Bayern and Dortmund to resume Bundesliga’s biggest rivalry

Bayern Dortmund

FC Bayern München will look to bounce back quickly after their recent defeat when they host Borussia Dortmund in the Der Klassiker on Saturday.

8 April 2017
Gameweek 28
Kick-off: 18H30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Allianz Arena

Referee: M. Fritz
Assistants: D. Schaal, M. Pelgrim
Fourth official: M. Petersen

Head-to-head summary:

Bayern München 106 49 29 28
Dortmund 106 28 2 49

Previous encounter:

Dortmund 1-0 Bayern, 19 November 2016 (Bundesliga)
Dortmund goalscorers: P. Aubameyang (11′)

Players to watch:

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The hosts will be hoping star striker Robert Lewandowski gets back on the scoresheet after failing to do so against Hoffenheim. The Pole has 36 goals to his name this season across all competitions.

Dortmund have been relying heavily on the scoring ability of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has 32 goals to his name in all competitions. He also scored in their 3-0 win over Hamburg earlier in the week.

Team form and manager quotes:

Die Roten went unbeaten for 15 Bundesliga games before Hoffenheim brought their run to an end on Tuesday, beating the league leaders 1-0 thanks to Andrej Kramaric’s winner in the 21st minute.

Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted he was surprised by Hoffenheim’s play, telling his club’s official website: “Congratulations to Hoffenheim. We were a bit surprised by their play and weren’t well organised in defence. But things just don’t work out on certain days, that’s football.”

Despite the defeat, the Bavarians remain 10 points clear at the top of the league standings with seven games left to play.

Meanwhile, Dortmund come into the game having thrashed Hamburg 3-0 in their last game on Tuesday. BVB have lost only once in their last seven Bundesliga outings, winning five.

Manager Thomas Tuchel’s side are fourth in the standings, only one point behind Hoffenheim in third.

Tuchel has lamented the prolonged absence of influential player Marco Reus in the build-up to the Bayern clash, telling the press: “Nobody can imagine what it means for us to have to do without him for such a long time.”

Team news:

For Bayern, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer will be unavailable, with the team choosing to keep both players under wraps until next week’s Champions League action.

Marco Reus is still a doubt for Dortmund, although he has returned to training, while Andre Schurrle and Erik Durm are still sidelined.