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Bundesliga Preview: Round 32

Tuesday

Karlsruhe – Hannover
Koln – Hertha
Bayern Munchen – Bayer Leverkusen
Wolfsburg – Borussia Dortmund

Wednesday

Hamburger SV – Bochum
Eintracht Frankfurt – Werder Bremen
Arminia Bielefeld – Hoffenheim
Schalke – Stuttgart
Energie Cottbus – Borussia Monchengladbach

Karlsruhe – Hannover

The home side are fighting against relegation and sit last in the table with only three more matches to go. Karlsruhe were left without a chance by Borussia Dortmund last Saturday and were sent home with a 4-0 defeat. The guests don’t have too much left to play for in the remainder of the season as they sit eleventh in the table. Hannover recorded a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend. Man to watch in this game will be Hannover’s Dutch playmaker Arnold Bruggink, who has been quite impressive in the past couple of matches.

Koln – Hertha

The away side are currently the Bundesliga’s number three and trail table-toppers Wolfsburg by only one point. The Alte Dame weren’t troubled too much by Bochum on Saturday and recorded a solid 2-0 victory. Koln have already secured Bundesliga football for next term and will play to offer the home crowd a pleasant evening with attacking football. They lost 2-0 against Hoffenheim last weekend. Men to watch will be Hertha strikers Raffael en Andrey Voronin.

Bayern Munchen – Bayer Leverkusen

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Wolfsburg – Borussia Dortmund

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Hamburger SV – Bochum

The home side were still in the race for three major trophies only three weeks ago. Nevertheless, arch rivals Werder Bremen have ruined HSV’s season by beating them in the DFB Pokal and UEFA Cup semi-finals. To make things even worse, Werder beat Hamburger last weekend 2-0 to end their title dream. HSV have dropped to sixth spot on the table as a result of their defeat. Bochum were beaten 2-0 by Herth last weekend and are battling against relegation. They’re the Bundesliga’s number fourteen with a one point lead at Bielefeld. The guests are being plagued by injuries and will probably be without Stanislav Sestak and Diego Klimowicz.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Werder Bremen

The home outfit have a six-point lead over the teams in the relegation zone and appear to be in the safe zone with only three more matches to go. Frankfurt drew their league match against Hannover 1-1 on Saturday. Werder Bremen have nothing left to play for in the Bundesliga and will probably focus on the upcoming DFB Pokal and UEFA Cup finals. They beat HSV 2-0 on Sunday though and their form appears to be good.

Arminia Bielefeld – Hoffenheim

Bielefeld desperately need the full three points on Wednesday if they want to avoid the drop to the 2. Bundesliga. They currently sit sixteenth on the table with 27 points after last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen. The guests finally returned to winning ways last weekend with a 2-0 victory against Koln after a string of bad results. Hoffenheim are the Bundesliga’s number eight at the moment and don’t have too much left to play for.

Schalke – Stuttgart

The home side have dropped to seventh spot on the table following their two latest league defeats. Schalke lost last weekend's game against Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0. Stuttgart on the other hand impressed with a 4-1 win against table toppers Wolfsburg. The Schwaben are the Bundesliga's number four at the moment as they trail the table toppers by two points. Man to watch will be Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez, who scored four goals on Saturday.

Energie Cottbus – Borussia Monchengladbach

The Bundesliga’s number seventeen meet Borussia Monchengladbach in a crucial match in the battle against relegation. Both teams have gathered 27 points, but the away side have a better goal difference and sit fifteenth on the table. Cottbus were beaten 3-1 by Bayern Munich this weekend, while Borussia recorded a surprising 1-0 victory against Schalke’04.

Stefan Coerts, Goal.com