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Bundesliga Betting Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund. Can Lewandowski do it again?
Saturday evening sees Dortmund travel to Bavaria to face Bayern Munich in the always eagerly anticipated Bundesliga Der Klassiker.
It’s first plays third, but in reality, these two teams simply aren’t as closely matched as they once were. Bayern are 18 points ahead of Dortmund and 17 in front of Schalke 04 in second – put simply they’re cruising to a sixth Bundesliga title on the bounce. In fact, if they beat their old foes at the Allianz and Schalke lose at home to Freiburg, Bayern will be crowned Champions.
That’ll be a bitter pill to swallow for Peter Stoger’s side, so it looks like we might well be in for a thrilling encounter. There’s no way Dortmund will want to see Bayern crowned champions on their watch.
Remember one way or another, Der Klassiker always delivers.
So, what can we expect?
Unfortunately for Dortmund, it looks like they’re heading into this one with unwanted injury problems. Specifically, Marco Reus is again side-lined. The German international has had woeful luck with injuries in the last few years and only recently returned to the side, playing nine games in 34 days. It seems to have taken its toll and he’s out with muscular problems. They’re also without the creative talent of Shinji Kagawa.
In their absence much of the goal threat will fall on the shoulders of Chelsea-loanee Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian has been in imperious form since his January move to North Rhine-Westphalia, with six Bundesliga goals.
That makes him Dortmund’s top scorer in 2018, and a potential threat to Bayern. You can get him at 7/4 to score anytime with William Hill. If you fancy him to do a little more damage to the Bayern rear-guard, you can get odds of 10/1 for him to score two or more, with the same bookmaker.
At the back, Dortmund are also having injury problems. Omer Toprak is also expected to miss the match. The Turkish central defender has arguably been the pick of Dortmund’s backline in recent weeks and they’ll truly miss him against the attacking might of this Bayern side.
As always when discussing Bayern and their attacking riches, you can’t look past Robert Lewandowski. Despite being heavily linked with a move away from Germany to Real Madrid, the Polish striker hasn’t let any transfer rumours inhibit his performance.
Specifically, he has 23 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances this season, as well as five in seven in the Champions League. A depleted Dortmund defence will certainly have its work cut out keeping their former charge quiet.
He also loves this fixture. He has seven goals against his former employers and even bagged one in Dortmund’s colours before switching sides. That makes him the fixture’s top active goal scorer.
With that in mind, you can get odds of 4/7 for him to score anytime with William Hill. He’s also on 10/1 to grab a hattrick.
Assisting Lewandowski and providing the firepower will be Germany international forward and Bayern vice-captain Thomas Muller. It’s been a funny couple of seasons for Muller, often suffering from inconsistent form, but he’s been a revelation in his role as captain during Manuel Neuer’s enforced absence from the team through injury.
Since returning from injury himself in mid-December he’s been directly involved in 12 goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances – seven assists and five strikes. You can get odds of 9/2 for him to add to that tally with the opening goal in this encounter.
When it comes to the form book Dortmund have already lost to Bayern three times this season (although one was on penalties in the Super Cup). The last time they visited the Allianz was earlier this season in the DFB Pokal (German Cup). That day saw goals from Muller and Jerome Boateng secure a 2-1 win for Bayern. In fact, they’ve not won here in the Bundesliga since 2014.
This season’s league encounter in Dortmund also saw a 3-1 win for Bayern, with Lewandowski adding to goals from Arjen Robben and David Alaba. That encounter was under the previous regime of Peter Bosz. Stoger will be hoping to do much better and come away from Bavaria with a win to make the yellow wall sing.
Will he get it? We don’t think so. We’re going for a 2-1 win to Bayern with goals from both Lewandowski and Muller.
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