25 May 2020, by Carl Lewis
Der Klassiker Betting Preview
In these unprecedented times, the match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, known as ‘Der Klassiker’ is the biggest and most important match in the world of football as it stands. In this piece, we provide team news and probable line ups as well as your best bets for the derby match.
Borussia Dortmund are just four points away from Bayern Munich in the title race and meet the leaders in a match they can’t lose. Victory on Saturday made it six straight wins – five with a clean sheet. They are league’s best home team (W10, D3, L0), Dortmund have scored 16 goals without reply and claimed eight of their 10 league victories here by a multi-goal margin.
Bayern Munich are also on a game-winning and have been outscoring Dortmund over those six rounds (22:15), and winning 11 of their last 13 league games despite. Bayern knows a win will all but seal an eighth straight Bundesliga title and it’s hard to see past the serial champions, despite BVB winning six in a row themselves.
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Dortmund Team news
Mats Hummels went off at the weekend with Achilles pain and is a doubt.
Axel Witsel and Nico Schulz have both missed out recently due to muscle injuries. Witsel could return to the squad against Bayern.
Emre Can could possibly start in midfield against his former employer.
Marco Reus could miss the rest of the season after failing to shake off a nagging muscle injury.
Dan-Axel Zagadou will miss the final seven games of the season with a knee injury too.
Bayern Team News
Jérôme Boateng went off in the weekend win with a hip injury but is expected to be fit.
Thiago missed the weekend game with adductor problems and remains a doubt.
Philippe Coutinho and Corentin Tolisso have both had ankle operations and are ruled out.
Teenage striker Jann-Fiete Arp has recovered from an arm injury, while Niklas Süle is back in light training again after suffering an ACL tear and remains hopeful of playing again this season.
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek (c), Hummels, Akanji – Hakimi, Can, Brandt, Guerreiro – Sancho, Haaland, Hazard
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies – Kimmich, Goretzka – Gnabry, Müller, Coman – Lewandowski
Last five matches:
2019 – Bun: Bayern Munich 4-0 Borussia Dortmund
2019 – Cup: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Bayern Munich
2019 – Bun: Bayern Munich 5-0 Borussia Dortmund
2018 – Bun: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Bayern Munich
2018 – Bun: Bayern Munich 6-0 Borussia Dortmund
Betting tips and trends
Bayern have hit nine goals without reply across the previous two Bundesliga meetings between these sides (4-0 and 5-0).
Best Bet: Bayern Munich to win to nil at 4.20
Dortmund won the last time they met at the Signal Iduna Park in the league, winning 3-2. Dortmund have lost just one of the last four (W2, D1, L1) Klassiker matches on home soil. Dortmund also clinched the Supercup at their famous home back in August, meaning coach Lucien Favre has a 100 per cent record at home against Bayern with two wins from two.
Best Bet: Borussia Dortmund win at 3.70
Bayern Munich are also on a six-game winning streak and have been outscoring Dortmund over those 6 rounds (22:15), and winning 11 of their last 13 league games despite a ‘-1 handicap’.
Best Bet: Bayern Munich (-1 handicap) at 2.90
Bayern rate as the Bundesliga’s top away team (W9, D2, L2) scoring 2.85 goals on average per game.
Borussia Dortmund have scored at least 2 goals in 28 of their last 30 home matches.
Best Bet: Bayern Munich over 1.5 goals at 1.47