Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich: A dry-run of the Champions League final
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich Preview
The Champions League final is scheduled to be played on 25th May but we will have a dry run of the final this weekend when Dortmund host Bayern Munich at their Signal Iduna Park.
This match holds importance of another level. Not only are they going to have a chance to gauge each other’s play to prepare for the final, the two teams have a developed a rivalry over the last two decades. In the 1998 Champions League quarterfinals, their rivalry reached its height and Dortmund won 1-0 on aggregate.
On the last 20 occasions that Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have met each other, only on seven occasions Dortmund managed a win, five ended in draws and the Bavarians won eight times.
Borussia Dortmund Preview
Borussia Dortmund go into this game on a good run of form. Their only defeat in their last ten matches came against Real Madrid (W8 D1 L1). Their last Bundesliga defeat came against Schalke 04 and since then they’ve beaten six opponents.
Domestically, Dortmund are no where near what they were over the last two seasons. They dropped points throughout including a 4-1 thrashing at home by Hamburg SV and they have not been able to pose a threat to the bigger clubs in Germany.
Bayern were also responsible for ending Dortmund’s DFB-Pokal run thanks to a solitary, first-half goal by Arjen Robben.
To turn the tide around, it is very important for Jurgen Klopp and his men to clinch a win. With the future of Robert Lewandowski uncertain and Mario Gotze already on his way to Munich, this is a very crucial time for the club.
Injuries & suspensions
Dortmund’s major injury concern is Mario Gotze, who is reported to have torn muscles in his thigh during the game against Real Madrid. 27-year-old defender Lukasz Piszczek and 33-year-old defender Patrick Owomoyela are also out with injuries.
There are no suspensions to worry about immediately but Neven Subotic may face a ban if he picks up another card. Gotze is also one yellow card short of triggering a ban but it is feared that he may not play in a Dortmund shirt again.
Bayern Munich Preview
Bayern Munich has been in a more-or-less extraordinary form throughout this season. Their last defeat came in March against Arsenal in the Round of 16 of the Champions League but we will have to go all the way back to 28th October 2012 to find their second-last defeat.
Since that 2-1 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern have played 40 matches in all competitions and their record is phenomenal: W35 D4 L1. They have scored 120 goals in the process and conceded only 20.
Bayern have been that good this season. It seems that gone are the days of the Catalans, it is now time for the Bavarians.
With all the grace and might of FC Hollywood, they should be wary of Borussia Dortmund as they possess all the potency and potential in attack to wreck any defence on their day and they can surely turn the switch on at home – just ask Real Madrid.
Injuries & suspensions
Holger Badstuber is out for the rest of the season, until June, with a cruciate ligament rupture. Toni Kroos is the other injury concern for Jupp Heynckes, but Kroos is reported to return by mid May.
There are no suspended players for Heynckes to worry about but yellow card bans are imminent for Jerome Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dante if they pick up any more bookings – all have four yellow cards each.
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich Prediction
It may not turn out to be a cracker of a match as both teams can look to just be analyzing their opponents for the Champions League final. Bayern, especially, can afford to let the foot off the gas as they have secured the Bundesliga title already with a massive 20-point gap.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Bayern Munich