Der Klassiker, the German version of El Classico takes place this weekend as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich lock horns at the Signal Iduna Park in their first league meeting this season.
Dortmund’s 3-1 loss at Lazio in their first Champions League game a couple of weeks ago appears to have lit a match in their bellies. They have looked like a different team since then and have won their next four games by a combined 10-0 margin, including the 3-0 midweek win at Club Brugge, with a brace from exciting Norwegian sensation Erling Haaland and a Hazard goal sealing the deal by halftime.
They are tied on 15 points with Bayern at the top of the table. Having pushed Bayern to the finish line last season but coming up just short, they will certainly be looking to make a better run this time around.
They have nevertheless lost six of the last seven editions of Der Klassiker. Until they turn this tide, they will always be seen to be under the shadow of the Bavarians in the Bundesliga race.
Bayern also needed a loss to jolt them into action. They were humiliated 4-1 at Hoffenheim towards the end of September but they have responded in ruthless fashion, rattling nine straight wins in all competitions following that loss, with the last of these coming on Tuesday and they thrashed Austrian side RB Salzburg 6-2 at in Austria.
The Bavarians appear to be in even better shape than last season when they won the treble, with a win against Dortmund in the latter stages of the league campaign literally sealing their eighth Bundesliga title.
Lewandowski also scored a double in that midweek rout of Salzburg to take his tally for the season to 12 goals in eight competitive games. Coach Hansi Flick will restore him to lead the lines against his former team after resting him for in last weekend’s win at Cologne.
Both teams come into this game riding on a good run of results. They are not only the top two teams in the league in terms of ranking but they also lead the league in the average number of goals per match this season. That is hardly surprising when you look at the quality of the attack on both teams. From Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski for Bayern to Erling Håland and Jadon Sancho for Dortmund, you simply cannot expect anything other than goals in this clash. Over 3.5 goals have been scored in 5 of the last 7 H2H encounters and we are backing the same to land @ 1.94 with Meltbet as our first betting prediction.
Speaking of Lewandowski, he has had an appetite for scoring against his former team, banging in 16 goals in 12 games for Bayern against Dortmund. He should be raring to go after getting a rest last weekend and scoring a brace in midweek. Meltbet have priced him to score anytime @ 1.50 and we feel there is some value in going with that as our final shout for this clash.
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