4 teams battling relegation in Germany

Published 9:15 a.m. ET Jan. 31, 2019 | Updated 10:19 a.m. ET Jan. 31, 2019

BERLIN (AP) — The Bundesliga is a bit upside down this season.

Instead of Bayern Munich running away with the title while several teams fight against relegation, there is excitement at the top of the standings while four teams trail well below the rest at the bottom.

Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and even Borussia Moenchengladbach are the ones keeping the title chase alive. Nuremberg, Hannover, Stuttgart and Augsburg are at the other end — the only hope for any of them is that the others have looked just as bad.

Two teams get relegated automatically at the end of the season, while the team just above them goes into a two-leg playoff against the team that finishes third in the second division.

Last-place Nuremberg has looked hopelessly out of its depth since its return to the Bundesliga after an absence of four years. The team was routed 7-0 in Dortmund, 6-0 in Leipzig and is currently on a run of 13 games without a win.

Michael Koellner will become the first Nuremberg coach to go 14 games without a win if his team doesn’t secure three points against visiting Werder Bremen on Saturday.

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