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Mar 6, 2021 at 5.30pm UK at Allianz Arena
BayernBayern Munich
4-2
DortmundBorussia Dortmund
Lewandowski (26', 44' pen., 90'), Goretzka (88')
Lewandowski (28')
FT(HT: 2-2)
Braut Haaland (2', 9')
Meunier (29')

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Bayern Munich take on Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker on Saturday, with the visitors looking to win their third successive league game to boost their chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Bayern, meanwhile, must at least avoid defeat at the Allianz Arena to ensure they remain top of the table ahead of RB Leipzig.


Match preview

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller pictured in February 2021© Reuters

After dropping five points in two games following their recent return from the Club World Cup in Qatar, Hansi Flick's side's 5-1 win against FC Koln last weekend was a significant one on many levels.

Not only did it ensure that they stayed two points clear of Leipzig, who came from two goals behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach on the previous day, it also saw Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry return from illness and injury respectively in the second half to directly contribute to the victory.

Eric Choupo-Moting and Robert Lewandowski had provided the Bavarians with a comfortable two-goal cushion at the half-time interval, but familiar defensive miscommunication allowed Ellyes Skhiri to wander through Bayern's defence and lift the ball over a demonstrably enraged Manuel Neuer.

However, the introduction of Muller and Gnabry from the bench instantly shifted the game back in Bayern's favour, with Muller setting up Lewandowski for his brace before Gnabry scored two late goals of his own. Dortmund, who have lost each of their last four meetings with Bayern, will be concerned that Bayern now have their strongest XI available once again just in time to face them on Saturday.

Erling Braut Haaland in action for Borussia Dortmund on February 27, 2021© Reuters

With that being said, interim manager Edin Terzic has bounced back from a difficult period to guide Dortmund to four consecutive wins in all competitions.

A crucial Champions League last-16 first leg win at Sevilla and a nervy 1-0 win at Gladbach in the DFB-Pokal quarter-final on Tuesday has sandwiched two comfortable wins-to-nil against fierce rivals Schalke 04 and the struggling Arminia Bielefeld in BVB's last two league games.

Dortmund found it a little tougher than expected to overcome Uwe Neuhaus's side last weekend, though, with a goalless first half coming to life after the break as Mahmoud Dahoud, Jadon Sancho and Reinier Jesus were on hand to help them to a 3-0 win which moved them to within three points of Eintracht Frankfurt, who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification position.

After a tough first half of the season, Sancho has well and truly come to the party in recent weeks, with his decisive goal against Gladbach on Tuesday the England winger's fifth strike in six domestic games. Terzic will be hoping that form continues at Allianz Arena on Saturday, otherwise his side could find themselves six points off the top four once again.

Bayern Munich Bundesliga form: WWWDLW
Bayern Munich form (all competitions): WWDLWW

Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga form: LWLDWW
Borussia Dortmund form (all competitions): LDWWWW


Team News

Benjamin Pavard celebrates scoring for Bayern Munich on May 30, 2020© Reuters

Bayern's availability issues appear to have improved further with Benjamin Pavard back in training after recovering from COVID-19, but Niklas Sule will likely continue at right-back.

Corentin Tolisso, Douglas Costa, Alexander Nubel and Tanguy Nianzou are all out injured for the hosts.

Given their impact against Koln, Flick is likely to throw Gnabry and Muller straight back into the starting XI at the expense of Jamal Musiala and Choupo-Moting.

Dortmund, meanwhile, will travel to Munich without the injured trio of Manuel Akanji, Axel Witsel and Marcel Schmelzer.

Thomas Delaney shook off a fever to start in Monchengladbach in midweek, though, so should start in Terzic's midfield once more, with Emre Can still required in defence alongside Mats Hummels, who will be keen to get one over on his former club.

Sancho and Raphael Guerreiro both came off against Gladbach with ice packs on their legs, so are serious doubts for the game, while Giovanni Reyna is also thought to be struggling with a knock.

Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Sule, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski

Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup:
Hitz; Morey, Can, Hummels, Schulz; Delaney, Dahoud; Hazard, Brandt, Reus; Haaland


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We say: Bayern Munich 3-2 Borussia Dortmund

With several of their first-team players back in the fold, we expect Bayern to continue to have the edge on Dortmund and extend their winning run in Der Klassiker to five matches.

However, with Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland both in superb form in attack for the visitors, goals should certainly flow at both ends as they have typically done in Bayern games all season.



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1Bayern MunichBayern29215383384568
2RB Leipzig29187452232961
3Wolfsburg29159551292254
4Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt291411459441553
5Borussia DortmundDortmund291541062422049
6Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen29138848321647
7Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach29111085243943
8Union BerlinUnion Berlin29101364435943
9Freiburg29117114442240
10Stuttgart29109105146539
11Augsburg2996142942-1333
12Hoffenheim2988134147-632
13Werder Bremen2979133347-1430
14Mainz 052877143048-1828
15Arminia Bielefeld2976162246-2427
16Hertha Berlin2868143448-1426
17FC Koln2958162753-2623
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