Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund: A Guide To The Monumental Match Of The Weekend
The Premier League along with the FA Cup semi-finals may be taking centre stage over on these shores this weekend, but if you’re after a mouthwatering match then you simply have to tune in to Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund on Saturday afternoon. Huge is an understatement.
The Sportsman brings you the lowdown ahead of the game of the weekend…
When, where, and what time?
The crunch clash takes place on Saturday 6 April at the Allianz Arena. Kick-off is at 5.30pm (GMT), and you can tune in on BT Sport 1.
What’s at stake?
Leaders Borussia Dortmund are two points ahead of Bayern Munich with seven games to go. Both clubs have 19 wins from 27 games, although Dortmund have six draws and just two defeats compared to Bayern’s four draws and four losses.
A Dortmund win will propel the club five points clear with six games to go, but a home win will spring the defending champions one point above their rivals.
Is a job on the line?
Niko Kovac has experienced a mixed debut season at the helm of Bayern. The club are 2nd in the league and out of the Champions League, although they are in the semi-finals of the German Cup. It’s not out of the question that they end the season empty-handed for the first time since 2012.
If that’s the case Kovac will be fearing for his future, although given the club’s dominance in recent years even the DFB-Pokal may not be enough to save him.
When was the last time Bayern failed to win the title?
It’s been a while.
2012 to be exact, and it was Dortmund who triumphed on that particular occasion, doubling up under Jurgen Klopp. Since then it’s been complete and utter dominance from The Bavarians, who have accumulated six trophies in a row, and 28 in total.
Lucien Favre, in his debut season, is the fourth Dortmund manager since Klopp to try to snatch the title off Bayern, and with seven games to go his side are two points clear at the summit.
Like Klopp’s Liverpool, Dortmund were enjoying a sizeable lead at the top, but a dodgy period consisting of one win in five matches allowed Bayern to make up ground. However, Favre’s troops have since reeled off three wins in the spin, including an injury-time victory over Wolfsburg last time out, while Bayern surprisingly failed to beat Freiburg.
What happened the last time the teams locked horns?
Saturday’s showpiece spectacle just so happens to be the 100th Der Klassiker in Bundesliga history - as if the game needed any more hype.
The last meeting, back in November, saw Dortmund pip their rivals 3-2 at Westfalenstadion as the hosts came back twice to edge the five-goal thriller.
Bayern won the previous three top-flight duels, including a 6-1 hammering on home soil last season, and they haven’t lost twice in the league to Die Borussen since 2012.
Jadon Sancho Watch
Robert Lewandowski leads the race for the Bundesliga Golden Boot with 19 goals - he only needs one more to hit 200 in the Bundesliga - while the Dortmund duo of Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus have bagged 16 and 15 goals respectively.
From an England perspective, all eyes will be on Dortmund’s breakout star Jadon Sancho who has enjoyed a stunning season to date. The teenager, 19, has nine goals and a whopping 18 assists to his name this season, four of which have come in his last three games.
Sancho’s sensational form appears to have caught the eye of the Premier League’s big dogs, meaning there could be an almighty scramble for his signature this season, although it goes without saying that Dortmund will be determined for the youngster to stay in the North Rhine-Westphalia.