Sport VBL: Playoff race is coming to a head in both divisions

18:13  02 march  2021
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The top positions of the two seasons of the Virtual Bundesliga Club Championship seem to have been awarded to VfL Bochum and RB Leipzig, but the battle for playoff participation is intensifying. On the twelfth and penultimate double match day, some exciting duels await.

Jegor 'JayB_17' Bien und die SpVgg Greuther Fürth sind im Playoff-Kampf unter Druck geraten. © SpVgg Greuther Fürth Jegor 'JayB_17' Bien and SpVgg Greuther Fürth came under pressure in the playoff fight.

Last game day could have been a decisive one in the battle for first place in the North-West Division. With the victories against Cologne and Hanover, VfL Bochum kept their pursuers at a distance and are now going into the twelfth and penultimate double game day of the main round of the VBL Club Championship with a full 16 points lead. Another tough nut to crack awaits VfL on Tuesday: It's against Borussia Mönchengladbach and consequently against the team that led the table after match days 12 to 16. Before that, Bochum will face SC Paderborn, while Gladbach will face Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Second-placed VfL Wolfsburg will only face FC St. Pauli once on Tuesday.

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The fight for playoff participation should be particularly heated on the home straight: FC St. Pauli, fifth in the table, and Hamburger SV, fifth in the table, are currently separated by 13 points. St. Pauli will face FC Schalke 04 in the second game of the evening. Holstein Kiel, on the other hand, has two chasing duels. The seventh in the table, currently listed just one point behind the six-placed Leverkusen team, will face HSV and SC Paderborn. For the Hamburg it is also against Eintracht Braunschweig. As tenth in the table, SV Werder Bremen, who will face 1. FC Köln and Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Tuesday, have only minimal chances. Meanwhile, the duel between Hannover 96 and FC Schalke 04 is in the table cellar. In the subsequent game against Cologne Hanover should only have outsider chances - the billy goats want to recapture the second place they lost in the previous week.

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Things are getting tricky for Fürth.

The race for first place also seems to be over in the south-east relay. RB Leipzig has been leading the table since the fourth match day and is currently twelve points ahead of 1. FC Heidenheim 1846. On Wednesday, the Saxons will face SpVgg Greuther Fürth and SV Sandhausen, in the first half of the season the team had these tasks with 6 : 3 and 9: 0 resolved with confidence. For Fürth, on the other hand, the situation in the playoff race is gradually becoming precarious: The team around Christian 'xImpact10' Judt was passed through to sixth place in the past few weeks and urgently needs points, otherwise there is a risk of missing the playoffs. In the second game of the evening, the Middle Franconians play against SV Darmstadt 98. Fürth's most stubborn competitor, 1. FC Nürnberg, meanwhile, meets Heidenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt. Currently, the FCN is only one point behind their local rivals. The Heidenheimers, on the other hand, want to do everything possible to keep the race for first place open as long as possible. In the second game they face FC Würzburger Kickers.

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TSG Hoffenheim, which has been in fifth place in the table since last week, has a promising position in the playoff fight. On Wednesday, the Sinsheimers will face SSV Jahn Regensburg and FC Augsburg. Meanwhile, between FCA and Hertha BSC there is the top game of the table third meets fourth. Eintracht Frankfurt also has a chance of making it to the top six teams of the season. Before it comes to the chase duel with Nuremberg, the Hessians meet SSV Jahn Regensburg. However, Eintracht has already played a game more than most of its competitors. This also applies to 1. FSV Mainz 05, which a few weeks ago said hello from sixth place, but is now only tenth. The Rheinhessen are currently seven points behind Fürth, on Wednesday they will face SV Sandhausen. SV Darmstadt 98 is also involved in the race for sixth place, before the duel against Fürth the "Lilien" will face Hertha BSC.

Most of the games on the 23rd match day start on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 p.m., with one game kicking off at 4.30 p.m. Most of the matches on the 24th day of the match start at 8 p.m. on both days, with one game starting at 9:30 p.m.

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