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RVM Part 2 – The Great Bundesliga Escape?

Written by on May 9, 2011 | 2 Comments »
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Stats Facts

14 – Cheik Tiote has become the first player to be given 14 yellow cards in a single PL season since Robbie Savage in 2001/02. Courtesy of OptaJoe

St. Pauli’s relegation from the Bundesliga was confirmed after their 8-1 loss at home to Bayern Munich. This is the 5th time the club has been demoted from the Bundesliga.

Almeria were almost certain to be relegated from La Liga but a 2-0 loss to Getafe made it certain.

It also means that Almeria will have spent all 38 round of play in the bottom three.

Arles Avignon will spend next season in Ligue 2 in France – a fate confirmed some weeks ago. The only thing still to be decided is whether or not they will extend their record for futility.

A 1-0 loss to St Etienne on Saturday extended their record setting run of games in the French top-flight without a win to 22. Their only win in 34 rounds of play came in November when they beat Caen 1-0 at home. On Saturday in the Scottish Football League all five home teams won and each scored three goals.

Great Escape?

Borussia Monchengladbach will go into the last game of the Bundesliga season still alive. There seemed little chance of a lifeline just a few weeks ago when Gladbach were seven points from safety.

A 2-0 win against Freiburg was their third straight win and they are now tied on points with Wolfsburg although they still occupy the final relegation spot.

Next week they go to Hamburg tied on points with Wolfsburg and have to better Wolfsburg’s result at Hoffenheim while at least matching Frankfurt who are a point worse off. Frankfurt are at Dortmund who have already sealed the league title and have nothing to play for.

Goal difference is the first tie breaker and here is the standings with one game remaining – team, points, goal difference.

Wolfsburg 35, -7

Borussia M’Gladbach 35, -17

Eintracht Frankfurt 34, -16

Upsets

Bayer Leverkusen failed to nail time down second spot in the Bundesliga when they could only draw 1-1 at home with Hamburg.

The odds on a draw were 16/5. The result leaves the door open for Bayern Munich to snatch second if they can win at home to Stuttgart next weekend and Bayer loses at Freiburg.

Bayern would finish level on points with Bayer but would finish as runners up on account of a much superior goal difference.

The surprise result in Ligue 1 came in the form of a 4-0 win by Sochaux at Bordeaux.

You would have got odds of 7/2 against Sochaux picking up three points and no wonder. Sochaux went into the match with the second worst away record in Ligue 1 and had lost on their last four visits to Bordeaux. MLS took on the look of Ligue 1 on Saturday with five draws in the eight matches.

The Vancouver Whitecaps are still without an away win but by the same token they have also only lost once – the other three matches have ended as draws. So it was at Chicago when the teams played to a scoreless draw. A draw came with odds of 12/5.

Spurs were prohibitive favourites at home against Blackpool but nonetheless they had to settle for a 1-1 draw – the odds against a tie was 4/1.

Catania went to Brescia without an away win this season but returned with three points and a place in Serie A secured for next season.

The odds against a first away win of the season for Catania were 16/5 while this result combined with Lecce’s win against Napoli relegated Brescia. Relegation-threatened Malaga travelled to Atletico Madrid and ran out 3-0 winners. You would have got odds of 9/2 against a Malaga win.

Player of the Weekend Nominees

Christopher Samba (Blackburn Rovers)

Charles N’Zogbia (Wigan)

Ji Sung Park (Manchester United)

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Steven Fletcher (Wolves)

Jermaine Pennant (Stoke City)

Luka Modric (Spurs)

The winner to be announced on Monday night’s Fox Soccer Report.

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2 responses to “RVM Part 2 – The Great Bundesliga Escape?”

  1. jpt says:

    Park was all over the pitch for the Reds; he gets my vote.

  2. Boris says:

    Nuri Sahin to sign a six-year contract with Real Madrid.

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