The Bundesliga returns yet again with the biggest game to be played today. It’s the Der Klassiker derby today in Germany.
The battle of the top two teams in matchday 28.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund will host defending champions and table toppers Bayern Munich. Bayern with four points ahead of Dortmund will look to consolidate their position at the top while Dortmund will be desperate for a win to close the gap to one point and open up the title race.
Since the return of the Bundesliga, Dortmund has scored 6 goals conceding none while Bayern Munich has scored 7 goals conceding 2.
The first leg of this encounter ended in a four-nil drubbing of Dortmund at the Allianz Arena in November, Lucien Favre led side will be looking to put up a scintillating display in an empty stadium.
Favre has said his team is not thinking about the four-nil thrashing in the first leg.
“We do not think back to that first game. We have forgotten it. We did not play well, we now play a system that better fits our squad and we have also brought in Emre Can and Erling Haaland as reinforcements in the winter, who have further increased our quality.”
His counterpart, Bayern Munich coach Hans Flick has however bemoaned the lack of fans in what he termed as a “special game”.
“It is a very special game, as a coach, there is no question that the fans are a missing factor.”
Ten of the 18 league games since the restart have been won by the away team.
“The atmosphere can inspire any team. It is about how you can cope (without the support),” Flick added.
“You have to accept the current situation and can’t look for an excuse.”
“The conditions are very different compared to the first game, we have also had a good run and every player is a little bit more motivated.”
Football fans will look forward to the battle between Norwegian 19-year-old star Erling Haaland and Polish marksman Robert Lewandowski.
Haaland has been a revelation since joining Dortmund, having scored 10 league goals in as many games while Lewandoski is the leading goal scorer in the league with 27 goals.
It’s going to be the 126th fixture in all competitions between the Black and Yellow and the Bavarians.
Previous matches have seen Bayern Munich won 59 times while Dortmund has been victorious 33 times with both teams settling for a draw 33 times.
Brace up for the Der Klassiker!
- Bayern have hit nine goals without reply across the previous two Bundesliga meetings between these sides (4-0 and 5-0), but Dortmund ran out victors the last time they met at the Signal Iduna Park in the league, winning 3-2 on Matchday 11 last season. In fact, 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.
- Haaland’s return of 10 goals in as many games mean the Black-Yellows are the only Bundesliga team this term with three players on double figures for goals: Haaland (10), Reus (11) and Sancho (14).
- Lewandowski is the league’s top scorer this term with 27 goals, scored at a rate of one every 82 minutes. Haaland, who joined in January, has bagged his 10 at a rate of one every 69.
- The Poland captain is also this Bundesliga fixture’s record scorer (17 goals) across spells at both clubs (16 for Bayern, one for Dortmund) and Lewandowski has notched 12 goals in his last six Klassiker outings – scoring on every occasion. He’s also scored at least twice in each of the last four league games against Dortmund, a run that dates back to his hat-trick in the 6-0 demolition of his former employers on March 31, 2018.
- Lewandowski is one of four players in the two squads to have crossed the Klassiker divide, with Hummels, Ivan Perisic and Mario Götze also having played for both clubs.