It’s the last game before Christmas, and Bayern Munich once again host Borussia Dortmund in a game that could well decide the winner of the German Cup. Yes, it’s der Klassiker again - the Pokal Edition.
It won’t be an easy game for the Bavarians. Arjen Robben the Dortmund-slayer is confirmed to be out for the game, and Manuel Neuer and Thiago Alcantara continue to be sidelined by long term injuries. According to Jupp Heynckes, Robert Lewandowski will play, but he is suffering from problems with his patella and may not be at 100%. In this case, Bayern will be glad to have Thomas Muller back and in scoring form, and the option of using Franck Ribery, Kingsley Coman, or James Rodriguez. Few surprises are exected in midfield or defense, as Jupp is expected to roll with his usual crew.
On Dortmund’s end, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is doubtful for the game, but don’t expect him to miss their biggest match of the season. Marco Reus is (predictably) injured but apart from that BVB will be able to field a strong XI. Coming off a resurgence after sacking former coach Peter Bosz, Dortmund will be looking to make this a tough game for the Bavarians.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST
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