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Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich match preview
It’s time for the biggest fixture on the Bundesliga calendar as the two clubs who’ve shared the last 14 Meisterschale, albeit not very equally, go head-to-head in Der Klassiker.
Bayern Munich have won 11 successive league titles, snatching the Salatschüssel from Dortmund’s grasp in the final minute of the final day of last season, although all is not well with the champions right now.
On Wednesday night, despite taking an early lead through Thomas Müller, die Roten were dumped out of the DFB-Pokal by third-tier Saarbrücken, conceding right at the end of stoppage time at Ludwigsparkstadion.
Amazingly, this is Bayern’s third round two exit in just four seasons, failing to get beyond the Pokal’s quarter-finals in four successive seasons for the first time since 1997.
In the Bundesliga meantime, Thomas Tuchel’s team do remain unbeaten, hammering Darmstadt 8-0 on Saturday, with all the goals coming in an unprecedented second half at Allianz Arena.
However, in both ‘big’ matches they’ve played so far, Bayern have faltered, held to 2-2 draws by both league-leaders Bayer Leverkusen and then RB Leipzig so far.
Thus, despite the fact they’re undefeated in ten meetings with Dortmund, winning nine of them, they may be traveling to North Rhine-Westphalia with a sense of trepidation.
Borussia Dortmund meantime are targeting a victory that would see them leapfrog Bayern in the table, blowing the title race wide-open in the process.
Edin Terzić's team are also unbeaten in the league to date, enjoying five victories on the spin prior to Sunday’s characteristically chaotic 3-3 draw with Frankfurt, in which they fought back from 2-0 and then 3-2 down.
In mid-week, Marco Reus’ goal saw die Schwarzgelben overcome Hoffenheim in the DFB-Pokal, a competition they’re now amongst the favourites to win, given Bayern’s aforementioned shock exit later on in the evening.
But the Bundesliga title is the one they really want, desperate to end 11-years of Bayern domination, having come so close last season.
Dortmund haven’t prevailed in a league Klassiker since 2018, although they did come from 2-0 down to earn a draw in this fixture 13 months ago, courtesy of Anthony Modeste’s 95th minute equaliser.
The last 19 meetings between these two have witnessed a whopping 83 goals, that’s over four per game, so those tuned into Westfalenstadion from all around the world are likely to be treated to a goal-fest.
Borussia Dortmund team news
Great news for Dortmund supporters ahead of this one is that Gregor Kobel, who was taken off injured at Frankfurt last Sunday, was fit to start on Wednesday, so will be donning the gloves here too.
USMNT attacker Gio Reyna has started Dortmund’s last two games, his first starts of the season, so will he keep his place, or will Julian Brandt return to the forward line?
With Emre Can sidelined, Marcel Sabitzer is set to start against his former team, while the same could be said of Niklas Süle and Mats Hummels, although Nico Schlotterbeck is likely to get the nod over Süle at the back.
This will be captain Marco Reus’ 28th appearance for Dortmund against Bayern Munich, winning only six and losing 18.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Kobel; Wolf, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Bensebaïni; Özcan, Sabitzer, Malen, Reus, Brandt; Füllkrug.
Bayern Munich team news
The visitors will be without Joshua Kimmich, following his red card last weekend, while Matthijs de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano and Leon Goretzka are all out injured.
No Goretzka or Kimmich leaves a huge void in midfield, so Konrad Laimer could be tasked with holding all together, alongside a very attacking duo of Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller.
20 year old Frans Krätzig got the nod in mid-week, but it seems unlikely that he’ll make a full-Bundesliga debut.
Meanwhile, de Ligt hobbled off after just 25 minutes against Saarbrücken, leaving Bouna Sarr and Kim Min-jae as the only available centre-backs.
In far better news, Manuel Neuer returned to the team for last weekend’s demolition of Darmstadt, his first appearance for 331 days, after breaking his leg skiing following Germany’s early World Cup elimination.
At the other end of the field, Harry Kane’s hat-trick last weekend means he’s now scored 12 goals in nine Bundesliga appearances, so another from him here seems inevitable.
Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Neuer; Mazraoui, Sarr, Kim Min-jae, Davies; Laimer, Coman, Musiala, Müller, Sané; Kane.