This week German Bundesliga had reached the match week 28. Title race is still heated up and VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern München were the winner last week. The relegation seemed unclear besides Karlsruher SC seemed very likely to see them in 2.Bundesliga next season. Now here's the tipping:
Schalke 04 (7th) vs Energie Cottbus (17th) - Friday: Schalke recently picked up the winning form and recorded the 2 wins in a row. Kevin Kuranyi and Jefferson Farfan did very hard last week and results paid it off. They need to keep working hard as this is the moment they have to prove themselves. Schalke still has a glimmer of hope for qualifying for European competition so I believe they will work very hard. Heiko Westermann is the key in defense and his performance will affect the outcome directly besides Kuranyi and Farfan. On the other hand, Cottbus claimed the important 3 points last week. The Bulgarian duo, Dimitar Rangelov and Stanislav Angelov are very important players as they are the only players who are able to score goals. However, when facing the top class defense from Schalke, it seems they do not have any chance to create some miracle. I believe Schalke will continue the winning streak and Cottbus needs to work harder since then.
Last matchup: Schalke 04 win 2-0
My tip: Schalke 04 win 2-0
Arminia Bielefeld (15th) vs Bayern München (2nd) - Saturday: Arminia Bielefeld had lost a very important relegation match last week and they were pulled back to 15th of the table, which means still in great danger. Arthur Wichniarek is still in a very cold streak and his form did drag the team down. The other players could not relieve him as usual and I do believe this match is very hard for them to score goals even the defense of Bayern München is fragile this season. On the other side, Bayern München started to climb back to the normal form after the dragful week. The big victory against Eintract Frankfurt did give them a confidence back to defend the title, even though it was not enough to turn things around in Champions League. Franck Ribery seemed he gained back his fitness now, so he is a huge threat in Bielefeld defense. As Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski were rested in Tuesday, I believe they have much fitness to win the game easily.
Last matchup: Bayern München win 3-1
My tip: Bayern München win 3-0
1. FC Köln (11th) vs VfB Stuttgart (5th) - Saturday: It is very hard to predict Köln now as they do not have any threats on the relegation but they are too far from qualifying for European compeition. So, we can predict their performance through the home and away game record. Maybe the playing style of home games is hard to adept for the team, they are now 3rd from the bottom in home form. Captain Milivoje Novakovic seems he does not have any support from the midfiled so this is why they cannot get any result if they are on the ball. On the other hand, Stuttgart is still chasing the miracle for winning the title with 6 points trailing. Mario Gomez and Thomas Hitzlsperger are very important in the team and their attacks will lead them to win. However, the injury of Sami Khedira did affect the team on controlling the midfield. I believe this match Stuttgart will have upper hand and they will win another game to keep the title hope.
Last matchup: Köln win 3-1
My tip: Stuttgart win 3-1
VfL Wolfsburg (1st) vs Bayer Leverkusen (9th) - Saturday: Wolfsburg is still in very hot streak as they extend the winning streak to 9 games after the victory last week. Edin Dzeko and Grafite seem unstoppable in scoring goals. Especially at home, their performance was so good that even Bayern München could not find any chances to win. Zvjezdan Misimovic is the key player in this match as his creation can assist the scoring duo score goals easily. On the other hand, Leverkusen still in the cold streak and they are getting further away to qualifying for European competition. They must come up some result this week in order to keep the slim hope on the top 5 finish. Partick Helmes cannot maintain the good form recently, as well as the cold streak from Stefan Kießling, the attacking seems powerless at the moment. Even the matchup is epic but the result will be very clear, which is Wolfsburg will win this game.
