BORUSSIA Dortmund claimed a 2-0 win away at newly-promoted Armina Bielefeld last weekend. Former Bayern Munich defender, Mats Hummels, scored both goals for the visitors in the second half. Can, Schmeizer, Schulz and Zagadou all missed out on the trip to Bielefeld through injury or illness.
A Lewandoski-less Bayern Munich made the trip to Cologne in their last Bundesliga match. An early penalty from Muller got the visitors off to the perfect start. Late in the first half, former Arsenal winger Gnabry was afforded too much time and space on the right flank and cut inside onto his left foot before shooting past Horn in the host’s goal to make it 2-0. Drexler pulled a goal back for Cologne late on, but Bayern kept their cool and secured all 3pts.
Dortmund have won five and lost one of their last six matches in all competitions. However, Bayern have won all of their last six matches in league and cup and therefore head into Saturday’s cash as the form favourites. Dortmund’s one defeat came in the Champions League away at Lazio where their former striker Immobile came back to haunt them.
Bayern have a very good recent record against Dortmund, winning four of the duo’s last six meetings in all competitions. All but two of those games have produced over 2.5 goals, and we’re expecting another action-packed 90-minutes between the pair this weekend. Bayern claimed a 3-2 win when the two sides locked horns in the German Super Cup in September.
Last weekend’s goalscoring hero Mats Hummels picked up a slight muscle strain and could miss the game against his former club. Emre Can, Dan-Axel Zagadou, and Marcel Schmeizer could all make a return but will have to pass late fitness tests.
Tolisso will serve the last of his three-match ban this weekend, and both Malik Tillman and Nicolas Feldhahn have been ruled out through injury. Alphonso Davies isn’t likely to recover from his ankle injury in time to make the trip to Dortmund.
PREDICTION: BAYERN TO WIN