Wounded Bayern to comeback strong against Dortmund
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund travel to the Allianz Arena to play fourth-placed Bayern Munich in Hansi Flick’s second game in caretaker charge of the latter, following the dismissal of Niko Kovac on Sunday. BVB are unbeaten in the league since late August whereas Bayern suffered their biggest defeat in recent years, 5-1 at the hands of Kovac’s former club Eintracht Frankfurt. Both sides were victorious in the Champions League in midweek against Olympiacos and Inter Milan respectively, with Saturday’s visitors having an extra day to recover for this fixture having played on Tuesday.
Dortmund’s second half rampage
Lucien Favre’s men will take great confidence from an incredible comeback from two goals down at half time they beat Inter Milan 3-2 to resurrect their Champions Leaguecampaign and make themselves favourites to progress from Group F.
As stated in the Inter preview, Achraf Hakimi demonstrated his attacking talent from right back scoring a brace in great combination with Jadon Sancho. Paco Alcacer got an assist to bring them level with his first touch off the bench, setting up Julian Brandt and with that the momentum change was dramatically complete.
If that performance does not give them the belief, they need to conquer an out of form Bayernon Saturday then nothing well. Having said that Flick’s men rolled their sleeves up well to get past a tricky Olympiacos side and cement their place at the top of Group B having taken maximum points from their first four encounters.
Bayern make it four out of four
The German champions beat Olympiacos 2-0 with a somewhat subdued performance, with the ghost of Kovac’s reign hanging over the Allianz Arena. The ever-reliable Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock after 69 minutes and Ivan Perisic sealed the win off the bench late on to produce a fitting scoreline for the hosts, who did not concede a single shot on target.
Munich are favourites for this one having done the double over them last season including a crushing 5-0 victory at home and therefore they are the more likely, despite their league position.
This could be a classic, with Bayern a wounded animal following their 5-1 drubbing. However, Dortmund in good form will be equal to them and this will make for a cracking game for the neutral with an array of quality all over the pitch.