Injury ravaged Bayern face in form Leverkusen

Bayern Munich sealed the title last weekend as a 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin was followed up by a defeat for Wolfsburg on Sunday which meant Munich clinched the title with 4 games to spare. However, the champions endured cup misery midweek as Borussia Dortmund won at the Allianz Arena 3-0 on penalties after playing out a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.

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Hoffenheim v Dortmund

These two sides have met twice already this season and Dortmund have edged past their opponents on both occasions. As recently as the 7th April, Dortmund narrowly defeated Hoffenheim in the quarter-finals of the DFB Pokal 3-2 AET and earlier this week defeated Bayern Munich on penalties in the semi-finals of the same competition which has given them the perfect opportunity to mark Jurgen Klopp’s last match at the club with a trophy.

A win for Dortmund would see them leapfrog over Hoffenheim into 7th and potentially higher if Augsburg and Schalke lose their respective games.

Kevin Kampl was sent off after coming on as a substitute against Munich but was unlikely to feature against Hoffenheim regardless. Marco Reus’ future at the club has been under scrutiny with Klopp leaving and two players worthy of replacing the German forward are Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino of Hoffenheim.

Volland was missing in the 2-0 defeat to Munich due to suspension but will return for the hosts. Dortmund goalkeeper, Roman Weidenfeller suffered a pelvic injury in training last Friday and subsequently missing the semi-final victory over Munich and will miss the Hoffenheim match on 2nd May.

Schalke v Stuttgart

Neither side has enjoyed a particularly impressive past month with Schalke winless in 6 Bundesliga games. A positive draw against Wolfsburg away could’ve reignited their season but they recently lost to Mainz 2-0.

Stuttgart meanwhile missed out on a vital 3 points against Freiburg after squandering a 2-0 lead that would’ve took them off the foot of the table and into 16th place. Goals are usually in abundance when these 2 sides meet as there have been 22 goals in their previous 6 meetings.

Marco Hoger was brought off after 13 minutes in Schalke’s 2-0 defeat to Mainz with a ligament injury and will be ruled out for the remaining 4 games of the season. Roberto Di Matteo is also unable to call on Sidney Sam, Atsuto Uchida, Kaan Ayhan and Chinedu Obasi. Klaas Jan Hunterlaar continues to fire blanks and has now failed to find the net in 6 matches for Schalke.

Adam Hlousek is missing for the away side after receiving 2 yellow cards against Freiburg in the space of 8 minutes but Martin Harnik did recently return from suspension and Geoffrey Serey Die has also just served a 1 match suspension for an accumulation of 5 yellow cards.

Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola has gone from absolute delight to despair. He watched on in delight as Wolfsburg suffered a defeat at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach, a result that sealed the title for Bayern Munich. However, just a couple of days later and they were knocked out of the DFB Pokal at the hands of rivals, Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.

Leverkusen are on a 9 game unbeaten streak and have won their last 4 home league matches. They sit in 4th and are still fighting for a place to qualify automatically for the Champions League and avoid the qualifiers.

Munich have serious injury troubles at present with Franck Ribery, Holger Badstuber, David Alaba and Javi Martinez all ruled out of the clash and Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben are set to join them after both suffering knocks against Dortmund midweek. Thiago Alcantara was also brought off and all 3 players are expected to be left out of the squad against Leverkusen with the Champions League semi-final fixture against Barcelona around the corner.

Leverkusen will be without Greek central defender, Kyriakos Papadopoulos who suffered a dislocated shoulder and will be out for 3 months. It leaves them slightly short of central defenders after Emir Spahic was sacked during April for fighting with a steward.

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