The final weekend of the 2012-2013 Bundesliga season is finally upon us. With races still alive for the Champions League, Europa League, and the relegation battle, there's a lot to play for on the final day.
Saturday, May 18
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Bayern Munich - 9:30 AM ET / 15:30 CET
The final game of the Bundesliga season for the champions-elect is Bayern Munich visiting Borussia Mönchengladbach. For those of you unawares, Gladbach is the old stomping ground of Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes, both as a player and as a manager. Heynckes has now led his team to the Bundesliga title and has the opportunity to bring home the Champions League and DFB Pokal in consecutive weeks. Bayern are too good for Gladbach here.
Prediction: Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 - 2 Bayern Munich
Hannover vs Fortuna Düsseldorf - 9:30 AM ET / 15:30 CET
A win here sure would do Fortuna Düsseldorf some good considering they're in the middle of an all important relegation battle. However, the best they can hope for this weekend will be a draw when they visit Hannover. A date in the Promotion/Relegation Playoff awaits them.
Prediction: Hannover 1 - 1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Freiburg vs Schalke - 9:30 AM ET / 15:30 CET
In the grand scheme of things, this is the all important match of the weekend when Freiburg host Schalke. A spot in next season's Champions League is on the line. Schalke claim the spot as long as they don't lose, and Freiburg can only claim the spot if they win. If I had any faith that Freiburg would manage to put together a squad that could compete in next year's Champions League, I'd love to see them pull off this result. However, they've already sold several of their best players, and even more are expected to depart this summer. Schalke will win on Saturday. Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Julian Draxler are the difference makers.
Prediction: Freiburg 1 - 3 Schalke
Hamburg vs Bayer Leverkusen - 9:30 AM ET / 15:30 CET
Hamburg's dream of European football will end on Saturday at the hands of Stefan Kießling and Bayer Leverkusen. Defensively, they don't have anyone that can cover the center forward, and he will win the golden boot on Saturday after another brilliant performance.
Prediction: Hamburg 1 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Wolfsburg - 9:30 AM ET / 15:30 CET
Three points by Eintracht Frankfurt over Wolfsburg will guarantee them a spot in next season's Europa League at the detriment of Hamburg. Frankfurt have too much quality and will bolster the squad in the summer to give them a chance to show well in Europe. Wolfsburg will need to regroup over the summer and let Dieter Hecking get to work in the transfer window.
Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 0 Wolfsburg
Nürnberg vs Werder Bremen - 9:30 AM ET / 15:30 CET
Werder Bremen managed to secure their safety from relegation this season last weekend, but the club will still be looking for a new manager next season. Club legend Thomas Schaaf announced that he was stepping down from his position that he's held for fourteen years. Bremen will be hell bent on sending him out on a positive note against Nürnberg.
Prediction: Nürnberg 2 - 3 Werder Bremen
Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim - 9:30 AM ET / 15:30 CET
The Hoffenheim experiment looks to be coming to an end in the Bundesliga this year. Barring a miracle, they will not beat Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and will be playing their football in the 2.Bundesliga next season.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2 - 0 Hoffenheim
Stuttgart vs Mainz - 9:30 AM ET / 15:30 CET
There's only one more game that matters for Stuttgart. It doesn't take place for another two weeks. That's when they'll lose the DFB Pokal to Bayern Munich. Mainz will finish roughly where they were expected to at the beginning of the season, but it sure has been a drastic fall for them. After being in sixth place after Matchday 27, they are now sitting safely in twelfth. Oh well. They're safe.
Prediction: Stuttgart 1 - 3 Mainz
Augsburg vs Greuther Fürth - 9:30 AM ET / 15:30 CET
By my calculations (Basically, if I've guessed these matches correctly.) Augsburg will be safe after their match on Saturday with a victory, and that's exactly what will happen. The club stuck with manager Markus Weinzierl after a disappointing start, and the young manager has steered them back from sure-relegation to just possible-relegation. This is Fürth's last game in the Bundesliga as they will definitely be back in the 2.Bundesliga next season. Good luck next year, Die Kleeblätter.
Prediction: Augsburg 2 - 1 Greuther Fürth