It’s safe to say that Dortmund vs Bayern Munich game a.k.a. Der Klassiker is the biggest sporting event in the world this week.
Not only is the Bundesliga the only major competition that’s back after COVID-19 pandemic, but the clash between two German soccer heavyweights is a rivalry that’s been going on for decades.
This time, however, the rivalry is even bigger as the two are leading a title race, with Dortmund trailing by only four points behind the reigning champ.
Dortmund vs Bayern Munich Odds
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Fun Facts About Der Klassiker
Der Klassiker (The Classic) is the name given to duels between the two most successful German sides. Together, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have a total of 37 domestic trophies, 21 of which were won in the past 25 Bundesliga seasons.
Dortmund vs Bayern Munich rivalry is interesting for many other reasons, including the following:
- The biggest win in Der Klassiker happened in 1971 when Bayern won by 11-1.
- The top scorer in the history of Der Klassiker is Robert Lewandowski with 22 goals.
- Bayern’s number 9 used to play for Borussia Dortmund in the past.
- Borussia Dortmund has three players in the squad who had previously played for Bayern Munich, namely Mats Hummels, Mario Gotze, and Emre Can.
- The previous 5 Bundesliga meetings between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich saw a total of 24 goals scored
- Their most recent clash saw Bayern winning by 4-0.
Eerie Atmosphere of Empty Westfalen
The home venue of Borussia Dortmund is the Westfalenstadion, currently called Signal Iduna Park due to sponsorship reasons. It’s the largest stadium in Germany, as well as the seventh-biggest in Europe.
The Westfalenstadion also has the highest attendance level in the world with 80,230 fans in the stands on average when Borussia Dortmund is playing at home.
The south stand of the stadium nicknamed “The Yellow Wall” is the largest terrace for standing spectators on the continent, famous for its intense atmosphere that can put fear in the bones of Borussia Dortmund’s opposition.
Even Bayern Munich legend Bastian Schweinsteiger spoke about the fierce atmosphere created by Dortmund fans in Der Klassiker games. When asked about the biggest strength of Dortmund, the former Bayern captain said “It is the Yellow Wall that scares me the most.”
This time, however, the Yellow Wall is not going to be there to help Borussia Dortmund. All Bundesliga matches until the end of the season have to be played behind closed doors due to COVID-19 fears. That’s something that could potentially have a devastating impact on teams that rely on the fan support, Borussia Dortmund included.
Here’s one fact that shows how reliant Dortmund players have been on their supporters – this team won three out of the five previous meetings with Bayern at Signal Iduna Park. One of the matches BVB didn’t win was a Super Cup game Bayern won via penalty shootout.
Injuries Make Teams Soft in the Middle
Dortmund has some problems with absentees, especially in the center of the pitch. Axel Witsel, who was crucial for BVB before COVID-19 pandemic sent Bundesliga on a break, are both injured.
Thomas Delaney did a wonderful job replacing him against Schalke 04 and Wolfsburg, but he’s now facing the toughest challenge so far, even though Bayern also has some problems in the midfield.
Corentin Tolisso, Javi Martinez, and Phillipe Coutinho are out, while Thiago Alcantara is struggling with fitness. Still, Bayern’s boss Hans Flick has plenty of replacements to choose from.
Dortmund vs Bayern Munich Picks
It’s not easy to predict the outcome of this match, which is why it’s best to stick to goals. As always when Dortmund and Bayern Munich play, we should see a lot of them.
Here are some betting ideas you might want to consider:
- Both Teams to Score (-265)
- Over 2.5 Goals (-250)
- Robert Lewandowski to Score Anytime (-155)
- Erling Haaland to Score Anytime (+125)