Summary

  • Bayern will win a fourth consecutive Bundesliga crown with victory away to Ingolstadt.
  • All nine matches will take place simultaneously.
  • All to play for in race for Europe and battle for survival.

Matters are coming to a head at both ends of the Bundesliga table, with games rapidly running out for teams to acrue points.

bundesliga.com looks ahead to what is at stake this weekend...

Nine simultaneous matches

Saturday will provide a veritable feast for Bundesliga fans, as all nine Matchday 33 fixtures kick-off at the same time on the same day. With so much at stake at both ends of the table going into the final two rounds of games, the rules stipulate that every team must play at the same time in order to prevent an unfair advantage being gained.

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As is customary on the penaltimate matchday of the season, all nine fixtures will take place simultaneously on Saturday.

Bayern to be crowned champions?

FC Bayern München could have sewn up the title on either of the last two matchdays, but their own results – and those of second-placed Borussia Dortmund – have kept the race for the Meisterschale alive until now. That could all change on Saturday, however, as a win for Pep Guardiola's charges away to regional neighbours FC Ingolstadt 04 would seal an unprecedented fourth successive league championship and ease the pain of their UEFA Champions League elimination.

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm will be hoping to wrap up the Bundesliga title with victory away to Bavarian neighbours Ingolstadt.

Fourth against third

The Bundesliga's three automatic berths in next season's Champions League have already been booked by Bayern, Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, leaving four sides (Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha Berlin, FC Schalke 04 and 1. FSV Mainz 05) all vying for fourth place and the accompanying qualifying spot in Europe's premier club competition. Gladbach currently lead that quartet on goal difference, but face a potential stumbling in Leverkusen. Fortunately for the Foals, with 12 wins from 16 BORUSSIA-PARK this term, they have one of the best home records in the Bundesliga.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez (l.) scored his maiden Bundesliga hat-trick against Gladbach before the winter break.

Winner takes all in Berlin

Given how tight things are near the top, Hertha cannot afford any more slip-ups. The club from the capital were in third place for the majority of the second half of the season but a recent slump – four defeats from their last five – have seen them fall off the pace. SV Darmstadt 98 are not the kind of side they would want to face as they attempt to stem that slide, particularly as the hard-fighting Lilies are just two points above the relegation zone and scrambling for survival. On top of that, Dirk Schuster's side have the fourth-best away record in the league with 23 points.

Faltering Hertha host a Darmstadt side with one of the best away records in the Bundesliga this season.

Tough task for Frankfurt

There will be another top-versus-bottom affair at the Commerzbank Arena, where 16th-placed Eintracht Frankfurt have the unenviable job of trying to guarantee their Bundesliga livelihoods at home to none other than second-placed Borussia Dortmund. As if BVB's reputation and array of attacking talent was not intimidating enough, they are the only side not to lose in the second half of the Bundesliga season, winning 12 and drawing three since the winter break. The outcome may not end up being as clear-cut as it appears on paper, however, as Frankfurt have won back-to-back matches to give themselves hope going into the final stretch.