Bayern Munich could be crowned German league champions in record time on Saturday if they win at Mainz 05.
Pep Guardiola’s Bayern hold an enormous 23-point lead and victory would give them the title if rivals Borussia Dortmund fail to win at Hanover and Schalke do not beat bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig.
Even if all doesn’t go according to plan this weekend, it’s almost certainly only a matter of time.
Should Bayern wrap up a 24th German league title at Mainz, they will do so with eight games to spare, breaking their own record of six, set last season.
No side has ever been crowned German champions in March and Bayern are bidding to become the first to go through an entire Bundesliga campaign unbeaten.
Mainz, who are on their own five-match unbeaten run, have risen to fifth in the table and are challenging for a Champions League place.
Bayern will be at near full strength, while Mainz are waiting on the fitness of Cameroon striker Eric Choupo-Moting who has had a stomach infection.
But should Bayern claim the title, any celebrations will be muted with the Bavarian giants in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and determined to defend their title.
“(Any party) wouldn’t last long, we still have too many games ahead of us,” said Bayern’s Dutch winger Arjen Robben.
“We have a game every two or three days coming up and the focus is on the Champions League.”
If Bayern’s bid is foiled this weekend, their next chance will come at Hertha Berlin on Tuesday.
“We will be champions, but exactly when is secondary,” attacking midfielder Toni Kroos said.
Dortmund travel to Hanover 96 on Saturday without Germany left-back Marcel Schmelzer, who has a torn muscle in his pelvis, to add to their latest injury woes.
The 26-year-old suffered the injury in the later stages of Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat at home to Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Dortmund reached the quarter-finals with a 5-4 win on aggregate after a 4-2 first-leg victory three weeks ago.