German Bundesliga had reached the second last round of the season. All the title contenders cancelled each other out as they all won their matches. This week is the most important week of all teams as the title contenders need to get the advantage to their final week and the relegation teams need to get their last chances to get survive. Also, please noted that all matches now will be played at Saturday 3:30pm local time. Now here's this week's tipping:
1899 Hoffenheim (7th) vs Bayern München (2nd): Hoffenheim is now in 2-game winning streak after the long lasted non-winning streak. Demba Ba and Sejad Salihovic are now back in top form so this is a threat to Bayern München. Also, Carlos Eduardo is back in action this week so those 2 players mentioned will have better supply from the midfield. Hoffenheim need to get these 3 points as they need to get the 6th place in order to participate in the European competition next season. Speaking to get all 3 points, Bayern München must get these 3 points desperately in order to defend their hard earned title. Franck Ribery and Lukas Podolski are in hot form. Their counter attacking speed will bring lots of threats to Hoffenheim. Lucio was a right back last match so I believe he will keep that position. Miroslav Klose is back in action so I believe he can relieve Luca Toni. This match Bayern München will have a slight advantage even they are away from home. This is because Hoffenheim is not that shape anymore even though they won last 2 matches.
Last matchup: Bayern München win 2-1
My tip: Bayern München win 2-0
Hertha Berlin (3rd) vs Schalke 04 (8th): Hertha Berlin had won the important match this midweek and keep the title hope alive. Marko Pantelic is in top form again, his form is very important for the final push of the league. Together with Andrei Voronin, I believe this scoring duo will get lots of threats to the opposition. Cicero is the other midfielder who is fit and bring threat to the opposition as well, so I believe Schalke will have a hard time on dealing with them. On the other hand, Schalke had recorded 3 loss in a row and they must pick up the pace and win the game in order to protect their European qualification. Jefferson Farfan was so unreliable and Kevin Kuranyi was so unlucky in these 3 weeks so Ivan Ratikic is the only player who can trust in attack. Heiko Westermann and Benedikt Höwedes will be the key person in this match as Schalke must have the solid defense against Hertha Berlin. Hertha Berlin will win this match as they have home court advantage and better in form.
Last matchup: Schalke 04 win 1-0
My tip: Hertha Berlin win 3-1
Hannover 96 (11th) vs VfL Wolfsburg (1st): Even though Hannover do not have anything to fight for, they are still in top form. Their away form had improved drastically that they took all 6 points in recent 2 matches. However, still, their excellent home court performance is their reason to lead them to be safe in the league. Jacek Krzynowek and Mike Hanke are very fit so far so I believe they can score goals against Wolfsburg. On the other hand, Wolfsburg recently is not too stable in form as they won Borussia Dortmund 3-0 after they lost to Stuttgart 4-1. This week they are away from home so that their performance will be affected significantly. Eden Dzeko and Grafite keep the good form, with the excellent supply from Zvjezden Misimovic. I believe Hannover can snatch a draw as they are very good at home.
Last matchup: VfL Wolfsburg win 2-1
My tip: Match draw 2-2
Werder Bremen (10th) vs Karlsruher SC (18th): Werder Bremen even only enjoyed themselves in the league, they are still in red hot form, especially after beating Eintract Frankfurt 5-0. Diego will continue to claim to be "injured" and will be rested, but Mesut Özil can relieve his job effectively. In order to prepare the UEFA Cup final in the coming Wednesday, I believe some of the players will be rested as well. However, it will not affect their chance to victory as they are only facing Karlsurher. Karlsruher now are basically relegated after they lost to Hannover 3-2. They only have the mathematical hope to avoid from relegation. All they have to do now is praying for miracle. I believe Werder Bremen will win this match easily and Karlsruher can kiss the Bundesliga goodbye.
