Both on and off the field of play of play, Bayern Munich have taken a bit of a battering of late.
On the pitch, they don’t look like a team capable of winning a seventh successive Bundesliga title, languishing in third place, four points behind Saturday’s opponents and league leaders Dortmund.
Off the pitch, the club were recently laughed out of their own press conference by the media after bizarrely demanding more respect from German football writers amid their poor form.
Since then, reports of player unrest among four senior stars – one of which is thought to be Thomas Muller – has been followed up with the club being caught up in the ‘Football Leaks’ revelations that have rocked football.
Website Spiegel.de, who have gained notoriety for leaking confidential information about leading football clubs, linked Bayern officials to documents which suggest the club have explored the possibility of leaving the Bundesliga and Champions League in order to form a ‘European Super League’, claims the club have since refuted.
What a mess.
Right now, the last thing Bayern need is a trip to their in-form bitter rivals, but the bookmakers still have the visitors down as 11/10 (BetBright) favourites on match day, making Dortmund a very appealing 21/10 (Ladbrokes).
If you don’t have BT Sport, fear not, as this blockbuster fixture can be streamed live free of charge via Bet365.
You will, however, need a Bet365 account with some sportsbook funds in it, or at least have placed a bet with the bookmaker within the last 24 hours of kick-off.
Coverage will begin two minutes before the 5.30pm GMT kick-off time – simply navigate your way to the event page on Bet365.
Although widely considered to be Germany’s second biggest club, Dortmund’s head-to-head record against their biggest rivals Bayern is pretty poor.
This will be their 99th Bundesliga meeting with Bayern, of which they’ve won only 24. A further 29 draws means they’ve suffered 45 top-flight defeats to Bayern, more than against any other club.
Recent meetings leave Dortmund with a lot to be desired too, with Bayern having lost just one of the last eight in the league, while they’ve netted 13 goals in the last three fixtures between the sides.
That’s an average of 4.3 goals per game for Bayern in their past three encounters, but don’t be at all tempted by Coral’s 8/1 on the reigning champions to score over four on this occasion as Niko Kovac has not yet got his side playing with any real fluency since taking over in the summer.
In fact, Bayern have only scored 18 Bundesliga goals so far this season, which is their worst count after 10 games since the 2010/11 season, when Dortmund won the title and Bayern actually finished third (12 goals after 10 games that term).
By contrast, Dortmund are rampant. They’ve scored 30 Bundesliga goals this season which is their best ever tally after 10 games.
Despite this, even the best bookmakers have Bayern down as favourites to score first (4/5).
That has created a very inviting price on Dortmund to break the deadlock at 6/5 with Betway.
Germany’s number one goalkeeper, Bayern’s Manuel Neuer, appears to be having a hangover from the World Cup, carrying his international form into domestic matters.
The difference between Neuer and David de Gea – widely regarded as the two best goalkeepers in the world – is that both had poor tournaments in Russia, yet normal service has resumed for the in-form Spaniard at Manchester United.
Neuer, meanwhile, appears to be suffering from the biggest confidence crisis of his career. So bad, in fact, that he hasn’t made a save in the Bundesliga for 428 minutes.
In that time, he has faced eight shots on target from opposition players. All eight have beaten him.
Take advantage of Neuer’s unfortunate plight by heavily backing Bayern not to keep a clean sheet at 1/4 with Bet365.
All that said, this is still Bayern Munich. A few months of poor domestic form and a string of off-field issues does not dispel the fear factor the club have built up through six consecutive Bundesliga crowns.
Dortmund will be mindful of that, and likewise Bayern will be mindful of their opponents’ potent attack, so the visitors may approach this game with a significant amount of caution.
With all Bayern’s recent woes, a draw would be a great result, while for Dortmund it would ensure their handsome four-point advantage over their rivals remains intact.
For those hoping to see their money go a little further, a 1-1 draw is 7/1 with BetVictor.
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