- Dortmund vs Bayern will kick off at 2030EAT.
- Bayern have not lost to Dortmund in the league in five years.
- Dortmund are unbeaten this season and have lost just one of 28 league fixtures in 2023.
All eyes will turn to Signal Iduna Park on Saturday night when Bundesliga’s highlight fixture sees Borussia Dortmund renew their rivalry against Bayern Munich in the 134th edition of the Der Klassiker.
Currently, only two points separate the two sides with Dortmund stationed in fourth on 21 points as Bayern occupy second place on the log after nine games played, setting the perfect scene for a tantalizing showdown.
On paper, Dortmund’s home clash with injury-ravaged Bayern Munich is seen as their best chance to beat their bitter rivals in years. Additionally, Dortmund are also unbeaten this season and have lost just one of 28 league fixtures in 2023.
However, they face a herculean task as Bayern have not lost against them in the league in five years. But with several of their key members missing the game, Dortmund will be gladly waiting to pounce.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the game.
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What time does Dortmund vs Bayern kick off?
The game is scheduled to kick off at 8:30pm Kenyan time at the Signal Iduna Park.
Dortmund vs Bayern Team News
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Emre Can has missed the last two games with a knee injury and is a doubt for Saturday, although he has stepped up his recovery in training this week, while Julien Duranville remains sidelined with a thigh problem.
The potential absence of Can could see Salih Ozcan continue in centre-midfield and the Turk may be joined in the middle of the pitch by either Felix Nmecha or former Bayern man Marcel Sabitzer.
Centre-back Mats Hummels – another ex-Bayern man – is expected to be recalled at the expense of Niklas Sule, while Reus, Julian Brandt and Donyell Malen could all provide support in attack for central striker Niclas Fullkrug.
Bayern have not lost to Dortmund in the league in five years but travel north missing several stars, particularly in defence.
The German champions confirmed on Thursday that Matthijs de Ligt will miss several games with a knee ligament injury.
Fellow centre-back Dayot Upamecano is sidelined by a hamstring tear, meaning Kim Min-jae could be the only recognized central defender in Saturday’s squad.
Midfielder Leon Goretzka and former Dortmund defender Raphael Guerreiro are under injury clouds, while Joshua Kimmich will miss the match through suspension.
Dortmund vs Bayern head-to-head
The two sides have met 133 times in the past with Bayern having the edge over the period.
The Bavarians have won twice as many matches as Dortmund, grabbing 66 victories compared to Dortmund’s 32 with the other 35 matches ending as draws.
Bayern wins – 66
Dortmund wins – 32
Dortmund vs Bayern Current Form
Dortmund’s Bundesliga home form has been nothing short of exceptional as they have put together a 20-game unbeaten run at Westfalenstadion dating back to August 2022, including 17 victories, although one of the three occasions when they dropped points on home soil was against Bayern in a 2-2 draw in October last year.
That draw is notably the only time that Dortmund have avoided defeat against Bayern across the last 10 meetings between the two teams, while BVB’s last Bundesliga defeat against any opponent either home or away was a 4-2 loss to the Bavarian giants in April.
Bayern – WWWWL
Dortmund – WWWDW
Dortmund vs Bayern Prediction
Bayern appear to be in bad shape but with the likes of Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry leading the line, one can never rule them out from rising to the occasion.
Dortmund on the other hand could not have asked for a better time to face their rivals.
The game promises goals from both sides but Bayern are considered to be slight favourites for the tie.
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