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Can Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich in tonight’s Bundesliga title decider?

Crippy Cooke in Bundesliga, Editorial 5 Mar 2016

Borussia Dortmund could narrow the deficit at the summit to two points with a win over defending champions Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund could narrow the deficit at the summit to two points with a win over defending champions Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund lock horns with Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga tonight, and are hoping they can continue their resurgence with a big win in the race for the title. BVB are coming off the back of four consecutive victories, while leaders Bayern recently suffered a home defeat in the division, and victory for the home side at their Westfalenstadion could see Dortmund cutting their deficit at the top to just two points.

Dortmund capitalising on Bayern’s slip-up

Thomas Tuchel’s men have impressed all season, but haven’t managed to keep up the pace with Bayern in the title race. They have won 18 of 24 league games, two less than the champions. However, they were given a huge boost following Mainz’s recent win at the Allianz-Arena which is sure to see Dortmund with their tails up ahead of the biggest game of their season.

Victory over Bayern could upset their form in the remaining games of the campaign so Tuchel will be desperate to take all three points rather than play for a point. At home, Dortmund have won 10 and drawn one of 11 games in their own backyard, and they have won seven on the bounce at the Westfalenstadion as things stand.

Bayern have recent bragging rights

Bayern boast the superior head-to-head record, however, having won their last three meetings with Dortmund in the Bundesliga, most notably winning 5-1 in their most recent clash. Dortmund have, in fact, suffered defeat in both home meetings with Pep Guardiola’s side, so the pressure will be on to rectify such form.

And with Bayern clearly disrupted by the news of their manager leaving for Manchester City in the summer, Dortmund perhaps couldn’t wish for a better time to face the defending champions. Tuchel is determined to challenge Bayern all the way in the title race this season, and believes: “the ball is now in our court,” given the contrasting form of the two title-rivals.

“We’re now looking forward to this game even more. We’re in the position we wanted to be in and which gives us the chance to close in on them. We’ll do all we can to take the next step and reduce the gap even further,” added the young Dortmund boss. BVB are the last side to win the title before Bayern’s monopoly in the Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund are 11/5 to win against Bayern Munich this evening. The contrasting form between the two sides could well see Dortmund edge the encounter to put pressure on Bayern in the title-race. Can they beat the holders this evening?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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