FC Bayern München could wrap up a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title with victory over Hertha Berlin at the Olympiastadion on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
FC Bayern and coach Pep Guardiola are potentially only one game away from wrapping the 2015/16 Bundesliga title. The Bavarians have been in relentless form, with last Saturday's 3-0 win over European aspirants FC Schalke 04 followed by a 2-0 victory over SV Werder Bremen in the DFB Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening. With Club Atletico de Madrid to play in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League the other side of their visit to Hertha Berlin, the Rekordmeister remain on course for the treble - something they last achieved in the 2012/13 season. Despite their glut of games, Bayern have a full-strength squad to call upon but for Holger Badstuber and Arjen Robben.
Having been third for all but one week between Matchdays 16 and 29, Hertha's attempt to return to Europe's top table for the first time since the 1999/2000 season have suffered a blow in recent weeks, with last Saturday's 2-1 loss at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim meaning Pal Dardai's side have now dropped eight points in their previous three games. Bayern won the reverse fixture 2-0, and are overwhelming favourites to wrap up the title in the German capital for the third time since 2010.
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- Hertha have taken only one point from their previous three games, meaning they are now outside of the top three for the first time in nine matchdays. Bayern could wrap up a fourth Bundesliga title in a row if they win and Borussia Dortmund lose to VfB Stuttgart. No team has ever won the Bundesliga in four consecutive seasons. Bayern have sealed two of their last four Bundesliga titles in Berlin (in 2010 and 2014).Of their 1,734 top flight games (only Hamburger SV and SV Werder Bremen have played more) Bayern have welcomed a total of 74,943,345 fans (an average of over 43,000) which is comfortably a Bundesliga record. The 75,000,000 mark will be exceeded at the Olympiastadion.The Olympiastadion is sold out for the second time in a row, following Wednesday's DFP Cup semi-final between Hertha and Borussia Dortmund.The last time this happened was in the 1998/90 campaign, when victories over FC Hansa Rostock (2-0) and Hamburg (6-1) were each witnessed by 76,000 fans.Hertha have had the fewest shots on goal this season with 285. Bayern have had the most - over twice as many - with 580.Manuel Neuer has kept a clean sheet in 19 of his 30 Bundesliga games for Bayern this season. A 20th clean sheet would be a new Bundesliga best, eclipsing his own record from last season.
Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Lustenberger - Weiser, Skjelbred, Kalou, van den Bergh - Ibisevic
Absentees: Allagui (knee), Darida (light training)
Coach: Pal Dardai
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Kimmich, Benatia, Alaba - Vidal - Douglas Costa, T. Müller, Thiago, F. Ribery - Lewandowski
Absentees: Robben (adductor), Badstuber (ankle)
Coach: Pep Guardiola