Borussia Dortmund will look to delay FC Bayern München's title party with victory over last season's runners up VfL Wolfsburg at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke this week urged his supporters to get away from their "title-madness". Whilst a ninth Bundesliga title remains a mathematical possibility for BVB following last Saturday's 3-0 win at VfB Stuttgart, the chances of leaders FC Bayern München surrendering their seven-point advantage with three games to go are slim. Die Schwarz-Gelben have won their last three matches in all competitions 3-0, including the DFB Cup semi-final at Hertha Berlin in midweek.
A win for last season's runners up Wolfsburg would give FC Bayern München the title, regardless of the Bavarians' result against Borussia Mönchengladbach. How likely Wolfsburg are to leave the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK with all three points is another matter, though. Having been in the European places for all but two rounds of the Hinrunde, Dieter Hecking's Wolves have lost their bite in 2016, with last Saturday's 2-0 loss to FC Augsburg meaning they have dropped 16 points in their previous six games.
Matchday 15 rewind: Wolfsburg 1-2 Dortmund
Matchday 32 - match stats
- Dortmund have the best record in the Rückrunde, with 11 wins and three draws since the turn of the year. Wolfsburg - with three wins, seven losses and four draws - have the Bundesliga's third-worst record in 2016.At the winter break, second-placed Dortmund were 12 points and five places better off than the Wolves. Now BVB are 35 points clear of Wolfsburg, who have slipped to tenth.Dortmund's record of 74 points after 31 matchdays is their best-ever record in the Bundesliga.Wolfsburg have failed to win any of their previous six games, winning only two of a possible 18 points in that time.Dortmund are the only team not to have lost at home this season, with 13 wins and two draws. A 14th win at their SIGNAL IDUNA PARK would be a new club record.Wolfsburg have only won ten points away from home. Only Eintracht Frankfurt, with nine, have a worse record.Dortmund have lost only one of their last seven home games against Wolfsburg - a 3-2 win for the Wolves back in December 2012 Four of Kagawa's eight Bundesliga goals this season have been scored in the last six games.Andre Schürrle has never scored in ten matches against Dortmund.On Matchday 31, USMNT's Christian Pulisic became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to reach two career goals.
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels - Weigl, Castro - Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Reus, Schmelzer - Ramos
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Träsch, Naldo, Dante, R. Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo - Vieirinha, Arnold, Schürrle - Dost
Absentees: Sebastian Jung (knee), Vieirinha (knee), Carlos Ascues (calf)
Coach: Dieter Hecking