Week 9 of the season, and my oddball selection of sides have hit a relegation market, a collective 40 points, Sure, that’s not going to keep any one of them up individually, but it’s all going surprisingly well so far, with no sides at all in the drop zone.
That said, on some fronts the strain is starting to show. Here’s the latest ahead of the international break…
Bundesliga: Arminia Bielefeld (5/6 on to be relegated) 0-5 away to Union Berlin
A confession: Union Berlin are a side I have a real soft spot for, having seen them live before they were anywhere near the Bundesliga, and taken a liking to the political activism of their fans. I’ve committed myself to Arminia for the season, though, and this particular loss is a terrible sign.
Arminia had been on a bad run, but against good sides, which makes it somewhat excusable before now, but this was a real thrashing. Union were two up in a little over a quarter of an hour, and Bielefeld didn’t create anything in the whole game even worthy of the highlights reel.
They’re still outside the drop zone. Just, thanks to the three sides in the Bundesliga yet to grab even one win.