We’re in for a treat this weekend as the German “El Clasico” will be one of the many games between rival clubs
Dortmund seem to be coping well with the injury crisis that’s hit them recently. They’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and with a secure top four spot in the Bundesliga as they’re 10 points above Koln who are fifth. Mario Gotze, Erik Durm, Andre Schurrle and Sebastian Rode will definitely be out for Saturday’s game, while Marcel Schmelzer and Marko Reus are probably not fit enough to feature either for BVB. Instead, Raphael Guerreiro is expected to start on the left back position, while Pulisic and Dembele will be played on the flanks.
Dortmund are chasing the third position which is currently held by high-flying TSG Hoffenheim, who will travel to Hamburg just hours before this match.
Bayern sustained a 1:0 loss in their last game against Hoffenheim and despite having a safe lead, they could possibly increase the margin between them and RB Leipzig as they will have to overcome Leverkusen just to keep up. It wouldn’t be far from the truth to say that Bayern will definitely lift another Bundesliga trophy because both time and competition between their challenges is working for them nicely.
Carlo Ancelotti will possibly be without Manuel Neuer, while Douglas Costa and Thomas Muller are definitely out.
Both teams are still in the Champions League with a reasonable chance of winning the competition as well and this could be the test they both need ahead of their duels against Real Madrid and Monaco next week.
Verdict: Ancelotti will not risk putting too much pressure on Bayern to win this game, but it’s unlikely that Bayern will lose two games in a row. It’s also unlikely that Dortmund win both of their games vs Bayern(first game ended 1:0 for BVB) and considering the serious problems with injuries, Bayern might take this one.