Burki urges no let-up from BVB

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki has challenged his side to finish the first half of the Bundesliga season in a winning fashion.

BVB made sure that they will head into the winter break as the league leaders by claiming a 2-1 victory at home to Werder Bremen, with games against Fortuna Dusseldorf and Borussia Monchengladbach still to come before Christmas.

And Burki says it is vital that Dortmund maintain their superb form, which has seen them pull out a nine-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

He told his club's official website: "We still have two important games left before the winter break and want to keep up the consistency we have shown so far until the end of the first half of the season.

"We have superb players, a superb team – everything is just right at the moment. We need to continue like this.

"We're enjoying the moment, but we also know that it can turn quickly. We need to do everything in our power to stay at the top."

Dortmund have won 12 and drawn three in the Bundesliga so far this season, scoring 41 goals and conceding 15.

They were last crowned champions of Germany in 2012, since when they have finished as runners-up on three occasions.

BVB are now priced at 8/13 to be crowned Bundesliga champions this season, with Bayern Munich available at 13/10.

As well as impressing domestically, Dortmund have also done well in Europe, progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League as winners of Group A.

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Champions League: This Game Had Everything!

Ajax 3-3 Bayern Munich

It’s hard to top Champions League nights like this.

Here were two of European football’s most famous names going head to head in a wonderful arena.

Qualification for the last 16 may already have been assured but top spot in Group E was on the line—and how us fans were treated to a real spectacle.

In fact, this game will feature strongly in the Champions League 2018 highlights as a contest that pretty much had everything, including penalties, red cards and eight minutes of stoppage time.

Highlights of the game

The gist of it all is that Ajax are still unbeaten in Europe in 2018/19—a run of 12 matches—after Nicolas Tagliafico fired home an equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

It capped a dramatic night, particularly the second half which few saw coming after the opening 45 minutes.

At halftime, the two sides were only separated by Robert Lewandowski’s 13th-minute goal. The Pole striker raced clear to score for the fourth successive European match, increasing his tally to seven to become the Champions League’s lone top-scorer (ahead of Lionel Messi).

Robert Lewandowski becomes the Champions League's leading scorer following his goals in Bayern Munich-Ajax match

Robert Lewandowski celebrates after hitting his second goal in Bayern Munich vs Ajax game in Champions League

Needing only a draw to top the group, Bayern were in control until Ajax suddenly took the initiative. For a moment, the Dutch side seemed to be heading to the top.

It was no surprise that Dusan Tadic was the main man, as the Serbian international has now scored five of Ajax’s last six goals in the competition.

First, he produced a close-range finish just after the hour mark. Then, after teammate Maximilian Wober and Bayern’s Thomas Muller were sent off eight minutes apart, they were in front.

Eight minutes were left on the clock when Jerome Boateng fouled Kasper Dolberg and Tadic converted from 12 yards.

It was the start of a frenetic finale. Within four minutes, a second penalty was awarded as Tagliafico fouled Thiago Alcantara. Lewandowski (who else?!) netted from the spot after that.

Still, the drama wasn’t over.

Kingsley Coman scored with a fine strike from just inside the box as the game went into injury time, but there was still time for the spirited hosts. Ajax made the best out of the time remaining, with Tagliafico tapping home Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s cross to draw the Dutch level.

It was quite an end to quite a game.

The Champions League 2018 betting odds strongly favour Bayern to be one of the contenders for the trophy—even though they are playing second fiddle in the Bundesliga this term. However, there’s no doubt Ajax may surprise a few opponents.

Key statistics

  • This was Bayern Munich’s 150th group game in the Champions League.
  • This is the first time Ajax have progressed from the group stages since 2005/06, and they deserved their success this year. The Amsterdam club has lost only one of their last nine home fixtures in the UEFA Champions League group stage (won five, drawn three).
  • Ajax have won 14 of their 17 home games against German clubs, the sole defeat a 4-1 loss against Borussia Dortmund in the 2012/13 Champions League group stages.
  • Lewandowski, who has been breaking records for a few years, now has 53 goals (in 78 games) in Champions League history. He is the seventh player to reach the landmark of 50 goals in the competition.
  • Bayern’s only success in the last seven matches against Ajax was in 2004.
  • Ajax coach Erik ten Hag was coach of Bayern’s B team between 2013 and 2014, winning the Regionalliga Bayern in 2014.
  • The draws with Ajax are the only games in which Bayern have dropped points in the section.
  • Ajax have not lost a game nor failed to score a goal since losing 3-0 to PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league in September.
  • Bayern Munich have reached the Champions League quarter-finals or better in each of the last seven seasons.

