FC Bayern München could wrap up a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title when they welcome Borussia Mönchengladbach to the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
A win for Pep Guardiola's side would render Borussia Dortmund's result against VfL Wolfsburg irrelevant, with a minimum of seven points between the top two and only six left to play for after this game. The Bavarians have been in relentless form in recent weeks, with Saturday's 2-0 win at Hertha Berlin seeing them pick up a maximum-possible haul of 18 points from their previous six Bundesliga games.
Gladbach - who won the last of their five Bundesliga titles in the 1976/77 season - would love to play spoiler. The Foals rebounded from a recent run of two consecutive losses to beat resurgent TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-1 last Sunday, and another win could propel Andre Schubert's side into the UEFA Champions League qualification places.
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- If Bayern win they will seal their 25th Bundesliga title and 26th in the German top flight - both records.Guardiola's side have led the table every week since Matchday 6, when they beat VfL Wolfsburg 5-1.The Bavarians have not wrapped up the title on home turf since the 1999/2000 season, when they beat SV Werder Bremen 3-1 on Matchday 34.Gladbach dealt Bayern their first defeat of the season in the reverse fixture, scoring three goals in 14 second-half minutes.This is Guardiola's 100th Bundesliga game. Gladbach have proved the Catalan coach's trickiest opponents in that time, with FCB averaging only 1.4 points per game from their meetings. Indeed, Gladbach are undefeated against Bayern in three Bundesliga meetings, winning the last two. Bayern's last top-flight win over the Foals came in January 2014, when Mario Götze and Thomas Müller sealed a 2-0 win. Gladbach have never won three consecutive games against the Rekordmeister.In Arturo Vidal, Douglas Costa, Kingsley Coman and Joshua Kimmich, Bayern have four players who have never lifted the Meisterschale. Each has featured over 20 times in the Bundesliga this season. This season's top scorer with 27, Robert Lewandowski has only scored once in nine Bundesliga matches against Gladbach.
Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Boateng, Benatia, Juan Bernat - Kimmich - Coman, Rode, Götze, Douglas Costa - Müller
Absentees: Badstuber (ankle), Robben (adductor)
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Christensen, Nordtveit - Dahoud, G. Xhaka - Traore, Wendt - Hazard - Hahn, Raffael
Absentees: Dominguez (back), Jantschke (hernia), Stranzl (pubis), Schulz (knee), Stindl (personal)
Coach: Andre Schubert