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Prediction: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 16 Aug 2021

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Verdict: Borussia Dortmund double chance

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

With the German Super Cup up for grabs on Tuesday night, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich will face off at Signal-Iduna-Park for what could be a mouth-watering affair.

Borussia Dortmund

Starting with the hosts, managing to secure themselves another Champions League spot last season after a rampant end to the 2020/21 campaign, it appears that Borussia Dortmund have dragged that momentum into the New Year. Keeping the mood in their camp at a real high after signing off their pre-season preparations with a 3-0 victory against Italian outfit Bologna, new boss Marco Rose has seen his side enjoy an immediate boost since he made the move to rural Germany. Opening their competitive run by extending on their DFP Pokal adventure away at lower-league Wehen Wiesbaden earlier in the month, BVB once again impressed over the weekend. Laying down their first Bundesliga marker as the former Borussia Mönchengladbach boss saw his side land a thumping 5-2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt on home soil, Dortmund also have one attacking superstar leading their charge. Despite being heavily linked with a move away over the summer, Erling Haaland bagged himself a brace over the weekend, days after his hat-trick against Wehen Wiesbaden.

Team News

Borussia Dortmund will once again be without Thomas Meunier and Julian Brandt on Tuesday night as the duo tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the month.

Likewise, both Mateu Morey and Dan-Axel Zagadou are long-term injury absentees and will also be missing here.

Bayern Munich

As for the visitors, while BVB might find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high heading into Tuesday’s Super Cup, the same cannot be said for a struggling Bayern Munich. Signing off their own pre-season preparations with a 3-0 drumming at the hands of Italian giants Napoli, the defending Bundesliga champions are in the midst of an extended blip. Failing to win any of their four friendly contests, a run highlighted by defeats against the likes of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Koln, new boss Julian Nagelsmann will be desperately seeking a boost in midweek. However, while the German giants might be tipped as a standout pick to defend their domestic crown this season, the former RB Leipzig boss saw his side put in a flat display over the weekend. Eventually having to settle for a 1-1 draw when they made the trip to Gladbach on Friday night, Bayern would have at least been glad to see Robert Lewandowski open his account. Finding the net on the road, the Polish talisman recorded a staggering 56 goals across all formats last season.

Team News

Missing Munich’s Bundesliga opener last weekend, French defender Benjamin Pavard is expected to be on the sidelines for at least a month.

Returning to training last week, midfielder Corentin Tolisso has been given the green light to feature on Tuesday night.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in March, Bayern Munich picked up a 4-2 victory on home soil.
    • Likewise, the defending Bundesliga champions have won each of their last five straight meetings against BVB.
    • Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has opened the 2021/22 campaign with five goals in his back-to-back matchups.
    • Polish star Robert Lewandowski recorded 56 goals across all formats last season on route to breaking more German records.
    • 12 of the last 14 meetings between Tuesday’s opponents have finished with over 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    While Bayern Munich might open Tuesday’s Super Cup tipped as a leading pick with the bookmakers, Dortmund should be smelling a real chance to cause an upset. Given home advantage and opening the 2021/22 Bundesliga campaign with a thumping 5-2 romp against Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend, new boss Marco Rose has seen his side enjoy a real summer boost. With the red-hot Erling Haaland already enjoying his own free-scoring run with five goals in back-to-back contests, a struggling Bayern side could face a stern test on their travels. While they might hold a rampant record against BVB, they are coming off the back of a nightmare pre-season run. Having to settle for a 1-1 draw when they made the trip to Gladbach on Friday night, a Dortmund double chance appear at attractive odds here.

    Verdict: Borussia Dortmund double chance

    Best Odds: 8/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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