What’s next?

Ajax have three matches remaining before the winter break.

They host De Graafschap in the Eredivisie on Sunday (December 16), travel to Roda in the Dutch Cup Round of 16 on December 12 and then visit Utrecht in league action two days before Christmas.

Likewise, Bayern, who currently sit third in the Bundesliga standings, have three league matches to contend with.

They travel to Hannover 96 on Saturday before taking on RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt—the side which surprisingly beat them in last season’s German Cup Final.

Remarkably, that will mark the first time that Bayern coach Niko Kovac will face his former team since leaving them in the summer.

 

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Ribery heading for Bayern exit

Franck Ribery is the latest player set to leave Bayern Munich at season's end, the Bundesliga champions have confirmed.

Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic indicated that the French winger is likely to join Arjen Robben in exiting the Allianz Arena next summer.

Robben confirmed earlier this month that he would leave when his contract expires in the summer after a decade of success with the German champions.

Ribery, 35, and Robben have been part of a hugely successful era for Bayern since arriving more than nine years ago.

"The president [Uli Hoeness] talked about it [the possibility of Ribery leaving], and I think it will be like that. It's a year of changes," Salihamidzic told reporters.

Former France international Ribery has made 406 competitive appearances for Bayern, scoring 119 goals, and he has featured in 19 games so far this season.

He will have a key role to play as Bayern continue to prosper this season.

"I am pleased that Franck is still playing that well," Salihamidzic said. "He's one of our key players."

Bayern are 1/1 to win their Champions League game against Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The home side are 11/4 while the draw is 14/5.

Bayern need only avoid defeat in the Amsterdam Arena to take spot in Group E with the Eredivisie side set to join them in the last-16, regardless of the outcome on Wednesday.

The reverse fixture in October resulted in a 1-1 draw, with a repeat scoreline this time priced at 6/1.

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De Jong wanted by Euro elite

Ajax head coach Erik Ten Hag believes that midfield starlet Frenkie de Jong will have his pick of the elite clubs of Europe if he decides to move on next summer.

De Jong has become one of the hottest properties in European football over the last 18 months and has been linked with interest from the likes of PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Barcelona.

However, Ten Hag is confident that the 21-year-old Netherlands international will remain in Amsterdam for the rest of the season, before weighing up his next move.

Ten Hag told reporters: "There are many beautiful clubs and everybody knows that Europe's five or six best clubs are watching Frenkie.

"Each player must make his own personal choice – the football that suits them best and that sort of thing. The Premier League is tough, but Ligue 1 is too – especially in a physical sense.

"There are only big clubs interested in Frenkie and each has its advantages and disadvantages. A player has to think about that with their agent, however, this is not the time to talk about it."

Ajax are currently in second place behind PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie, having dropped just five points from their 15 games played.

They have also ensured progress to the knockout stages of the Champions league and can top Group E if they defeat Bayern Munich in the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday evening.

The Amsterdammers are 13/5 to defeat Bayern and are 11/1 to claim a 2-1 victory, with Ajax 9/2 to keep a clean sheet against the German giants.

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Ajax vs Bayern Munich: It’s a Champions League Battle For the Top!

Ajax vs Bayern Munich

Both Ajax and Bayern Munich are through to the next round of the Champions League, but the fight is not yet over as the two proud clubs duke it out for the top spot and the bragging rights in Group E.

The Bavarians lead the group with 13 points after four wins and one draw, but they are only two points ahead of Ajax who have been sensational so far with three victories and a couple of stalemates.

An Ajax win will see the Dutchmen topple the German side from the summit, while a Bayern victory or draw will keep the reigning Bundesliga champions at the top heading to the knockout stages of the competition.

The game may be a dead rubber for some; however, make no mistake, with the top teams in European football all moving on, there’s a benefit from taking the no.1 ranking and getting a relatively easier draw next week.

Talking Points

Ajax unstoppable, Bayern rising

Ajax and Bayern are two of only six teams to stay undefeated through five games in the group stage, and their successes are no flukes.

Ajax have been one of the most consistent teams in European football this year, and the fact that they have won 13 of their last 15 matches—with the other two ending in a draw—shows how difficult it is to beat them.

The Dutch side last lost to Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven in September, and that remains their only defeat since the beginning of the 2018-19 campaign.

On the other hand, Bayern Munich seem to be finding their rhythm after a poor start to their campaign. The German champs are currently third in the Bundesliga and nine points adrift of Borussia Dortmund for the top spot, but they are trying to mount a commendable fightback after dropping all the way down to sixth.

Even more remarkable, they have won their last three games in all competitions. They thrashed Benfica in the UCL with five goals to one and followed it up with back-to-back Bundesliga victories against Werder Bremen and Nuremberg.

Ajax players remain positive to claim the group top spot when they battle Bayern in the Champions League

Ajax players celebrate following their 0-2 victory against AEK Athens in Champions League

These two sides played out a 1-1 draw in their first meeting this year, but with their recent performances and the stakes at hand, it’s not wrong to expect a highly entertaining and tightly contested affair at Amsterdam.

Dusan, Klaas-Jan and the deadly Ajax attack

Behind Ajax’s success is their offence led by the brilliant Dusan Tadic and the experienced Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Tadic, who played for Premier League club Southampton from 2014 to 2018, leads the team with 14 markers in all competitions. Meanwhile, former Schalke striker Huntelaar has already 13 goals to his name.

With the presence of the two, Ajax established themselves as one of the best attacking units in the Netherlands. They are second in the contest with the most goals scored, only behind PSV. Interestingly, in the Champions League, they have scored as many goals as Juventus, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Lewy’s on fire, but is there enough help?

Robert Lewandowski made the Champions League 2018 news headlines with his double against Benfica—a performance which propelled him alongside Lionel Messi as the competition’s joint top-scorers with six goals each.

Lewy also became only the seventh player to break the 50-goal barrier in UEFA’s top club competition, with his latest tally standing at 51.

However, while the Pole striker is on a tear offensively, there are concerns if he is enough to keep the Bavarians at the top.

Bayern Munich won’t be with some of their best players, with James Rodriguez sidelined due to a knee issue and Corentin Tolisso out with an ACL injury.

It’s also alarming that Arjen Robben—who teed up Mats Hummels for their opening goal versus Ajax last October—is doubtful to play because of a thigh issue.

Lewandowski is certainly a huge threat, but Niko Kovac will also need his other players to step up if they want to take all three points in this encounter.

History

The two teams have met nine times before, sharing a perfectly balanced record with three wins apiece and three draws.

As mentioned, their latest meeting ended in a 1-1 stalemate at Allianz Arena after Noussair Mazraoui cancelled out Hummels’ fourth-minute opener.

One interesting tidbit though: in the previous matches between the two clubs, the home team has always had the advantage. In fact, the visiting outfit has never won!

Betting Tip

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Ajax vs Bayern Munich Ajax 1X2 @ 3.70
December 13, 04:00 (GMT+8)

Compared to their previous match-up, I expect a winner this time. I’m just not sure if it will be Bayern, as what the Champions league 2018 betting odds at us suggest.

Ajax have proven that they can hold their ground against the best, and it’s always difficult to beat them at home (they haven’t lost a competitive fixture at Johan Cruyff Arena for more than a year now).

It’s also quite concerning that the Bavarians aren’t at their best, no thanks to injuries to some of their key players.

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Robben confirms Bayern exit

Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben has confirmed this will be his last season playing with the reigning Bundesliga champions.

The 34-year-old, who has scored 98 goals in 198 Bundesliga games for the Bavarian giants, has enjoyed a stunning career with the club winning seven league titles and a Champions League trophy.

Robben has enjoyed previous spells with the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid and will now be looking ahead to the next chapter, after confirming he will not be hanging up his boots at the end of the season.

"I can say that this is my last year (at Bayern) and it is good like that," said Robben

"The club moves on and I may move on. It is the end of a very good and long period. I won't stop completely yet."

Bayern currently find themselves in a real battle to retain their Bundesliga crown, after what has been a difficult start to their season.

Robben's side find themselves in fourth place in the German top flight, with rivals Borussia Dortmund currently leading the way.

BVB hold an impressive nine-point lead over Bayern, who are 11/8 to win the league, while Dortmund are 4/6 to claim the title.

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Kovac backed to succeed

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has handed his backing to coach Niko Kovac who he says will be given funds to strengthen the squad next summer.

Bayern have endured a difficult start to the campaign and are fifth in the Bundesliga table, nine points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund after 12 matches.

