bundesliga.com looks ahead to a potentially decisive clash at the Allianz Arena...
Victory for Bayern would mean VfL Wolfsburg must beat Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday in order to still have a mathematical chance of pipping Pep Guardiola's charges to the post. The visitors, meanwhile, are currently seven points clear of the drop zone, but would doubtless breathe easier if that gap were to increase.
Bayern's injury woes continued this week with Holger Badstuber ruled out for four months with a thigh injury, and Rafinha suffering an adductor strain. David Alaba, Medhi Benatia, Tom Starke and Franck Ribery are all still sidelined, and although Arjen Robben and Javi Martinez both returned to full team training, the game comes too soon for them.
The visitors are missing a number of first-team regulars too, with Thomas Kraft, Roy Beerens, Alexander Baumjohann, Tolga Cigerci, Hajime Hosogai and Julian Schieber all in the treatment room, although in-form striking duo Valentin Stocker and Salomon Kalou are fit.
Dubbed 'The Magician' by team-mate Juan Bernat recently, Thiago was chosen as Man of the Match against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday following an outstanding performance. His trickery going forward could be crucial to unlocking a compact visiting defence.
Bayern tend to suffocate teams by hogging possession, but as recent matches against Wolfsburg, Gladbach and the first leg in Porto show, Pep Guardiola's charges can be beaten. All that is needed is a clinical striker to be particularly ruthless: so step forward Kalou, a player who has fond memories of the Allianz, having won the 2012 Champions League with Chelsea in the arena.
Guardiola, head coach: "We only have 14 players for the match against Hertha. If we win then we'll have all-but sewn up the title. Our thoughts are drifting towards the Dortmund game [in the DFB Cup semi-final in next Tueaday] a bit."
Pal Dardai, head coach: "We trained very well during the week: doubling-up, closing the gaps, working hard and, if possible, breaking forward. I want to see what we've been working on in training implemented in the game. If they do that then the result isn't so important. A draw would be a success for us."
Bayern have won their last three Bundesliga games without conceding and were astonishingly good against Porto in the Champions League, particularly in the first half. Hertha will also be confident, however, as they extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches with their draw against Köln back on Matchday 29.
The Bavarians' record in this fixture is far superior to Hertha's. Bayern have won 34 of the 59 league meetings and have lost just nine times. Arjen Robben grabbed the only goal of the game when the sides met in the capital' Olympiastadion on Matchday 13.
Bayern: Neuer - Weiser, Boateng, Dante, Bernat - Rode, Schweinsteiger, Thiago - Müller, Lewandowski, Götze
Hertha: Burchert - Pekarik, Brooks, Langkamp, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Lustenberger - Haraguchi, Stocker, Schulz - Kalou