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Having followed in Mario Gotze's footsteps by trading Die Schwarzgelben for Pep Guardiola's team, Al Hain-Cole expects the Polish striker to help see off an understrength home side

For the third consecutive season, the German season’s curtain raising Super Cup clash will be contested between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Having lifted both the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal trophies last campaign, Pep Guardiola’s men are 6/5 (2.20) favourites with William Hill to pick up the first piece of silverware of this season this afternoon.

However, Die Schwarzgelben ran out 4-2 winners in this fixture last summer and are available at 21/10 (3.10) to come out on top in front of a packed home crowd here.

Extra-time was required to separate the sides when they met in May’s DFB Pokal final, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them playing out another draw after 90 minutes this time out.

While last summer’s Super Cup saw Mario Gotze watching on from the stands after conveniently proving unfit to make his Bayern debut against the club he had just left in acrimonious circumstances, Robert Lewandowski will have no such reprieve today.

Having followed Gotze in making the controversial move from the Westfalenstadion to the Allianz Arena, the Polish striker is expected to bear the brunt of the packed home crowd’s ire when he takes to the field as the focal point of the visitors’ attack. William Hill have enhanced the Lewandowski wincast to 3/1 (4.00) and he is available at 6/5 (2.20) to score anytime.

Three goals in four pre-season matches for his new club underline exactly what Jurgen Klopp’s men will be missing without the striker that scored over 20 goals in each of their last three Bundesliga seasons, as they seek to bounce back from a deflating 4-0 friendly defeat against Liverpool last Sunday.

Just as at Anfield, key men Marco Reus and Matts Hummels are not expected to feature against the champions, who boast superior strength in depth to cope without their own high profile absentees.

Should an under strength Dortmund perform anything like as poorly as they did against Brendan Rodgers’ side then Lewandowski may not have to wait too long to silence the hostile home crowd, with those 6/5 (2.20) odds offering solid value on Bayern coming out on top.

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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