Kovac left Eintracht Frankfurt to take charge of Bayern in the summer but his new side have struggled and the Croatian's woes have been made worse by the fact that his former club are currently third in the Bundesliga.

Hoeness remains upbeat about Bayern's future though, saying: "Next year, the older players may retire.

"The club will then have the room as well as the necessary capital to reinforce the team, so that we will be more than a match for every opponent in the Bundesliga and most international opponents. That must be the ambition."

Bayern have progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League but have failed to win any of their last three Bundesliga matches.

Hoeness added: "We have a very, very good young coach who deserves a chance and we should all give him our support.

"There has been a close alliance between the team and the coach and there have been many discussions."

Bayern are 5/4 to win the Bundesliga title this season, while Borussia Dortmund can be backed at 4/6.

Sancho talks up Dortmund potential

Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho believes his team are capable of winning major honours this season, both at home and in Europe.

Sancho was speaking after helping Die Schwarzgelben twice come from behind to secure a 3-2 home win over Bayern Munich and move four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga standings.

Dortmund have also started strongly in the Champions League and Sancho is clearly excited about what could lie ahead in the next few months.

He told the official Bundesliga website: "This result came from everyone working hard together. If we keep on doing this throughout the season, we could win big things.

"Obviously we'll celebrate, but then we'll forget about the game and think about the next one. We just have to keep working hard and focus on the next game.

"If we keep on doing this we've got a good chance of winning the league or, who knows, the Champions League. You never know."

England international Sancho has scored five goals in 17 appearances for Dortmund this season, while loan striker Paco Alcacer was the matchwinner against Bayern on Saturday.

The Spain international striker has netted nine goals in just eight appearances since his arrival from Barcelona, with his return of eight Bundesliga goals coming from a mere two starts and a further four appearances as a substitute.

Dortmund are now 10/11 to win the Bundesliga title this season, with Bayern available at 10/11 and RB Leipzig 100/1.

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Bundesliga Highlights: Alcacer, Reus Shine in Big Der Klassiker Win

Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayern Munich

This is a Der Klassiker match to remember.

This game was seen to be a tight one, and the us Bundesliga market can’t pick a sure winner. Even our Bundesliga piece couldn’t really separate the two German football giants apart.

For the away fans, this was supposed to be their statement game as they have been inconsistent as of late. However, Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus had other plans as they dragged Niko Kovac’s team through the rain-drenched pitch of the Signal Iduna Park.

This is a deserved win for the BVB.

Highlights of the game

Marco Reus plays a vital role in Borussia Dortmund's Der Klassiker match against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich

Marco Reus celebrates after hitting an equaliser for Borussia Dortmund during Der Klassiker match against Bayern Munich

Niko Kovac made the curious decision to not use James Rodriguez for the match. The Colombia international, who is the fifth-best player in the side according to the ratings, would have helped with piercing the usually strong Dortmund midfield open.

However, the Bayern XI would have to make do with what they have and somehow find a way to connect the football to Robert Lewandowski. They spent the first minutes running the ball through Franck Ribery, but the Frenchman wasn’t able to find his Polish ace amongst the tall Borussia defenders.

Dortmund weren’t letting up on the attack as well as Marco Reus had a scoring chance in the tenth minute. The captain received a precise pass inside the box and took the shot early. The ball was flying towards the goal, but national team stopper Manuel Neuer was there to cover for him.

The two sides continued to trade blows, and fans can feel the electricity at the Signal Iduna Park rising. Both teams are aggressively attacking, a goal could be smelled from a mile away. They feel that this high-intensity match would produce goals.

And that’s exactly what Robert Lewandowski delivered when he scored in the 26th minute. The Bavarians were able to get to get the ball back in Dortmund’s own half, and Serge Gnabry immediately fired a cross into the box. Lewandowski masterfully left the young Dan-Axel Zagadou in the dust to head the ball past Marwin Hitz. The small gallery of Bayern fans erupted into loud cheers deserving of a club of such stature.

The rest of the first half went the way of Bayer. Ribery was almost about to make it two goals in the 33rd minute, but Hitz pulled off an incredible save to deny Bayern’s own Napoleon of the wings. The content of the rest of the half was obviously in Bayern’s favour as well: the BVB can’t help but panic as they were constantly pressed by Bayern shirts for the possession of the football.

