Bayern Munich will be hosting their title party in week 34 as they welcome the visit of Freiburg who have it all to play for. Last time out Freiburg couldn’t hold on to their lead as they drew with Ingolstadt whilst Bayer Munich came from 3-1 down to defeat RB Leipzig in one of the games of the season. With Bayern already wrapping up the title, Munich will be celebrating the careers of Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso who hang up the boots at the end of the season, whilst for Freiburg, they need at least a point from this contest to guarantee their place in the Europa League for next season.
LAST TIME OUT
RB Leipzig 4-5 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich made the journey to Leipzig looking to apply the season sweep on second placed RB Leipzig. But it would be Leipzig who would go ahead just two minutes in as Emil Forsberg teed up Marcel Sabitzer to give Red Bull the lead. Bayern would level the scores when Bernardo handled the ball in the area and Robert Lewandowski stepped up and scored to become the second quickest man to 150 Bundesliga goals. Leipzig would then retake the lead on 29 minutes when Xabi Alonso fouled Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner stepping up and scored past Tom Starke. Just after half time Leipzig made it 3-1 when Yussuf Poulsen’s deflected shot found the net. Thiago brought the lead back to one when he headed home Robert Lewandowski’s headed pass for his sixth of the campaig, but moments later Leipzig restored the two-goal cushion when Werner latched onto Philipp Lahm’s error before beating Starke on the tightest of angles. But you can never discount Bayern and after 84 minutes it was 4-3, Robert Lewandowski scoring his 30th of the season after Arjen Robben rattled the cross bar. On 91 minutes the scores were level thanks to a delightful free-kick by David Alaba and then Bayern would win the game with virtually the last kick as vintage Robben switched on the style to net the winner. This is why they are the champions of Germany once again.
Freiburg 1-1 Ingolstadt
Freiburg entered matchday 33 knowing a home victory would see them wrap up a place in the Europa League. With a brand new kit on display, it was business as usuals as Freiburg would take the lead on 31 minutes. A long heave-hoe ball into the final third was headed by Florian Niederlechner, Romain Brégerie slightly hesitated and Maximilian Philipp was there to take possession and show plenty of composure to score his ninth of the season. But Ingolstadt didn’t lie down and just before the half time break Die Schanzer would level the scores. Marcel Tisserand weaving his way through a static Freiburg defence before forcing a good save by Alexander Schwolow, but with the ball in dispute it was Dario Lezcano who was there to turn the rebound into the back of the net. The second half was limited in chances but the hosts should’ve gone ahead when Niederlechner came close, his shot was well saved by Martin Hansen with the rebound coming from Janik Haberer but his shot was denied by Florian Niederlechner being in an offside position. The draw sees Freiburg drop to sixth in the standings, but in a good position to qualify for the Europa League.
Bayern Munich Lineup
Bayern will be looking to give their fans the perfect start to the celebrations as they look to defeat Freiburg at the Allianz Arena. It is also a celebration of the careers of Xabi Alonso and club legend Philipp Lahm as they hang up the boots. They will both get to start as Carlo Ancelotti looks to give his stars the perfect send off for magnificent careers. Bayern could be without Franck Ribéry who has a stomach complaint, so Douglas Costa will take his place whilst Thiago will partner Xabi Alonso in midfield with Thomas Müller returning to the starting line-up. Robert Lewandowski will once again lead the line as he looks to win the top scorer’s award for the second year in a row.
After drawing with Ingolstadt last time out, Christian Streich will be looking to crash Bayern’s championship party as the two sides meet on matchday 34. Vincenzo Grifo has been a rare feature recently after coming back from injury, but his creative input will be useful for Freiburg. I expect him to get a start for Onur Bulut.
Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso
Class personified. That is Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso all over as the pair prepare to play their last competitive games when they take on Freiburg in front of a capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena. The duo combine for 1,339 club appearances, 65 goals, 134 assists, 127 caps for their countries and 40 league and international trophies, including a World Cup apiece. Lahm and Alonso are excellent adversaries for how the game should be played with class and grace. There is no doubt the game will miss these two giants.
Take a point
Freiburg know the situation; one point is enough for Christian Steich’s side to be a participant in next season Europa League competition. This would make it the first time two promoted sides have qualified for European competition in the history of the Bundesliga and Freiburg will be hoping to oblige the record. However, its easier said then done as Bayern will be looking to end the season well considering they will only add one piece of silverware to the trophy cabinet. Freiburg will be calling upon the likes of Maximilian Philipp and Janik Haberer to provide width and pace to stretch the Bayern defence. It will be a tough ask but Freiburg have shown plenty of resilience this season.
PREDICTION: Bayern Munich 1-0 Freiburg
Bayern will party late on into the Munich night as they lift their fifth consecutive Meisterschale whilst Freiburg hope to dampen their joyous celebrations. Generally, these games are more relaxed as over the past few season their opponents have had very little to play for. I expect Freiburg to come out swinging, but it will be Bayern who has the last laugh as they take all three points in front of their home faithful.
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