The 2011/12 season is coming to its climax in club football with leagues around the globe reaching the final phase with clubs desiring for national glory. The title race in Germany’s elite league Bundesliga could be decided on Wednesday, when defending champions Borussia Dortmund take on record champions FC Bayern Munich at the Signal Iduna Park.
Borussia Dortmund is leading the Bundesliga table with 66 points from 29 matches and a win against second ranked Bayern would virtually secure the Juergen Klopp coached sided another league title with only four matches left after the “Clash of Titans”.
On the other hand German powerhouses Bayern are ranked second with 63 points on their account and a win against Dortmund would put them to the top of the table with a better goal difference giving them an advantage.
Both sides will be keen to win the match and the German football fraternity is expecting an entertaining encounter in a couple of days. But the expectations could be brought down to reality, if the match ends in a draw. The title race would continue to be a close decision until the last match day.
“I don’t think we will give away the title, if we win the match,” Borussia Dortmund defender Matts Hummels told.
Dortmund coach Klopp didn’t agree to Hummel’s statement. “I think there are still four matches left after the encounter and a total of 12 points are still in the raffle. We are yet to face Schalke and Gladbach and I think there won’t be any preliminary decision on Wednesday,” Klopp told.
Bayern star striker Mario Gomez is fully aware of the tough task ahead for his team. “The last five matches will be really tough. And we need to win all of them! We will win the Bundesliga title, if we do so,” Gomez stated.
“The best two teams of this season will be facing each other on Wednesday. I’m really confident, that we will decide the title race in our favour,” Bayern’s sports director Christian Nerlinger told the media gathering.
Borussia Dortmund would be in a better position, if they win or draw the match on Wednesday, while Bayern desperately need to win the clash, if they would like to put them in an advantageous position. Jupp Heynckes team’s title hopes would depend on Dortmund’s remaining results, if they lose or draw the “Clash of Titans”.
The stage is set for a spectacle on Wednesday, but I would like to predict a close title race till the final match day. The “Clash of Titans” will be a strong statement on the rest of the season, but the Bundesliga champions 2011/12 will be crowned on May 5, when Borussia Dortmund take on SC Freiburg at home and Bayern Munich face 1. FC Cologne in an away match.
HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
Matches (Total: 85)
Borussia Dortmund: 21 victories | Draws 26 | FC Bayern Munich: 38 victories
Goals (Total: 270)
Borussia Dortmund: 108 goals | FC Bayern Munich: 162 goals
Last five matches
12.09.2009 | Borussia Dortmund 1-5 FC Bayer Munich
13.02.2010 | FC Bayern Munich 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
03.10.2010 | Borussia Dortmund 2-0 FC Bayern Munich
26.02.2011 | FC Bayern Munich 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
19.11.2011 | FC Bayern Munich 0-1 Borussia Dortmund