Last matchup: Leverkusen win 2-0
My tip: Wolfsburg win 3-0
Eintract Frankfurt (12th) vs Borussia Mönchengladbach (16th) - Saturday: Frankfurt had suffered the huge setback as they had lost Bayern 4-0 last week. They seemed they started to relax in the league as the table showed that they still had room to breath, even it was only 6 points ahead. This week they may perform better after getting back home as they are quite confident at the home court performance. On the other hand, Gladbach failed to finish the game and lost against Wolfsburg in the end. Alexander Baumjohann and Marko Marin are very important duo as their runs and creations can bring a lot of varieties in the team. I believe they need to improve the team finishing as Rob Friend and Roberto Colautti always fail to score goals. The key point of the game is how well they finish the game.
Last matchup: Frankfurt win 2-1
My tip: Match draw 1-1
Karlsruher SC (18th) vs 1899 Hoffenheim (6th) - Saturday: Both teams are having a great trouble and need to improve the performance now. Karlsruher continue their non-scoring streak to 9 games, which is 810 minutes. This is so embarassing that non of the striker can convert the attacks into goal. Now the hope of avoid relegation is getting slim now so they need to score goal desperately. On the other hand, Hoffenheim slowly keep falling down and they extend the non-winning streak to 9 games. The main issue is Vedad Ibisevic, his absence makes the team lose the scoring point. Also, Chinedu Obasi fail to keep impressing the fans so that the team lost all the power of attacks. Carlos Eduardo is suspended so it will hurt the team more. Hoffenheim only hopes if Timo Hildebrand can play this match as Daniel Haas was sent off last week and he is suspended as well. I believe the key of this match will be if Hoffenheim can score goals quickly. This is their great chance to turn things around to keep the European qualification hope alive.
Last matchup: Hoffenheim win 4-1
My tip: Hoffenheim win 2-0
VfL Bochum (14th) vs Borussia Dortmund (8th) - Saturday: Bochum did an amazing job as they beated Hoffenheim comprehensively. Stanislav Sestak did very well as he made a hat-trick in that game. He will be very important of the team as Diego Klimowicz is absent at the moment. Mimoun Azaouagh will be the key midfielder as he can provide the easy chances for Sestak. On the other hand, Dortmund started to gain the winning form back as they can finish the game at the moment. Alexander Frei and Nelson Valdez are improving and I believe they can bring threats to the opposition. The key of this game is either of them can finish the attack better than the other.
Last matchup: Match draw 1-1
My tip: Match draw 1-1
Hertha Berlin (4th) vs Werder Bremen (10th) - Sunday: After the 3 games losing streak, Hertha Berlin started to fade out the title race. They must win this game in order to keep some hope. However, the worse is Andrei Voronin is suspended after the silly sent off last week. It did affect the team as he at the moment is an only player who can guarantee the scoring. Marko Pantelic will have the big game now as he is supposed the player who can take over the absent place of Voronin. Meanwhile, as Werder Bremen focus on the European competition and the DFB Pokal, they failed to win against Bayer Leverkusen last week. Diego was absent last week and this week he is still doubtful. Plus their fitness is questionable after the finish the European matches against Italy's Udinese. I believe this will be a draw game as Hertha Berlin lose a striker and Werder Bremen had lost the focus on Bundesliga.
Last matchup: Werder Bremen win 5-1
My tip: Match draw 1-1
Hamburger SV (3rd) vs Hannover 96 (13th) - Sunday: Hamburger last week was so close to snatch a draw against Stuttgart as they only lost a game in injury time. Ivica Olic, Jose Paolo Guerrero, and Mladen Petric are fit so I believe the match in Europe will not affect them too much. It is doubtful, however, if Piotr Trochowski is fit enough to play after the European match. I believe the strikers will be very important to lead the team to win. On the other side, Hannover did an excellent job to beat Hertha Berlin last week, but only in home court. When they go away from home, they do not know to play football at all. They only able to snatch 2 points out of all away games. So this match against they have a very hard time at Hamburg. This match Hamburger can win easily and just see how long Hannover can hang on.
Last matchup: Hannover win 3-0
My tip: Hamburger win 3-0
So that's all of this week! Have a good football weekend!