Bayern Munich will try to heal its European wounds with a win at Ingolstadt, which would bring them record fourth straight Bundesliga championship trophy. Bayern was eliminated by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semifinals on away goals on Tuesday after the 2-1 home win in the second leg. It was Bayern’s third straight Champions League elimination in the semifinals and many fans, experts and former players are labeling Pep Guardiola’s three-year stay in Munich as disappointing despite taking the team on the verge of fourth straight Bundesliga title under his helm. This will also be Guardiola’s final away game in the Bundesliga because he is moving to Premier League to coach Manchester City next season.
After failing to clinch the title last week at home against Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern now travels to neighboring Ingolstadt, who are sitting in the ninth place in their maiden season in top flight, for the Bavarian derby in the matchday 33. The league top scorer Robert Lewandowski who scored 27 times this season for Bayern in Bundesliga has urged his team to secure the title this week and focus on Borussia Dortmund who’ll they face in the German DFB Cup final in Berlin on May 21 with a chance to win domestic double.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund travels to Eintracht Frankfurt who is deep into relegation battle. Dortmund trails five points behind Bayern but it’s unrealistic to hope that the leaders will lose twice in the final two rounds. Eintracht on the other hand is 16th, one point from safety zone but at this point, there are eight teams divided by six points or less – starting from 10th-placed Wolfsburg with 39 and down to second-to-bottom Stuttgart who have 33 points with two rounds remaining.
Hertha Berlin who held third place almost entire season are winless in the last six games and have dropped to fifth last weekend. Now they face must win situation as they host struggling Darmstadt, who are two points above relegation zone, in their bid to climb back into the Champions League spot.
Bayer Leverkusen who are anchored in the third place and could not go up or down in the final two rounds host fourth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach in the derby of the round. Monchengladbach is leveled on points with Hertha and has one point advantage ahead of sixth-placed Schalke and three ahead of seventh-placed Mainz in the battle for final Champions League place. Schalke hosts Augsburg who sit in 12th spot while Mainz travel to Stuttgart who won only once in the past ten matches and are in danger of dropping out of Bundesliga after 39 years and three titles in top flight.
Another big name of German football, Werder Bremen are fighting for their life in Bundesliga. After crushing Hamburger SV 6-2 on Monday and climbing one point above relegation zone, Werder now travel to face FC Koln who sit in the eighth place and have secured their place in Bundesliga for next season.
Hamburger SV will host Wolfsburg in the match where a point for each team will probably secure their statuses as Bundesliga clubs for next season while Hoffenheim has the easiest task this week in relegation battle as they travel to already relegated and utterly demotivated Hannover.
All matches of round 33 begin in the same time today at 15:30 CET.