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Bayern Munich on the verge of league title number 25

Bayern Munich could seal yet another Bundesliga title - this time with four games to spare - if they win at home vs. Hertha Berlin on Saturday. Their strong season finish is helping secure coach Pep Guardiola's future.

The maths ahead of this weekend is pretty simple. If Bayern beats Hertha Berlin at home on Saturday and Wolfsburg fails to win at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday, it will be time for the Bavarians to break open the champagne.

The record-winning Bundesliga champions will lift their 25th national title in the club's history. It will be head coach Pep Guardiola's second league win in Germany.

Ahead of their game against Hertha, Bayern are in fine form and it would take a brave man (or woman) to bet against the Bavarian giants on Saturday. Berlin have now drawn their last two games, and have a particularly poor record against Bayern - especially in Munich.

With Arjen Robben likely to return this weekend, as well as the strong showing from Thiago in Tuesday's Champions League thumping of Porto, Bayern's attack is slowly returning to full strength. The team's main striker Robert Lewandowski had a slow start to the season, but also appears to be returning to good form at the right time. Franck Ribery is still out injured, but the Frenchman's absence is unlikely to bother Bayern against Hertha.

Pep Guardiola with Xabi Alonso, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger

Guardiola and his men also have a German Cup semifinal coming up against Dortmund next Tuesday

Pep back in the good books

Despite the controversy surrounding the recent resignation of the club's long-standing doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, Bayern's head coach Pep Guardiola seems to be more popular than ever.

Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Thursday's edition of "Bild" newspaper that contract negotiations will start in the second half of the year, with the aim of keeping Guardiola as head coach of the club beyond 2016.

"I think our cards are very good and I think that he will remain our coach beyond 2016," Rummenigge told the paper.

He dismissed media claims that other clubs wanted Guardiola to join their ranks with the words, "I don't worry about that. That just shows the high quality of our coach."

There have even been rumors that Müller-Wohlfahrt could also return to the club, with Rummenigge set to play mediator in the dispute. But, that may take a little longer than this weekend.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga on matchday 30, Stuttgart take on Freiburg in a key relegation battle, while Cologne and Leverkusen face each other in a local rivalry.

Matchday 30 fixtures

Mainz vs. Schalke (Friday), Hannover vs. Hoffenheim, Hamburg vs. Augsburg, Stuttgart vs. Freiburg, Borussia Dortmund vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, Cologne vs. Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich vs. Hertha Berlin (Saturday), Paderborn vs. Werder Bremen, Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Wolfsburg (Sunday).

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