The final batch of league predictions has arrived! Today we will be looking at the Bundesliga, Germany’s top league. In this post I will be predicting the final positions of teams 18-13. Without further ado lets get into it!
18th Place- Fortuna Dusseldorf
Coming off promotion, Dusseldorf are flying high riding into this season. Unfortunately for them they now have to face much better teams than they played last year. Their squad is not the most expensive or talented but they do have grit. If they can fight their way out of the relegation zone then happy days for them. However, I don’t see the quality in this side to keep them up in the top flight for next year.
17th Place- SC Freiburg
Unfortunately for Freiburg, fortune will not favor them as it did last year. Some historically poor performances from other teams in the Bundesliga kept them up last year by the slimmest of margins. They sold one of their most promising players, in defender Caglar Soyuncu to Leicester City, which weakens one of their worst areas of the field. If there is any hope for this side it’s goalkeeper Alexander Shwolow. He has been a rock for them but I don’t think it’s enough. Freiburg won’t dodge the bullet this year and will be plying their trade in 2. Bundesliga next season.
16th Place- FC Nurenburg
A lot of people are not high on this team at all. I think they may have a fighting chance this season. The 16th place team in the Bundesliga enters a playoff at the end of the season against the 3rd place team in the 2. Bundesliga. So 16th is not a death sentence for this team. They brought in young winger Matheus Pereira on loan and hit man Yuya Kubo to lead the attack. I think this team will scrape by and build a foundation for next season by winning their playoff games.
15th Place- Hannover 96
It is going to be a tense season for Hannover fans. They sold their defensive anchor in Salif Sane as well as forward Martin Harnik. They brought in American Bobby Wood on loan to try and provide some goals but that remains to be seen. Stoke City center back Kevin Wimmer is another loanee hoping to slap bandages over what could be potentially dangerous issues. 15th place may be a generous placement for this side, however they know how to survive in the Bundesliga and I believe that will help keep them up this year.
14th Place- FC Augsburg
After finishing 12th last season, Augsburg looks like they may be taking a step back this season. That is because they let their main goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, leave this summer after not renewing his contract. Hitz will be missed between the sticks by many Augsburg fans. He was consistent and a proven leader who saved the team more than few points stopping shots. The departure of Hitz paired with uninspiring transfer business lead me to believe Augsburg will slide a little this season. One player to keep an eye on though is Philipp Max. The winger/defender who features on the left tallied an impressive 13 assists which led all defenders in the Bundesliga. His play will be crucial in helping Augsburg prove me wrong.
13th Place- FSV Mainz
Mainz is in an interesting position this season. They sold three of their top performers for the summer and are attempting to reload with cheaper, unknown replacements. There is nothing wrong with this approach as it can pay huge dividends for a club. Teams thriving on finding talent for bargain prices and then either holding onto these diamonds in the rough or letting them go for large profit. Squad turnover is always tricky to navigate but I back Mainz and their young manager Sandro Schwarz to navigate the tricky waters of the bottom half of the Bundesliga.
That’s all for part 1 keep an eye out for my predictions on teams 12-7! Until then feel free to share this article and subscribe! Leave some feedback in the comments and I will see you all next time!