Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will look to finish the campaign on a high note when they travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday in the final game of the 2021-22 season.
The visitors have failed to win in both of their encounters since confirming their 10th successive league title, whilst the hosts have improved in recent weeks to finish a disappointing campaign in positive fashion.
After performing far below expected standards for much of the season, Wolfsburg have finally begun to show their capabilities in recent weeks.
Three wins, and just one defeat, from their last five outings have seen Florian Kohfeldt’s side climb the table and end any lingering fears of an unexpected relegation battle.
Last weekend’s 1-0 success at FC Koln was perhaps the best of the bunch, as Die Wolfe put their dreadful away form behind them to come out winners at a difficult venue against the in-form Billy Goats.
Yannick Gerhardt netted the only goal of the game just before half time, and thanks to an excellent performance from backup goalkeeper Pavao Pervan, Wolfsburg came away with an impressive three points.
Saturday’s hosts remained in 13th spot despite the victory, but although they could climb as many as three places with a positive result against the champions, it will not be enough to secure a top-half finish.
Kohfeldt has answered many critics with the upturn in form in recent weeks though, and the 39-year-old will be out to secure an upset against their visitors on the final day to take into a busy summer ahead of a targeted improvement in the 2022-23 campaign.
Meanwhile, Bayern head to the Volkswagen Arena on the back of two disappointing results in the Bundesliga.
Since confirming the retention of their crown with victory over challengers Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker, the Bavarians have lost to Mainz 05 and drawn with relegation-threatened Stuttgart since.
The 3-1 defeat to Die Nullfunfer was perhaps the perfect example of a team suffering from a hangover as a result of celebrations, with Julian Nagelsmann’s side well beaten against an intense Mainz side.
Although a response would have been expected in their final home game of the campaign at the Allianz Arena last weekend, Bayern were once again well below their usual exceptional standards.
The four-man backline was wide open and left exposed to Stuttgart counter attacks on numerous occasions, whilst at the other end, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski were unusually guilty of missing some wonderful opportunities.
Kingsley Coman saw red in the fifth minute of stoppage time to sum up a disappointing final game in front of the Bayern faithful, but after failing to see his side bounce back on that occasion, Nagelsmann will be expectant when his side travel to the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.
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We say: Wolfsburg 1-3 Bayern Munich
After improving in terms of performances and results in recent weeks, Wolfsburg certainly possess the capability of hurting this shaky Bayern defence on Saturday.
However, although they may well find the back of the net, the hosts have been a poor outfit for much of the campaign, and should the champions return to their expected best, they would have far too much in them for this Wolfsburg side.