Schalke 04 vs M’gladbach 16:30
Mainz vs Hannover 96
Leverkusen vs Nurnberg
FC Augsburg vs SC Freiburg
SpVgg Fürth vs Stuttgart
Bayern vs Dortmund 19:30
Hoffenheim vs Bremen 16:30
Wolfsburg vs Hamburg SV 18:30
BERLIN - Bayern Munich have become the first Bundesliga team in history to clinch the Herbstmeisterschaft after only 14 games, as they went ten points clear at the top of the table after beating 10-man Freiburg 2-0.
The Herbstmeisterschaft (winter championship) is the unofficial title handed to the league leaders after the first half of the season. Out of the 49 winter champions so far, 32 went on to win the league title. Bayern’s achievement marks the earliest Herbstmeister in Bundesliga history.
Bayern beat SC Freiburg 2-0 on Wednesday, and, after chasing pack Dortmund, Frankfurt and Schalke slipped on Tuesday, they opened a ten-point gap over Bayern Leverkusen.
Ahead of the German ‘clasico’ on Saturday, however, Bayern’s players were cautious, despite winning the unofficial title. “This means nothing,” warned midfielder Toni Kroos. “Just remember last year!”
In the 2011-12 season Bayern had also topped the table, three points ahead of chasers Dortmund and Schalke. During the second half of the season, though, Bayern lost 11 points on Borussia Dortmund and finished second.
Bayern’s focus will now shift towards the Dortmund game this weekend. In the Bundesliga, Bayern have lost the last four games against Dortmund. “It is time to finally beat Dortmund again,” said Neuer.