football | Bundesliga: Everything you need to know about matchday 34 – the Bundesliga preview

Status: 05/12/2022 7:45 p.m

An oldie coach before the big coup, a goalscorer on record hunt and a tearful departure before relegation. Everything you need to know about the 34th Bundesliga matchday.

Borussia Dortmund – Hertha BSC (Saturday, 3.30 p.m.)

Duels in the Bundesliga: A clear affair for Dortmund: BVB won almost half of 69 games with 32, 19 games were lost. But: Hertha won the first leg in Berlin 3-2.

What else you should know: “Borussia Dortmund are obviously the favourites. But that doesn’t mean that the favorites always win.” Anyone who says that should know, because he’s been in professional football for longer than almost anyone else. Felix Magath has 502 games under his belt as a Bundesliga coach – and Hertha retrained from a team that could hardly be saved to a team that was almost saved in a very short time. Because the final saving point could have been reached in the previous week, but the late defeat against Mainz (and the surprisingly insufficient description of the point Stuttgart won at Bayern Munich) ensures tension until the end.

The bill for the table-15. one thing is clear: If the team gets a point or more from the runners-up, Hertha stays in the Bundesliga. In the event of a defeat, VfB Stuttgart cannot win their home game against Cologne. Magath is counting on his team not being able to without a certain amount of pressure. “There’s a lot of tension again now, but that’s tension that we need,” said the coach. And Borussia Dortmund? “There will be no gifts of any kind,” says Coach Marco Rose.

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VfL Wolfsburg – Bayern Munich (Saturday, 3.30 p.m.)

Duels in the Bundesliga: When you think of Wolfsburg versus Bayern, most people immediately think of Grafite’s stroke of genius, who duped Bayern with a heel in the 2009 Wolfsburg championship season. In fact, the record of the “Wolves” against FCB is very expandable: In 49 games there were a whopping 39 defeats, the goal difference is 40:124.

What else you should know: In the 1971/1972 season, FC Bayern Munich scored 101 goals. A record for eternity. Or not? The record champions currently have 95 points on their credit side, with six goals they could at least equal their fabulous record. Bayern have already scored six goals twice against their favorite opponent from Wolfsburg (2014 and 2017), but it is unlikely that they will be stopped. At least if you take the performances in the last two games in Mainz and against VfB Stuttgart as a benchmark.

One thing is certain: Robert Lewandowski (currently 34 goals) will be top scorer for the seventh time (Gerd Müller record set) and for the fifth time in a row (new Bundesliga record).

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Bayer Leverkusen – SC Freiburg (Saturday, 3.30 p.m.)

Duels in the Bundesliga: The guests were able to win the last two games – in the first half of the season Freiburg won 2-1, in the second half of last season as well. Overall, however, Leverkusen have the better record with 19 wins and 13 draws in 43 games.

What else you should know: Christian Streich doesn’t want to praise the day before the evening – or rather: the final table before the last day of the game. Because the latter “has often caused strange results,” Streich warned on Thursday. But it would have to be with the devil from Baden if the Breisgauer were to gamble away the Europa League. Seventh-placed 1. FC Köln is three points and nine goals behind Sport-Club.

But it is understandable that Streich wants to keep the tension high, as the sports club is also concerned with something else. A week after the end of the Bundesliga season, Freiburg play RB Leipzig in the DFB Cup final and have the chance to win their first national title. It’s also about “that you go to another highlight with positive energy,” says Streich.

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1. FC Union Berlin – VfL Bochum (Saturday, 3.30 p.m.)

Duels in the Bundesliga: There is only one game and one goal in the Bundesliga statistics between the two teams: In the first leg, Union won 1-0 in Bochum with a goal from Max Kruse, who now plays in Wolfsburg.

What else you should know: A duel between two really great coaches of the current generation: Urs Fischer managed to qualify for European business with Union Berlin for the second time in a row (whether it’s Europe or the Conference League will be decided on Matchday 34) and led the team despite the departure of Robert Andrich , Marvin Friedrich and Max Kruse into the DFB Cup semifinals. And Thomas Reis turned a stumbling second division club into the second division champion 2021 and managed to stay up in the league at Castroper Straße early on.

The game will be a special one for Union keeper Andreas Luthe. “I saw my first game in the stadium at VfL when I was 6 or 7 years old,” said Luthe. He came to VfL at the age of 14 and played for the Ruhrpott club for a total of 15 years. Luthe announced that he would not sing Herbert Grönemeyer’s anthem out loud.

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Borussia Mönchengladbach – TSG Hoffenheim (Saturday, 3.30 p.m.)

Duels in the Bundesliga: Borussia have only lost one of their last nine home games against Hoffenheim – last season they drew 2-1. Overall, the VfL record is slightly negative with seven wins and eleven draws from 27 games.

