Bayern Munich clinched the title last weekend, but Kevin Hatchard doesn't think they'll ease up this Saturday.
"Bayern's squad are all on their toes, constantly trying to impress Jupp Heynckes, and the injury-hit visitors could be in for a rough ride."
Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach
Saturday April 14, 17:30
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Although they weren't as impressive as I thought they would be against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday, Bayern Munich kept their treble hopes alive with a goalless draw and a 2-1 aggregate success.
Having secured a sixth consecutive Bundesliga title thanks to last weekend's 4-1 win at Augsburg, Bayern seemingly have little to play for in the league, but don't be fooled. Excellent coach Jupp Heynckes has created an environment where every player (apart from maybe Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich) is being kept on their toes. There is strength in depth in every position, and even Lewandowski's backup Sandro Wagner has scored five goals in his last seven league games.
That uncertainty means that players are taking every opportunity to impress, because no-one wants to be left on the bench for a Champions League or DFB Cup semi-final or final. As for Heynckes, he can still match the achievements of his previous season in charge by winning a treble, and he will make history this weekend. If you combine his playing and coaching career, the 72-year-old will rack up Bundesliga game number 1034 on Saturday, putting him top of the all-time list ahead of the great Otto Rehhagel.
Bayern face a Borussia Monchengladbach side that beat them 2-1 in the reverse fixture, but the Foals aren't really in any shape to complete the double. Injury issues have derailed their season, and they have collected a pitiful four points from their last eight Bundesliga away games. Only a miraculous run of results would see them qualify for Europe, but the players continue to publicly back coach Dieter Hecking.
Bayern will want revenge after defeat at Borussia Park, and they have players in all departments who are keen to impress. Gladbach aren't anywhere near the team they should be, and I think their lingering European hopes will be wiped away here.
Hoffenheim v Hamburg
Saturday April 14, 14:30
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Hamburg's joy to be short-lived
Hoffenheim are still on the fringes of the battle for European qualification, and if their 30-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann delivers continental competition for the second season running, it'll be his greatest magic trick yet. He secured a top-four finish last term, but has since lost three integral players to Bayern, and has largely been without playmaker Kerem Demirbay because of injury.
Hoffe have put together a six-match unbeaten run, and in their last two home matches they have dismissed Wolfsburg 3-0 and eviscerated Koln 6-0. Hamburg are at the same level as those two sides, and even though HSV produced a superb performance to defeat Schalke last weekend, they have taken just three points from their last 13 away matches. Coach Christian Titz has turned to the youngsters and employed a bold approach, but this is a huge test.
All of Hoffenheim's forwards are on form, although Mark Uth is suspended. Serge Gnabry has scored five goals in his last five games, and Andrej Kramaric has netted seven goals in his last nine matches. I don't believe the Hamburg defence can withstand that kind of firepower.
Schalke v Borussia Dortmund
Sunday April 15, 14:30
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This is always one of the most emotional and fiercely contested derbies in the German football calendar, but there is a lot riding on this game too. Both Schalke and Dortmund are yet to secure Champions League qualification, and they know a win for either side would see them finish the weekend in second spot behind the champions Bayern.
Schalke's shock defeat at Hamburg last weekend was the worst possible way to prepare for this Revierderby. The Royal Blues were knocked out of their rhythm by the passion and intensity of Hamburg and their home crowd, as a stunning late winner from Aaron Hunt brought a six-match winning run to an end.
Despite that defeat, Schalke will feel they have a psychological edge over Dortmund, after they came from 4-0 down to draw the reverse fixture 4-4. BVB's 3-0 win over Stuttgart last weekend flattered them, and they haven't won any of their last four away matches in all competitions. They've only scored two goals in those four games, and in their last Bundesliga road match they were utterly humiliated as Bayern Munich cruised (and I mean cruised) to a 6-0 win in Der Klassiker.
Dortmund coach Peter Stoger has only lost once in the league since taking charge, but the football Dortmund have played has been too chaotic and haphazard, and has relied on individual quality rather than a solid framework. Conversely, Schalke as a squad don't have Dortmund's talent, but they stick religiously to the scheme laid out for them by 32-year-old coach Domenico Tedesco.
The Match Odds market is split right down the middle here, but I believe Schalke are in much better shape than Dortmund in terms of consistency. BVB might click and blow Schalke away, especially if Michy Batshuayi and Marco Reus excel, but I'll play the percentages and back the hosts Draw No Bet.
Kevin will be commentating on Hoffenheim v Hamburg and Schalke v Borussia Dortmund for the Bundesliga world TV feed. You can follow him on Twitter @kevinhatchard
2017-18 Bundesliga p/L
Points Staked: 92
Points Returned: 80.06
P/L: -11.94 points