Bundesliga Round 31 – Bayern could secure the title with a win

Bayern Munich could secure their fourth straight Bundesliga title in this weekend’s round 31 with an away win at Hertha Berlin. If Dortmund, who sits seven points behind Bayern, fails to win at Stuttgart Pep Guardiola will wrap his third Bundesliga title as Bavarians manager. Bayern are finishing the season in ruthless form and after victory over Werder Bremen in the DFB Cup semifinals on Tuesday and with meeting with Atletico Madrid in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League they remain on course for the treble, which Bayern also achieved in the 2012-13 season under Jupp Heynckes. On the other side, after holding the third place for almost entire season Hertha dropped to fourth in battle to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 17 years after taking only one point from their previous three matches. They are now two points behind in-from Leverkusen and four ahead of trio of Monchengladbach, Mainz and Schalke.

Borussia Dortmund still has mathematical chances to win Bundesliga title but they are dropping each week. They are eliminated from Europa League but did advanced into DFB Cup finals after eliminating Hertha on Wednesday. With four rounds to go and seven points gap behind Bayern the league title is all but gone. Dortmund could prolong the inevitable with an away win against Stuttgart who are rapidly falling towards relegation zone after starting the year in excellent form. The Swabians are now just two points above threatened Werder Bremen.

Two contestants for Champions League places will meet in matchday 31 in opposite forms. Bayer Leverkusen are playing great at exactly the right time with Schalke falling in form after they won only one point in the previous three games. Leverkusen is looking for their sixth straight win but after Schalke, they still have to face Hertha and Borussia Monchengladbach while the “Blues” face Hannover, Augsburg and Hoffenheim. This match could prove pivotal in battle for Europe’s elite competition.

Other two candidates for Champions League place, Mainz and Monchengladbach will meet teams from relegation zone – M’gladbach hosts Hoffenheim on Sunday while Mainz visits Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Things will definitely spice up in the battle for third and fourth Bundesliga place if they came out of this weekend victorious.

Ingolstadt who debuted in Bundesliga this year and secured a safe mid-table place has a chance to seal the fate of last-placed Hannover and send them into lower division after 14 years in top flight. In remaining matches, FC Koln and Darmstadt face off in mid-table clash while Wolfsburg, who missed out on European competitions next season after entering Champions League quarterfinals this year, will host Augsburg.

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