What else you should know: On his 40th birthday on Thursday (May 12), Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeneß was thoughtful. “It was a weird moment to see the 40 on the cake. It goes on – but how?” He does not mean the future of humanity in general, the climate catastrophe or the numerous military conflicts in the world. But his footballing future beyond the season. “I wish for a successful end to the season. I don’t want to see a summer kick.”

Most of those involved will probably agree. But also in Mönchengladbach, the temperatures are expected to rise again on Saturday, and the fact that a used season is ending for both teams shouldn’t exactly contribute to more risk and action. After all, Hoeneß gave all TSG employees an ice cream for his birthday.

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VfB Stuttgart – 1. FC Cologne (Saturday, 3.30 p.m.)

Duels in the Bundesliga: Only against Schalke did Cologne win more times in the Bundesliga (39 times) than against VfB (36 times). In 91 games, Stuttgart won 30 times, 25 games ended in a draw.

What else you should know: Alexander Wehrle was managing director at 1. FC Köln for nine years. He experienced promotion, relegation, relegation and the much-celebrated qualification for the Europa League 2017. He has been chairman of the board at VfB Stuttgart since March – it is now a relegation battle instead of the European Cup. In the game against his old employer, the calculation is clear: with a win of their own, VfB could still overtake Hertha and climb to 15th place – otherwise the Stuttgart team will probably have to go into relegation. “I believe in staying up. We were in a much worse position,” said Wehrle optimistically.

For the guests it is still about sixth place against the old managing director – Europa League instead of Conference League is the hope. If Cologne prevail in Stuttgart while Union Berlin misses a win against VfL Bochum, FC will still jump to sixth place. Coach Steffen Baumgart does not want to look at the competition. “Intermediate results don’t have to interest us, we have to play forward anyway.”

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FSV Mainz 05 – Eintracht Frankfurt (Saturday, 3.30 p.m.)

Duels in the Bundesliga: The balance sheet in the Rhein-Main-Derby is almost even: in 27 games, Mainz won nine times, Hessen eight times, ten times there was no winner. The goal difference of 36:35 is also evidence of the balance.

What else you should know: The biggest game for Eintracht Frankfurt in the past four decades has repercussions far beyond football: because of the Europa League final next Wednesday, the city’s registry office has canceled nine weddings in the Römer town hall. In the event of a win against the Glasgow Rangers, many celebrating football fans can be expected around the Römerberg from midday on the following day, so the newlyweds cannot be offered the setting they expect, the city justified its decision.

Coach Oliver Glasner meanwhile has other concerns: his lucky pants for the final are still being cleaned. “It has to be cleaned up,” said the Austrian with concern. By the way: In the insignificant last game of the season, Eintracht play the Rhein-Main-Derby at FSV Mainz 05.

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FC Augsburg – SpVgg Greuther Fürth (Saturday, 3.30 p.m.)

Duels in the Bundesliga: In three games there was one Augsburg victory and two draws. One thing is certain: The fourth Bundesliga game in Augsburg will be the last Bundesliga game between the two teams for at least a year – Fürth has definitely been relegated.

What else you should know: The Augsburgers have been able to plan their twelfth season in the Bundesliga since the last matchday. Whether coach Markus Weinzierl will then continue to direct the fortunes is open. His contract ends in the summer. “I haven’t made up my mind yet,” said Weinzierl.

In Führt one is already further: coach Stefan Leitl leaves the club and hires in Hanover. Leitl will probably miss his last game of the season as a cloverleaf coach: As the relegated team announced on Wednesday, the outgoing coach tested positive for the corona virus. A fitting conclusion after a disappointing season.

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Arminia Bielefeld – RB Leipzig (Saturday, 3.30 p.m.)

Duels in the Bundesliga: Bielefeld and RB are only meeting for the fourth time in the Bundesliga. There hasn’t been a draw yet – Bielefeld won in Leipzig in the first leg, and Leipzig narrowly won twice last season.

What else you should know: The very first meeting between the two teams in the Bundesliga saw a double debut: in addition to the premiere in the Oberhaus, Fabian Klos celebrated his goal debut in the 1st division. Today the striker will be officially bid farewell, and certainly in tears – at the end of this season, the 33-year-old, who is immensely popular with the fans, is leaving his heart’s club.

However, after his serious head injury against Stuttgart in April, Klos cannot help when the Bielefeld side try to make the impossible possible. East Westphalia must win against Leipzig and their competitor Stuttgart must against Cologne. And then there are unfortunately still the eight goals that Bielefeld have to catch up – anything but relegation after two years in the Bundesliga sounds rather unlikely for Klos and his Arminen.

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