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Last Updated: 15/05/19 2:46pm

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are battling for the Bundesliga title on the final day

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are battling for the Bundesliga title on the final day

The Premier League title race is over, but will there be drama on the final day in the Bundesliga?

Just as in the Premier League, there are two teams in contention with one round of matches left to play.

Unlike in the Premier League, where Manchester City and Liverpool racked up huge points tallies in their relentless pursuit of the title, there have been far more points dropped between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

“Imperfect Bundesliga gets perfect finale,” is how German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has summed it up.

For the first half of the season it looked like Dortmund were on track to win their first league title since 2011/12, when Jurgen Klopp was in charge. They had the second-best points tally in club history at the halfway mark and led by nine points from Bayern Munich at the start of December.

Bundesliga table

Team Games played Goal difference Points
Bayern Munich 33 +52 75
Borussia Dortmund 33 +35 73
RB Leipzig 33 +35 66
B Monchengladbach 33 +15 55
B Leverkusen 33 +13 55
Frankfurt 33 +16 54

However, Dortmund have imploded in maddening fashion in the second half of the season.

They blew a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Hoffenheim in February before losing 3-0 to Tottenham in the first half of their Champions League last-16 tie. A 0-0 draw with bottom side Nuremberg followed, and more recently a 5-0 thrashing at Bayern, a 4-2 derby defeat to Schalke – after having two players sent off – and a defeat to Werder Bremen after leading 2-0 with 20 minutes left to play.

“One day you’re sad because you made mistakes, the next day you’re happy because we can still be champions. So yeah, the Bundesliga is crazy,” said Axel Witsel after Dortmund kept the title race alive with a 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf last weekend.

Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic scored against Fortuna Dusseldorf to keep Dortmund's hopes alive

Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic scored against Fortuna Dusseldorf to keep Dortmund’s hopes alive

While Dortmund have been unable to maintain their high level, Bayern have recovered from a slow start with one of their best finishes in recent years. They have only lost once in 2019 in the Bundesliga and have taken 39 points from a possible 48.

They could have wrapped up their seventh straight title last weekend but were held to a goalless draw by RB Leipzig, with Leon Goretzka having a goal ruled out for offside.

The disappointment was lifted by the slight consolation that if Bayern do seal the title on Sunday it will be the first they have won at home since 1999/2000.

“We’ve now got the opportunity to win the title on the final matchday, in front of our own fans. I don’t think it gets more emotional than that,” said Goretzka.

We have been under brutal pressure, but now the pressure is heading south. Bayern have it all to lose, we can only win

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke

What are the final-day scenarios?

Bayern Munich host Eintracht Frankfurt on the final day while Dortmund travel to Borussia Monchengladbach.

With Bayern holding a two-point lead and having a far superior goal difference, the only way that Dortmund can secure the title is by winning and Bayern losing.

The good news for Dortmund is that Frankfurt are still competing for a Champions League place.

Bayern Munich were held by RB Leipzig last weekend to send the title race down to the wire

Bayern Munich were held by RB Leipzig last weekend to send the title race down to the wire

The bad news is that so too are Monchengladbach. And Frankfurt, who start the day in sixth place, one point behind fourth-placed Monchengladbach, have failed to win any of their last five Bundesliga matches.

Bayern may have injured goalkeeper Manuel Neuer back for the match, while departing trio Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Rafinha are set to play their final Bundesliga games for the club.

Christian Pulisic will also be bidding farewell to Dortmund after the weekend as he joins Chelsea.

Only once before have Bayern failed to win the Bundesliga title when they have gone into the final day in first place (1971, Borussia Monchengladbach)

“We have to keep believing,” said Pulisic after scoring in his final home game for Dortmund at the weekend. “We have to give everything we’ve got to win. We can only control what we do and it obviously depends on Bayern. The manager keeps telling us that it’s possible. We’ll see what happens.”

Jadon Sancho is on course to finish top of the assist charts. The England international currently has 14 assists in the Bundesliga, two more than Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich.

How can I follow it?

You will be able to follow the battle for the Bundesliga title and the race for fourth in Spain with Sky Sports. Head to the Sky Sports website or Sky Sports app and follow our live blog from 2pm.

What else is up grabs around Europe?

There’s a close battle for the final Champions League spot in La Liga heading into the final round of matches.

Valencia and Getafe are both on 58 points while Sevilla are two points behind. Valencia will finish ahead of Getafe if they are level on points due to their superior head-to-head record.

Both teams play at 3.15pm on Saturday, with Getafe hosting Villarreal and Valencia travelling to Valladolid.

Benfica lead the Portuguese Primeira Liga by two points heading into the last day.

Benfica finish with a home game against seventh-placed Santa Clara while second-placed Porto have a tougher-looking clash against third-placed Sporting Lisbon.

The runners-up will have the added complication of having to play in the Champions League third qualifying round next season.

In Turkey, Galatasaray and Istanbul Basaksehir are level on 66 points at the top of the table with two matches to play.

Basaksehir have slipped up in recent weeks, allowing Galatasaray to move ahead of them courtesy of a superior head-to-head record.

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