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DFB Pokal

  • February 27, 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 71000

Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Champions look for Pokal glory

Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Champions look for Pokal glory


With the visitors' hopes of retaining their title long gone, they will be hoping to defeat their rivals and win the cup for a second year in a row



Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Robben

Piszczek, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus

Bayern Munich will be without the serivces of star man Franck Ribery, who is suspended after being sent off in the last round against Augsburg, with Arjen Robben expected to step in for the Frenchman.

However, Javi Martinez has shaken off a minor groin strain which forced him off early against Werder Bremen at the weekend, while Daniel Van Buyten has shaken off the flu.

Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, will be boosted by the return of Robert Lewandowski, who has missed their recent league games due to suspension.

Meanwhile, Mats Hummels is expected to miss out with flu and will be replaced by Felipe Santana, but Jakub Blaszczykowski has recovered from a minor injury.

  • Bayern Munich have conceded just two goals since the start of 2013, both came in their last two matches.
  • These two teams met in the final of the competition last season, with Dortmund recording a 5-2 victory over their rivals.
  • Legendary coach Ottmar Hitzfeld (pictured, right) won this trophy three times with Bayern, but never during his six years with BVB.
  • Borussia Dortmund have lost just once in their last seven meetings with Bayern Munich - in the Supercup in August.
  • Mats Hummels started his career at the Allianz Arena, and moved to BVB in 2009, initially on loan.
  • Ten of the 19 players called up to Germany's squad for the recent fixture against France play for one of these clubs.

Players to watch

M. Mandžukić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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With Mario Gomez scoring twice at the weekend, and given the wave of speculation linking Bayern with Lewandowski, the onus will be on Mandzukic to show that he is still the main man at the Allianz Arena, and there will be no better way to do so than by leading his side to victory over the champions.

R. Lewandowski

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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  • 0
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All eyes will inevitably be on Lewandowski, given how his absence was felt by Dortmund on Sunday at Gladbach and the speculation linking him with a move to Bayern, but he will eager to prove where his loyalties lie during this clash, one of the biggest of his side's season.

Editor's Prediction

There may be a hefty gap separating them in standings, but Bayern and Dortmund are incredibly equal teams. The visitors have a knack of raising their game on the biggest stage, and I'd expect this one to go all the way.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Borussia Dortmund


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München FCB
2 - 1
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
FC Bayern München FCB
3 - 1
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
FC Bayern München FCB
1 - 2
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB