Title pendulum could swing in huge clash between Dortmund and Munich


Separated by just two points at the top of the Bundesliga table, Saturday’s match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund could not come with higher stakes.

With a win, Dortmund could see themselves five points clear of Bayer and in a great position to close out the title race in the final seven games. With a loss, Bayern would take the league lead and the two teams will see themselves in a fight until season’s end.

Both teams come into Saturday’s clash, the 100th meeting between the two sides in the Bundesliga, with quite a bit of momentum and should make for an entertaining spectacle.

Bayern enters in excellent goal scoring form, having netted 17 goals in their last three domestic matches.  The incomparable Robert Lewandowski leads the scoring charge for Munch with 19 league goals on the year. With the exception of Bayern’s follies in the Champions League against Liverpool, the team have been unbeaten since February and have rapidly risen up the Bundesliga table after an uneven start.

Even more impressive has been the Bavarians form at home, where they last lost a league match back in October to Monchengladbach.

Bayern will meet an equally in form squad in Dortmund, who recovered from a midseason falter to maintain their grip on the top of the table.  The Westphalians are coming in off of a three match winning streak and have been keenly adept at putting the ball in the back of the net, with 66 goals on the season.

Defending will be key on Saturday and health will be the defining factor between the two clubs.  Munich will hope that goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender David Alaba will be match fit. Dortmund will hope for the same from defenders Abdou Diallo and Lukasz Piszczek, as they will already be dealing with the loss of fullback, Achraf Hakimi.

The pressure will be on Bayern to get the victory this Sunday, as their early departure from the Champion’s League has made the Bundesliga title that much more important of a goal for this season, especially for under pressure manager Niko Kovac.  Losing the league and the Champions League will be seen as a monumental failure and would put Kovac in danger of being one of the few Munich managers to end a season without silverware.

Dortmund enters this matchup playing with little pressure as their young squad, led by English starlet playmaker Jadon Sancho, is finding success ahead of schedule.

Sunday’s match between the giants of the Bundesliga will be an entertaining affair and looks to be the crown jewel matchup of the weekend.  With star playmakers on both sides, including the return of Dortmund’s captain Marco Reus from the birth of his child, one of the deciding matches in the Bundesliga season will be must watch television.


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