Der Klassiker Headlines Bundesliga Matchday 9
The biggest match on the German soccer calendar is finally here. Borussia Dortmund take on Bayern Munich in another edition of Der Klassiker. Dortmund and Bayern are, by far, the two biggest German clubs but it’s been Bayern who’ve dominated recently. The ten-time defending champions are going for an unprecedented 11th straight Bundesliga title this season. However, it’s not looking as straightforward as hoped for them. Let’s see if Dortmund can complicate things further as we preview the Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich odds.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich Game Info:
Location: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
Date & Time:
Streaming: Live Stream Sports
Last Five Bundesliga Meetings: Apr 2022:Bayern 3-1 Dortmund
Dec 2021: Dortmund 2-3 Bayern
Mar 2021: Bayern 4-2 Dortmund
Nov 2020: Dortmund 2-3 Bayern
May 2020: Dortmund 0-1 Bayern
The Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich odds priced Bayern as favorites in both meetings last season. Bayern won both and have dominated this fixture in recent years, with eight straight wins in all competitions. This will be the first Der Klassiker that Robert Lewandowski isn’t on either roster for over 12 years. Lewandowski scored three of Bayern’s six goals vs. Dortmund last season. Dortmund have also lost their last four home matches to Bayern, in all competitions.
Dortmund Getting Goals from Midfield
Recent Form (All Competitions): W,L,W,L,L
Bundesliga Record: 5-3, 4th
Injuries and Suspensions: D Mats Hummels (Day-to-Day), M Marius Wolf (Day-to-Day), M Giovanni Reyna (Day-to-Day), M/F Marco Reus (Out), M Mahmoud Dahoud (Out), F Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Out), F Sebastien Haller (Out)
Borussia Dortmund demolished Sevilla 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday. The win led to Julen Lopetegui getting sacked by Sevilla. Now, BVB are just a couple of wins away from qualifying for the knockout stage. However, they lost 3-2 to Koln last weekend in the Bundesliga to drop down to fourth place. More consistency will be key if Dortmund are to mount a title challenge.
English youngster Jude Bellingham has emerged as Dortmund’s star player this season. The midfielder leads the Borussia Dortmund team stats, with four goals in all competitions. Bellingham scored a brilliant solo goal vs. Sevilla and he’s playing with a lot of confidence ahead of the World Cup. Julian Brandt has also scored in consecutive matches from midfield. Getting goals from their forwards has been another story, though.
Edin Terzic has used a combination of Anthony Modeste, Donyell Malen, Karim Adeyemi and Youssoufa Moukoko up top this season. Combined, they have just six goals in all competitions. Striker Sebastien Haller has undergone successful chemotherapy but Dortmund have reiterated he can take all of the time he needs to recover. Haller will be sorely missed on the front line in the meantime and is a bonafide goalscorer. A more positive development for Dortmund is the emergence of goalkeeper Alexander Meyer, who was excellent vs. Sevilla.
Bayern Back to Basics
Recent Form : W,W,L,W,D
Bundesliga Record: 4-1-3, 3rd
Injuries and Suspensions: D Lucas Hernandez (Day-to-Day), D Bouna Sarr (Out), M Joshua Kimmich (Day-to-Day), M/F Thomas Muller (Day-to-Day), F Kingsley Coman (Day-to-Day)
Heading into the international break, Bayern Munich failed to win each of their previous four Bundesliga matches. That changed quickly as they smashed Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 last Friday. Then, Bayern picked up a dominant 5-0 win vs. Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday. These are the kinds of results that we’ve come to expect from Bayern and perhaps it’ll build some confidence.
Another confidence boost could be getting back Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller in time for Saturday’s match. They both have asymptomatic COVID cases and missed Tuesday’s match. If everything goes according to plan, they could both be in the starting lineup vs. Dortmund. The Bundesliga schedule over the next few weeks for Bayern is looking difficult, so they need all hands on deck.
Winger Leroy Sane has been a standout in recent matches. He scored twice vs. Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday and also got on the scoresheet vs. Leverkusen. Sane leads the team with eight goals, in all competitions. Meanwhile, Sadio Mane and Jamal Musiala have seven each. Musiala, a 19-year old attacker, is an incredibly exciting player and leads Bayern with 13 goal contributions this season.
Odds & Preview
The Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich odds price visitors Bayern at -150 odds to get a ninth straight victory vs. Dortmund. Both teams are now in transition periods which makes this matchup a bit different from other recent meetings. Neither Lewandowski nor Erling Haaland are playing in Der Klassiker anymore so it’s up to other players to step up. Both teams are also coming in on a high after midweek Champions League routs.
The Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich odds price visitors Bayern at -150 odds to get a ninth straight victory vs. Dortmund.
Hosts Dortmund sit at +325 odds and are one-goal underdogs. However, is Dortmund who are implied to be more likely to cover the spread, at -125 odds. A draw has been exceedingly rare in this fixture and these teams last shared the spoils in the Bundesliga in 2016. So, bettors can take a draw at +390 odds in this match.
This is usually a high-scoring fixture and the odds reflect that once again. The over/under goals total is set at 3½ goals. That’s occurred in each of the last six meetings, in all competitions. Interestingly, the under shows -115 odds, perhaps reflecting a lack of confidence in Dortmund’s attack this season. Regardless, this one is a must watch and confers more than just bragging rights.Follow us on Twitter