Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund
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Sports Mole previews the German Cup meeting between league leaders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

As it stands, the gap between Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in second spot is 17 points.

However, league matters will be put to one side when the two clubs meet at the Allianz Arena tomorrow night for what will be a DFB-Pokal quarter-final clash.

Favourites Bayern will have to make do without the services of France international Franck Ribery, who is suspended because he was sent off during the match against Augsburg in the last round.

His absence is likely to hand a starting opportunity to former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben.

In contrast, visiting Dortmund should be at full strength for their trip to Bavaria. Robert Lewandowski is available following a one-game ban, while Jakub Blaszczykowski and Mats Hummels are fit despite injury scares.

The last time these sides met in this competition was in last year's final, where Dortmund ran out 5-2 winners. Current Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa was among the scorers for Dortmund that evening.

Recent form

Bayern: WWWLLD

Dortmund: WDDLWW

Possible starting lineups

Bayern: Neuer; Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba; Martinez, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Kroos, Robben; Mandzukic

Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Bender; Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus; Lewandowski

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern Munich19152244143047
2Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen1987439271231
3Schalke 04Schalke198743025531
4RB Leipzig199463128331
5Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach199463030031
6Borussia DortmundDortmund1986540251530
7Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt198652420430
8Augsburg197662825327
9Hoffenheim197662927227
10Hannover197662829-127
11Hertha Berlin196762727025
12Freiburg195862033-1323
13Wolfsburg1931152224-220
14Stuttgart1962111624-820
15Mainz 05195592433-920
16Werder Bremen193791625-916
17Hamburger SV1943121528-1315
18FC Koln1933131433-1912
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