Kick-off: 1730, 06/04/2019
Stadium: Allianz Arena
TV: BT Sport
Bayern Munich can get back on track for a seventh straight Bundesliga title by knocking Borussia Dortmund off the summit at Allianz Arena.
FC Hollywood go into this game two points behind the current leaders, but have won the last four meetings at this venue in Germany’s top flight.
Everything points towards an action-packed encounter, but 31/20 for a home win and both teams to score is our opening Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund prediction.
A Look At Bayern Munich’s Betting Odds
A run of six consecutive victories in this competition helped Bayern pull back a big deficit to draw level with Borussia, before last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Freiburg handed back the initiative.
Robert Lewandowski cancelled out Lucas Holer’s surprise early opener, but Niko Kovac’s side couldn’t capitalise on sustained periods of pressure in the second period.
Alexander Schwolow made a series of fine saves, while Leon Goretzka hit the post late on.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t achieve the result we had planned against Freiburg, but that doesn’t mean this week won’t end well,” said Kovac. “We can hardly wait.”
Bayern have been outstanding on home turf over the past few months, rattling off seven straight wins in this division at Allianz Arena, with 24 goals scored and only two conceded.
Last month’s 6-0 drubbings against Wolfsburg and Mainz must stand them in good stead.
“Second place is the first loser – we want to win,” said Kovac. “The game on Saturday is very, very important. We all know what’s at stake and what will be demanded of us both defensively and going forward.
“It will be an interesting game between two evenly-matched teams. The players, the fans and the club will give everything to win this.”
Lewandowski is on 199 Bundesliga goals after netting six times in his last four league matches, so 11/4 for him to open the scoring with a landmark strike stands out from the Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund odds.
David Alaba, Manuel Neuer, James Rodriguez and Lewandowski are expected to recover from knocks in time to play, but Alphonso Davies and Arjen Robben will definitely miss out.
A Look At Borussia Dortmund’s Betting Odds
Dortmund have rallied since a major wobble at the start of February saw them drop nine points in five Bundesliga games, completing a hat-trick of wins by beating Wolfsburg 2-0.
Paco Alcacer bagged both of those goals to take his tally to 16 in this competition, three behind Golden Boot favourite Lewandowski.
He also grabbed the winner when Borussia twice came from behind to edge out Bayern 3-2 at Signal Iduna Park in November.
However, we just don’t think Lucien Favre’s side have been convincing on the road in the last few months, losing at Fortuna Dusseldorf and Augsburg, as well as drawing at Eintracht Frankfurt and Nuremberg.
Even last month’s 3-2 victory away to nine-man Hertha Berlin needed a stoppage-time strike from Marco Reus.
Let’s finish off our Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund betting tips by taking 21/2 for a 3-1 home win.
“This game is very special – Bayern v Dortmund,” said Favre. “The table is close, seven games remain, and two great teams.
“If we win, nothing is decided, if we draw, nothing is decided, if we lose nothing is decided. It’s completely open!”
Dortmund have injury concerns over Alcacer, Lukasz Piszczek and Abdou Diallo.
Last Bundesliga result:
Freiburg 1-1 BAYERN MUNICH – Robert Lewandowski
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2-0 Wolfsburg – Paco Alcacer (2)
Head-to-head: B Dortmund 3-2 B Munich, B Munich 6-0 B Dortmund, B Munich 2-1 B Dortmund, B Dortmund 1-3 B Munich, B Dortmund 2-2 B Munich
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