Bayern Munich vs Hannover 96 – Preview
FC Bayern München will be presented with the Meisterschale after Saturday’s season finale against relegated Hannover 96 at the Allianz Arena (kick-off: 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
The 25-time Bundesliga champions put the seal on a record fourth successive title with victory in Ingolstadt last weekend and will be out to give Pep Guardiola a wheat beer-soaked send-off to remember in his final Bundesliga match as head coach.
Visitors Hannover have not beaten Bayern in the Bundesliga for over four-and-a-half years, but this will be their last chance to do so – for a season at least – after the teary-eyed Reds’ relegation to the second tier was confirmed three weeks ago.
Bayern have enjoyed at least a four-point cushion since beating 1. FSV Mainz 05 3-0 on Matchday 7.
Against teams ranked outside the top six, the Bavarians have picked up 73 of a possible 75 points. The 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 11 was their only blemish.
This will be Hannover’s 948th Bundesliga match, and last for at least a season. The 96ers have bounced back after a single season away in two of the previous four times they have been relegated.
Guardiola has won 81 of his 101 top-flight fixtures in Germany, giving him the highest winning percentage in Bundesliga history.
Hannover have lost in each of their last nine visits to Bayern. In 26 games in Munich, Hannover have lost 23 times.
Ron-Robert Zieler is in line to make his 185th Bundesliga appearance for Hannover. The want-away goalkeeper has played 90 minutes for each of the last 175 games.
Robert Lewandowski has scored 29 goals this season. One more would see him overtake FC Schalke 04’s Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as the top-scoring foreigner in a single Bundesliga season.
Bayern have sold out their 75,000 Allianz Arena for each of their 17 home games this season – a club record.
Guardiola has been a champion in six of his seven seasons as a coach (three times each with FC Bayern and FC Barcelona). This season’s Bundesliga triumph was his 20th title overall.
Arturo Vidal has won his fifth consecutive league title (four with Juventus, one with Bayern).
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm, Benatia, Boateng, Alaba – Vidal – Coman, T. Müller, Douglas Costa, Ribery – Lewandowski
Absentees: Badstuber (ankle), Robben (adductor), Martinez (ankle),
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Hannover: Zieler – Arkenberg, Anton, S. Sane, Albornoz – Schmiedebach, Fossum – Sarenren-Bazee, Karaman, Klaus – Sobiech
Absentees: Felipe (adductor), Andreasen (foot), Bech (knee), Yamaguchi (broken nose), Benschop (light training), Wolf (hip), Sorg (thigh), Milosevic (knock)
Coach: Daniel Stendel