The weekend is fast approaching, and there are more football leagues back underway around Europe. As most leagues are nearing their finishing point, let’s take a look at some of the games which can impact things at both ends of various division across the continent this weekend.
We begin in Germany, with the Bundesliga once again throwing up several significant fixtures. Dusseldorf will be hoping to upset the odds against Hoffenheim to climb out of the relegation playoff spot; while the latter can move into sixth with a win. Frankfurt doesn’t have much to play for as things stand. But their opponents Mainz do, as they are a single point above Dusseldorf. A big game at the right end of the table on Saturday sees Bayern looking to extend their lead at the top; as Leverkusen are doing all they can to mount a top-four challenge.
Who Needs To Win
It is a clash at both ends of the table when RB Leipzig host Paderborn in the last of the afternoon football fixtures on Saturday. The home side can keep the pressure on Dortmund in second, while Paderborn, who look sunk, must do their best to pick up points. Dortmund takes on Hertha in Saturday’s teatime kick-off. For this game, three points are vital as they will allow Lucien Favre’s men to keep up the pressure on Bayern while keeping the chasing pack below them at bay.
There are also a couple of significant football fixtures in the Bundesliga 2 on Saturday. Leaders Bielefeld take on fifteenth placed Nurnberg, with victory for both sides of great importance. Bielefeld can extend their lead at the top, while Nurnberg can pull away further from Karlsruher in sixteenth. There is also a battle of the basement clubs, with rock bottom Dresden on twenty-four points taking on Wehen; the side a place above them on twenty-eight points. Three points is a must for Dresden, but a draw would suffice for Wehen for now.
Over in Austria, there is a round of relegation group games taking place, with the match between Admira and Mattersburg significant for both sides. Bottom club Tirol is also in action but face a tough task against Altach. Then, in Belarus, the games between Slutsk and Zhodino and Dynamo Brest and FC Minsk catch the eye. Slutsk and Zhodino are both pushing for Europa League football qualification; while Minsk are battling for their status in the Vysshaya Liga.
Moving onto Sunday, and the Bundesliga throws up another crucial fixture with Bremen taking on Wolfsburg. The latter are doing all they can to hold on to sixth, while Bremen are three points adrift of safety. In the Bundesliga 2, Karlsruher will be out for three points away at Aue as they look to get safe. A win for Heidenheim away at Hannover will see them put pressure on Hamburger and Stuttgart above them. And the latter will be aiming to grab all three points against Osnabruck as they continue to battle for honours.
There is also some fantastic action taking place in Denmark this weekend. However, we finish our preview in Portugal. Carlos Carvalhal’s Rio Ave have been impressive this season, and a win against sixteenth placed Ferreira will see them go within touching distance of fourth. Europa League football qualification is the goal, but Ferreira is battling for survival and will be fierce opposition.