Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
Syed Talib Haider
It’s Der Klassiker time!
It’s that time of the year for Bundesliga fans to cheer on one of the top two German teams. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund go head-to-head in Der Klassiker at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. Although both of the teams are unbeaten after 9 games, Bayern are second with 23 points- 2 less than the leaders Bayer Leverkusen- and Dortmund are in 4th with 20 points.
Dortmund go into the match having won 1-0 against Hoffenheim in the midweek in the DFB Pokal game. While the scoreline suggests a pretty hard-earned win for the Black and Yellow, it was anything but.
On the other hand, the Bavarians had a pretty shocking evening in the cup game. The defending Bundesliga Champions got knocked out by a third-division side, Saarbrücken. The final scoreline read 2-1, as a stoppage-time winner broke Munich fans’ hearts, but all glory to the team for coming up triumph against the giants.
Now, a De Klassiker earlier on means the stakes are high and it could set a tone for one of the sides for a better finish to their 2023/24 campaign.
Saturday, 4th November 2023, 5:30 PM GMT (11:00 PM IST)
Location- Signal Iduna Park
Dortmund (in Bundesliga): W-W-W-W-W-D
Bayern Munich (in Bundesliga): D-W-D-W-W-W
Players to watch for
Julian Brandt (Dortmund)
The German midfielder Julian Brandt is doing great in the Bundesliga. He has 4 goals and 4 assists in 9 games this season. This Saturday, the fans are expecting him to shine again as they face their rivals.
Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)
The English player has been outstanding in Germany, seamlessly replacing Robert Lewandowski at Bayern. With 17 goals and assists in just 9 games, Harry Kane leads in goal contributions across the top 5 leagues. His 12 goals, which include 2 hat-tricks, rank him second in the league. Additionally, he’s second in assists with 5.
- Dortmund vs Bayern is the most-played fixture in the Bundesliga.
- In the last 10 games against Bayern, Dortmund have won none- 1 Draw & 9 Losses.
- Bayern are top scorers with 34 goals in the Bundesliga this season, while Dortmund have scored more goals in this calendar year so far, with 78 goals.
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Injury and team news
Dortmund Team News:
Dortmund faces some challenges in their lineup. Mats Hummels and Gregor Kobel are doubtful for the upcoming match due to injuries. Joining them on the sidelines are Felix Nmecha, Emre Can, Mateu Morey, and Wolf, all of whom are in the treatment room. Donyell Malen and Giovanni Reyna, who were substituted at half-time in the last game, face competition from Karim Adeyemi and Youssoufa Moukoko for their starting positions.
Bayern Munich Team News:
Bayern Munich also has some key absentees. Joshua Kimmich will miss the match due to suspension following a red card against Darmstadt. Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Guerreiro, and Leon Goretzka are sidelined with injuries. Additionally, Coman and Mazraoui won’t be available due to an ankle injury and illness, respectively. On a positive note, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is set to make his return after recovering from a leg break and will feature in this Der Klassiker.
Bayern Munich: 64
Predicted lineups for Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
Kobel; Meunier, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Ryerson; Malen, Brandt, Sabitzer, Reus, Bensebaini; Füllkrug
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)
Neuer; Sarr, de Ligt, Kim, Davies; Laimer, Goretzka; Gnabry, Müller, Sane; Kane
Match prediction for Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
It’s Der Klassiker and goal-fest can be expected. While both the teams remain unbeaten so far in the league, we predict the home side to lose their streak. Bayern will look to come back after a humiliating loss and win at Signal Iduna Park.
Prediction: Dortmund 1 – 2 Bayern Munich
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