Bundesliga fans can watch the biggest match of the German league's season live online when undefeated Bayern Munich faces a challenge from second-place Borussia Dortmund in a showdown that could set the course for the remainder of the Bundesliga season — even though the season is only in its eighth match week out of 34.
If the underdog Dortmund can pull out a victory against their arch-rivals, they will come within one point of Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga table, turning the league title race into, well, an actual race for once. But with Bayern's total domination of German football this season, winning Sunday's showdown is an uphill battle, to say the least for the visitors.
A Bayern victory puts the Munich club seven points clear of their rivals and opens a clear path for the Munich powerhouse to claim its fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.
The Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund fixture is dubbed "Der Klassiker," in honor of the Spanish La Liga "El Clasico" that pits that country's two top clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, against one another at least twice every season.
But to call Bayern Munich "dominant" so far in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga season would be a considerable understatement. Not only have the the defending champs won all seven of their matches so far, claiming all 21 possible points, they have scored a staggering 23 league goals while letting only three past the keeper.
Dortmund has been almost as good, coming into the match also unbeaten — but with two straight draws against Darmstadt and Hoffenheim making for the four point difference on the table.
"We're very angry we dropped points, it was our fault for not defending well," said Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc. "The gap behind the league leaders could be smaller."
To find out how to watch the Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund "Klassiker" live online, see the streaming info in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Central European Summer Time at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Sunday, October 4.
For United States fans, the live online stream starts at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 8:30 a.m. Pacific.
As if Bayern was not strong enough already, 31-year-old Dutch international Arjen Robben is expected to be back in the starting XI selected by Manager Pep Guardiola, after missing time with a muscle strain.
Guardiola, however, would not confirm Robben's return.
"Robben has not yet trained with the squad. Of course, I will have to look at his situation," Guardiola said on Saturday. "But he is approaching the final stages of his recovery process. I do not know whether he will make it in time for Sunday's game, though."
One new wrinkle to Sunday's Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund "Klassiker" is new Dortmund Manager Thomas Tuchel, who replaced longtime boss Jurgen Klopp who took the side to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, as well as to a UEFA Champions league final in 2013 — a final they lost to, who else? Bayern Munich.
Dortmund did defeat Bayern the last time the two teams met, however, in the German Cup — but needed penalty kicks to get the result.
Can Borussia Dortmund pull of an upset and throw the Bundesliga title race wide open? Or will Bayern Munich continue its utter dominance of German domestic football, quashing the Dortmund challenge and clearing a path for an easy run ti the club's fourth straight title? To find out, watch the Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund match live online from Munich by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or paying for a subscription to Fox Soccer2Go, available at this link.
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