The most important game of this season’s Bundesliga is just around the corner, and we can already sense the anticipation all around us. Defending champions Bayern Munich will host arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund at the iconic Allianz Arena this Saturday, 6th April, in what is touted to be the ultimate decider for this season’s Bundesliga crown.
Ahead of the game, here are a few mouth-watering insights to keep you well-set, so do check them out:
- This is will be the 100th Bundesliga Der Klassiker (German for “The Classic” – no other word can create a more apt description on the rivalry between both sides). Their head-to-head records in the German league so far stands thus: 45 wins for Bayern, 25 wins for Borussia, 29 draws (99 games).
- Bayern have won all four out of their last four home games against Dortmund in the league. The aggregate score in these four games is 17-3 in favour of the Bavarians.
- Bayern have lost only one out of their last 15 Bundesliga games this season (13 wins, 1 draw). Their recent draw to Freiberg, however gave, away their No.1 position in the standings – to none other than Borussia Dortmund.
- The current league standings are thus: Dortmund on top with 63 points from 27 games (19W, 6D, 2L) followed by Bayern with 61 points from 27 games (19W, 4D, 4L).
- A win for Dortmund will stretch their lead to five points, which might prove decisive towards the end of the league. On the other hand, a win for Bayern will help them displace Dortmund at the top of the charts.
Probable lineups (as per Bundesliga.com):
Bayern: Manuel Neuer (c) – Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, David Alaba – Javi Martinez, Thiago – Serge Gnabry, James Rodriguez, Kingsley Coman – Robert Lewandowski
Out: Alphonso Davies (knee), Arjen Robben (calf)
Doubtful: Corentin Tolisso (knee)
Coach: Niko Kovac
Dortmund: Roman Burki – Marius Wolf, Manuel Akanji, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Raphael Guerreiro – Axel Witsel, Thomas Delaney – Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus (c), Jacob Bruun Larsen – Paco Alcacer
Out: Achraf Hakimi (metatarsal), Christian Pulisic (thigh)
Doubtful: Abdou Diallo (calf), Maximilian Philipp (knee), Lukasz Piszczek (heel)
Coach: Lucien Favre
When to watch?
The Der Klassiker will be live from 4:30PM GMT on April 6th 2019, which means 10:00PM IST on the same day and 12:30AM SGT/HKT on April 7th, 2019. The venue will be the Allianz Arena in Munich, as already mentioned above.
Where to watch?
Viewers from Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, China, South Korea, North Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan can tune into the FOX Sports network to watch the game as part of the coverage for the Bundesliga.
Also available on FOX+ (select markets).
Indian fans, meanwhile, can follow the game on Star Sports.
Fans also have the option to follow the match updates on foxsportsasia.com.