- Venue: Allianz Arena
- Wednesday: November 9th, 17:30
With just four points covering the top six positions in the Bundesliga, the first Der Klassiker of the league season featuring Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund arrives at an important moment for both clubs. Having lost 5-1 at Frankfurt last weekend when reduced to ten players for most of the game, Nico Kovac was dismissed as Bayern manager with the Bavarian team struggling to maintain their normal winning habits. A victory is needed for Bayern, and they face a Borussia team seeking a fourth successive competitive victory after recovering from a two-goal deficit to beat Inter Milan 3-2 on Tuesday evening. Can Dortmund claim victory to move four points clear of their hosts?
A 2-0 Champions League midweek home win against Olympiakos will have restored some confidence within the Bayern ranks after a stuttering few weeks. After beating Tottenham 7-2, the Bavarians were beaten on home soil by Hoffenheim and then conceded a late equaliser at neighbouring Augsburg. Three more narrow wins followed including a less than convincing 2-1 cup win lower league team Bochum with Bayern scoring twice in the last ten minutes. In favour of the hosts is that they have won the corresponding fixture by 6-0 and 5-0 scorelines during the past two seasons.
Borussia Dortmund will enter this clash unbeaten in Bundesliga action since late August when they suffered a surprise 3-1 loss at newly-promoted Union Berlin. The Yellow and Blacks have proved to a strong team at Signal-Iduna Park this season, but their away form is more mixed, and they have drawn their last three league games on the road. A solitary away victory was claimed in their opening away league fixture when scoring two very late goals to win 3-1 at Koln. There is no current lack of confidence on home soil for Borussia but do they have the self-belief to claim three points at Bayern.
|03.08.19||Borussia Dortmund 2:0 Bayern Munich||SUP|
|06.04.19||Bayern Munich 5:0 Borussia Dortmund||BUN|
|10.11.18||Borussia Dortmund 3:2 Bayern Munich||BUN|
|31.03.18||Bayern Munich 6:0 Borussia Dortmund||BUN|
|20.12.17||Bayern Munich 2:1 Borussia Dortmund||DFP|
Lucas Hernandez (ankle ligaments), Jann-Fiete Arp (wrist) and Niklas Sule (knee ligaments) will be unavailable for Bayern while Jerome Boateng is suspended following his dismissal last weekend.
Borussia have fitness issues relating to Jadon Sancho (thigh) and Marco Reus (foot) while Marcel Schmelzer (hip) is nearing a return to action. Marwin Hitz (back) and Thorgan Hazard (thigh) are also slight doubts.
It is almost guaranteed that Bayern Munich will score a goal in this game as Robert Lewandowski has netted in all ten of their Bundesliga matches this term. However, both teams have scored in eight of those fixtures with only one game yielding less than three goals. Borussia Dortmund have also been a consistent goal-scoring team this season having failed to net in just one league game when drawing the Rivierderby 0-0 at Schalke. The Yellow and Blacks have failed to score two or more goals in just two other league contests. Therefore, a good bet may be for Over 2.5 goals and Both Teams to Score priced at 4/6 with Bet365.
A second pick is for Bayern Munich to win and Robert Lewandowski to score the First Goal offered at 11/5 by Bet365. With Bayern winning the last five Der Klassikers on home soil and Lewandowski scoring in every Bundesliga and European game to date this season, that bet is worth a try. Both defences have been suspect this term, but the hosts have been the more prolific in front of goal and Bayern could reap the advantage of home territory to regain some momentum.
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