Monday, May 20, 2024

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

Verdict: Bayern Munich win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: Luckster

In what is a heavyweight Bundesliga showdown on Saturday evening, Borussia Dortmund will welcome Bayern Munich to rural Germany.

Borussia Dortmund

Starting with the hosts, while Borussia Dortmund might have suffered major Bundesliga heartbreak last season, Edin Terzic’s side have come roaring back this time around. Last seen earlier in the week extending on their DFP Pokal adventure as they claimed a 1-0 victory against Hoffenheim, the one-time West Ham coach should find the mood in his camp at a red-hot high. Suffering just a single defeat from any of their first 13 appearances across all competitions, Dortmund also have their sights set on punching a Champions League knockout stage ticket this year. With their exciting start to the new campaign highlighted by a gritty 1-0 victory away at Premier League high-flyers Newcastle, BVB have also impressed many with their continued success on home soil. Including an action-packed 4-2 victory against Union Berlin prior to October’s international break, Terzic’s men have won each of their previous three showdowns in rural Germany by an aggregate score of 6-2.

Team News

Still dealing with a recent thigh injury, Borussia Dortmund will once again be unable to call upon former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on Saturday evening. Likewise, Terzic’s men will also be without 23-year-old Mateu Morey.

However, making a second-half cameo appearance against Hoffenheim earlier in the week, ex-Manchester City starlet Felix Nmecha could be handed a full recall here. Handed a full rest while on DFP Pokal duties in midweek, Germany international Nicklas Fullkrug should spearhead Dortmund’s charge.

Bayern Munich

As for the visitors, crashing out of the DFP Pokal earlier in the week following an infamous 2-1 loss away at third-tier outfit Saabrucken, Bayern Munich will certainly be seeking an immediate response here. Nevertheless, despite coming under a huge amount of scrutiny in midweek, Thomas Tuchel’s side have gained a string of plaudits since opening up the 2023/24 campaign. Already tipped as a standout contender to make even more Bundesliga history this season, the former Chelsea boss also has his sights set on mounting a genuine Champions League charge. Appearing to cruise their way to the knockout stage of this year’s tournament, Bayern have also gained a reputation for their free-scoring performances in the final third. Last seen in Bundesliga action landing a remarkable 8-0 romp against Darmstadt, Tuchel’s men have already notched 24 top-flight strikes this season.

Team News

Enjoying what has been a record-breaking start to life in Germany and already notching 12 strikes in his first nine Bundesliga appearances this season, England skipper Harry Kane will spearhead Bayern’s charge on Saturday evening.

Shown a straight red card against Darmstadt last weekend, midfield talisman Joshua Kimmich will start a suspension here. Making his first Bundesliga appearance of the season last week, Manuel Neuer will once again start between the sticks in rural Germany.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two German giants last met back on April 1st, Bayern Munich picked up a 4-2 victory at the Allianz.
    • Saturday’s guests have not suffered a single defeat against Borussia Dortmund since back in August 2019.
    • England skipper Harry Kane has notched 12 Bundesliga goals in his first nine appearances.
    • BVB have won each of their previous three showdowns in front of their own supporters by an aggregate score of 6-2.
    • Likewise, Borussia Dortmund have lost just one of their previous 13 appearances across all formats.


    Crashing out of the DFP Pokal earlier in the week following an infamous 2-1 loss away at third-tier outfit Saabrucken, Bayern Munich will be seeking an immediate response here. Nevertheless, in the midst of a real Bundesliga flurry and really gaining a reputation for their clinical performances in the final third, the defending champions will be excited by a stellar record against their historic rivals. Landing an action-packed 4-2 win when they last met BVB back on April 1st, Tuchel’s side have also not suffered a single defeat against BVB since way back in August 2019. While Bayern will face a stern examination on Saturday evening, we are expecting an away victory in rural Germany this weekend.

    Verdict: Bayern Munich win

    Best Odds: 4/5

    Bookmaker: Luckster


    Tom Dunstan

    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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