European football begins to heat up as the two German superpowers, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, prepare for battle against each other at Signal-Iduna-park on Saturday, November 19.
Bayern Munich currently tops the championship table only in terms of goal difference. RB Leipzig also have 24 points equal as the league leaders. So, Carlo Ancelotti's side will want to win over their old rivals to ensure their stay at the top.
After a fierce start to the season, Dortmund has faltered significantly, which saw them occupy only fifth position with 18 points.
Judging by the previous forty games, Bayern seems to hold the upper-hand between the two teams as the away side has managed to win twenty matches while only 13 matches were won by the home side.
Twenty six-time league champions Bayern has replicated the previous year's unstoppable form, in both home league and Champions League, under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Team News: Borussia Dortmund
Marco Reus is "fired up" for his comeback against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said, reported by ESPN. But on Friday, the club announced that Reus will miss the Bayern clash with a minor heel problem, which was published by Marca.
Manager Thomas Tuchel is happy about the fact that no injuries have kept his players on sidelines.
Hit-man Emerick Aubameyang, who currently leads the scoring chart with 11 goals, will be the key player for the home side vs Bayern. He singlehandedly destroyed Hamburger SV last match when he scored four amazing goals.
Ousmane Dembele came in as a substitute and impressed the manager by scoring the fifth goal against Hamburger. So, he may be called for his duty to start against the league leaders.
Borussia Dortmund: Predicted Line-up (3-4-2-1)Burki -- Bartra, Papastathoupoulos, Ginter --Guerreiro, Piszczek, Rode, Castro -- Mor, Dembele -- Aubameyang
Team News: Bayern MunichCarlo Ancelotti's side looks without a stain at the moment as injuries are of no concern to them. Striker Robert Lewandowski will look to increase his goal tally of seven against their rivals. He will be the first for Bayern to lead the attack upfront.
Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa will likely start the match as they provide width and pace to the team, much needed for Bayern's style of play.
Since the match hugely depends upon midfield, Ancelotti will choose the likes of Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal, and Thiago Alcantara to control the possession.
Bayern Munich: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)Neuer -- Rafinha, Hummels, Boateng, Bernat -- Alonso, Vidal, Thiago -- Robben, Costa, Lewandowski
Dortmund vs. Bayern: Head-to-HeadTotal games: 40Dortmund wins: 13Bayern wins: 20Draws: 7
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich: TV Schedule and ChannelIn the U.S., the match will be live on FOX Network, GolTV Espanol, GOLTV USA, and Fox Soccer 2GO USA. In the U.K., the game will be shown live on BT Sport 2, and BT Sport Live Streaming. For other regions, TV schedule can be found in the link here.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich: PredictionBayern Munich possess a cutting edge among the two teams to win the match as their players look well settled and in-form. Dortmund, however, heavily relies on their talisman Emerick Aubameyang to win matches. The home fans could play a vital role - lifting and encouraging them - to beat their rivals.
Both teams haven't lost their previous five league matches, which will serve as confidence booster for both. But, Bayern has time and again dominated Dortmund when they have come face-to-face against each other. This time, too, we go for a Bayern win with a small margin.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich: Betting Tips and Odds
- Borussia Dortmund win: 5/2
- A draw: 5/2
- Bayern Munich win: 21/10
- Under 2.5 goals: evens
- Over 2.5 goals: 8/11
- Both teams score: 8/13
- Both teams fail to score: 6/5
Key Stats to consider
- Borussia Dortmund is undefeated in their last 26 matches at home (Bundesliga).
- Bayern is undefeated in their last 20 league matches.
- Bayern has netted two or more goals in six of their last seven outings in the league.
- Bayern has not lost in their last seven matches against Dortmund in all competitions.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich: Live StreamThe match can be streamed live online by clicking at this link.
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