Bayern Munich (-161) vs. Borussia Dortmund (+450), Draw (+320)
If you don’t keep up to date with the Bundesliga, there’s probably only one German league game that really piques your interest. Get ready for Der Klassiker!
Bayern Munich (20-5-2, 65 points) hosts Borussia Dortmund (14-8-5, 50 points) this Saturday, April 8th for the most anticipated match of the season.
Dortmund hosted Bayern back in November and managed to beat them 1-0, thanks to an early goal from their star striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But Dortmund face a tougher challenge playing Bayern in Munich.
To further complicate things for Dortmund, their squad is currently riddled with injuries. Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle, and Erik Durm have been ruled out for tomorrow’s match; and to make matters worse, Marco Reus may not be ruled fit in time for the derby.
Bayern have some concerns of their own, though nothing that compares to Dortmund’s woes. Keeper Manuel Neuer will miss the derby and goal scorers Thomas Muller and Douglas Costa have both been ruled out.
The difference though is that Bayern have the depth to account for their injuries. Dortmund do not.
As far as standings go, this game shouldn’t have much impact. Bayern are ten points clear of the league and are pretty much guaranteed the title by now. Meanwhile, Dortmund are in fourth place and will likely end the season with a Champions League spot for next year, regardless of the outcome.
Both teams are probably more concerned with their mid-week Champions League quarter-final games. Dortmund face the attack-minded Monaco side, while Bayern take on a lethal Real Madrid. Both teams (especially Bayern) may choose to rest a few key players for the Champions League clash.
Normally I’d be inclined to pick Dortmund for Der Klassiker. They’ve made a habit of upsetting the German giants and it’s always nice to see them win. But Dortmund will be playing away with a lineup ravaged by injuries. That may be a little too much to ask of them.
Pick: Bayern Munich (-161)
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