On Saturday, February 20, Bayern Munich FC hosts SV Darmstadt 1898 in a Bundesliga week 22 fixture. The game will be played at the Allianz Arena in the city of Munich and will kick off at 14:30 BST.
The hosts are currently top of the league table with 56 points from 21 games, while the visitors are in 13th place, with 24 points from 21 games.
The league leaders will retain their position on the league table regardless of the outcome of this fixture, The underdogs can go as high as 10th position with a win in this game, while a defeat could leave them as low as 15th place.
Bayern Munich league dominanceBayern Munich are almost certain to win this league title at the end of the campaign, and currently sit 8 points clear of second placed Borrussia Dortmund. The Munich giants have won three consecutive league campaigns, and will be looking to wrap up title number 26 as soon as possible.
The league leaders, managed by Pep Guardiola, are in excellent form, with four wins and one draw in their last five games in all competitions. This run includes league wins against Hamburger SV (1-2 on January 22), Hoffenheim (2-0 on January 31), and Augsburg (1-3 on February 14). They also defeated VFL Bochum in the German Cup (0-3 on February 10).
The only recent game which the Bavarians have failed to win was the league draw against Bayer Leverkusen (0-0 on February 6).
Darmstadt looking to stay upThe newly promoted team, who are currently 4 points above the dreaded drop zone will be looking to secure their stay in the elite league sooner rather than later. A couple of away wins recently has aided their cause, and they will be looking for the mother of all upsets against the most accomplished team in the land.
The Lilies, managed by Dirk Schuster, are in decent form, with two wins and three defeats in their last five games in all competitions. Both of these wins were in the league against Hannover 96 (1-2 on January 23), and Hoffenheim (0-2 on February 7).
The newly promoted team have however suffered recent games against Borrussia Moechengladbach (3-2 on December 20), Schalke 04 (0-2 on January 30), and Bayer Leverkusen (1-2 on February 13). All of these defeats were in the league.
Bayern Munich has arguably the best goalkeeper in the world in Manuel Neuer, and the German goalkeeper has helped his team to 13 clean sheets in 21 league games this season. The Bavarians have conceded only 10 goals in the league this season, and will be looking for another defensive masterclass in this fixture. Sandro Wagner is Darmstadt’s top scorer this season with 7 league goals, and manager Dirk Schuster will be hoping he can make good on the few chances that might come his way in this game.
Bayern Munich are in a class of their own, and I expect this class to be apparent in this encounter. The hosts to win this game by a comfortable margin.