Bundesliga run-in: Bayern champions but Wolfsburg & Leverkusen still in relegation danger

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Carlo Ancelotti's team wrapped up another German championship with ease but at the bottom end of the table some big clubs are under threat

Those who claim the Bundesliga is too predictable due to Bayern Munich's dominance should take a glance a little further down this season's table.

With two games remaining in the German season, Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg find themselves at risk of relegation from the German top flight despite qualifying for the Champions League in recent campaigns.

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The middle of the division is incredibly congested: Leverkusen, for example, are only four points behind Schalke but while they could still go down, Schalke remain in contention to qualify for the Europa League.

Here is your complete guide to the Bundesliga run-in as the season reaches its final stages.


LEAGUE TABLE


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Bayern Munich (C, CL) 32 23 7 2 80 17 +63 76
2 RB Leipzig (CL) 32 20 6 6 60 32 +28 66
3 Borussia Dortmund (CL) 32 17 9 6 67 36 +31 60
4 Hoffenheim (CL) 32 15 13 4 59 34 +25 58
5 Freiburg 32 14 5 13 40 55 -15 47
6 Hertha BSC 32 14 4 14 39 41 -2 46
7 Koln 32 11 12 9 47 40 +7 45
8 Werder Bremen 32 13 6 13 55 55 0 45
9 Gladbach 32 12 7 13 42 46 -4 43
10 Schalke 32 11 8 13 43 38 +5 41
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 32 11 8 13 32 37 -5 41
12 Bayer Leverkusen 32 10 7 15 45 51 -6 37
13 Augsburg 32 9 9 14 34 50 -16 36
14 Wolfsburg 32 10 6 16 32 49 -17 36
15 Mainz 32 9 7 16 40 51 -11 34
16 Hamburg 32 9 7 16 30 59 -29 34
17 Ingolstadt 32 8 6 18 34 55 -21 30
18 Darmstadt (R) 32 7 3 22 26 59 -33 24

Key: Champions League place; Europa League place; relegation play-off; relegation zone. (CL) = Champions League place assured; (EL) = Europa League place assured; (C) = champions; (R) = relegated.


THE TITLE RACE


Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich Bundesliga

Bayern Munich are champions. They confirmed their fifth successive title with three games remaining by thrashing Wolfsburg 6-0 on a weekend in which both RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund dropped points.


EUROPEAN QUALIFICATION


Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga

In addition to Bayern, Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim have all sealed qualification for next season's Champions League.

Bayern and Leipzig will go straight into the group stage, while Dortmund and Hoffenheim are battling it out to join them. The team that finishes in fourth place will have to progress through a two-legged tie in the play-off round.

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As far as the Europa League is concerned, nothing is decided. Freiburg and Hertha Berlin currently occupy the two league qualification places, but Koln, Werder Bremen, Borussia Monchengladbach, Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt all remain in contention.

Frankfurt could also qualify by winning the DFB-Pokal final, but if Dortmund triumph in that match a third qualification place will be allocated to the Bundesliga as Thomas Tuchel's men are already in the Champions League.


RELEGATION


Lewis Holtby Hamburg Bundesliga

In Germany, two teams are automatically relegated and a third goes into a two-legged play-off against a team from the 2. Bundesliga, with the winner playing in the top flight the following season.

Darmstadt are already down, and Ingolstadt are facing an uphill struggle to avoid joining them. They are four points adrift of safety with two games to play but could still catch Hamburg, Mainz, Wolfsburg and Augsburg .

Hamburg currently occupy the relegation play-off spot, and in addition to the aforementioned teams Bayer Leverkusen could also be drawn into the fight to stay out of that tie.

Hamburg face Wolfsburg on the final day of the season, which could be a match with huge implications.


FIXTURES


Round 33:

Time (BST) Home Away Date
14:30 Mainz Eintracht Frankfurt Saturday, May 13
14:30 Bayer Leverkusen Koln Saturday, May 13
14:30 Darmstadt Hertha Berlin Saturday, May 13
14:30 Augsburg Borussia Dortmund Saturday, May 13
14:30 RB Leipzig Bayern Munich Saturday, May 13
14:30 Freiburg Ingolstadt Saturday, May 13
14:30 Schalke Hamburg Saturday, May 13
14:30 Werder Bremen Hoffenheim Saturday, May 13
14:30 Wolfsburg Gladbach Saturday, May 13

Round 34:

Time (BST) Home Away Date
14:30 Gladbach Darmstadt Saturday, May 20
14:30 Bayern Munich Freiburg Saturday, May 20
14:30 Borussia Dortmund Werder Bremen Saturday, May 20
14:30 Eintracht Frankfurt RB Leipzig Saturday, May 20
14:30 Koln Mainz Saturday, May 20
14:30 Hamburg Wolfsburg Saturday, May 20
14:30 Hertha Berlin Bayer Leverkusen Saturday, May 20
14:30 Hoffenheim Augsburg Saturday, May 20
14:30 Ingolstadt Schalke Saturday, May 20

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