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Breaking down Bayern Munich's starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund

David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich start in the center of defense again while Arturo Vidal is the man in the middle

Bayern Munich's loss to Mainz on Wednesday makes this rendition of the Klassiker the match of the season. If Bayern Munich lose they allow Boussia Dortmund right back into the title race. If they win, they can effectively put the race to bed entirely. Pep Guardiola knows this and that's why he's going big or going home with his lineup.

Approximate Tactical Configuration

Robert Lewandowski

Douglas Costa - Thomas Müller - Arjen Robben

Arturo Vidal - Xabi Alonso

Juan Bernat - David Alaba - Joshua Kimmich - Philipp Lahm

Manuel Neuer

While the switch back to Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba is somewhat of a surprise given the recent return of Medhi Benatia, the rest of this Bayern Munich lineup is a first choice starting 11. Juan Bernat's poor mid-week performance doesn't seem to have been an issue going into this match for Pep Guardiola.

Watch for Thomas Müller to push up alongside Robert Lewandowski as he always does and look for Arturo Vidal to step into that space. His tenacity in midfield coupled with the deep lying Xabi Alonso should give the Chilean more than enough room and space to be the wrecking ball Bayern Munich need in this match.

Dortmund's Starting 11

Approximate Tactical Configuration

Marco Reus - Pierre Emerick Aubameyang - Henrik Mkhitaryan

Erik Durm - Ilkay Gundogan - Julian Weigl

Marcel Schmelzer - Mats Hummels - Sven Bender Lukas Pizczek