Bayern Munich arrive in town tomorrow evening for the clash of last season’s top two in 1.Bundesliga, though neither side is in a position they’d be happy with come May. After a long journey in midweek, Dortmund may have to rest key players though the motivation of playing one of your biggest rivals should provide enough impetus to push through fatigue barriers.
Only Sven Bender is a confirmed absentee after he strained his knee ligaments in the draw at Valencia, but Andreas Beck may miss out after picking up a dead leg towards the end of that match.
Dortmund can climb to fourth with a win, as they sit four points back of the top three – Schalke, Hamburg, and Leverkusen – who all have 28 points from their opening fourteen league games, and two points behind fourth-place Wolfsburg, though BVB do have a game in hand on them all.
Bayern Munich are currently tenth in the league, having only won five of their thirteen league games this season, and their Champions League fate isn’t in their own hands after defeat at Fenerbahçe earlier this month. They remain in the DFB-Pokal, however.
Claudio Ranieri’s squad are missing four key players with Arjen Robben (ankle), Dante (ankle), Sami Khedira (knee), and Thomas Müller (calf) all out, and had to name three youth players in their squad last time out. Summer signing Olivier Giroud has found his shooting boots though, leading their scoring charts with nine goals in eighteen.
Bayern’s away form has been woeful this season, with just one point from seven matches on the road in Bundesliga, and they also lost both of their away games in Europe so far (with a trip to Zagreb in a fortnight).
Last season, BVB and Bayern met three times in league and cup, with Dortmund winning all three, most notably a 1-0 win at the Allianz-Arena in May to wrestle the title back from the 2013 winners. A year ago, BVB triumphed 4-1 at home in the league, before a 2-1 win in the DFB-Pokal Semi-Final in March.
Tomorrow evening’s referee will be Michael Weiner from Hannover. The 45 year-old comes with Champions League experience, having taken charge of Manchester United against PSG last month. He’s been in the middle for one BVB match this season, the 4-1 defeat at Wolfsburg in October.