Not even thirty-four goals scored in nine league matches are enough for Bayern to lead the table. Leverkusen is two points ahead, which does not have to advance in the final even after this round, even if it manages the famous Der Klassiker. At the same time, nobody managed to beat Dortmund on the Bundesliga stage this season. The home team is only a little behind their rival.
As far as the current state of affairs is concerned, the home side will probably be a bit better off, although the Stern des Südens selection is slightly more successful in terms of results so far. While Borussia was able to advance to the next round of the DFB-Pokal during this week, they also had to face an unpleasant Hoffenheim, the Munich team experienced a match with a shameful end at Saarbrücken. The third-league team thus joined Leipzig, which in the new year was the only one to bring the Bavarian giant to its knees, at the very beginning in the German Super Cup.
Falling out of the domestic cup competition was really unexpected news for Bayern fans. She could hardly explain herself to them. And probably the only right answer to comfort them now will be to present yourself well at the party called Der Klassiker with serial number one hundred and thirty four. “We were extremely disappointed after that defeat in Saarland,” admitted visiting pilot Thomas Tuchel. “But we have no reason to give up on everything now. We are doing great in the Bundesliga, we have a team that we all believe in. We will travel to Dortmund with the aim of winning despite all our problems.”
In addition to the fact that this year the Munich team will be involved in only two competitions, in addition to the Bundesliga and the Champions League, the duel in Saarbrücken took another unpleasant toll. Maybe until the end of the calendar year, Bayern will not have stopper Matthijs de Ligt, who injured his knee, at his disposal. If we add that the start is also uncertain for the defenders Dayot Upamecan, Noussair Mazraoui and Raphaël Guerreiro, it is evident that Tuchel may not have an easy job of putting together the right composition of the defensive ranks.
By the way, it is difficult to estimate whether Leon Goretzka will be able to fully return after the medical problems with a broken hand, his backup partner Joshua Kimmich has been ruled out, and he will definitely not appear in Signal Iduna Park. “The key will be for us to perform at our best. To be diligent and play our best, from the first minute to the last.” added the Bavarian strategist. “I believe that we will have enough quality, that we will be in shape and that we will be in good spirits to beat Dortmund. I firmly believe that we can do it.”
The home team has won four times and drawn once in front of their own fans in the five league matches so far. In general, they can be satisfied with the fact that they score regularly, they too are in close contact with the highest ranks. “In the past, some games with Bayern were really close and even,” reminded Edin Terzic, the coach of the club from North Rhine-Westphalia. “I’ve rarely seen Bayern disappointed twice in a row. They’re always a bit sharper against us than against other opponents. I daresay they’ll be quite angry after being knocked out of the German Cup. That’s what we expect.”
As for absences on the Dortmund side, they do not deal with them as much as their opponent. Julien Duranville, who is not even among the stable members of the lineup, is out of the game, and a question mark hangs over the start of two players. However, both captain Emre Can and Marius Wolff are expected to do everything they can to recover so that they don’t miss out on this prestigious clash against their arch-rivals.
Borussia Dortmund – probable line-up:
Kobel – M. Wolf, Hummels, N. Schlotterbeck, Ryerson – Özcan, Sabitzer – Malen, Reus, Brandt – Füllkrug
Bayern Munich – probable line-up:
Neuer – Mazraoui, Upamecano, Kim, Davies – Laimer, Goretzka – Coman, Musiala, L. Sané – Kane
Tipsport odds: 3.48 – 4.35 – 1.96
EuroFotbal.cz tip: 10