It is Der Klassiker weekend in the Bundesliga as Borussia Dortmund go one-on-one against Bayern Munich at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, with kickoff slated for 17:30 GMT.
Dortmund’s Unbeaten Form
Last year’s Bundesliga runners-up have made a decent start to their bid to win the title this season.
Dortmund are unbeaten in their opening nine matches; they have won six times and drawn twice. They have collected 21 points out of the available 27. They sit fourth on the table, four points behind leaders Leverkusen and two points behind their opponents on Saturday, Bayern Munich.
Last time out, Dortmund dropped points in their 3-3 draw away to Eintracht Frankfurt. They will hope to regain their form and performance levels when they host Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Bayern Munich’s Resurgence in Bundesliga
Thomas Tuchel’s men have won the last three consecutive matches in the Bundesliga. They have won four and drawn once in their last five. They have dropped just four points in their unbeaten opening to the nine rounds of Bundesliga fixtures played so far.
In Europe, Bayern have been brilliant in Group A, winning their opening three matches and leading the group with maximum points.
However, the Allianz Arena side were shocked in a mid-week clash in the DFB-Pokal when they were dumped out of the cup by minnows Saarbrucken 2-1.
Thomas Tuchel will hope that the side that shows up at Signal Iduna Park displays the cutting-edge ruthlessness that has characterized Bayern Munich in their Bundesliga performance so far.
Dortmund will be without defensive midfielder Emre Chan for the clash with Bayern. The midfield enforcer suffered a bruise on October 25 in his side’s away win at Newcastle. The 29-year-old has not featured in three matches and is a doubt about the clash with Bayern.
Right winger Julien Duranville is also unavailable for the home clash against Bayern. The 17-year-old has been nursing a muscle injury since September 24th. The forward has been sidelined for seven matches now, and no return date has been provided.
Dortmund will also miss the services of right-back Mateu Morey, who is recovering from a knee injury he suffered on September 9th. The 23-year-old has missed the last ten Dortmund matches. Morey will not be back fit in time for Saturday’s clash.
Thomas Tuchel will miss the services of goalkeeper Ulreich with an infection and right-back Noussair Mazraoui with illness.
Center-back Matthijs de Ligt is a doubt for the trip to Dortmund with a capsular injury. The 24-year-old has already missed one match for Bayern. Central midfielder Leon Goretzka is also a major doubt for the match against Dortmund on Saturday with a broken hand.
Bayern will miss the services of Dayot Upamecanpo; the 25-year-old center-back is nursing a hamstring injury that has kept him out of the Bayern side for the last four outings.
The clash with Dortmund will also come too soon for goalkeeper Tom Hulsmann (hamstring) and center-back Tarek Buchmann (torn muscle bundle); they will not be available for the clash.
G. Kobel; R. Bensebaini, N. Schlotterbeck, M. Hummels, M. Wolf; M. Sabitzer, S. Ozcan; G. Reyna, M. Reus, D. Malen; N. Fullkrug
M. Neuer; A. Davies, M. KIM, M. de Ligt, N. Mazraoui; K. Laimer, J. Kimmich; L/. Sane, J. Musiala, K. Coman
The sides will look to dominate the match by pressing and keeping the ball. The match will be frenetic and end-to-end.
Bayern will win the match and take the three points.
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