Last matchup: Karlsruher SC win 1-0
My tip: Werder Bremen win 4-0
VfB Stuttgart (4th) vs Energie Cottbus (17th): VfB Stuttgart had a very good run still. They are one of the serious contenders to win the title. Mario Gomez did not play this Wednesday due to minor injury so I believe he is fit enough in this match. Cacau proved himself he can stand up and relieve Gomez after scored a wonderful goal this Wednesday. Thomas Hitzlsperger and Sami Khedira are the most important midfielders as their through balls and long shots are really threatening that Energie Cottbus is hard to stop. On the other hand, Energie Cottbus had lost the important game this Wednesday and they are in deep trouble in relegation now. I believe their morale is lowered and this match is very hard for them. All they have to do is stop allowing any goals as long as they can, so Gerald Tremmel is the most important player in the match. I believe Stuttgart will win this one and Cottbus need to fight at the last round of the league.
Last matchup: VfB Stuttgart win 3-0
My tip: VfB Stuttgart win 3-0
Borussia Dortmund (6th) vs Arminia Bielefeld (16th): Borussia Dortmund had lost the first game in last 8 matches. I do not believe their morality will be affected significantly as they are in a good position in qualifying in Europe. Kevin-Prince Boateng is suspended this week and there is some effects on the right flank. However, the real important players should be Alexander Frei and Nelson Valdez still. On the other hand, Bielefeld is still in cold streak and even they are very tough recently, they had failed for win a game 8 times. Vlad Munteanu is the most important player in the team but he does too much work and even Arthur Wichniarek cannot help him. I believe Dortmund will win this one to continue the great streak and in the end they will qualifying for Europe.
Last matchup: Match draw 0-0
My tip: Borussia Dortmund win 3-0
Bayer Leverkusen (9th) vs Borussia Mönchengladbach (14th): Bayer Leverkusen is again in the very cold streak in the league but they seem they do not care as they have to prepare for the DFB Pokal final. Patrick Helmes failed to create any threat last match but Renato Augusto did. Their defense was quite fragile and Rene Adler did lots of works to stop allowing goals this Tuesday still concede three goals. Meanwhile, they failed to win a single home game since they called LTU Arena home in the remaining of the season. So I believe it is very hard to win a game this time as Gladbach is very hot in form. Gladbach had won 2 matches and claimed the most important 6 points. They have a bright future on avoiding relegation now and I believe they will put a full gear to win this game. Alexander Baumjohann is very important to the team as his through balls are really good. I believe Baumjohann will be the key player in this match and with his assistance, Gladbach will win this match and be the first team to be out of relegation trouble.
Last matchup: Bayer Leverkusen win 3-1
My tip: Borussia Mönchengladbach win 3-1
Hamburger SV (5th) vs 1. FC Köln (12th): Hamburger finally won a match to boost their moral and kept a slim title hope in the remaining 2 matches. However, I believe they will keep the European qualification as their primary target rather than winning a title as they are 5 points behind Wolfsburg. Jose Paolo Guerrero is currently very fit so I believe he is very important in this match. Marcell Jansen is also important as he can bring lots of threats in the left flank. On the other hand, Köln is pretty relaxed in the remaining matches as they are very safe in 12th position. So I believe there is nothing much to fight for and they will not fight in the full gear. Based on the determination and the interest at stake, I believe Hamburger will win this match easily.
Last matchup: Hamburger SV win 2-1
My tip: Hamburger SV win 3-0
VfL Bochum (15th) vs Eintract Frankfurt (13th): Bochum had recorded 5 matches losing streak and they are back into the relegation trouble. Players could not create chances to score goals was the real reason to explain their failure in recent 5 weeks. Christoph Dabrowski even can stop the attack well, he cannot create the play well. Mimoun Azaouagh and Shinji Ono will be the players who create plays, but the recent form cannot prove they can. So this is a very hard match for them to win a game. However, they are lucky that Frankfurt do not have much to fight for. They only 1 point to get away from the relegation trouble. Frankfurt had lost 5-0 this Wednesday and hurt the team pretty much. Patrick Ochs is suspended this match so the right flank may have some problem. I believe they will cancel each other out this match and record a draw as both teams fail to find anything effective to win.
Last matchup: Eintract Frankfurt win 4-0
My tip: Match draw 1-1
So this is my tipping and the preview! Hope the Bundesliga will be that intense until the last moment this season!