Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More

The second Der Klassiker of the season takes place this Saturday at Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park – the same venue where Bayern Munich claimed Super Cup glory in August.

Although in recent years this game hasn’t proved to be much of a title decider, Borussia Dortmund have been the only team to offer Bayern a consistent challenge for the Bundesliga crown since the days of the great Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hamburger SV sides in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s Der Klassiker.


Classic Encounter

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With no shortage of classic encounters between the two heavyweights of German football, it seems only fair to look back at the last time Jupp Heynckes faced Borussia Dortmund as the Bayern manager and crowned the Bavarians as the champions of Europe.

Jürgen Klopp’s Dortmund side showed their class in the opening 45 minutes and peppered the Bayern Munich goal with shot after shot. However, failing to convert their chances allowed Bayern to take the upper hand in the second-half and Mario Mandžuki? put the Bavarians in front with a simple tap-in.

Dortmund were then given a lifeline when Brazilian defender Dante clattered into Marco Reus inside the 18-yard box. ?lkay Gündo?an stepped up to take the penalty for die Schwarzgelben and the German midfielder calmly put the ball into the back of the net.

Just 90 seconds before the full-time whistle, Arjen Robben became Bayern’s hero with a delicate finish beyond the helpless Roman Weidenfeller to secure the Champions League trophy, Bayern Munich ending the 2012/13 season as winners of the treble. 


Key Battle

Robert Lewandowski vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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The two best strikers in the Bundesliga will go head to head on Saturday with both Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looking set to battle it out between them to win the Torjägerkanone this season.
The two former teammates in Dortmund found themselves at the centre of one of the most exciting goalscoring races last season, with Aubameyang’s 31-goal haul preventing his Polish counterpart from becoming the joint second most successful recipient of the goal hunters cannon in Bundesliga history.
This season, both strikers are currently sat on 10 league goals each. Aubameyang is, however, edging Lewandowski across all competitions, one extra goal in the DFB Cup the only thing to put the Gabonese forward ahead of Bayern’s star man.

Team News

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For the hosts on Saturday, the only significant team news in the suspension of Dan-Axel Zagadou. The 18-year-old was given his marching orders against Hannover last week and Peter Bosz will be looking to his senior players to fill the boots of Dortmund’s impressive youngster.
In the Bayern camp, seeing Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller return to training will be a huge boost. Jérôme Boateng and Kingsley Coman are also both carrying minor knocks, however, the Bayern pair should be involved from the start.
Potential Borussia Dortmund Lineup: Bürki, Toljan, Sokratis, Bartra, Schmelzer, Weigl, Dahoud, Castro, Yarmolenko, Philipp, Aubameyang.
Potential Bayern Munich Lineup: Ulreich, Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Alaba, Vidal, Tolisso, Robben, James, Coman, Lewandowski.

Prediction

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Despite their incredible start to the season, Borussia Dortmund have been given a rude awakening in recent weeks and any talk about the possibility of winning the Bundesliga title this season is now nothing more than a whisper.

Although Bosz’s side shouldn’t be on the end of a 4-2 defeat like they were last week, the visiting Bavarians could still have a lot of joy and run out resounding victors.

The pressure is on the home side to prevent Bayern Munich moving six points clear at the top of the table and Dortmund will need to show a lot of character if they want to regain some of the pride that has been lost recently.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern Munich

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Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday

?Der Klassiker returns to our screens this Saturday as Bayern Munich travel to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The visitors will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to six points with a win at the Westfallenstadion after last weeks 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig saw Bayern overtake Dortmund in the race to become Bundesliga champions.

Here’s how Jupp Heynckes could line up on Saturday.

Goalkeeper

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?Whether we like it or not, there will be no Manuel Neuer in between the sticks in Dortmund this weekend.

Defence

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Heynckes is likely to stick with the same back four (or five if you include Sven Ulreich) that kept a clean sheet at the Allianz Arena last week. 

Although RB Leipzig were reduced to 10 men early on in the game, something that allowed Bayern to grab the Red Bulls by their horns for the majority of the match, Bayern’s manager is clearly set on what his first choice back four should be.

