfL Wolfsburg have made significant progress throughout the season. After finishing seventh last year, Die Wölfe have managed to score an additional 12 points throughout this season while keeping themselves in contention for a Champions League spot.
Level on points with Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg sport a slightly lower goal difference of +25 (to BVB’s +27). With slim margins separating them for a higher spot on the table, Oliver Glasner will be pushing his favoured Wolfsburg team at 7/10 (1.70) to beat FSV Mainz 05 on the last day of the season and possibly steal third place from right under BVB’s nose.
BUNDESLIGA: EUROPA LEAGUE
Eintracht Frankfurt have also seen a massive improvement from last year’s ninth-place finish. Despite their inability to challenge the top four teams for a Champions League spot, Adi Hütter has ensured his side will see some form of European football next season with a guaranteed place in the Europa League.
Much of the plaudits Eintracht Frankfurt have gathered can be attributed to Andre Silva. The Portuguese striker has proven to be clinically effective in front of goal, netting 27 goals in just 31 Bundesliga appearances throughout the season.
It’s squeaky-bum time in the Bundesliga for teams around the relegation zone this weekend.
At 31 points and with the chance to be in the Bundesliga next season, SV Werder Bremen at 14/9 (2.55) to win, must beat Borussia Monchengladbach at 14/9 (2.55), and hope that DSC Arminia Bielefeld at 17/10 2.70) drop points against VfB Stuttgart at 13/9 (2.45).
FC Koln also have a slim chance to escape the grasp of the 2. Bundesliga. A win at 3/8 (2.55) against an already relegated FC Schalke 04 side at 29/4 (8.25) could see FC Koln surpass their rivals and finish in the safe zone – should other results also go their way.
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