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North v South showdown

Anniversary leap to the top of the table?

Bayern are celebrating a special birthday, and 69,000 guests will be present at the party, the vast majority bearing only good wishes for Germany’s most successful club. A day after turning 110 years old, FCB entertain Hamburg on Sunday (Live in English from 5.15 pm CET on Web Radio) on Matchday 24 in the Bundesliga.

With leaders Bayer Leverkusen held to a goalless draw at home to Köln on Saturday evening, victory by any margin would send Munich to the top of the standings. “It would fit wonderfully with our birthday,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge ahead of the traditional duel for supremacy between the biggest clubs in the north and south of the country. However, history does not favour the men in red for once. Visiting Hamburg, fourth in the table, are the solitary German top flight club never to have lost a league match at the Allianz Arena. “We need to change that, but it’ll be difficult,” warned Louis van Gaal, who would also like FCB to go top of the pile this weekend: “It would be very nice if we ended the day as leaders.”