Bundesliga prepares for the biggest fixture in German club football as Bayern Munich take on Borussia Dortmund in a possible title-decider at the weekend at Allianz Arena, in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, on Saturday night (IST).
What competition it is? Bundesliga
Teams: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund
Kick Off: Saturday 06 April
Match Timing: 10:00 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Allianz Arena (75,000)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on Hotstar App.
Der Klassiker: Winner takes all?
This weekend’s clash between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund has all the ingredients of becoming a true Der Klassiker. Simply because the Bundesliga is reaching its climax and still, there is no clear favorite to win the league this year.
But you can be sure that it may not be the case after the final whistle at the Allianz Arena this weekend, for the winner in this match can stake a claim for the league glory. Whichever team earns the coveted 3 points in this match, will be the favorite to win the 2018-19 season. And if that’s not the case, you will have a perfect script for how to bottle up a winning situation.
There’s one other result which is possible. Perhaps the most familiar outcome in these kinds of games where the stakes are as high as possible. There could be a draw in Bavaria, a stalemate, or a nerve-racking, high-octane scoring draw. Even then, it would point in the direction of where Bundesliga may be heading, towards North Rhine-Westphalia.
So in a sense, Bayern finds themselves in a very unfamiliar sits at the top of the Bundesliga table at this point in the season, enjoying a wide gap at the top, while preparing for the later stages of the champions league.
But Bayern are in a transition. Or perhaps on the down due to the state of the squad with so many aging players stocking up the roster. There’s no European adventure now, neither they are running away with the league title. The pressure is different and manager Niko Kovac is feeling the heat. So much so that, he knows that a defeat in this game may cut short his dream job.
While Lucien Favre may not be under as much pressure as his counterpart is, it’s palpable nonetheless. For the simple fact that Bayern are struggling this season. For the reason, Bayern didn’t really delve into the transfer market last summer. And for the open truth that the Bavarian giants have done exactly that, bringing in two world-class talents for the next season.
So it’s a belief in North Rhine-Westphalia that this is Dortmund’s best chance to end Bayern’s never-ending rein in Bundesliga.
There won’t the monumental presence of the famous Yellow Wall in Bavaria, but Dortmund can’t use any excuse to falter at the home of their fierce rivals. Not after enjoying one of their best seasons in recent memory.
Bayern are at home and are favorites but Dortmund can cause the damage. They must. They have to.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Bayern Munich –W L L W W W
Borussia Dortmund – W W L W D W
BAY vs DOR Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Team News:
Injured – For the hosts, Corentin Tolisso, Arjen Robben and Alphonso Davies are all out of contention.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Captain Manuel Neuer and left-back David Alaba are carrying knocks and will be assessed ahead of the match.
Note: Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, and Niklas Sule are fighting for two places at the back.
Key Players – Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman
Injured – Dortmund will be without the injured trio of Achraf Hakimi, Christian Pulisic and Maximilian Philipp.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Favre will be desperate to have Paco Alcacer for this match. The Spanish international is carrying a knock and will be assessed ahead of the match. Two more players are doubtful in the shape of Abdou Diallo and Lukasz Piszczek.
Note: Raphael Guerreiro is expected to fill-in at the left-back for the injured Achraf Hakimi. Julian Weigl is another option but he can also start in the midfield. If Alcacer fails to prove match fitness, Mario Gotze may start up front.
Key Players – Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel
BAY vs DOR Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Bayern Munich– Neuer (GK), Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba, Martinez, Thiago, Gnabry, James, Coman, Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund– Bürki (GK), Wolf, Akanji, Zagadou, Schmelzer, Witsel, Delaney, Sancho, Reus, Bruun Larsen, Götze
BAY vs DOR Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
This will be the 117th fixture between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in all competitions, and the 100th in Bundesliga. The Bavarian giants lead the overall record with 52 wins compared to Dortmund’s 31 victories.
Bayern may have suffered from an inconsistent season, but the reigning Bundesliga champions are unbeaten in the league in the last 8 games and have won 12 of the last 13 Bundesliga matches. That’s a magnificent return for Kocan and his men, and a big reason why Dortmund are just two points better at the top.
But the visitors are formidable and possess enough arsenal to strike a hammer blow to their opponent. There are goals in them, a lot of actually. And against Bayern’s lumbering backline, Marco Reus and Co. may prove to be too hot to handle.
We back a score draw here.
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