Bayern Munich preview: It all comes down to this
There will be a showdown on the final day of the 2018/19 Bundesliga season, with Eintracht travelling to Munich. SGE are in the running to qualify for Europe, while Bayern are looking to get their hands on the title once again.
Having managed just a solitary point from their last three home games in the league, Eintracht’s hopes of international football next season are now very much in the balance. For the final Bundesliga match of the season, they will have to summon up the kind of grit that they showed in last year’s German Cup final to be sure of realising their dream of another UEFA Europa League campaign without relying on other results. And as was the case in that amazing final 12 months ago, Bayern Munich are once again the opponents.
Showdown in Bavaria
For Eintracht, the season is ending the same way it began, with another game against former coach Niko Kovac. After a 5-0 defeat in the DFL Supercup and a 3-0 Bundesliga loss at the Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt must face Bayern Munich once again on the 34th and final matchday, having yet to record a victory in their various trips to the Allianz Arena.
Eintracht looking to send title to Dortmund
The battle for the league title is as tense as it has been in years, with Bayern and Borussia Dortmund still going toe-to-toe into the final round of matches. Eintracht hold the balance of power as they head to Munich, as a victory for the Eagles over the team with the record number of Bundesliga trophies would not only be a surprise but would also allow Dortmund to steal the title from their rivals’ grasp – providing they win their own match, of course.
A win for BVB would also do Eintracht a favour in return, as that would deprive Borussia Mönchengladbach of points in the fight for the European spots. Bayern are in the box seat however – their superior goal difference means that a draw against Frankfurt would be enough to take the trophy back to Bavaria for the seventh time in a row. A share of the points would likely suit Eintracht, as it ought to be enough for them to secure a Europa League spot and not find themselves pipped at the post by one or even two other teams as the season comes to a close. One thing is for certain: Matchday 34 promises to be a nerve-jangling affair for more than a few clubs.
Kick-off: Saturday 18 May 2019, 15:30 CEST, Matchday 34 of the 2018/19 season.
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich.