As another eventful year in football comes to a close, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund once again gear up for a game which is undoubtedly the biggest in German football. People may not like the name “Der Klassiker” because, technically, this game isn’t a classic derby — but you can’t deny that the fixture has a compelling enough history to be its own thing at this point. There’s never been a game between Bayern and BVB that is considered low-stakes, which is good for the fans because things never get boring.
Here are our talking points ahead of the game:
- The situation with ghost games in Germany, and reports that the Klassiker may end up with limited capacity.
- Key absentees for both Bayern Munich and BVB, especially the situation with Joshua Kimmich.
- The return of Erling Haaland, and problems he could cause Bayern defense.
- Bayern’s issues with the midfield for this game, including reports that both Goretzka AND Kimmich could be out — who replaces them and what should we worry about?
- Why gegenpressing is Bayern’s kryptonite and how BVB could exploit that weakness.
- How Dortmund has fared this season, including the disappointing performances of Marco Rose (especially in Europe).
- A final scoreline prediction for the game.
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