Teams are in reverse order. Last five games begins with the most recent.
18th – Schalke – 10pts – DLLDL – Team Profile
Four managers have already fallen victim to this poisoned chalice in just 24 games, and only one of them managed a win. The Miners are heading down.
Next 5: Wolfsburg (A), Gladbach (H), Bayer (A), Augsburg (H), Freiburg (A)
17th – Mainz – 18pts – DLWDW – Team Profile
They may say they’re “just a carnival team”, but they’ve been in the 1. Bundesliga for 12 years now. Jean-Philippe Mateta was a big loss to Crystal Palace.
Next 5: Freiburg (H), Hoffenheim (A), Arminia (H), Koln (A), Hertha (H)
16th – Arminia Bielefeld – 19pts – LDLLD – Team Profile
Arminia massively rolled the dice by parting ways with long-term manager Uwe Neuhaus at the beginning of March. Time will tell if it was genius or folly.
Next 5: Bayer (A), Leipzig (H), Mainz (A), Freiburg (H). Augsburg (A)
15th – Hertha Berlin – 21pts – WLLDL – Team Profile
Club legend and former coach Pal Dardai has returned to steady the ship after Bruno Labbadia lost his way. His son now plays in defence. They’ll be fine.
Next 5: Dortmund (A), Bayer (H), Union (A), Gladbach (H), Mainz (A)
14th – Koln – 22pts – DLLLW – Team Profile
A horrific home record has left the Billy Goats in danger. Timo Horn is still between the sticks, but might not fancy another year in the second tier.
Next 5: Union (A), Dortmund (H), Wolfsburg (A), Mainz (H), Bayer (A)
13th – Augsburg – 26pts – LWDLL – Team Profile
Polish keeper Rafal Gikiewicz seems to be on a mission to finish above his former side, Union. It won’t happen, but boss Heiko Herrlich isn’t complaining.
Next 5: Gladbach (H), Freiburg (A), Hoffenheim (H), Schalke (A), Arminia (H)
12th – Werder Bremen – 30pts – WDWLD – Team Profile
Mid-table mediocrity is just what the doctor ordered for Florian Kohfeldt after last season’s great escape. American Josh Sargent has stepped it up.
Next 5: Bayern (A), Wolfsburg (H), Stuttgart (A), Leipzig (H), Dortmund (A)
11th – Hoffenheim – 30pts – WDWDL – Team Profile
Hoffenheim have been the definition of inconsistent this season under Sebastian Hoeness. Record scorer Andrej Kramaric remains the focal point up front.
Next 5: Stuttgart A), Mainz (H), Augsburg (A). Bayer (H), Leipzig (A)
10th – Borussia Monchengladbach – 33pts – LLLDL – Team Profile
Why oh why do they do it? Every year there is a premature news story about a summer switch. The Foals have lost interest since coach Marco Rose said he was off to the other Borussia.
Next 5: Augsburg (A), Schalke (A), Freiburg (H), Hertha (A), Frankfurt (H)
9th – Stuttgart – 33pts – DWWDL – Team Profile
After securing promotion, the effortlessly cool Pellegrino Matarazzo has put Stuttgart back among the best with the help of free-scoring Sasa Kalajdzic and Silas Wamangituka.
Next 5: Hoffenheim (H), Bayern (A), Werder (H), Dortmund (H), Union (A)
8th – Freiburg – 34pts – LWLDW – Team Profile
Perennially punching above their weight, Christian Streich’s men have been at it again this season. His near ten-year tenure at the Black Forest side is the longest in the top flight.
Next 5: Mainz (A). Augsburg (H), Gladbach (A), Arminia (A), Schalke (H)
7th – Union Berlin – 35pts – DDWDL – Team Profile
Without question this year’s surprise package. After falling away badly at the end of last season, they brought in veteran Max Kruse, who has really got them firing.
Next 5: Koln (H), Frankfurt (A), Hertha (H), Bayern (A), Stuttgart (H)
6th – Borussia Dortmund – 39pts – LWWDL – Team Profile
Tipped to run Bayern close, this year has been a disaster for Dortmund in the league. However, they’re still alive in both the Champions League and the DFB Pokal.
Next 5: Hertha (H), Koln (A), Frankfurt (H), Stuttgart (A), Werder (H)
5th – Bayer Leverkusen – 40pts – WLDDW – Team Profile
Not only have they fallen away badly in the league, they’ve also been dumped out of Europe by Young Boys and the DFB Pokal by Essen. Peter Bosz will be looking over his shoulder.
Next 5: Arminia (H), Hertha (A), Schalke (H), Hoffenheim (A), Koln (H)
4th – Eintracht Frankfurt – 43pts – DLWWW – Team Profile
The Eagles have been flying since Luka Jovic’s reunion with Filip Kostic, and Andre Silva has had the best year of his career. Strong candidates for the Champions League next season.
Next 5: Leipzig (A), Union (H), Dortmund (A), Wolfsburg (H), Gladbach (A)
3rd – Wolfsburg – 45pts – LWWDW – Team Profile
Few expected Oliver Glasner’s Wolves to be mixing it at the top, but Koen Casteels has been flawless in goal, and Wout Weghorst a beast up front.
Next 5: Schalke (H), Werder (A), Koln (H), Frankfurt (A), Bayern (H)
2nd – Leipzig – 53pts – WWWWW – Team Profile
It’s been Leipzig’s turn to keep Bayern honest this season and they’ve done it admirably with six wins on the spin. No more Champions League football gives them an outside chance.
Next 5: Frankfurt (H), Arminia (A), Bayern (H), Werder (A), Hoffenheim (H)
1st – Bayern – 55pts – WWLDW – Team Profile
Defensively fragile, but still huge favourites. No Pokal this time after Holstein Kiel’s heroics, but Lewandowski could break the Bundesliga scoring record.
Next 5: Werder (A), Stuttgart (H), Leipzig (A), Union (H), Wolfsburg (A)