Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich will seal their third successive German Bundesliga title and extend their national record to 24 this weekend if they can outdo VfL Wolfsburg’s result.
The Bavarian giants are at home to bottom-half Hertha Berlin in Saturday evening’s televised game before VfL Wolfsburg travel to in-form Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday.
Bayern Munich need to better the result of the Wolves to be crowned champions this weekend.
Hertha Berlin’s form book reads unbeaten in seven, winning three. However, all three of those wins and four of those matches have come against four sides currently below Pál Dárdai’s side in the table. Hertha themselves only five places off the bottom.
The defending Bundesliga champions have won the last seven meetings head-to-head, but the 1-0 win in the German capital earlier this season was the first time that they had not scored at least three goals during this streak.
Guardiola has a 100% win record versus Hertha Berlin and despite facing FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League this evening, and then Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup semi-final next Tuesday, Bayern have enough strength in depth to warrant being the heavy favourites on Saturday.
Should Bayern win, Wolfsburg could still prevent them from winning the title in April. Dieter Hecking’s side face the tough test of a trip to Borussia Park where Mönchengladbach where the hosts are on a seven-game winning streak in their own stadium, having lost only one there all season.
Gladbach themselves are looking to confirm a top four finish themselves this weekend, whilst are currently level on points with Bayer 04 Leverkusen for third spot which would mean automatic qualification into next season’s Champions League.
Wolfsburg will only have two days’ rest following their Europa League trip to Napoli on Thursday, but Hecking is expected to rest much of his first team having lost to the Italian side 4-1 at Volkswagen Arena in the first leg.
Should Bayern Munich not wrap up the title this weekend, they can be crowned champions at Bayer Leverkusen the following Saturday. Having lost two games already this season, there are few records for Guadiola’s side to chase between now and the end of the season, but chasing another historic treble remains their focus.
Don’t expect Bayern to field their strongest team this weekend, but don’t be surprised if they are crowned the German Bundesliga champions for a record 24th time either.