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  • November 19, 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: P. Gagelmann
  • • Attendance: 69000
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Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund

With only five points between them at the top of the table, Saturday's clash between two of Germany's biggest clubs promises to be one of the most exciting games of the season


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BAYERN MUNICH


Neuer
Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm
Luiz Gustavo, Alaba
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Gomez

BORUSSIA DORTMUND


Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Felipe Santana, Hummels, Lowe
Bender, Leitner
Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski

With Anatoliy Tymoshchuk suspended, Luiz Gustavo takes his place as Bayern's anchor. Some would expect Kroos to set up shop next to him as the Bavarians' second pivot after his glittering displays for Germany, but Jupp Heynckes publicly stated on Wednesday that young Toni would not be taking Bastian Schweinsteiger's place – so David Alaba starts in central midfield.

In defence, Jerome Boateng returns from suspension, so expect Rafinha to drop to the bench. In attack, Arjen Robben has been passed fit, although Heynckes may wish to use the Dutchman sparingly.

Having fractured his cheekbone in a clash with Wolfsburg's Sotirios Kyrgiakos at the start of the month, while Neven Subotic is still a few weeks from a return to action for Dortmund. Felipe Santana will deputise at centre-back, and elsewhere in the back line, Marcel Schmelzer's availability will be subject to a late decision by Jurgen Klopp.



DID YOU KNOW
  • These two teams have met each other a total of 85 times. Bayern are in the lead in terms of games won with 39, while Dortmund have only 20.
  • Dortmund can close in on Bayern's lead at the top of the Bundesliga to a meagre two points if they pick up an away win at the Allianz Arena, although Bayern still have a vastly superior goal difference with +28 to BVB's +17.
  • From 1995-2009, Dortmund star Mats Hummels, now considered to be amongst the best defenders in the Bundesliga, was a Bayern Munich youth and fringe player.
  • Mario Gomez is amongst the very top scorers at club level in Europe this season with a mammoth tally of 13 goals. Dortmund's closest is Robert Lewandowski with eight.
  • Dortmund are unbeaten in seven games, while Bayern are on a four-match winning streak.

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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
28Holger BadstuberDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
26Diego ContentoDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
24Nils PetersenStriker
11Ivica OlicStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
8Antônio da SilvaMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
Players to Watch
Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Bayern's second-top scorer and leading assist provider in the season so far, the French winger is in glittering form of late. In what is arguably the biggest game of the season so far, the Frenchman will need to be at his very best to unlock the Dortmund defence.
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Poland international is having a tremendous season, leading by example at the head of BVB's attack. Ahead of the pack in goals scored and assists made, Lewandowski will be looked at for inspiration in Bavaria - one that will be required if his team are to escape the Allianz Arena with a positive result.
Prediction
Bayern have been playing with a swagger for months now and will be difficult to stop, especially at the Allianz Arena. The hosts will undoubtedly find the net, so the result may be dependent on whether Dortmund can keep up with the pace.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 3

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