Midfield

?With Arturo Vidal and Thiago, a midfield pairing that has worked wonders for Bayern, looking set to start, Thomas Müller will be fighting for his place in the first-team. However, the German international has only just returned to training following a thigh injury so James Rodriguez should retain his starting spot.

Forwards

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Just like the aforementioned Müller, Robert Lewandowski’s return to first-team training is a huge boost for Bayern Munich. 

The Polish striker was left out of Heynckes’ squad that travelled to Scotland to face Celtic in midweek, with hopes that Lewandowski will be fresh to face his old side on Saturday.

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Jupp Heynckes Hails ‘Dynamic and Powerful’ Emre Can Amidst Bayern Munich Links

?Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has spoken out on the talent of their former youth player Emre Can as he enters the final stretch of his contract at Liverpool.

Can, whose contract with Liverpool expires in the summer, looks set to leave the Reds at the end of the current season, with contract talks reaching an impasse and the German international free to sign for any non-Premier League team on a Bosman in the January transfer window.

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While Juventus look to be early favourites to pen a deal for the talented midfielder, Bayern would be keen to see the 23-year-old rejoin the Bavarian outfit.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Bayern’s game at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, Heynckes said, via ?ESPN: “There’s always certain criteria when you’re signing a player. I only had Emre Can for a few months. He is a good, young player who has developed well – he is dynamic and powerful.”

Can has been a integral part of Liverpool’s midfield so far this campaign, making 14 appearances across all competitions so far this campaign, notching three goals and two assists as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to push on form last year’s success and push for the league title.

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Heynckes went on to explain how it was vital for Bayern to sign players with the right ability and personality to make the German champions a European superpower once again, saying: “In my opinion, if Bayern want to play a dominant role in the Champions League again, we must have suitable players for every position.

“The most important thing for me is that the player’s footballing concept meets our extremely high level. Not just his physical attributes and speed. There are many factors that play a role and everyone has different criteria. Not to forget, the player’s character is important. He must also be a team player with social skills.

“He doesn’t just have to fit on a sporting level. There is 20-24 young people together, they have to get on and respect each other, and their ego has to take a back seat. Therefore, the player’s character and behaviour is most important for new signings.”

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While Jurgen Klopp remains hopeful a solution to Can’s contract talks can be found soon, the Liverpool boss will have to find a resolution soon or face losing Can to a European side on a pre-contract in January, be it Bayern, Juventus or another potential suitor.

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AC Milan Confirm Striker Andre Silva Is Not for Sale Amid Interest From Arsenal & Bayern Munich

Despite a stuttering start to the season, AC Milan maintain they have no plans to sell summer signing André Silva in the face of interest from European heavyweights Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Monaco.

Having failed to appropriately replace the departing Kylian Mbappe in the summer, it is understandable that Monaco should be interested in a striker with such potential, while Bayern Munich are currently on the look out for young talents to bolster an ageing frontline.

As for Arsenal, despite finally signing a recognised goalscorer in Alexandre Lacazette in the summer, they are still eager for new recruits upfront amidst the uncertainty over back up striker Olivier Giroud’s future in North London.

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?However, according to Italian publication ?Calciomercato, the Rossoneri remain committed to their recent recruit from Porto, and have already relayed this message to Silva’s agent Jorge Mendes, in a bid to settle the Portuguese striker.

In a further blow to these suitors, Mendes is allegedly happy with the Milan club’s decision regarding the future of his client, and therefore a summer move to any of these three European giants seems unlikely at this juncture.

Despite a rich vein of goalscoring form in the Europa League (six in seven games), he is yet to get off the mark in Serie A, despite playing 332 minutes of league football for the Milanese club. 

However, the young striker is clearly a talent, his goalscoring record for his national is exceptional for a player so inexperienced (11 goals in 17 matches), hence why Milan are thus far unwilling to cash in on his considerable potential.

