Bundesliga 2022-23: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
Varun Anand Bhat
Dortmund lead Bayern by a solitary point in what promises to be the biggest clash of the season
Even some of Hollywood’s best script writers couldn’t script the story that’s set to take place in the Bundesliga during Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund. On Saturday, April 1st, 2023, Thomas Tuchel is set to make his first appearance as FC Bayern Munich’s manager against his former club Borussia Dortmund. Back when Tuchel managed Dortmund, who would have thought that this day would arrive?
Going into the ‘Der Klassiker’ both Dortmund and Munich find themselves at the top of the Bundesliga in first and second positions respectively. With Dortmund leading the league by a point advantage, Munich will look to script a win and assume the top position in the league. However, it won’t be easy for them.
Saturday, 01-04-2023, 22:00 PM IST
Saturday, 01-04-2023, 16:30 PM GMT
FC Bayern Munich form (All Competitions): L-W-W-W-W
Borussia Dortmund form (All Competitions): W-D-L-W-W
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Players to Watch:
FC Bayern Munich: Joshua Kimmich
A utility player capable of playing in multiple positions, Joshua Kimmich has been an instrumental player for Bayern Munich. If Munich has to get over Dortmund, Kimmich will have to play to the best of his abilities. His short passes and defensive talents will be of huge help to Bayern Munich when they face table-toppers Borussia Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund: Nico Schlotterbeck
If one analyzes the 22/23 season, Nico Schlotterbeck has emerged to be one of Borussia Dortmund’s best players. A tall and agile center-back, Schlotterbeck has held Dortmund’s defense together which has helped the team stay in 1st position in the Bundesliga. If Borussia Dortmund wants to contain Munich’s attack, Nico Schlotterbeck’s leadership in the defense will be key.
Injury and Team News for Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund
Going into the match against Dortmund, Bayern Munich is tormented with quite a few injuries. However, the three most notable omissions from the squad will be World Cup winner Manuel Neuer, star center forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and teenage sensation Jamal Musiala. Apart from these three, the likes of Lucas Hernandez, Paul Wanner, and Arijon Ibrahimovic will be absent too.
Dortmund on the other hand has its fair share of injuries. While the most notable omission in the Dortmund squad will be Julian Brandt, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Julien Duranville, Gregor Kobel, Mateu Morey Bauzà, and Youssoufa Moukoko are all set to miss the game against Munich as well. With so many injuries in both teams, it will be interesting to see how Munich and Dortmund manage the load on the players till the end of the season.
Head-to-Head Stats for Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund
- Matches Played: 124
- Won by Bayern Munich: 63
- Won by Borussia Dortmund: 31
- Draws: 30
Bayern Munich: Y. Sommer; D. Upamecano, M. de Ligt, J. Cancelo, J. Kimmich, D. Blind, A. Davies, L. Sane, S. Mane, S. Gnabry
Borussia Dortmund: A Meyer; M. Wolf, N. Sule, N. Schlotterbeck, R. Guerreiro, E. Can, G. Reyna, J. Bellingham, S. Ozcan, M. Reus, S. Haller
While Bayern Munich has a very strong team on paper, their players and fans are still undergoing the shock they received after former coach Julian Nagelsmann was sacked. With Thomas Tuchel now taking charge of Munich, it will take some time for the players at Munich to adapt to Tuchel’s style. This is the perfect opportunity for Borussia Dortmund to strike Bayern Munich and take a 4-point lead at the top of the table.
Predicted Scoreline: Bayern Munich 0 – 1 Borussia Dortmund
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