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  • 11 April 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 80720

Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich Preview: Rivals meet at the Signal Iduna Park in Bundesliga title showdown

Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich Preview: Rivals meet at the Signal Iduna Park in Bundesliga title showdown

Bongarts previews the action as BVB and the Bavarians clash in a fixture that could determine who will lift the German Meisterschale come the end of the season



 Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
 Gundogan, Bender
 Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz


Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba
 Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Muller, Ribery

The big absentee for BVB is Germany international Mario Gotze, who has recovered from the serious injury he picked up earlier this year, but is still working his way back to full fitness. However, he could enter the fray at some point of the game, if the scales are tipped in Bayern Munich's favour.

Defender Julian Koch will not feature in the match against the Bavarians as he is still recuperating from an injury and is unlikely to appear for Jurgen Klopp's side during the current campaign.

For Bayern Munich, Daniel Van Buyten has been ruled out for the rest of the season and will join long-term absentee Breno in the stands. It is yet unclear who will partner Bastian Schweinsteiger in centre of the field, with both Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Luiz Gustavo in with a chance to feature in the starting XI.

Toni Kroos, who played a limited role in the win against Augsburg in order to avoid suspension, could displace Thomas Muller in the role behind striker Mario Gomez. He might also appear next to Schweinsteiger in central midfield, if Jupp Heynckes opts for a more offensive scheme.

  • Borussia Dortmund have triumphed in their last three games against Bayern Munich.
  • BVB are on a 23-game unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga. 
  • Dortmund managed to turn an eight-point deficit into a seven-point lead over Bayern Munich from Round 6 to Round 24.
  • Bayern Munich are on a nine-game winning streak in all competitions (including the penalty shootout victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the DFB Pokal).
  • The Bavarians can overtake Dortmund at the top of the table on goal difference if they win on Wednesday.
  • Werder Bremen are the last team to beat Bayern Munich four times in a row. This happened between 1991 and 1993.

Players to watch

S. Kagawa

Position: Midfielder

Games: 13

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The Japanese midfielder has been in inspirational form of recent, and looks like the most potent weapon Dortmund have at their disposal just now. His remarkable vision and technique could be the key to unlock Bayern Munich's defence, and he will have to step up his game even more to help BVB settle the Bundesliga title race once and for all.

B. Schweinsteiger

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Bayern Munich vice-captain trully takes his team to a new level when fit, and the Bavarians will need him to do just that on Wednesday. His ability to dictate the tempo and keep possession could play a crucial role in the intense midfield battle, while his defensive capabilities might help his team to their first clean sheet against Borussia Dortmund in four games.

Editor's Prediction

For the first time in the last two years Dortmund enter the game as favourites against Bayern Munich. The mental burden is likely to affect them, and in truth the game can swing in any direction, but it is likely that BVB will still be on top of the table in the Bundesliga come Round 31.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Borussia Dortmund

Bayern München


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 1
FC Bayern München BAY
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
1 - 2
FC Bayern München BAY
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
FC Bayern München BAY