The Yellow Wall of the Signal Iduna Park, however, was far from scared with the current flow of the game when the first half ended. The Dortmund defence has been leaky from time to time, but Lucien Favre has been able to turn games around with the side’s outstanding attacking scheme.

The adjustments the Swiss tactician made immediately turned to goals when he made a rough tackle on Marco Reus. The referee immediately pointed to the spot, and the captain took the football. He made a superb penalty as he sent Neuer the other way for the penalty.

The live Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich odds took another turn when Lewandowski scored again. A quick scuffle at the right side of the penalty box saw Joshua Kimmich alone with the ball. He lobbed the ball to Lewandowski, and the Pole would not miss from such a distance.

There is a bit of controversy for this goal for there are calls that Kimmich was actually offside when he got the ball. Zagadou was out of the pitch when he got the football. However, Favre didn’t challenge for a VAR, and the goal stood.

However, the game got into higher gear when Favre called for Paco Alcacer to take his spot up front. Many are looking forward to the battle of the strikers as both Lewandowski and Alcacer have flourished through the first ten Bundesliga fixtures.

However, it was the Dortmund captain who scored again for the BVB. The build-up to the goal was slow, but Lukasz Piszczek’s cross went straight to Reus’ feet. The open Reus trusted his guts and fired the half-volley towards the goal. The ball curled enough to escape Neuer’s outstretched hands. It was truly a world-class goal.

Fans who were eager for more Alcacer magic didn’t have to wait long after Reus’ brace. The Dortmund defence were quick to dispossess the football from Ribery and mounted a counter on the right wing. Axel Witsel unleashed a beautiful through pass to the open Alcacer, who ran all the way to the goal. He made Neuer stutter a bit before tricking him for the winner.

The action didn’t stop there, however, as both teams were still trying to score. Fans home and away were thrilled with the showcase being made. Robert Lewandowski’s third header at the literal end of the match was disallowed because Dortmund brilliantly caught him offside.

With the many Bundesliga 2018 highlights available from this match, I don’t think fans will stop buzzing about this for some time.

Key statistics

Bayern Munich had 57% of the possession throughout the game, but the clear lack of a creative figure in the middle didn’t help them out that much. The heavy reliance of Niko Kovac’s side on wing play resulted in only nine goal attempts and three on-target shots. While Dortmund weren’t able to do any better with their 11 goal attempts, at least five were on target.

This edition of Der Klassiker was a very physical one, as three players from each side managed to get carded. Dortmund were the slightly better defensive team as they made 21 tackles to Bayern’s 19.

What’s next?

Borussia Dortmund players celebrate after beating Bayern Munich in recent Bundesliga match

Borussia Dortmund players celebrate after beating Der Klassiker rivals Bayern Munich, 3-2, in Bundesliga Week 11

Bayern would have to come to terms with the fact that they aren’t as strong as they used to be. Kovac needs to either start James against Dusseldorf or do something drastic to get them back on the consistent road again.

In the meantime, the result is a huge pick-me-up for the BVB after a stinging defeat in the Champions League. They still need to focus against Mainz after the international break if they want to keep things going.

 

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Der Klassiker: Time To Prove Dortmund’s Bundesliga Credentials!

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

Der Klassiker has always been the biggest draw in the Bundesliga, and that should be the case again this year as the two arch-rivals add another chapter to their long and storied rivalry.

It’s slightly different this time, however. While the past few years had Bayern Munich at the spotlight—with the Bavarians using the match as a way to cement their dominance in the league—it’s Dortmund at the forefront today.

BVB are currently leading the German top flight, and this is perhaps the most important fixture for them yet as they aim to show the world that there’s a new king in town.

Talking Points

BVB: The Ultimate Attack

Saying that Dortmund are on fire would be an understatement. They have been on an absolute tear offensively, and it’s just scary to think what they can do (read as: how many they can score) when they are clicking on all fronts.

They have already scored 30 goals in 10 league matches played, and that easily translates to a staggering three goals per fixture!

Notably, they hit seven goals against new boys Nuremberg last September. They followed that performance with a run of three-straight matches with four goals made, against Bayer Leverkusen, Augsburg and Stuttgart.

Paco Alcacer is lighting it up for BVB as he leads them in goals this Bundesliga season

Paco Alcacer plays around an Atletico Madrid player during their Champions League clash

Paco Alcacer (seven goals) and Marco Reus (six goals and three assists) lead the team in scoring, and they will be tasked again to lead the frontline against the reigning champions. However, as Axel Witsel noted, they are not the only ones to watch out.

