Preview: Bayern München v Darmstadt

Bottom-of-the-table Darmstadt will have to contend with newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern München on Saturday afternoon.

Date: 6 May 2017
Match Day 32
Kick-off: 15H30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Allianz Arena

Referee: G. Winkmann
Assistants: C. Bandurski, A.Blos
Fourth official: P. Alt


strong>Head-to-head summary:

Bayern München 8 7 1 0
Darmstadt 8 0 1 7

Previous encounter:

Darmstadt 0-1 Bayern München 18/12/16 (Bundesliga)

Bayern München goalscorers: Douglas Costa (71′)

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Players to watch:

With the Bundesliga title secured, Ancelotti may be tempted to give some of his youngsters a starting berth. Renato Sanches could be given the nod in midfield alongside winger Kingsley Coman.

Darmstadt will be looking to the likes of Antonio Colak and Mario Vrancic to come up with the winning strikes. The pair have scored 11 goals between them in all competitions this season.

Team form and manager quotes:

Die Roten secured the Bundesliga silverware with a 6-0 thrashing of Wolfsburg last weekend, which opened up a 10-point lead over second-placed RB Leipzig with three games left in the season.

Carlo Ancelotti’s charges have been dominant throughout the campaign, losing top spot for only a couple of weeks around the end of November. The German champions have lost only once in their last 20 Bundesliga fixtures.

After claiming the title, Ancelotti wasn’t entirely satisfied due to Bayern’s failure to progress in the Champions League as well as the DFB Pokal. “Of course, there are big regrets about the last 15-20 days. I think we could do better. We could have been luckier. In some situations, it was our fault and we can learn from this to be better next season. But now is the moment to celebrate,” he said, according to ESPN.

Meanwhile, Darmstadt have endured a torrid time in the Bundesliga this season but have an outside chance to get into the relegation play-offs, if they win their remaining three games.

Despite sitting at the bottom of the standings, Darmstadt are in terrific form, currently enjoying a three-game winning streak, which should give them confidence against an opponent who may struggle with complacency.

The man behind their turnaround is former Germany international Torsten Frings, who took over as manager in December. Club president Rüdiger Fritsch recently praised the work of his manager, telling the Frankfurter Neue Presse: “Torsten Frings is very good to us with his authenticity and his attributes of willpower, ambition and winning mentality.”

Team news:

Bayern remain unable to call upon goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is sidelined with a fractured foot and only expected back towards the end of June.

Darmstadt have an injured trio out of action, with Peter Niemeyer, Terrence Boyd, and Felix Platte unavailable.

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