It has been a while since Dortmund held aloft the Bundesliga trophy but this season, they have certainly given themselves a chance with some terrific performances have them breathing down the necks of champions Bayern Munich and given them a run for their money in the title race with just 7 games to go. They have thrown the gauntlet to Bayern and have been matching their performances every step of the way. The two teams are the best-attacking forces in the league, head and shoulders above the rest. Four points separate them after the weekend round of matches. Both came through tricky fixtures, Bayern beating Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 and Dortmund winning 2-0 away to Wolfsburg, to set up this mouthwatering clash at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday.
That win for Dortmund over Wolfburg made it six wins in a row in the Bundesliga, and Dortmund have now been victorious in nine of their last 10 games in the Bundesliga. They have kept five clean sheets in their last six Bundesliga games with their attacking trio of Haaland, Sancho and Hazard scoring goals for fun at the other end. They also have the best home record in the league. They are unbeaten at the Westfalenstadion, winning 10 times and drawing thrice and have scored more goals and conceded less at home than any other Bundesliga outfit. Lucien Favre could not have asked for better preparation and performance from his teams coming into this crucial encounter against a team that has not only completely dominated and decimated the league for the best part of a decade but also demolished them 4-0 in a one-sided reverse meeting at the Allianz Arena earlier in the season.
A win here for Dortmund would see them cut the gap between themselves and the league leaders to just one point with plenty left to play for. Given the wealth of talent they possess, that is certainly plausible. If there is any team that can slow down Bayern’s seemingly inevitable march the title, it is Dortmund. Most neutrals are itching to see a title race that can go possibly to the last day of the season. A Dortmund win here might just grant their wishes.
Bayern were slow to get off the mark when the league resumed from the extended break as they laboured to a 2-0 victory away to Union Berlin. Dortmund meanwhile looked like they had not lost a step as they demolished Schalke 4-0 in the Revierderby. A 5-2 hammering of Frankfurt last weekend seemed to suggest that Hansi Flick’s side had restored their default settings prior to the break. That win was their 15th in 16 games and maintained their 4-point cushion over second-placed Dortmund at the summit of the league. If they sustain this momentum and pick up another win on Tuesday night, they will almost certainly start putting the cherry on a record-setting eighth consecutive Bundesliga title.
They won the reverse fixture 4-0 in dominant fashion. That was much earlier in the season with not much to play for. This fixture certainly won’t be a walk in the park. Dortmund have since had some personnel changes that brought in one of the most exciting strikers in world football right now in Erling Halland. He has not disappointed and his 10 goals in as many Bundesliga matches have turned Dortmund’s season around and elevated them to this stage where they are going eye-to-eye with Bayern for the title. With the eyes of the whole footballing world fixed firmly on the only major European league in session right now, this game, even in an empty stadium, has taken on a significance few could have expected after that 4-0 drubbing back in November.
Bayern have the best away record in the league. They are joint top with nine wins best but what makes them even more impressive is they have the best defence to go along with that. That back four of Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba and Alphonso Davies has been towering like a colossus across the length and breadth of the league and even in Europe. On-loan Philippe Coutinho is still out injured, but even so, Bayern still have the best attack in the league. Lewandowski scored his second game from injury last weekend to take his league-leading tally to an impressive 27 goals. At this rate, he is on course to shatter some long-standing club and league scoring records.
This is certainly a tough call to make one way or the other. Both of these teams are playing terrific football at the moment. A win for Dortmund will see them cut Bayern’s lead at the top to just a point. A Bayern win, however, will all but sound a death knell to Dortmund’s title ambition and pretty much secure Bayern’s 8th straight title. It is this background that makes this particular edition of Der Klassiker so critical and defining. As a result, we anticipate that both teams will try not to throw any caution to the wind particularly to start the game. The first half is likely to be a cagey affair and we are therefore going for 1st Half Goal Under 1.5 @ 1.74 as our initial betting tip for this match.
Bayern’s mercurial marksman Robert Lewandowski has been on an absolute tear. He scored against Eintracht on Saturday to make it two goals in the two games after the break and 27 goals for the season to lead the league. He has caused Dortmund some trouble in the recent past, scoring 10 goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions against his former club. Bet9ja betting app have a price of 1.60 for him to score at anytime. We are backing this as our final Dortmund v Bayern Munich betting tip.
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