“Our young players are able to bring some madness into our game, and this madness can create amazing things on the pitch,” Witsel told Bundesliga.com as he describes the team’s youthful attack.

Bayern Hot, Dortmund…Not?

Make no mistake, Dortmund are brimming with confidence in the domestic league. Nonetheless, their first defeat of the season—at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League—couldn’t be timed any worse.

That result meant that BVB have just two wins in their last four outings in all competitions, with one ending in a draw (2-2 against Hertha Berlin). Moreover, it should also be noted that they needed extra time to fend off Union Berlin in their DFB-Pokal match-up earlier this month.

While some would say that their defeat to Atletico is just because they are gearing up for this derby with Bayern, it still sends the wrong message.


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Moreover, for Bayern Munich, they will see it as a sign of vulnerability. After all, it should be remembered that Dortmund’s 2017-18 Bundesliga campaign went downward spiral after they suffered their first league loss last year.

On the other hand, the Bavarians have already turned their season around and are now eyeing for the top spot. They are currently third, taking seven points out of a possible nine in their last three league games.

Also, they haven’t lost an away game in four road matches now, the latest a 1-2 Cup win at Bremer Brucke against SV Rodinghausen.

Here Comes Lewy!

Dortmund may have the edge offensively, but Bayern will be confident they can hold their ground on that end. Besides, Robert Lewandowski is finding his stride for Bayern just in time for this highly anticipated encounter.

Lewy have only scored five goals in the Bundesliga, but he recently scored a brace in their Champions League match against AEK Athens—seemingly sending a message to BVB that he’s coming for his former club.

Interestingly, Lewandowski notched five goals and an assist in four Der Klassiker matches last year. Moreover, he has three goals in seven appearances for Bayern against Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park.

First Klassiker, Big Pressure for Favre and Kovac

While the talk is all about the players and their current forms, the managerial battle is also worth taking a look.

Both Lucien Favre and Niko Kovac will be coaching in their first Der Klassiker, so the pressure to deliver is certainly high on the two managers.

Favre has brought a well-calibrated offence and defence to Dortmund, and that will be tested against Bayern Munich.

The 61-year-old coach has also made great signings over the summer, bringing in Witsel and Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi, as well as a defensive rising talent in Frenchman Abdou Diallo.

Teenage sensation Jadon Sancho has quickly bloomed under him too, becoming a significant contributor for the team with five goals and a team-high seven assists in all competitions.

It remains to be seen if Dortmund and the players can play like they usually do against Bayern, but if there’s any game that will prove that Favre made the right moves, it is this one.

Bayern are performing below expectations this Bundesliga season, that's why they need to get a morale-boosting win against BVB

Lucien Favre and Niko Kovac face-off in the first Der Klassiker of this season

On the other hand, Kovac hasn’t had the ideal start to his managerial career at Bayern. There were even rumours that he would get sacked after the team went on a three-game winless run and dropped all the way down to sixth.

The Croatian boss could really use a win in this all-important fight to ease some pressure on him. Also, victory here will see them cut Dortmund’s lead to just one!

History

Recent history is on Bayern’s side. As mentioned, they met four times last year, with the Bavarians winning all matches.

Remarkably, Bayern beat them 6-0 in their last meeting. Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in their battle last March, grabbing the Bundesliga 2018 news headlines and highlights in the process.

Dortmund did play out a draw in the Super Cup, but they eventually lost in the shootout to start what could be described as a one-sided rivalry.

BVB did beat Dortmund in 2017 though, a 2-3 win at the Allianz Arena for a Cup match. However, the last time Dortmund took down Bayern in the Bundesliga was in 2016.

Betting Tip

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Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich 1X2 Draw @ 3.60
November 11, 01:30 (GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2018 odds at us are pretty tight between the two. Despite Dortmund’s form, Bayern Munich are still given a slight advantage.

The Bavarians have the experience and championship mentality—having won the title in the past six years—and that surely counts for something. They just know how to play on the big stage.

Dortmund will be hungry for victory though, and they have shown enough to make fans believe they can finally end the reign of the defending champions.

With that said, I predict this one to be a close encounter with less than three goals. I am not counting out a Dortmund win, but I really see a draw here. Maybe a 1-1 stalemate isn’t a bad bet to make too!

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