It’s going to be party time in Bavaria on Saturday, as Bayern Munich look forward to lifting their sixth successive Bundesliga title after their game against Stuttgart. The visitors will be in no mood to roll over and let Bayern have their fun though, as Die Schwaben still have a chance to qualify for next season’s Europa League.
Where and when: Allianz Arena – 12 May, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Bayern Munich vs. Stuttgart: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Stuttgart held firm for almost 80 minutes when the teams met at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena in the last game before the winter break, but Thomas Muller’s strike was enough for Bayern to take all three points.
Bayern Munich v Stuttgart Predictions and Preview
With a colossal lead of 24 points at the top of the Bundesliga, it would usually be tough to see anything other than a Bayern Munich win against Stuttgart. The Bavarians have emerged victorious in each of the last 16 meetings between the sides across all competitions, but the visitors have more to play for and will hope Der FCB take their eye off the game with their trophy presentation to come.
If Bayern get the win, they’ll finish the season with 87 points, which is five more than they managed last term. After smashing in 44 goals to Stuttgart’s 13 since they last lost to their opposing Reds, Bayern are 1/5 favourites to continue their fine run with another victory.
While Bayern have a perfect record against Stuttgart that stretches back to the start of the decade, their manager’s record against Die Schwaben is also highly impressive. Jupp Heynckes has more victories against them than any other team, and has beaten Stuttgart the last nine times he’s faced them.
The manager could bring Manuel Neuer into the team for his first appearance of the season, although Arturo Vidal, Jerome Boateng, Kingsley Coman and David Alaba are all set to miss out. Franck Ribery has signed a one-year contract extension and is set to start, while Arjen Robben – who is yet to agree a new deal – could make his final appearance at the Allianz Arena.
Visiting boss Tayfun Korkut will be without Dennis Aogo and Santiago Ascacibar due to suspension, while Andreas Beck and Carlos Mane are injured. Matthias Zimmermann and Holger Badstuber are also doubts, with the latter hoping to face his old club alongside Mario Gomez.
It’s a tall order for Stuttgart to come away with the win, and they’re available at 14/1 if you think they can get it. At 37/5, a draw might be the best the visitors can hope for, but it wouldn’t be enough for their European aspirations.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski has 41 goals to his name so far this season. It’s no surprise he starts as the favourite to open the scoring, priced at 29/10.
One to watch for Stuttgart: Former Munich man Mario Gomez is Stuttgart’s top scorer this term, but he’s some way behind Lewandowski on eight goals. He’s 14/1 to break the deadlock in this one.
Long shot: The last draw between the sides was back in 2009. That game finished goalless, and a repeat of that is priced at a massive 55/1. Unlikely, but could be worth a punt at those odds.