The second Der Klassiker of the season kicks off in under an hour’s time as Borussia Dortmund will be looking to reduce Bayern Munich’s lead to one point at the top of the Bundesliga table when they meet at Signal Iduna Park.
Bayern Munich were convincing in their 5-2 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday aside from conceding two goals from corners in quick succession. Borussia Dortmund produced a more controlled performance in a 2-0 win away to VfL Wolfsburg.
The two lineups for this afternoon’s game are as follows:
Roman Burki; Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels, Lukasz Piszczek; Achraf Hakimi, Thomas Delaney, Mahmoud Dahoud, Raphael Guerreiro; Thorgan Hazard, Julian Brandt; Erling Haaland
Substitutes: Marwin Hitz, Mateu Morey, Marcel Schmeltzer, Emre Can, Axel Witsel, Leonard Balerdi, Giovanni Reyna, Jadon Sancho, Mario Gotze
Lucien Favre names the same starting XI that travelled to Wolfsburg on Saturday as Mats Hummels is fit to start. Expect the visitors to test Lukasz Piszczek on the left-hand side of a back three. He will be supported by Raphael Guerreiro from wingback. The Portuguese international has scored three goals in the two games since the Bundesliga season restarted.
Erling Haaland has been fairly quiet in his two matches but the Norwegian is lethal if he gets a chance. Thorgan Hazard is the main playmaker as Julian Brandt has been short of form in his two matches too.
Jadon Sancho is only fit enough for the bench for a third successive game. The England international was actually replaced in the first half when these two met at the Allianz Arena earlier this season.
Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller; Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry
Substitutes: Sven Ulreich, Alvaro Odriozola, Lucas Hernandez, Javi Martinez, Michael Cuisance, Ivan Perisic, Oliver Batista-Meier, Lars Lukas Mai, Joshua Zirkzee
Serge Gnabry comes into the Bayern Munich starting lineup in the only change Hansi Flick has made since Saturday. Ivan Perisic drops to the bench where he is joined by youngsters Oliver Batista-Meier, Lars Lukas Mai and Joshua Zirkzee.
David Alaba has been playing well in his makeshift centre-back role this season but don’t be surprised if Haaland gets the better of the Austrian in this one. Jerome Boateng was replaced in the second half after looking unsure of himself shortly after Eintracht Frankfurt had scored a pair of goals. The former German international is the only change from the side that thrashed Borussia Dortmund 4-0 back in November.