Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich Preview, Squad Report & Prediction

In the Saturday evening kick-off of the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund plays Bayern Munich.

The two rivals enter the Der Klassiker tied on 15 points after eight games, with Bayern moving up one slot due to their much better goal differential.

 

Team Form

Borussia Dortmund

Despite losing two of the past three league games, Dortmund should be confident going into their match with Bayern, especially after claiming a fantastic 4-1 victory away to Sevilla in the Champions League midweek.

England international Jude Bellingham, who captained BVB in Seville, became the first-ever teenager to score in three consecutive Champions League matches.

Before their trip to Cologne, Dortmund missed several players due to injuries. However, after taking the lead at the break thanks to a goal from Brandt, they will have been disappointed to leave empty-handed, especially since Bayern moved back ahead of them in the league standings before Der Klassiker.

Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Form: LW W L W L

Bayern Munich

Last Friday, Bayern thrashed helpless Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 to get back on track in the Bundesliga. Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, Sadio Mane, and Thomas Muller scored to show off the Bavarians’ lethal firepower.

In support of this, Julian Nagelsmann’s team defeated Viktoria Plzen 5-0 on Tuesday night to maintain their perfect record in the Champions League this year.

However, Bayern’s trip to Dortmund on Saturday might be their most crucial test. It could be a better indicator of whether they have put their unprecedented streak of four league games without a victory behind them.

Bayern Munich Bundesliga Form: W D D D L W

 

Squad Report

Borussia Dortmund

Due to common colds, Marius Wolf and Mats Hummels did not go to Seville with the rest of the team during the middle of the week. However, both will probably be available, considering the significance of Saturday’s match.

Mahmoud Dahoud, Mateu Morey, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, and club captain Marco Reus are all still out due to injuries.

 

Bayern Munich

Muller and Kimmich both tested positive for COVID-19, which shocked Bayern. As a result, Marcel Sabitzer and Leon Goretzka may line up next to each other in central midfield for the first time this season.

Injuries to Kingsley Coman, Lucas Hernandez, and Bouna Sarr are anticipated to prevent them from playing, leaving Bayern with a back four that practically fits by itself.

Borussia Dortmund’s possible starting lineup:

Kobel; Meunier, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro; Bellingham, Can, Ozcan; Adeyemi, Brandt, Malen

 

Bayern Munich’s possible starting lineup:

Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, De Ligt, Davies; Sabitzer, Goretzka; Sane, Musiala, Mane; Gnabry

 

Head to Head

There have been 133 competitive matches between the two teams. Bayern Munich had almost as many double victories as Dortmund, giving them a comfortable advantage over the host team.

Bayern Munich has won 66 matches compared to Dortmund’s 33, with 34 games ending in draws. In the previous 14 games between the two rivals, Munich recorded 12 victories, and Dortmund won just twice, yielding clear-cut results.

 

Time, Date & Venue

Date: October 8, 2022

Time: 5:30 pm, BST

Place: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund

 

Prediction

The Der Klassiker on Saturday should be interesting, as both clubs have solid offensive capabilities.

Bayern, who have scored nine goals in two games combined, have appeared to be close to returning to their best recently and should be too good for their rivals.

Borussia Dortmund 1 – 3 Bayern Munich

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