This is what fans have been waiting for all season. Yes, there were Champions League matches, World Cup qualifiers and heated rivalries, which provided us with excitement. However no game could get that close to the level as Saturday’s upcoming Bundesliga's top match.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich. Last year’s Champions League winner and runner-up are combined accountable for the last four Bundesliga titles. It doesn’t get any better then this.
Ahead of the kick-off on Saturday 23th November 2013 at 17:30, here are five things to watch ahead of the Bundesliga’s top match:
Marco Reus vs. Mario Gotze
As both players are more comfortable on the offensive side of the ball it’s assumed that they won’t meet on the pitch that often. However the game will most likely decided by one of two.
Mario Gotze returns to Borussia Dortmund after his transfer to Bayern Munich was announced right before they met in the Champions League final. It could get unpleasant as the passionate fans of Dortmund are still angry about his sudden departure. Saying he is not frightened of the fan reaction, as he did this week, isn’t helping.
Gotze hasn’t shown much this season, because an injury held him back for month, but he showed off his skills at the right time recording two crucial assists in recent weeks, and it's hard to rule him out making an impact against his former club.
Marco Reus, who was linked with a £30m bid from Manchester United earlier this month, however has had a great season thus far with seven goals and five assists.
Which team will suffer the most from injuries?
Dortmund might be the first answer as Bayern Munich has more talent in depth. But the team from Bavaria lost their creative player Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Ballon d’Or aspirant Franck Ribery. On the other hand four of Dortmund’s best defenders are ruled out injured. They managed to compensate one, but four seems nearly impossible.
Here are all the missing players
Borussia Dortmund: Ilkay Gundogan, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Lukasz Piszczek and Neven Subotic
Bayern Munich: Franck Ribery, Holger Badstuber, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Claudio Pizarro, Xherdan Shaqiri
You think Munich is in favour of winning the game? Three stats that say otherwise
Borussia Dortmund haven’t dropped a point in any of their last six Bundesliga matches against Bayern.
They have yet to lose at home this season… and they have also only once failed to score in their past 47 home games.
One dead good stat that says Borussia Dortmund will lose
Bayern Munich haven’t lost any of their last 24 away games.
Fast paced game awaits
Borussia Dortmund’s fast paced attack, led by Marco Reus, is feared around the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola praised the counter-attacking strength of his upcoming opponent at today’s press conference: “If we let them run with the ball, then we will have no chance.” They are the best side in that he continued.
With having lost so many good players in defence Dortmund won't try to keep it a low scoring game. Jurgen Klopp, Dortmund’s manager, knows that Munich will net at least one or two. So Dortmund will aim to score even more, as well and Klopp will tell his side to play aggressively offensively.
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