Just nine opponents stand between FC Bayern München and an unbeaten Bundesliga campaign and the champions have been priced up at 9/20 to achieve what would be a first feat of its kind since the league’s 1963 formation.
Josep Guardiola’s man-mountains can clinch the title with eight games remaining if results go their way in the next round of fixtures.
Not that there will be any let up should they secure the championship before the beginning of April if Franck Ribery is to be believed, after the Frenchman admitted: “My aim is to become German champions without suffering a single defeat. We want to attempt to win every game and put in convincing performances every time we play.”
If the Frenchman is to get his way here are the three sides that news.bwin.com/en/ expect to cause him most trouble along the road.
Karnevalsverein’s Thomas Buchel is one of the most promising young managers in the German top flight today.
Having won 33 per cent of his nine previous meetings with the champions he has the best record against FCB of any boss in the division.
However, Bavaria’s finest seem to have snapped their unlucky streak against Mainz, beating them by two goals or more in the sides’ last three meetings and can be backed to defy a -1 handicap at the Coface Arena at 31/50.
Don’t let FCB’s 3-0 win at Westfalenstadion fool you, after all seven Bundesliga sides have lost less times on the road than Dortmund this season and Jurgen Klopp’s men have been more impressive on the road.
Away only FC Bayern have a better record and BVB remain one of only two teams to beat Bayern in any competition this year.
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Egyptian squash wizard Ramy Ashour once described his calling as:
“The constant fight between you and your second enemy – which is you as well.”
Ashour put together a 17-month unbeaten streak on the court and like the former world number one Bayern may find that they are their own worst adversary on the road to a place in history.
However, the fact that even after winning last season’s Champions League they staved off complacency to defeat Stuttgart in the final of the DFB Pokal in the final game of 2012/13 bodes well.