Klassiker-time! Dortmund will host Bayern in this classic encounter this weekend, a long-awaited clash. Bayern might be the favourite due to its eternal status, but it has seen better times, despite the arrival of ex-Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel on Bayern’s sidelines. Though Harry Kane has settled in well, Bayern is still to answer the question of Kimmich’s partner, marked by a lack of stability since Thiago left for Liverpool. The lack of midfield stability has led to subpar situations for the Bavarians, and at this cost come might the league, as Xavi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen remains first (25 pts), two points ahead of Bayern (23 pts). 

Dortmund also remain unbeaten in the league but has not really found a perfect formula either. Its only loss comes against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League (2-0). Nonetheless, finding a clean sheet remains a titanesque task for Dortmund, who often outscore their opponent instead. While Felix Nmecha has become an integral component of the midfield, questions still linger about Füllkrug’s reliability in high-pressure situations where solutions are critical. His performance could be a decisive factor in the upcoming game against Bayern.

Dortmund vs Bayern Match Info

Date: Saturday, 4th of November, 2023

Kick-off time: 1:30 p.m. EDT

Location: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

Official: Deniz Aytekin

Last match: Bayern-Dortmund 4:2 (April 1, 2023, Bundesliga)

Dortmund vs Bayern Prediction and Odds

Like every past year, it is tempting to tip Dortmund as the winner, seemingly in better form. But despite not being perfect, Bayern has yet shown again that it can and will grind out victories until the last minutes. Though it was just thrown out of the DFB-Pokal by FC Saarbrücken (A third-division side that was still playing in the regional leagues a few seasons ago), the Klassiker has usually seen Bayern take the better over its eternal rival Dortmund irrespective of current form. 

Furthermore, it should be noted that Bayern is performing quite well in the Champions League, while Dortmund will face Newcastle in the upcoming week. A very significant match that will determine BVB’s survival in the Group of Death, where things have become more uncertain than ever, living up to its name. 

Dortmund vs Bayern Betting Tips

Bayern defender Mathijs de Ligt has suffered an injury and Fabrizio Romano tweeted that the Dutchman is expected to be out for a month, at least. This crucial absence is game-changing and should be a pain point to target on Dortmund’s side. BVB will also have to take care of Harry Kane, especially Schlotterbeck whose nervousness has cost points in the past. Additionally, the likes of Tel and Musiala are names that could wreak havoc in Dortmund’s defence between the lines, and that could indeed become game-changers if not scorers.