Gladbach’s form can seal Bayern title

Bayern Munich made sure Germany have 1 representative in the semi-finals of the Champions League after overcoming a 3-1 deficit to incredibly win 7-4 on aggregate over FC Porto after an emphatic 6-1 win at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night. That was on top of a convincing 2-0 victory away at Hoffenheim last weekend which increased their lead at the top after Wolfsburg were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Schalke. There was an emotional setting at Dortmund as it was the first game for Jurgen Klopp since he announced his departure at the end of the season.

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Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt

Only goal difference separates these two sides in 9th and 10th of the Bundesliga. Frankfurt won’t be particularly looking forward to the daunting trip to the Signal Iduna Park as they’ve suffered heavy defeats in their past 4 away matches and have taken just 1 point from their previous 6 away fixtures.

They’ve also slumped to 2 consecutive home draws and are completely out of form. Dortmund meanwhile have LWLWLW in their previous 6 games but you’d be surprised if that sequence was followed up with a home defeat to Frankfurt.

Jurgen Klopp’s side marked his first game since announcing earlier he would be leaving the club he has served for 7 years with a convincing 3-0 victory against Paderborn. 3 second half goals from the attacking trio of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa gave Klopp an emotional victory. Defensive midfielder, Sebastian Kehl was absent after sustaining a broken rib in training and will be missing against Frankfurt.

Neven Subotic, Jakub Blaszcykowski, Sven Bender, Erik Durm, Kevin Grosskreutz and Marco Reus are all injury doubts whilst Oliver Kirch, Nuri Sahin and Lukas Piszczek are definitely ruled out. Marc Stendera is missing for the away side through suspension and Bundesliga top goal scorer Alexander Meier will also crucially be missing for Frankfurt.

Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin

Saturday’s evening kick off in the Bundesliga is between Munich and Hertha Berlin. Hertha have lost their last 6 encounters with Munich but can take confidence from their last 7 matches in the Bundesliga where they’re unbeaten.

They were narrowly beaten at home for the reverse fixture earlier in the season when an Arjen Robben goal decided the match but the Dutchman can only be content on watching from the side lines. Robben was pictured in the Allianz Arena in Munich’s 6-1 victory over Porto celebrating wildly and he’ll be eager for Munich to continue their progress in Europe’s most prestigious competition so he can make a return.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was fit enough for a place on the substitutes bench midweek but Pep Guardiola will be hesitant in risking the German midfielder so soon after returning to full training from an ankle niggle. Thomas Muller put in a man of the match performance Tuesday night with a goal and 2 assists and took his tally to 19 goals in all competitions for Munich. Philip Lahm was missing against Hoffenheim due to illness but has returned since and the captain will be back on Bundesliga duties.

Hertha have their own problems with Roy Beerens, Hajime Hosogai and Anis Ben-Hatira all suffering injuries in April whilst former Dortmund forward, Julian Scheiber is still ruled out through injury.

Borussia Monchengladbach v Wolfsburg

The last game of the Bundesliga schedule this weekend is at ‘Gladbach’ where Wolfsburg look to get back to winning ways. However, that won’t prove an easy task for the visitors as the home side have won their last 7 home league matches.

A defeat for Wolfsburg could seal the title for Munich if they win their respective match at Berlin which they’re extremely likely to do so that could be the incentive for Wolfsburg to keep some form of pressure on the league leaders.

Martin Stranzl remains Gladbach’s only casualty ahead of Sunday’s fixture and Wolfsburg equally have Aaron Hunt as their only loss ahead of their trip to Borussia-Park. Andre Schurrle was preferred to lead the attack for Wolfsburg in their 1-1 draw with Schalke but was replaced for the final 10 minutes by Bas Dost.

Both were showed up by man of the match Kevin De Bruyne who has been a revelation since signing permanently from Chelsea. The Belgian playmaker has been strongly linked with a move away from Wolfsburg in the summer and will be keen to add to his statistics of 15 goals and 22 assists in 40 games this season.

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