German Bundesliga had reached 30th week of the competition. VfL Wolfsburg missed the wonderful chance to extend their lead into 5 points at the top of the table as they lost to Energie Cottbus. Furthermore, it led the title race still wide open as the 5th placed VfB Stuttgart still has a chance to win the title. Now here's the tipping of this week:
VfL Bochum (14th) vs Hannover 96 (13th) - Friday: Bochum last week missed another wonderful chance to get off from the relegation threat as they lost 3-2 against Werder Bremen when they were 2-0 up. Stanislav Sestak is currently in the red hot form as he scored 5 goals in last 2 games. He is just in time to save the team but the defense needs to cooperate in order to protect his effort. Concentration is the key of them as they need to focus and finish the game. On the other hand, Hannover even is in 13th position but they are 7 points from the relegation zone and they have some breathing space. Hannover failed to impress away from home so even they won last week, it is very hard to say they can carry on the form as they are being cursed away from home. This is very hard for Hannover to snatch a point against Bochum even as they only scored 2 game points in all away matches.
Last matchup: Match draw 1-1
My tip: VfL Bochum win 2-0
Arminia Bielefeld (16th) vs VfB Stuttgart (4th) - Saturday: Bielefeld last week had a tight match and led to a draw. Even there was a draw, it was not good enough for them to get off from the relegation zone and they actually dropped to 16th. Arthur Wichniarek is rated doubtful this match so it really hurts the team further as they are very weak in attacking. Vlad Munteanu is very important now as he needs to score goals as well as creating attacking if Wichniarek is absent. On the other hand, Stuttgart is in red hot form. It seems there is nobody to stop them since the arrival of Markus Babbel. Mario Gomez and Cacau are in red hot form so I believe they can keep scoring goals this week. I believe this is an one-sided match and Stuttgart should not have any problem to claim this victory.
Last matchup: Match draw 0-0
My tip: VfB Stuttgart win 3-0
Schalke 04 (6th) vs Bayer Leverkusen (9th) - Saturday: Schalke now in an excellent form and recorded a 4 wins in a row without conceding a single goal after beating Bayern München 1-0 last week. The defense looks very solid, leading by Mladen Krstajic. They are very good to defend from the flanks and from the air so that there is no one to able to score a goal against them. This is a great test for Leverkusen as they are in cold streak in the league. Leverkusen at the same time, Patrick Helmes and Stefan Kießling are in the cold streak so the scoring job now goes to Toni Kroos and Simon Rolfes. Meanwhile, they may now focus on the DFB Pokal Final as it seems they do not have chance to qualify for European competition through the league, so Cup match is their only option now. Consequently, I believe Schalke will win this one with clean sheet again.
Last matchup: Bayer Leverkusen win 2-1
My tip: Schalke 04 win 2-0
Eintract Frankfurt (11th) vs Borussia Dortmund (7th) - Saturday: Fankfurt basically are safe from relegation so they can relax and enjoy the remaining 5 weeks of the match. Of course, they must not let loose, all the need to do is to keep the form and they can be through. Martin Fenin is still doubtful to play this week and I believe captain Ioannis Amanatidis will be the player who lead the team to win. Dortmund on the other hand, they recorded 4 wins in a row so I believe they can carry on. Alexander Frei and Nelson Valdez keep the good form and bring threats to the opposition, together with the midfield protection from Sebastian Kehl, the team looks very good and solid now. I believe Dortmund will be able to take this one in order to keep hunting the European competition qualification.
Last matchup: Borussia Dortmund win 4-0
My tip: Borussia Dortmund win 2-0
Karlsruher SC (18th) vs Energie Cottbus (15th) - Saturday: This is the most important match in terms of the relegation fight, epsecially both teams claimed the important 3 points last week. Karlsruher finally was able to score goals and win game. This was a morale boosting match as they kept trying and losing for 10 games already. I believe their morality will be their key of the match and they must keep it in order to win. Speaking to morality, Energie Cottbus was encouraged a lot after beating VfL Wolfburg 2-0 last Sunday. Dimitar Rangelov and Ervin Skela were the players who lead the team into victory. I believe they will keep this form and threat to the opposition. Morality is the only key to success, the team who can keep it, the team who can win it.
Last matchup: Energie Cottbus win 1-0
My tip: Match draw 2-2
Bayern München (3rd) vs Borussia Mönchengladbach (17th) - Saturday: After the loss against Schalke 04, Bayern München finally lost their patience and sacked Jürgen Klinsmann and replaced by Jupp Heynckes as their caretaking coach. I believe Heynckes cannot do a lot to the team as there are so few days to go to this match as well as preparing to finish this season. A must win game is for sure, it is really depending on the players ability, especially Franck Ribery will serve the match ban after the sent off last week. On the other hand, Gladbach failed to win the game last week and led them to further dropped to 17th. The relegation fight is in trouble now, especially when they are facing a must win Bayern. I believe counter attack from Marko Marin and Alexander Baumjohann will be the only key to lead Gladbach to have another upset to Bayern.
Last matchup: Match draw 2-2
My tip: Bayern München win 3-0
VfL Wolfsburg (1st) vs 1899 Hoffenheim (8th) - Saturday: Wolfsburg missed a wonderful chance to extend the lead after losing to Cottbus 2-0 and failed to break a record, which was 11 wins in a row. This blow to them is still doubtful because they are still in a red hot form, the loss of last week seemed like the little break. Eden Dzeko and Grafite will still keep threatening to Hoffenheim as their defense is very inconsistent. Hoffenheim now extend their non-winning streak to 11 games. This week Carlos Eduardo will continue to serve the match ban, plus Demba Ba is in the cold streak. So I believe Wolfsburg will keep the red hot form and win this match.
Last matchup: 1899 Hoffenheim win 3-2
My tip: VfL Wolfsburg win 3-0
1. FC Köln (12th) vs Werder Bremen (10th) - Sunday: Köln last week had lost against Hannover 96 and led to 2 loss in a row. I believe they are still safe from relegation as they have 7 points from relegation zone and there are 4 teams behind them. I believe they are starting to get relaxed now and they will not take a full gear in this match. Same as Werder Bremen, as they have to focus on the epic Northern Derby in UEFA Cup, I do not believe they will take full gear in this match. Diego may rest in this match for next Thursday match and the team will lose the focus point of the attack. Hugo Almeida will be the most important in attack and Naldo will take the important job in defense. However, based on their better quality and poor home form from the opposition, I believe Werder Bremen can win this match.
Last matchup: Werder Bremen win 3-1
My tip: Werder Bremen win 3-0
Hamburger SV (5th) vs Hertha Berlin (2nd) - Sunday: Hamburger seemed they were losing their grib in the title race as players fatigue started hitting the team. They may focus on the UEFA Cup match and I believe they may keep some energy in this match, even though this match will affect their title challenge directly. Piotr Trochowksi may not appear in this match and one of the strikers, who are Ivica Olic, Mlaten Petric, and Jose Paolo Guerrero will miss out the game. At the same time, Hertha Berlin still won a game without Andrei Voronin as he served his suspension. This week he still needs to serve the ban and Marko Pantelic will be most important striker in the team. I believe this match is very even and no one can win this match, which means a draw is expected.
Last matchup: Hertha Berlin win 2-1
My tip: Match draw 1-1
So that's it for this week!