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Bundesliga battle for survival intensifies

Munich - With Greuther Fürth resigned to a fate which could be confirmed this weekend, the Bundesliga futures of four other clubs hangs in the balance going into the final five matches of the season.

Should Fürth lose out in the 256th Franconian derby with 1. FC Nuremberg on Sunday, it would take a miracle to see them survive. In reality, they have probably come to terms with the prospect of Bundesliga 2 football next term, making it more a question of who is going to be joining them in the second tier.

With FC Augsburg and 1899 Hoffenhem finally kicking into gear, Fortuna Düsseldorf have slid into the midst of the fight they themselves had predicted following their glorious return to the top flight after a 15-year absence last term. SV

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