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6 of the Best Moments From a Rip-Roaring Week of Champions League Action

With the Champions League group stage finally heading towards true crunch time, Europe’s top performers stepped up their collective game this midweek, with the fourth matchweek proving arguably the best of the lot so far. 

Well, unless you support the Spanish contenders. Or the German ones. Or, erm, the Italian ones. Or Chelsea. 


Best Goal

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With 48 goals over the week’s 16 games, this was a bit of a head-scratcher – but Napoli are Napoli, and the fact that they lost 4-2 to Manchester City doesn’t take the gloss of their magnificent first goal. 

If you don’t watch much of Serie A and haven’t quite gotten the hype around the Serie A leaders, just watch Lorenzo Insigne’s goal a couple of times. The movement, the first-time flick around the corner from Dries Mertens, the delicate finish. It’s what they do week in, week out, but dialled up to 11. Sublime. 


Best Cursed Goalkeeper

Spare a thought, if you have one, for 18-year-old Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar. Under pressure after his side’s first game against Manchester United a fortnight ago, in which he carried a free kick over his own line to concede the game’s only goal, Tuesday night started well for him. 

At 0-0 in the first half, he became the youngest goalkeeper to save a penalty in the Champions League, and things looked rosy. Then Nemanja Matic took a shot from 25 yards and the ball rebounded back off the post, into the back of the diving stopper’s head and into the back of the net. Halloween horror show.


Best Assist

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In a night of lovely flicks and dinks, it was Shinji Kagawa’s majestic guided, first-time ball from the outside of his boot – a single touch slicing open the APOEL defence with a surgeon’s precision to put Raphael Guerreiro in on goal – that was the best of the lot. 

It was the only moment of true quality in a disappointing game for Michael Bosz’s side, who drew 1-1 with the Cypriots for the second time in a fortnight to leave themselves staring down the barrel of an early elimination from the competition. 


Best Record Breaker

Is Sergio Aguero quite good at football? Sergio Aguero is quite good at football. The Argentine hitman became Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer when he put his side 3-2 up on Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo, with 187 goals in all competitions. 

It was at San Paolo that Aguero’s father-in-law Diego Maradona won two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup, with the City man giving the shirt in which he scored the record-breaking goal to his own son – Maradona’s grandchild – after burying the World Cup winner’s old team. 


Best Save

This is the last time I’ll talk about Napoli-City. Promise. 

But Ederson’s save from Jose Callejon in the 68th minute was brilliant. Absolutely, beautifully wonderful. Mertens had slid an inch-perfect ball through the City back-line to put the Spaniard in one-on-one, but the former Benfica stopper stayed big enough to give himself a chance to tip the powerfully-hit shot just over the bar when it came at him. 

It was from the resulting corner that Leroy Sane broke at pace to create Aguero’s record-breaking goal, too. Vital doesn’t quite cut it. 


Best…Just All of Spurs Bantering Off Real Madrid, Everywhere, All Over the Pitch

Imagine waking up on Thursday morning and being Real Madrid, knowing that you just got absolutely bossed by a team who – only last decade – signed Andy Booth on loan to save their season. A team who Mauricio Taricco played over 150 league games for. A team who started Goran Bunjev?evi? 47 times in only two seasons. A team who signed Gilberto, only to take him off at half-time on his debut. For Jamie O’Hara. A team who Jamie O’Hara played for 56 times. 

It wasn’t just the win for Spurs, it was the manner of it. It was Mauricio Pochettino seeing Toby Alderweireld forced off with injury, looking to club-record signing Davinson Sanchez sat next to him on the bench, and going ‘nah, let’s bring Moussa Sissoko on’. 

It was Mousa Dembele coming on and spending his 25 minutes of game time absolutely kicking lumps out of Sergio Ramos – the world’s most kickable man. It was Dele Alli putting Casemiro on his backside before banging a horribly deflected shot off Ramos and past Kiko Casilla. It was Spurs going ahead via a dodgy offside non-call against the kings of offside goals. 

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It was everything. If this is Spurs – bring it on. 

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