Borussia Mönchengladbach v Dortmund teams
Borussia Mönchengladbach: Sommer, Kramer, Zakaria, Hazard, Beyer, Traoré, Wendt, Drmic, Hofmann, Ginter, Elvedi.
Subs: Sippel, Lang, Strobl, Herrmann, Plea, Jantschke, Cuisance.
Borussia Dortmund: Bürki, Piszczek, Akanji, Weigl, Guerreiro, Witsel, Delaney, Sancho, Reus, Pulisic, Götze.
Subs: Hitz, Zagadou, Alcacer, Dahoud, Schmelzer, Bruun Larsen, Topra.
Bayern v Eintracht Frankfurt teams
Bayern Munich: Ulreich, Süle, Hummels, Thiago, Lewandowski, Goretzka, Gnabry, Müller, Alaba, Coman, Kimmich.
Subs: Hoffmann, Ribéry, Robben, Rafinha, Boateng, Davies, Sanches.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp, Rebic, Fernandes, De Guzman, Jovic, Kostic, Gacinovic, Hinteregger, Abraham, Hasebe, Da Costa.
Subs: Rönnow, Falette, Haller, Torró, Toure, Chandler, Paciencia.
Here we go, then, another final-day decider in one of Europe’s leading leagues. It might not have been expected at the start of the season, when Bayern Munich were expected to sweep all before them en route to a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title, even if a new man was at the helm. But here Niko Kovac is, 90 minutes from securing his first league crown as a manager, knowing a point against Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich today will guarantee them the title. Eintracht Frankfurt, from whom he took flight for the German champions last year.
It would be a 29th German championship (a 28th in the Bundesliga era) for Bayern, but only their first to celebrate at the Allianz Arena. Since its opening in 2005, Bayern have won nine titles, but only secured title glory away from home in eight of them (and the ‘sofa title’ of 2015 when results elsewhere gave them the crown). In fact, it’s now somewhat incredible 19 years (and 13 titles) since Bayern wrapped things up on their home turf. A big day beckons in the south.
But if the title fight is going to a final day, then there is another team we can’t forget about. And that’s Borussia Dortmund, the early-season swashbuckling freewheelers who surged into a nine-point lead at one stage, only to tighten up through the second half of the season, enabling the Bavarian juggernaut to eventually haul them in, smash them 5-0 and eventually go clear. At times their football has been a joy. At times, less so. They find themselves two points behind and on their way to Borussia Mönchengladbach, knowing only a win will do to at least make Bayern earn this title on the final day.
Ah yes, final days in the Bundesliga. Final days in the Bundesliga involving Bayern Munich. Memories of 2001 (sorry, Schalke fans). So what we’re saying is that there should be hope for Dortmund, even if it’s likely to be in short supply.
There’s plenty more at stake, mind. Champions League places – paging Frankfurt and Gladbach – and Europa League spots are up for grabs, with teams all the way down to ninth still having European football to play for. This thorough primer from the Bundesliga has you covered.
Kick-offs are at 2.30pm BST, 3.30pm local time. We’ll have updates from all the afternoon’s games as they happen.