Despite missing out on the Bundesliga title, Bayern Munich will be looking to finish their league campaign on a high when they take on relegation threatened Cologne on Saturday afternoon, as fans of Bundesliga can watch the game using Bet365’s live stream service.
Trailing Borussia Dortmund by eight points going into the final day, Bayern have already surrendered the league title, but they still have two massive cup finals to come before the season is out.
First of all they have the DFB Pokal final against Dortmund to contend with, then they are involved in the European football season finale when they take on Chelsea in the Champions League final.
Therefore, this weekend’s game is perhaps more important for momentum and confidence than it is for league points.
Bayern’s recent form is so good – they have lost just one of their last nine games – that it would be a shame if they upset their spirit with a defeat to Cologne. It must be an option for them to rest a few players though.
As for Cologne, in terms of league points, this is much more important for them than it is for Bayern. Going into this weekend, they sit in the relegation play-off position and this is where they will be hoping to stay.
If they remain in 16th position – as high as they can finish with one game to go – they will take on the team that finishes 3rd in the division below for the right to be a top flight team next year.
There is still a genuine danger that they could be relegated outright though. Defeat for Cologne against Bayern Munich means that Hertha BSC could catch them if they beat Hoffenheim on the final day.
As things stand, Cologne are two points clear of 17th position, although their goal difference is better than Hertha’s, so a point against Bayern could be enough. This is a tough enough task in itself though, so the pressure is well and truly on for the hosts.
They will be hoping that Bayern rest plenty of players and have an off day with one eye on two major cup finals. Regardless, it is set to be a fascinating contest and it gets underway at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.