bundesliga.com analyses the chances of the six teams still searching for European football with the first part focusing on the favourites Schalke, Frankfurt, Freiburg, who have it all to lose. Part two breaks down the chances of the pretenders HSV, Gladbach and Hannover.
"We shouldn’t even think of the theoretical chance,“ said a frustrated Dennis Diekmeier after the 1-1 draw against Wolfsburg. “We are still in the hunt,” said coach Fink, contradicting his young right-back. The chance does indeed still remain - just three points separate HSV from Freiburg ahead of them. Yet the worst goal difference of all the teams in contention (-13) means an extra point should be added to that gap. Simply put, the Red Shorts have to win against Hoffenheim, even though they have only ever picked up one point in four games in Sinsheim.
Form: L - W - W - L - D
Remaining fixtures: Hoffenheim (A), Leverkusen (H)
Prediction: It is hard to imagine that the inconsistent Hamburg will win their last two crucial matches. However, Freiburg are still within striking distance.
After the incredibly tight 1-0 defeat to Schalke, Gladbach practically need a miracle if they are to make it two consecutive years in the Europa League. “That was a blow to all of us,” said coach Lucien Favre. Four points and ten goals separate the Foals from SC Freiburg, while Gladbach also have to host Bayern Munich for their Wembley warm-up match. Only two wins could keep the out-of-sorts Foals, who have lost three of their last four, in the running. “We still believe that we can make it,” said goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Confidence is clearly not lacking.
Form: W - L - W - L - L
Remaining games: Mainz (A), Bayern (H)
Prediction: Gladbach only have a hope if they win their last two games, yet their remaining fixtures and current form will do little to give the Foals' fans hope of a unprecedented comeback.
Since the 2-2 draw against Mainz, nobody at Hannover is talking about the Europa League any more. The chances of them qualifying are purely theoretical. Six points and eight goals need to be made up, and their remaining fixtures are not the easiest. “We have not performed well enough to get in there,” admitted Christian Schulz. As a result, the Lower Saxony side’s focus now lies on next season and reganing their place in Europe. New sporting director Dirk Dufner is in the thick of the preparations: “Fresh blood would not be a negative.”
Form: D - L - L - W - D
Remaining fixtures: Leverkusen (A), Düsseldorf (H)
Prediction: Hannover's home form has been the foundation for their previous European pursuits. The Reds have needed nine games for their last two wins, but now the pressure is gone, will they suddenly hit form?