So, ignoring my initial table predictions which were, er, wildly inaccurate (other than... Schalke being 12th place! Keith Putnam ), I'm gonna review this revised standings I made with 8 MDs to goSo I know we're like 8 MD's too early for this but...
1) We were so wrong about Augsburg.
2) We were soooOOOoooOOOooo wrong about Bremen, and honestly I'm kinda surprised. Then again, they rely on a 41 year old Pizarro so idk what I expected really. Rashica I thought would have been way better than he is.
3) We were pretty accurate with the Mainz/Paderborn/Frankfurt, Dusseldorf predictions.
Finally, I just want to point out that Schalke is hovering around 6-11th place... Pretty much what I predicted for them.
Looking towards the final matchdays, and seeing the performances after the return, here's my prediction for how it will end up:
2. Dortmund (This will come down to Dortmund vs Bayern. If Dortmund can win it, I think they'll take the title. Otherwise, it's going to Bayern.
9. Hertha Berlin
14. Union Berlin
Gonna be a really weird relegation battle this year.
Mainz run-in (bold = within 3 places):
Leipzig - Union Berlin - Hoffenheim - Frankfurt - Augsburg - Dortmund - Bremen - Leverkusen
Koln - Schalke - Bayern - Hoffenheim - Dortmund - Leipzig - Augsburg - Union Berlin
Bremen run-in (game in hand):
Frankfurt - Freiburg - Monchengladbach - Schalke - Wolfsburg - Paderborn - Bayern - Mainz - Koln
Mainz faces four teams in the relegation struggle zone. Dusseldorf are about to get rammed up the back, so Bremen has a really good chance to catch up if they pull their shit together.
|Prediction with 8md remaining (actual)||Actual|
|1. Bayern (0)||1. Bayern|
|2. Dortmund (0)||2. Dortmund|
|3. Leverkusen (-2)||3. Leipzig|
|4. Leipzig (+1)||4. BMG|
|5. BMG (+1)||5. Leverkusen|
|6. Wolfsburg (-1)||6. Hoffenheim|
|7. Schalke (-5)||7. Wolfsburg|
|8. Koln (-6)||8. Freiburg|
|9. Hertha (-1)||9. Frankfurt|
|10. Freiburg (+2)||10. Hertha|
|11. Hoffenheim (+5)||11. Union Berlin|
|12. Augsburg (-3)||12. Schalke|
|13. Frankfurt (+4)||13. Mainz|
|14. Union Berlin (+3)||14. Koln|
|15. Bremen (-1)||15. Augsburg|
|16. Mainz (+3)||16. Bremen|
|17. Dusseldorf (0)||17. Dusseldorf|
|18. Paderborn (0)||18. Paderborn|
ACTUAL:Here's my predictions;
9. Hertha Berlin
12. Frankfurt (loss of Jovic & Haller hurts)
16. Union Berlin
Bremen is essentially mimicking Frankfurt from 2 years ago, making a decent run in the cup and in the League, then tired the next season, as you noted as well. I hope Sargent can get and cement his place as a striker for them.
Been happening for years apparently - I've been doing some snooping and I've found it's due to their President Tonnies.I stand corrected! There's clearly some nonsense going on at that club these days.
As much as I want Bremen (bc sargent) to win, I want to see Heidenheim in the Bundesliga. Keep the streak of "team beat hamburg out to top 3 in final day and got promoted for the first time in history" streak goingACTUAL:
10. Hertha Berlin
11. Union Berlin
I clearly thought way too highly of Augsburg and Bremen, and not well enough of Hoffenheim and Freiburg. Schalke had hope but after the COVID return just played terribly. I wonder if Wagner is given another chance or Schalke call it quits on him. Both Berlin teams had an interesting year (finish with same point total- 41), with Hertha going through the chaos of being managed by Klinnsmann, signing a bunch of players he wanted, then hjim quitting the team (only for them to perform better after he left). Union had a solid showing of their working class roots in their first ever BuLi season.
Hamburg only needing a point against a mid table club at home and somehow managing to lose and miss out on a promotion playoff with Bremen, oh Hamburg. Bremen pulling out a 6-1 win (Sargent with a goal!) to jump over Düsseldorf on the last day was incredible too!
Bremen v. Heidenheim for the promotion playoff 7/2 and 7/6 at 2:30PM EST. I'm hoping Bremen pull through and Sargent is able to score some.