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Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund
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It is time for Germany’s football classic as Bayern Munich welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Allianz Arena this weekend.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are set for Bundesliga showdown tomorrow evening, as they meet each other in the 11th round of the 2019-20 campaign.

The reigning champions are heading into the fixture after an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt over the last weekend which saw Croatian coach Nico Kovac part ways with the Bavarian giants.

One of his assistants, Hans-Dieter Flick has stepped in as an interim manager and started his (most probably) short reign in charge of the club with a 2-0 win over Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League.

The 54-year-old has a tough job on his Bundesliga debut, as he faces Bayern Munich’s arch-rivals – Borussia Dortmund.

Lucien Favre’s side travels to Munich after a sensational turn-around victory over Internazionale Milano last Tuesday. The Black and Yellows fought back from a 2-0 half-time deficit to a very important 3-2 win, which placed them three points above the Nerazzurri in the race for the Champions League knockout stages.

This will be the second Der Klassiker of the season, as Dortmund overcame their rivals in the DFL-Supercup (2-0) to lift their first trophy for the 2019-20 campaign.

Team news

Bayern Munich’s new signing Jann-Fiete Arp is finally back in training, but the talented teenager might sit out his first Der Klassiker due to match fitness issues.

Defenders Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule are both sidelined with injuries, while their colleague Jerome Boateng will miss the derby due to suspension.

Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus, who missed the Champions League encounter with Inter, is hoping to recover in time from his minor ankle injury.

Spanish striker Paco Alcacer is expected to make his first start in more than a month, while left-back Marcel Schmelzer should remain on the sidelines.


Bayern have won each of their last five Bundesliga home games against Dortmund. The record champions have scored at least four goals in each of the last four times they’ve hosted the Black and Yellows.

Borussia Dortmund have kept clean sheets in their last three Bundesliga games for the first time since August-September 2017.

Robert Lewandowski is the first player in Bundesliga history to score a goal on each of the first 10 matchdays of a season, bagging 14 in total.

The Bavarians have already conceded 16 league goals this season, which is the most after 10 games since 2008/09 under Jürgen Klinsmann (also 16).

While Borussia Dortmund haven’t won in Munich since April 2014 under Jurgen Klopp (3-0), they have still won more Bundesliga matches against Bayern at the Allianz Arena than any other club (three, same as Borussia Monchengladbach).

Marco Reus has 10 goals and eight assists in 24 competitive matches against Bayern. No player has scored more Bundesliga goals against Manuel Neuer than the BVB captain (six).