Leaders Borussia Dortmund will travel to Bayern Munich in a huge clash at the top of the Bundesliga table. Dortmund lead second-placed Bayern by just two points, and the game is a huge one in the title race. Allianz Arena will host the clash, as Bayern look to continue their good home record.
Bayern were in the top spot until last week, when they surprisingly dropped points. They drew 1-1 against lowly Freiburg, which meant that Dortmund leapfrogged them in the table. Niko Kocav started his first season at the club, but his side have picked their form up recently. Before the Freiburg game, they had won six consecutive Bundesliga games.Embed from Getty Images
They defeated Heidenheim 5-4 in the DFB Cup quarter-final on Tuesday. It was a roller-coaster game, and Bayern bounced back from an early red card to progress in the competition. Robert Lewandowski scored twice, and he has been the talisman for Bayern upfront all season.
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips, Odds, Preview and Prediction
Bayern have a good crop of young players, as they transition from the old guard. The likes of Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka have been regulars this season, as have been Niklas Sule and Kingsley Coman. Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard will come to the club next season, as the youngsters will take over from the veterans.
Dortmund are out of the DFB Cup, and their last game was a 2-0 win against Wolfsburg. Paco Alcacer scored two late goals that day to hand his side the three points. Marco Reus missed that game due to the birth of his child, but the skipper should be back for the Bayern game.Embed from Getty Images
Lucian Favre’s side has won four out of their last five games, and a win on Saturday will increase the gap to five points. Doing that will take them closer to ending the monopoly Bayern have enjoyed recently in Germany. Dortmund were the last side to win the Bundesliga which is not based in Munich, which happened last in 2012.
There is only one winner in the head to head record, as Bayern have won four out of the last five meetings with these two sides. But Dortmund won the most recent match when they won 3-2 in the Bundesliga match last year. That match really signaled that Favre was mounting a legitimate title challenge.
Reus and Jadon Sancho will headline their challenge, as both have been sensational this season. Sancho has the most assists in Europe’s top 5 leagues this campaign. Lewandowski is on 199 Bundesliga goals, and he would love to reach the landmark against his former club whom he left in 2014.
The game is bound to be an exciting one, as both sides will play attacking football. Goals are bound to be aplenty, just like they were last time these sides met. Bayern will be slight favourites due to recent form, but both sides should score in the game. Expect the total goals to be Over 3 in the match.