Der Klassiker will definitely have a strange feeling about it without the 80,000 fans inside Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday evening, but that doesn’t diminish the intensity of this fantastic derby.
The pressure is all on Borussia Dortmund, who are four points behind the reigning champions and a win for Bayern would move them seven points clear and would all but hand the title to Die Roten.
The rivalry between the clubs reached its climax in 2013 when the two sides squared off at Wembley in the Champions League Final, where on that occasion Bayern Munich ran out 2-1 winners thanks to Arjen Robben’s 89th- minute winner. Since, it’s Bayern who have been the much more dominant side and have poached Dortmund for some of their key stars with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Matt Hummels moving to the Bavarians at the time. However, the two latter have now returned to Die Schwarzgelben.
The Two Sharpshooter’s face-off 🔥
A Key Battle:
Jadon Sancho & Achraf Hakimi against Alphonso Davies is a battle I’m absolutely buzzing for. If you’re a Dortmund fan you will know that a lot of their offensive success this season has come from chemistry between Hakimi and Sancho, who have been so prolific at utilizing space and creating chances down the right-hand side. However, on the flip side, they are up against the Canadian superstar in Alphonso Davies. The 19-year old has been a huge part of Bayern’s success this season and has demonstrated his defensive qualities as well as his blistering pace on numerous occasions.
Current Table & Form
Borussia Dortmund have won seven of their last eight matches against in all competitions. Lucien Favre’s side were eliminated by PSG in the UEFA Champions League but have won both league matches after the break. They recorded a convincing 4-0 home win against Schalke in the Revierderby with Erling Haaland, Raphael Guerreiro (2) and Thorgan Hazard on target. At the weekend, Borussia Dortmund’s won 2-0 win at Wolfsburg. Raphael Guerreiro opened the scoring and Achraf Hakimi secured the win in the 78th minute with an excellent finish.
Bayern Munich have won 16 of their last 17 matches in all competitions and their last six in the Bundesliga. The Bavarians resumed the league campaign with a 2-0 win at Union Berlin after the break, but were far from impressive. On Sunday, Hansi Flick’s side beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 at home in their previous match. Goals to Leon Goretzka, Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski established a 3-0 lead before they conceded two quick goals from corners as Martin Hinteregger notched a double. However they quickly re-stored a two goal lead with Alphonso Davies making it 4-2 and Serge Gnabry forcing an own goal.
Previous meetings: The home team has won the Der Klassiker for the last four league clashes with Bayern destroying Dortmund at a sold-out Allianz Arena last November. Over 75,000 watched on as goals from Robert Lewandowski (2), Serge Gnabry and Mats Hummels (own goal) secured a comfortable win for Die Roten.
The Betting Angles
Achraf Hakimi 3+ tackles (7/4 Skybet)
BTTS, 1+ Corner Each Team in Each Half and 10+ Booking Points Each Team. (7/4 Skybet)
Leon Goretzka 50+ passes (10/11 Ladbrokes)