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Bayern Poised To Make History

Posted: Apr 30, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich can become the first club to win a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, amidst the distraction of its Champions League semifinal.

  Bayern holds a seven-point lead and with three games left, a win over Gladbach at Munich’s Allianz Arena will confirm a fourth straight German league title, a feat no other team has achieved before.

  But Bayern is still smarting from Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League loss to Atletico Madrid.

 Guardiola is likely to start with Germany’s World Cup winner Mario Goetze up front against Gladbach.

  Defender Jerome Boateng could well play his first minutes since suffering a groin injury in January.

  Having beaten Munich 3-1 at Borussia Park in December, Gladbach is chasing a rare home-and-away double but will be without US international Fabian Johnson, who has a leg injury.

  Should Gladbach shock Bayern, Borussia Dortmund will look to delay the Munich title party with victory over last season’s runners up VfL Wolfsburg at the Signal Iduna Park.

  Dortmund is set to lose its third star player to Bayern in three years after captain and defender Mats Hummels announced he wants to join the Bavarian giants next season.

  Dortmund has said it will accept only “an exceptional offer” for the World Cup-winner, who has a market value of 32 million euros ($36.32m).

  Should he leave with a year left on his contract, Hummels will follow Goetze, who left for Bayern in 2013 for 37m euros, and striker Robert Lewandowski, who signed on a free transfer in 2014.

  Dortmund has won its last three games by a 3-0 scoreline and has qualified for the Champions League.

  Despite reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League, Wolfsburg has lost its Bundesliga bite in 2016 and is now 10th, six points away from the European places.

 Its 2-0 defeat to Augsburg last Saturday meant it has dropped 16 points in its previous six games.

  Bayer Leverkusen could take a big step towards a direct Champions League berth when it hosts fellow European aspirants Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

  Leverkusen has won its last six, conceding just two goals in the process, and could secure its place in the Champions League’s group stage with a win.

  Fourth-placed Hertha has not won since March.

  There will be a crunch clash on Monday in the relegation battle when Werder Bremen hosts VfB Stuttgart.

  Stuttgart, which is 15th, is only two points clear of Werder and a win would see Bremen climb out of the relegation play-off spot with two games left.

  “We’re fully aware of how crucial this game is. We’re going to do all we can to claim the points, I can guarantee that,” said Bremen’s Senegal international Papy Djilobodji.