Mon, 15/05/23, 16:00
FC Bayern Men and Women on course for title
Will FC Bayern have two sets of champions this season? With two games to go in 2022/23, both the club’s men and women’s teams sit first in their respective Bundesliga table and on course to bring both trophies back to Munich. While Die Frauen hold a four-point lead in the Women’s Bundesliga, their male counterparts are just a point above Borussia Dortmund. fcbayern.com takes a look at both teams’ remaining fixtures and the chances of Bayern being double champions.
Men to face Leipzig and Köln
Thomas Tuchel’s side ran out 6-0 winners over Schalke at the weekend to move onto 68 points in the Bundesliga – just two above Dortmund, who are still hot on FCB’s heels after they followed suit with a 5-2 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach. BVB’s remaining two fixtures see them to go relegation-threatened Augsburg on Sunday before hosting Mainz on the final day. Bayern welcome RB Leipzig to the Allianz Arena this Saturday before a visit to Köln in the simultaneous Matchday 34 schedule as they look to defend their crown. Given the tight state of play at the top, Tuchel’s team know that they need a full haul of six points if they’re to guarantee an 11th straight Bundesliga title without the need for outside help.
“We’re looking at ourselves. We’ve got two games left, which we need to win,” stated board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic. History is on Bayern’s side, having almost always stepped up to perform when it matters at the end of the season. For example, FCB have lost the final home game of a campaign in only one of the last 39 years. In addition, they’ve only dropped points in their final outing on home soil this millennium when they’ve already been confirmed as champions. It’s also just one defeat in the last 19 years on Matchday 34 – again with the title already secure.
Bayern’s recent record against the final two opponents also bodes well. The Reds have won seven of their 13 Bundesliga encounters to date with Leipzig (D5, L1), while it’s a whole 50 victories from 97 against Köln (D24, L23).
Can Women wrap it up early?
Things currently look much more comfortable for Alexander Straus’s ladies, who can win the club’s fifth title this coming weekend. Last matchday’s tight 1-0 win over Hoffenheim and a shock 4-0 defeat for Wolfsburg away at Eintracht Frankfurt means Die Frauen are now four points clear with only two games to play.
Victory on Saturday away at Bayer Leverkusen will see Bayern crowned Frauen Bundesliga champions with a game to spare, with Wolfsburg only able to watch on ahead of their trip to Meppen on Sunday. Form is very much on the Reds’ side on the back of a 15-game winning run in the league stretching back to October. It means Lea Schüller, Lina Magull and the rest of the team will go to Leverkusen full of confidence. FCB’s record against the Werkself is also overwhelmingly positive with 20 wins in 24 Bundesliga meetings. The last five games alone have all been Bayern victories, by an aggregate score of 20-1.
Even if Straus’s side don’t get the job done in Leverkusen, they will still have a second chance to claim the Meisterschale when they host already relegated Turbine Potsdam at the FC Bayern Campus – where they have won every game this season – a week on Sunday. Wolfsburg host Freiburg at the same time on the final day.
Will it be a fourth club double?
Success for the men would be the 33rd championship in Bayern’s long and illustrious history, but it would be just the fifth for the women after 1976, 2015, 2016 and 2021. If both teams do indeed add another to their collection, it would be the fourth time that Bayern were champions of Germany in both men’s and women’s football. No other club in the country has ever achieved that feat. There’s just two more games left for Tuchel and Straus’s teams to make that happen and celebrate together with fans come the end of May.
Thomas Müller and the men comprehensively beat Schalke at the weekend to keep themselves top of the table: