The Bundesliga title may have been long decided, but the battle lines between Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund for 2014/15 will be drawn when Germany’s top two face off live on TV.
Pep Guardiola’s champions are well-fancied favourites at 21/50 and considering they’ve won 20 of their last 21 in the league on their own patch, there may be plenty of value in those odds.
Their opponents come into this fixture off the back of impressive Bundesliga and Champions League wins, but after failing to reel in Real Madrid in the quarter-final second leg of the latter competition, Dortmund’s only hope of a trophy this season now lies in the German Cup.
A come-from-behind 2-1 win in their previous match against Wolfsburg practically guarantees another term of top-table European football for BVB, with the same opponents standing between them and a shot at silverware next time out in the DFB-Pokal Cup semi-final.
With that in mind, this Allianz Arena clash looks like a game too many against an FC Bayern side that thumped them 3-0 at the Westfalenstadion back in November and Jurgen Klopp’s men cannot be tipped with any confidence at 5/1 for the win, despite their solid recent form.
Picking a likely first goalscorer from Guardiola’s embarrassment of attacking riches has been somewhat difficult in recent weeks.
Nine different players have notched their side’s first goals in FCB’s last 15 Bundesliga and European outings, with hotshot wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben not appearing in that nonet.
However, the striking spread makes for plenty of potential value in the first goalscorer market and there’s one FC Bayern player in particular showing fine recent form in front of goal who’ll be raring to go against Dortmund.
After missing the 3-1 win over Manchester United through suspension, midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger is back and a whopping 12/1 to be the deadlock breaker for the third time in five weeks.
We suggest you use the £30 free bet bwin.com bequeath on all new sign-ups to back the Die Mannschaft centurion for first-goalscorer honours, which would ensure a tidy £360 profit should the business be done.