Bundesliga 2013, Week 28 preview and fixtures: Bayern clinch the title with a win

Alexander Hassenstein

Bayern Munich can clinch their 22nd Bundesliga crown this weekend with a win away to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The likelihood that the Bundesliga title is wrapped up this weekend is pretty high. Bayern Munich can clinch the title with a victory and/or anything other than a win by Borussia Dortmund and they appear to be on their way to shattering all types of Bundesliga records in this campaign. Elsewhere, Hoffenheim have a major opportunity to pull themselves closer to safety as they take on Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday.

Friday, April 5

Hoffenheim vs Fortuna Düsseldorf - 20:30 CET / 2:30 PM ET
Three points is almost mandatory for Hoffenheim on Friday if they want to avoid relegation at the end of the season. A win pulls them just six points behind Fortuna Düsseldorf for 15th place. Earlier this week, the Hoffenheim board took it upon themselves to sack the head coach and sporting director and appointed Markus Geisdol to lead the club through at least the end of the season. However, for Düsseldorf, a win will move them eight points clear of Augsburg, with Fuggerstädter's likely loss away to Borussia Dortmund this weekend.
Prediction: Hoffenheim 2 - 2 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Saturday, April 6

Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg - 15:30 CET / 9:30 AM ET
BVB will win this game, and they'll likely win it with ease. Do you want a more in depth preview for this game? Okay. Barring Jürgen Klopp fielding only ten players, BVB will win this game easily. Things are getting even dicier for Augsburg to avoid relegation now.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0 Augsburg

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Greuther Fürth - 15:30 ET / 9:30 AM ET
Gladbach have kept the pace in the middle of the table and are currently on pace to challenge for a Europa League place for the remainder of the season. They'll be facing a determined, yet poor, Fürth on Saturday. If Lucien Favre can keep his side focused for 90 minutes, they should come away with all three points. If they drop focus, which they've been known to do this season, they could shock us and drop points.
Prediction: Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 - 0 Greuther Fürth

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich - 15:30 ET / 9:30 AM ET
This is the weekend the Bavarians clinch their 22nd Bundesliga title on their way to winning the treble this season. It will be interesting to see what kind of squad that Jupp Heynckes plays with this match sandwiched in between the Champions League tie with Juventus. Obviously, the squad is still strong enough to get a result when they need it.
Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 0 - 2 Bayern Munich

Werder Bremen vs Schalke - 15:30 ET / 9:30 AM ET
Schalke can put some distance between themselves and the other clubs in the battle for the fourth Champions League place. Since losing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to injury, Schalke have won a game and lost a game, both by 3-0 scorelines. Bremen are struggling, and any point to move them farther away from the relegation zone. Their biggest issues are on the defensive end where they've conceded the most goals in the division (tied with Hoffenheim). Securing safety for his side is the top concern for Thomas Schaaf at this moment, but he needs to be lining up summer defensive replacements right now.
Prediction: Werder Bremen 1 - 1 Schalke

Bayer Leverkusen vs Wolfsburg - 15:30 CET / 9:30 AM ET
Leverkusen can move closer to securing a spot in next season's Champions League group stage with three points at home against Wolfsburg. Die Wölfe have drawn their last two matches against opponents weaker than Leverkusen. Stefan Kießling is coming off of a great game against Fortuna Düsseldorf with two goals and an assist. Wolfsburg are another side that has failed to impress this season and remain eight points out of the relegation zone.
Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 1 Wolfsburg

Hamburg vs Freiburg - 18:30 CET / 12:30 PM ET
Hamburg were on the receiving end of a 9-2 beatdown at the hands of Bayern Munich last weekend, but they're still within a point of a Europa League place. Freiburg are one point ahead of Hamburg in the table, so Saturday's match is a big one for both clubs. The question will be can Thorsten Fink get his side focused on the task at hand after last week's scoreline. If not, Freiburg will win easily.
Prediction: Hamburg 2 - 2 Freiburg

Sunday, April 7

Nürnberg vs Mainz - 15:30 CET / 9:30 AM ET
Who thought Mainz would've been three points outside of a Champions League place at this point in the season? Die Nullfünfer can really put pressure on Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt with three points on Sunday.
Prediction: Nürnberg 1 - 2 Mainz

Hannover vs Stuttgart - 17:30 CET / 11:30 AM ET
If they're interested in playing in Europe next season, a victory against Stuttgart is necessary for Hannover. They're currently two points back from a Europa League place, but could end up five back if results go against them this weekend. Stuttgart have been the disappointing club to date this season, and have lost three of their last four matches. Die Schwaben are eight points clear of the drop zone, but some analysts (including yours truly) thought they could make a run at a Champions League place this year.
Prediction: Hannover 2 - 1 Stuttgart

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