Bayern v Dortmund: Bavarians set for supremacy battle
German Bundesliga By: Ayodeji Tunde | 08/04/2017
The stage is set for the biggest rivalry in club football as Bayern Munich welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Allianz Arena for Saturday's final Bundesliga clash.Fifteen points may separate the two teams in the table, but after Dortmund’s win during the Hinrunde, Carlo Ancelotti’s team will be pushing to take all three points from the match.Having rested several players in their disappointing 1-0 defeat at Hoffenheim in midweek Bayern want to make a statement' putting their best foot in front this time.Bayern are unbeaten at home this season and hope to overcome their main rivals in recent years, with Dortmund not having been able to rotate as much due to injuries.BVB have only won one of their last five away games in the Bundesliga and need to improve their balance against a team of Bayern’s quality. A positive result here could be very important to keep pace with Hoffenheim in the third spot though, which must be reached for direct Champions League qualification.Expect this to be an intense and hard-fought game, with several opportunities at both ends of the pitch, but a rested home side being favourites to win.Both teams are shifting their focus to UEFA Champions League matches. However, Borussia Dortmund need to keep their motivation in check as they will fight for the second place with RB Leipzig and TSG Hoffenheim. Bayern face Real Madrid twice in the next two weeks, while Dortmund look to get past Monaco and into the last four of the Champions League. At the end of the month, the two sides will meet again in the German Cup semi-final.
Also, with two Bundesliga top scorers, Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on parade, one will probably witness a fruitful match when it comes to goals. However, some big names will be missing in Saturday's Der Klassiker clash as Marco Reus is not the only superstar out with fitness problems.Mario Gotze is still sidelined with the metabolic disorder diagnosed earlier this year, so will miss the chance to face his former club Bayern in the Allianz Arena.For the champions themselves, both Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller have been kept out of the action in recent weeks having picked up minor injuries. Both are on the road to recovery, but are likely to return only against Madrid next week.Probable line-upsBayern: Ulreich - Lahm (c), Boateng, Hummels, Alaba - Alonso, Vidal - Robben, Thiago, Ribery - LewandowskiCoach: Carlo AncelottiAbsentees: Neuer (foot), Müller (ankle)Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis (c), Bartra, Schmelzer - Weigl - Pulisic, Kagawa, Castro, Dembele - AubameyangCoach: TuchelAbsentees: Reus (match fitness), Götze (metabolic illness), Schürrle (ankle), Durm (muscle strain)Prediction Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund