Unlike most of the other leagues in Europe, German Bundesliga follows a different system for relegation. The bottom two teams are automatically relegated while the 16th placed team plays a relegation play-off match over two legs with the third placed team in second Bundesliga. The fact that there is nothing guaranteed yet makes the next two rounds extremely interesting.
After 32 rounds of matches, VfB Stuttgart are at the bottom of the Bundesliga with 30 points. Paderborn, Hannover 96 and Freiburg are locked at 31 points each with just goal difference separating them. Nevertheless, with the 13th placed Hertha Berlin on 34 points, it is only 3 points that separate 13th and 17th positions.
Stuttgart has matches against Hamburger SV and Paderborn in the last two rounds. Both these are potential six pointers with all three teams in danger of relegation. Paderborn’s fixtures aren’t any better with Schalke being their other opponent. Schalke are in the middle of a fight to stay in European qualification places which makes it at least as difficult for Paderborn as Stuttgart. Bet365 offers odds of 1,83 for last placed Stuttgart to relegate while the offer for higher ranked Paderborn is 1,62.
Hannover 96 who are currently in 16th position face Augsburg and Freiburg in the last two rounds. Augsburg are trying to keep their push for Europa League going while Freiburg have the same points as Hannover but with a better goal difference. Freiburg’s other game is against winners Bayern Munich who may not present a window of opportunity even if they crash out of Champions League. Bet365 offers odds of 2,38 on Hannover to get relegated while the odds for Freiburg are the lowest at 1,57.
Hamburger SV have games against Stuttgart and Schalke, both can turn out to be equally tricky. That leaves us with Hertha Berlin who may consider themselves a little lucky. Hertha’s next rounds of fixtures are against Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim. Both these teams are currently in the mid table with nothing significant to gain or lose. Bet365 offers the odds of 34,00 for Hertha Berlin to relegate and odds of 2,50 for Hamburg to move to the second Bundesliga.
There is everything to gain and lose for the six teams trying not to get relegated or face a relegation play-off. The next two rounds will turn out to be interesting with everything to play for. You can make the best of our advice through our betting tips and betting strategies.