It may only be early March, but this is last chance saloon for Borussia Dortmund as they visit Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday. Die Schwarzgelben are 13 points behind their hosts this weekend, with this game boasting the potential for fireworks.
Where and when: Allianz Arena – 6 March, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund: BT Sport
Last time: Marco Reus gave Dortmund the lead just before half-time when the teams met at the Westfalenstadion in November, but Bayern came back to win 3-2 courtesy of goals from David Alaba, Robert Lewandowski and Leroy Sane.
Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
Bayern Munich may have suffered a surprise defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt the other week, but the Bundesliga champions are hitting their stride as we head towards the business end of the campaign. Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, have been stumbling all season, and anything but a win this weekend would rule them out of the title race.
There have been some positive signs in recent weeks for Dortmund supporters though, who saw their team win their three matches prior to Tuesday’s trip to Borussia Monchengladbach in the German Cup. A 3-2 victory away to Sevilla in the Champions League kicked off that run, before a resounding 4-0 triumph over bitter rivals Schalke in the Revierderby and 3-0 win against Arminia Bielefeld.
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Bayern Munich to win and BTTS
Bayern Munich to win 3-2
Lewandowski to score first
Jadon Sancho is back in the groove following a poor start to the season, with all six of his Bundesliga goals this season coming in his last 10 games. Erling Haaland has seven in nine in the league, but his total of 17 for the campaign remains well below the division’s top scorer.
Lewandowski has scored in 12 of his last 13 league appearances, netting 16 goals in total during that spell. The Polish hitman is on 28 goals from just 22 games across the season, while Bayern are back on song following that rare defeat to Frankfurt. Die Roten thrashed Lazio 4-1 in the Champions League last week before a 5-1 victory over Koln at the weekend.
Hansi Flick does need to tighten things up at the back, with Bayern only keeping one clean sheet in their last five Bundesliga fixtures. The champions have conceded seven goals in their last four matches, but with a free midweek following their shock cup exit to second-tier side Holstein Kiel in January, they are the 4/6 favourites here with William Hill.
You can back the visitors at 4/1 in this Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund preview, while the draw is priced at 7/2. Given Dortmund could be missing Axel Witsel, Marcel Schmelzer, Thomas Delaney and Manuel Akanji through illness and injury, Edin Terzic may be more than happy with a point. Bayern, meanwhile, have Corentin Tolisso, Benjamin Pavard and Douglas Costa among their absentees.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski has scored nine more goals than anyone else in the Bundesliga so far this season. He has 13 goals in his last eight appearances against former club Dortmund in the league, and is the 13/5 favourite to open the scoring on Saturday.
One to watch for Borussia Dortmund: Erling Haaland may be one of the hottest prospects in European football, but the Norwegian striker has a long way to go to match Lewandowski’s goal record. Haaland is 19/4 to net his 18th goal of the season by breaking the deadlock in these Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund predictions.
Long shot: Bayern have won the last four Bundesliga meetings between these rivals, scoring 13 goals in the process at an average of 3.25 per game. Both of Dortmund’s two goals during that run came when the teams met in early November, with a repeat of that 3-2 scoreline this weekend priced at 25/1. With Lewandowski scoring first, those odds rise to 85/1.