After last weekend’s disappointing draw against Nuremberg, Bayern will aim to pull up their socks and return to winning ways when they take on strugglers Hannover at the Allianz Arena.
It was more disappointing given that they were fully aware of Dortmund’s setback against Schalke, and so bad were the Bavarians that they didn’t have a single player in Week 31’s Team of the Round- a rarity.
On paper, the Hannover clash appears to be relatively straightforward for Bayern- the visitors have lost their last 13 games against the Bavarians, and have conceded at least three goals in each of their last four trips to the Allianz Arena. However the bottom of the table side are also fighting to stay alive, although their chances appear remote- they’re six off Stuttgart (who are in the playoff spot), with three games to play.
As reported on 1960Tips, Bayern have apparently had a recent approach for Thomas Tuchel turned down, which means the Bavarian giants are seriously exploring the option of a replacement for Niko Kovac. The Croatian’s first season at Bayern hasn’t been the best, and should they fail to win the league, he might be shown the door.
Bayern’s next three games are at home to Hannover, away to Leipzig and again at home to Kovac’s old club, Eintracht Frankfurt. There is perhaps not much to play for in the league for Leipzig, who will also lock horns against the Bavarians in the Cup final in three weeks’ time. However there could be plenty at stake for Eintracht, currently Germany’s only representatives left in European competition. Frankfurt could qualify for the CL by winning the EL (they’re currently in the semis of that competition), but the easier way to do it would be by finishing fourth. They currently hold a three point advantage over Gladbach and Leverkusen, and may need points on the final day against Bayern to confirm their spot.