When Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund hit the pitch at the Allianz Arena, the league title may not necessarily be on the line, but the game will play a major role in helping determining who will ultimately wear the crown.
For Bayern, the strategy is simple: control the pace and avoid defensive breakdowns. One way to control the play of the game is to put your four most dangerous weapons together. If Niko Kovac truly wants to go for it, he should align Robert Lewandowski at striker and Thomas Muller as the attacking midfielder with Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry on the flanks. Sadly, Kovac has seemingly been hesitant to use this grouping. Hopefully whatever he decides will help Bayern achieve its goal of stripping the ever-dangerous Dortmund attackers of time with the ball.
Defensively, Thiago and either Leon Goretzka or Javi Martinez will have to be a much more stable defensive presence in the double pivot. With Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, Jadon Sancho, and friends ready to pounce on any mistake made by the Bayern defense, the Bavarians must win the midfield battle. BVB’s Axel Witsel won’t make that easy.
In the end, though, Bayern has a bit of a chip on its shoulder and this game should be closely contested. I’d expect a 2-1 contest until late when Lewandowski will secure a brace a 3-1 victory for the home side.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 3, Borussia Dortmund 1
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