Venue: Signal Iduna Park (Saturday, 19 November 2016, 5.30 pm, Nigerian time)
European football begins to heat up as the two German superpowers, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, prepare for battle against each other at Signal-Iduna-park on Saturday, November 19 in the first Klassicker of the season.
Bayern Munich currently tops the championship table only in terms of goal difference. RB Leipzig leapfrogged the champions on Friday to reach 27 points albeit temporarily. So, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will want to win over their old rivals to return to the top.
After a fierce start to the season, Dortmund has faltered significantly, which saw them occupy only fifth position with 18 points.
Judging by the previous forty games, Bayern seems to hold the upper-hand between the two teams as the away side has managed to win twenty matches while only 13 matches were won by the home side.
Twenty six-time league champions Bayern has replicated the previous year’s unstoppable form, in both home league and Champions League, under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Marco Reus is “fired up” for his comeback against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc had said, reported by ESPN. But on Friday, the club announced that Reus will miss the Bayern clash with a minor heel problem, which was published by Marca.
Manager Thomas Tuchel is happy about the fact that no injuries have kept his players on sidelines.
Hit-man Emerick Aubameyang, who currently leads the scoring chart with 11 goals, will be the key player for the home side vs Bayern. He singlehandedly destroyed Hamburger SV last match when he scored four amazing goals.
Ousmane Dembele came in as a substitute and impressed the manager by scoring the fifth goal against Hamburger. So, he may be called for his duty to start against the league leaders in Saturday’s Klassicker.
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski will look to increase his goal tally of seven against their rivals. He will be the first for Bayern to lead the attack upfront in the Klassicker.
Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa will likely start the match as they provide width and pace to the team, much needed for Bayern’s style of play.
Since the match hugely depends upon midfield, Ancelotti will choose the likes of Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal, and Thiago Alcantara to control the possession.
Borussia Dortmund: Predicted Line-up (3-4-2-1)
Burki — Bartra, Papastathoupoulos, Ginter –Guerreiro, Piszczek, Rode, Castro — Mor, Dembele — Aubameyang
Bayern Munich: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Neuer — Rafinha, Hummels, Boateng, Bernat — Alonso, Vidal, Thiago — Robben, Costa, Lewandowski
Total games: 40
Dortmund wins: 13
Bayern wins: 20