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Clash of the Titans in Germany

04 April 2019 | Bundesliga | Preview
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Clash of the Titans in Germany

We have reached the business end of the season in Germany and have a fascinating race for the Bundesliga title.

On Saturday night, the top two teams in the division go head-to-head as Bayern Munich welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Allianz Arena.

As things stand ahead of this huge match, Borussia Dortmund have the advantage, sitting in first place, 2 points clear of Bayern Munich who are in second place.  A win for the hosts would see them move 1 point above Borussia Dortmund but a win for the visitors would open a 5 point gap between the teams.

Bayern Munich reached the semi-final of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday night as they defeated FC Heidenheim of the second tier at home.  However, what was expected to be a fairly comfortable night for the current German champions could easily have ended in embarrassment as they came from 2-1 down to lead 4-2 and then needed a late winner to progress 5-4.

That result means Bayern Munich have lost only one of their last eleven games in all competitions and that came against Liverpool at home in the Champions League.

Trends show Bayern München are unbeaten in their last nine home Bundesliga matches and they have won each of the last seven at the Allianz Arena. They have scored 3 or more goals in four of their last five on home soil and kept a clean sheet in each of the last three.

Borussia Dortmund are well rested having not played in mid-week and their last match came on Saturday and saw a 2-0 home win over Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.  That result means Borussia Dortmund have won each of their last three games, all of which have been in the Bundesliga having previously suffered a defeat at home against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

Trends show Dortmund have lost only one of their last eleven Bundesliga matches but have won only two of their last six away from home. Away from has seen a little dip in recent weeks but they have lost only one of their last five on the road, making them tough to beat.

Both teams have scored in six of Borussia Dortmund’s last eight away league games.

Looking ahead to the team news and Bayern Munich have doubts over Manuel Neuer, David Alaba, Alphonso Davies, Arjen Robben and Corentin Tolisso.

Borussia Dortmund will be without Achraf Hakimi, who is out for the season with a foot injury.  Abdou Diallo, Christian Pulisic, Maximilian Philipp and Lukasz Piszczek are rated as doubtful.

This game is massive for the title race this season and Bayern Munich will see it as an opportunity to not only move above Borussia Dortmund but to also land a psychological blow.  Bayern Munich have won each of the last four Bundesliga games at home against Borussia Dortmund, three of which were by a huge margin.

Bayern Munich have the edge and could win this match, with both teams scoring.

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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Bayern München 78 34 24 6 4 88 32 56
2. Borussia Dortmund 76 34 23 7 4 81 44 37
3. RB Leipzig 66 34 19 9 6 63 29 34
4. Bayer Leverkusen 58 34 18 4 12 69 52 17
5. Mönchengladbach 55 34 16 7 11 55 42 13
6. VfL Wolfsburg 55 34 16 7 11 62 50 12
7. Eintracht Frankfurt 54 34 15 9 10 60 48 12
8. Werder Bremen 53 34 14 11 9 58 49 9
9. Hoffenheim 51 34 13 12 9 70 52 18
10. Fortuna Düsseldorf 44 34 13 5 16 49 65 -16
11. Hertha BSC 43 34 11 10 13 49 57 -8
12. Mainz 43 34 12 7 15 46 57 -11
13. SC Freiburg 36 34 8 12 14 46 61 -15
14. Schalke 04 33 34 8 9 17 37 55 -18
15. FC Augsburg 32 34 8 8 18 51 71 -20
16. VfB Stuttgart 28 34 7 7 20 32 70 -38
17. Hannover 96 21 34 5 6 23 31 71 -40
18. Nürnberg 19 34 3 10 21 26 68 -42

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