Bayern have made another brilliant start to their season, unbeaten in the league and in Europe and will be looking to extend their run with a win over their decorated rivals. The Bavarians are currently four points clear at the top after nine games, having won six and drawn three, 14 points clear of Dortmund who are struggling to recreate their form from recent years.
The tension between the teams will be at a maximum owing to Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s comments on Marco Reus stating that the German champions may be potentially interested in matching his buy-out clause which kicks in next year.
The 25-year-old has been stricken with injuries for the major part of the year and missed the World Cup, but will be looking to dispel doubts over his allegiance in the coming game.
Bayern have already got the better of Dortmund with signings of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski in consecutive years, a move which has tilted the balance in their favour. Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to throw a proper reply when the teams meet, having lost six of their opening nine games and languishing in 15th spot with only seven points.
Their Champions League form has been exemplary, winning three of three including a proper battering of Arsenal at home in their first game. Injuries have played a major role but the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been deemed fit for the game, which shall give the contest a more even setting.
What Managers Say
Pep Guardiola: “At this moment, Dortmund are still the biggest rival,” the Catalan told reporters on Friday. “The points difference means nothing in October. I don’t analyse the table. In my opinion this is a great team, no matter in what kind of situation they are right now. We’ll play against the best BVB. This is a special match because the opponent is very, very, very good. Also, our way of playing is excellent for them as we defend 40 metres in front of [goalkeeper] Manuel Neuer. But I won’t change my tactics. I have always played my teams very far forward – ever since my first day at Barcelona B.”
Jurgen Klopp: “I believe life is fair and if you misbehave while you are successful, you will get it back one day. When both teams are at the top, it can also be fun to react to those things, but currently that’s just not part of it.”
Betting Odds(by 888Sport.com)
Bayern Win: 7/15
Dortmund Win: 23/4
Last Five(most recent first): W D W W W
Last Result: Hamburger SV 1-3 Bayern Munich
Last Five(most recent first): W L W L L
Last Result: FC St. Pauli 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
Injured: Schweinsteiger(knee), Badstuber(thigh), Martinez(knee), Alcantara(knee), Reina(calf)
Possible XI: Neuer; Benatia, Boateng, Alaba; Rafinha, Lahm, Alonso, Bernat; Muller, Gotze; Lewandowski
Injured: Durm(thigh), Sahin(knee)
Possible XI: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Sokratis; Bender, Gundogan; Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Reus; Aubamayeng