Ace Football previews the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
A potentially decisive Der Klassiker awaits at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday evening as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich lock horns.
Both sides are level on points at the top of the Bundesliga standings on 15 points from six games. They’ll hope to lay down a marker by claiming the all-important win. Doing so would hand either of them control in the title battle.
That, on top of both clubs missing key defensive options, suggests another goal-laden affair could be possible – similar to Bayern’s 3-2 DFL Supercup triumph back in September.
Borussia Dortmund Form & Stats
Lucien Favre’s men head into the showdown on the back of a four-match winning run in all competitions. In fact, they’ve only conceded in just one of their last seven games – a 3-1 loss to Lazio in the Champions League on October 20.
Things on the defensive front seem to be improving, with Dortmund boasting a league-best of just two goals conceded in six games. Both those goals came in a surprise 2-0 defeat to Augsburg in September. Other than that setback, though, their defense has been sublime this season.
But can the defense detain the free-scoring Bayern this time around? It’s undoubtedly their biggest challenge this season so far, with stars like Robert Lewandowski in brilliant form. While Favre has confirmed that playing Mats Hummels, who has struggled with a thigh problem, will be a last-minute decision.
Although the BVB boss rested some players from the 3-0 Champions League win over Club Brugge midweek, including Jadon Sancho.
Key Team Stats
- Kept a clean sheet and won their last four league games.
- Over 3.5 goals in nine of their last 12 league games against Bayern Munich.
- Scored three or more goals in their last three home league games.
- Erling Haaland has scored 10 goals in 10 games in all competitions.
Bayern Munich Form & Stats
The reigning champions are on a nine-match winning run in all competitions and are arguably the most in-form team throughout Europe.
Although Bayern have been made to work a little harder in recent fixtures, securing narrow 2-1 wins over Lokomotiv Moscow and Cologne before four late goals saw them smash RB Salzburg 6-2 in their midweek Champions League game.
A more convincing performance at Signal Iduna Park, however, will be necessary against Dortmund. The hosts are in solid form and Hansi Flick acknowledged their defensive prowess in his pre-match conference, labeling them as the Bundesliga’s best.
On the bright side, though, Leon Goretzka has returned to training after a calf problem and is in Flick’s plans. As is Corentin Tolisso, who had a two-game suspension in the Bundesliga. But Alphonso Davies remains unavailable with an ankle injury.
Key Team Stats
- Won their last nine games in all competitions.
- Won their seven of their last nine games against Borussia Dortmund in all competitions.
- BTTS in their last five away games in all competitions.
- Over 3.5 goals in seven of their last 10 league games.
- Robert Lewandowski has scored 12 goals in 10 games in all competitions this season.
Borussia Dortmund: Marcel Schmelzer & Dan-Axel Zagadou (both out); Mats Hummels & Emre Can (doubts).
Bayern Munich: Alphonso Davies, Tanguy Nianzou, Niklas Sule, & Joshua Zirkzee (all out).
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
3 Players To Watch
Below are some head-to-head stats between the two teams based on their form and Over/Under stats in their recent Bundesliga games.