Most results came out as predicted in Week 33 of the Bundesliga. With one week remaining the bottom three teams are set, but their position is not. In the last week of the season Eintracht Braunschweig, Nürnberg and Hamburg will be fighting for the relegation playoff spot. These teams lost by a combined scored of 8-1 and will head into the finale facing demotion. Positioning has been the focus of the last three weeks of the season and now these three teams know that their top tier life is on the line.
Stuttgart was afforded another season in the Bundesliga despite losing to Wolfsburg by the score of 2-1. Stuttgart came into the week needing a point, but since the three teams below them lost they are now assured of playing the 2014-15 in the Bundesliga. They were the only other team in the danger zone coming into the week with many teams above them bunched together. Freiburg now sits in 14th, four points ahead of Stuttgart. Freiburg is only five points from ninth place Hoffenheim.
There is still some shuffling going on at the top of the table as well. There were only two surprise results and one affected the top seven. These are the qualifying positions for two European tournaments and now Mainz is holding on to seventh by one point. Borussia Mönchengladbach was just two points up on Mainz as the two teams faced off, but secured a convincing 3-1 win. Gladbach now sits three points behind fourth place Bayer Leverkusen with the two teams currently tied on goal differential. That is the first tiebreaker.
Wolfsburg’s victory kept them within one point of Leverkusen. However, Leverkusen kept up with Schalke and sit three points out of third place. Leverkusen has a one goal edge in goal differential. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund top the table and added three more points to their respective season totals.
Check back on Thursday as we preview the last week of the season including a pivotal match up between Wolfsburg and Gladbach.