Friday, November 22, 2013

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich Bundesliga - November 23, 2013

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Borussia Dortmund will host  Bayern Munich on upcoming Saturday 23 November, 2013 for the top game of the 13th Bundesliga matchday. The meeting between Dortmund and Bayern will be the rematch of last season's Champions League Final. Both coaches will miss some key players like Hummels, Subotic and Schmelzer or Schweinsteiger and Ribery.
Borussia Dortmund team plays perfectly this season but only at home where they won all six matches, with an average of over three scored goals per match. Away is less convincing and that is why Borussia has four points less than the Bavarians. In the last round they were defeated for the second time despite that they took a lead in Wolfsburg. It was their second consecutive lost match, which Borussia didn’t experience for a long time. They lost to Arsenal in Dortmund in the Champions League, which ruined the London’s victory and made the placement in the eight-finals questionable.
Additionally, injury related problems have accumulated at the worst possible moment. Both stoppers, Hummels and Subotic are out of action, as well as the left midfielders Schmelzer, while from before there is no right midfielder Piszczek, so Klopp has to change the entire defence line. He will improvise with Blaszczykowski on the right and Groskreutz on the left flank, while experienced Friedrich will join Sokratis at stoppers’ positions. The attack will be not changed and the best players will play.
  • Probable lineups Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Friedrich, Durm, Sokratis; Bender, Sahin; Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus; Lewandowski.

Bayern München welcomes this match with a much calmer mind, firstly because they don’t have problems in the Champions League where they have already secured the next round, and secondly they are the leaders in the standings and have four points advantage, which is psychologically very important for matches like this one is. Additionally, Bayern continues to set new records and they are the now record holders in successive matches without defeat in the Bundesliga. The only defeat this season in all competitions is the one from the Super Cup, that took place right in Dortmund and it can be an additional motive. There are in a series of six wins in all competitions, although are not so convincing when they play away.
Bayern too has problems with injuries and they pay the bill for national teams gathering, so they are without their best player Ribery. This opens the path for former Borussia’s player Gotze who will replace him, while Lahm could return on the right flank, and Tell Martinez will be the defensive midfielder given that there is no Schweinsteiger.
  • Probable lineups Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1): Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Martinez; Gotze, Kroos, Muller, Robben; Mandzukic.

Match Details and Timings:
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
Football: Bundesliga, 13th matchday
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 18:30 CET - 6:30 PM - 5:30 PM GMT
Stadium: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
Referee: Manuel Gräfe

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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