Bayern can clinch Bundesliga title in Berlin

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 24, 2014 at 8:13 am •  Published: March 24, 2014
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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich can become the earliest Bundesliga champion with a win at Hertha Berlin on Tuesday.

Last season, Bayern won the championship with six games to spare, this time it could be seven.

In a showdown likely to decide second place, Borussia Dortmund hosts Schalke in the Ruhr derby.

Here are five things to know ahead Tuesday and Wednesday's matches:

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BAYERN'S DOMINANCE

Bayern is riding high after a league-record 18th consecutive win and its unbeaten run now stands at 51 games — also a record.

Bayern is 23 points ahead of Borussia Dortmund. The team finished the previous season 25 points ahead of Dortmund and this campaign could be even more dominant. In 26 games this season, Bayern has 24 wins and two draws.

Michael Preetz, Hertha Berlin's managing director, thinks Bayern will remain unchallenged for a while.

"At the moment, I don't see a single team that will be capable of closing the gap to Bayern over the next few years," Preetz said. "They've done a great job over the last four decades and deserve this status."

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AWAY LUCK

Bayern's previous seven titles have all come at matches away from home. The only difference is that two of those came on the final day of the season, and one on the penultimate.

The earliest was with four matches to spare — until last season's record-breaking campaign.

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EVEN A LOSS COULD BE ENOUGH

There are several scenarios that will give Bayern its 24th Bundesliga title.

The most straightforward way is for Bayern to beat Hertha. A draw will be enough if Dortmund fails to beat Schalke. And even if Bayern loses its first match of the season, it will win the title if Dortmund and Schalke settle for a draw.

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