Last fall's clash was an absolute blowout as Bayern Munich trashed Borussia Dortmund by a 5-1 scoreline to take a commanding lead in the Bundesliga title race. Their March clash was balanced on the edge of a knife as neither side gave and inch in a harrowing 0-0 draw. The DFB Pokal final is the one for all the marbles.
Bayern Munich come in riding a two-match winning streak while Borussia Dortmund are the opposite, arriving with a two-match winless streak. But the dog in the corner is the one that's about to turn vicious.
Helping us breakdown what to expect from Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's Pokal final is Brian Meyers of Fear the Wall.
BFW: Henrik Mkhitaryan and Julian Weigl have stepped up to form to the core of Thomas Tuchel's Dortmund. How dangerous are they to Bayern Munich?
Brian: Mkhitaryan has been arguably our best player this year. With 11 goals and 15 assists in the season, he’s generated a lot of BVBs offense this year. The thing that makes Mkhitaryan dangerous to Bayern, is his ability to be a playmaker on the wing and get out fast on breaks. He's definitely going to keep the Bayern fullbacks busy.
Weigl is one of the best passers in the league, setting the Bundesliga record for both touches in a game and passes in a game this season. He hasn't dropped under 90% pass completion overall once this season. He was important in keeping BVB in the game in our 0-0 tie last time out against Bayern, and will be a major factor in our Final this weekend.
BFW: Ilkay Gundogan is injured...again. How does this change the equation for Borussia Dortmund given how pivotal he was in their 0-0 draw a few months ago?
Brian: We've been without Ilkay for a few weeks now and honestly, we haven't fared great without him. His absence is worrying, but with a midfield consisting of an in form Kagawa, Castro and Weigl will be able to keep our team in the game against Bayern. Castro, who didn't play in our last fixture, has played very well for BVB this season and especially as of late. Although he doesn't have the same defensive capabilities as Ilkay, he is extremely dangerous on the ball
BFW: If Mats Hummels scores the game winning goal, does that change how Dortmund fans perceive him as he departs for Bayern Munich?
Brian: He will still get booed come next season, but at least it'll make him seem loyal to the end.