- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Bayern Munich is reeling from its crushing 4-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals and now travels to Hamburg for what could be a decisive match for the hosts’ desperate attempt to escape relegation in the last matches of the season.

Stuttgart, the only club that could be caught by Hamburg, hosts Wolfsburg and can make sure of staying in the top flight with a victory.

Eintracht Braunschweig and Nuremberg can still catch Hamburg in 16th place, which means a relegation playoff against the third-place team from the second division.

Here are five things to know about Saturday’s matches:



Hamburg’s disastrous season is at a crucial stage: if it beats champion Bayern Munich, it could still hope to escape relegation for the first time since the founding of the Bundesliga 51 years ago. The only thing that speaks for the tradition-rich club is that Bayern is reeling after its stunning loss in the Champions League. Bayern has two losses in the Bundesliga since it won the title one month ago.

But in the last six meeting, Hamburg has conceded 27 goals against Bayern while scoring four in earning only one draw.

Hamburg is five points behind Stuttgart and one and two points ahead of Nuremberg and Braunschweig, respectively.

“We can’t afford to hope for help from others. We have to help ourselves finally,” defender Marcell Jansen said.



While it technically needs one point from the last two matches to stay ahead of Hamburg, Stuttgart also has a much better goal difference.

“It’s all in our own hands,” managing director Fredi Bobic said. “We have to win against Wolfsburg to be sure.”

But Wolfsburg is not going to be a pushover. The club still has a chance of clinching a place in the Champions League and coach Dieter Hacking says his team will try to win by all means.

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