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Bayern are the champions if…

It's all in FC Bayern’s own hands. A win at Hertha BSC would see FCB crowned champions of the German league for the 24th time regardless of what the other teams do. A draw, or even the first league defeat of the season, would be enough if Borussia Dortmund don’t beat Schalke (Bayern draw) or if the Dortmund and Schalke game finishes all square (Bayern defeat). Going into Matchday 27, Bayern currently lead the Bundesliga by 23 points.

FCB 'regret' incident at Arsenal match

FC Bayern will have to close a section of the ground at the Allianz Arena for the home leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester United. This follows UEFA’s decision to punish the Munich club after fans displayed a homophobic banner at the game against Arsenal. “We regret this incident and we wholly disassociate ourselves from this discriminatory banner. This will never be acceptable to FC Bayern Munich,” said chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “We will identify the perpetrators of this incident and examine the possibility of legal action for compensation against the individuals concerned.”

Positive record against Hertha BSC

Bayern have only lost once to Hertha BSC in the last 20 Bundesliga meetings (a 2-1 defeat in February 2009). The two sides have faced each other 57 times in the league up to now. The record from a Bayern point of view reads 32 wins, 16 draws and just nine defeats. FCB have scored 2.4 goals per game against the team from the capital. Bayern coasted to a 6-0 victory in the previous game in Berlin in March 2012, where Arjen Robben bagged a hat trick.

Fritz - the man with the whistle

Marco Fritz from Korb will referee Bayern’s away game at Hertha. The assistants at the Olympic Stadium will be Martin Petersen and Marcel Pelgrim with Michael Weiner acting as fourth official. This is the eighth FC Bayern game where Fritz has been in charge. FCB won all the previous seven matches. Bayern clocked up a 7-0 win at Werder Bremen the last time the banker took charge.