Thomas Mller isn’t far behind with six. For the first time in over a year, Dortmund are virtually full strength at the back.This has been a big reason for their early league success, especially compared to last season, but the 2-2 draw against Darmstadt showed they can still be exposed. Will they show signs of a hangover Sunday against BVB? It seems unlikely.
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Borussia Dortmund: Roman Brki,ukasz Piszczek, Mats Hummels, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Marcel Schmelzer, Julian Weigl, lkay Gndoan, Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Der Klassiker is back, and it matters again.
Despite Bayern Munich’s recent Bundesliga dominance and last year’s disastrous campaign for Borussia Dortmund,die Schwarzgelben (literally black-yellows) have only been beaten once by the Bavarians in the last seven league meetings.
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. Bayern will be hoping Vidal is fit, or else Guardiola may need to alter his formation. ET, 5:30 p.m. Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are still banging in goals left and right, with 10 and 9 respectively. The Brazilian, formerly of Shakhtar Donetsk, already has five assists. That means lkay Gndoan and Julian Weigl will have their work cut out for them, and will need help from wingers Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to tuck in and provide an outlet in efforts to relieve the pressure.
Julian Weigl was a transfer that went under the radar, as the 20-year-old defensive midfielder swapped Munich – 1860 Munich, that is – for Dortmund this summer. He missed the most recent match.
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Pep Guardiola finally has a healthy winger in Douglas Costa. Bayern’s defence is still stingy, allowing just three goals so far, even though Pep maintains his disdain for traditional central defenders.
Borussia Dortmund injuries and suspensions
Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jrme Boateng, Javi Martinez, David Alaba, Xabi Alonso, Mario Gtze, Thiago Alcntara, Thomas Mller, Douglas Costa, Robert Lewandowski.
Match Date/Time: 11:30 a.m. Costing just 2.5 million, he’s started every Bundesliga match so far, and appears to be just the man Tuchel needed to be the linchpin of his 4-1-4-1 formation.
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Not too much else has changed. Pep’s been known to play a suicidally-high backline, and Dortmund have the pace to expose it, but only if they can bypass that midfield. Bayern lead the league, having made a perfect start and winning all seven matches so far. Arturo Vidal joined from Juventus to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger in the middle of midfield.
Out: Erik Durm (knee). It’s easier said than done, especially with players like David Alaba and Philipp Lahm pushing forward to make it a crowded area. In Doubt: Nuri Sahin (tendon).
Germany’s biggest rivalry,der Klassiker, will be played on Sunday for the first time since Thomas Tuchel took over for Jrgen Klopp this summer. local
Leading up to this match, Bayern smashed Dinamo Zagareb 5-0 in the Champions League before heading to Oktoberfest. Two familiar teams with a few new faces make this one a must watch. Dortmund are four points behind, matching their foes through five games, but drawing their last two.
Out: Arjen Robben (abductor), Franck Ribery (ankle).In doubt: Holger Badstuber (thigh), Arturo Vidal (knee).Mehdi Benatia (thigh).
In the middle of the park is where the main battle will take place
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