FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Bayern Munich could become the earliest champion in Bundesliga history if it wins in Mainz on Saturday and Borussia Dortmund and Schalke drop points at the same time. Bayern won last season’s title with six matches to spare, this time it could be eight for the undefeated Bavarians.
Here are five things to know about the 26th Bundesliga round this weekend:
Bayern is riding a record 50-match unbeaten run in the Bundesliga as it heads to Mainz. Bayern has won the last three games against Mainz, scoring three goals in each of them.
Mainz last won against Bayern on Nov. 27, 2011, but coach Thomas Tuchel has a 33-percent winning percentage against Bayern, the best of all Bundesliga coaches.
Former Bayern manager and president Uli Hoeness is soon going to prison and this could be his last weekend in freedom. Hoeness has been convicted of tax evasion on a private Swiss bank account and sentenced to three years and six months in prison. Since he decided not to challenge the verdict, Hoeness could be going to jail any time soon.
Hoeness is largely credited with building this Bayern team into a powerhouse that swept the Champions League, the Bundesliga and the German Cup last season. Bayern could repeat the unique treble this season.
With Arjen Robben extending his contract until 2017 and most key players bound to the club for at least another season, Bayern could be in for a long dominance.
DORTMUND’S HOME PROBLEMS:
Dortmund has lost its last two games, both at home: 2-1 to Borussia Moenchengladbach and then also 2-1 to Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League. Dortmund advanced to the quarterfinals 5-4 on aggregate but the players bemoaned the lack of support from the home crowd.
“Usually a home game should transmit a positive feeling and not leave you feeling as if you’ve committed a crime,” captain Sebastian Kehl said.