Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction: Same old script in Der Klassiker

 | March 29 | 

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One of the highlights games of the German football calendar takes place this Saturday (KO, 17:30) at the Allianz Arena, as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund lock horns in Der Klassiker. Neither side will be thrilled with their Bundesliga position heading into this one, with the hosts 10 points off runaway leaders Bayer Leverkusen and the visitors six points behind third-placed Stuttgart.

Below is our Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund prediction alongside all the latest team news and match odds ahead of the clash, which is live on Sky Sports Football.

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips

  • Bayern Munich to win and both teams to score @ 11/10
  • Donyell Malen to score anytime @ 12/5

Neither club is on course to achieve its objective in the Bundesliga but there are reasons for both to be positive after recent results.

Bayern have taken 10 points from a possible 12 in the league, winning their last two games 5-2 (v Darmstadt) and 8-1 (v Mainz) and progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Dortmund also made it to the last eight of European football's elite club competition after beating PSV 2-0 earlier this month and that result, combined with three straight victories in the Bundesliga, mean they are now on a four-game winning streak, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Team News

Bayern fans received a big boost earlier this week with the news that Harry Kane is back in individual training, following his withdrawal from England's squad. With no midweek game it would be a surprise if the ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker doesn't start on Saturday.

Raphael Guerreiro was also in individual training on Monday after suffering a small tear to his left thigh against Darmstadt, while Kingsley Coman and Noussair Mazraoui, who haven't featured since January 27 and February 18 respectively, are already back in team training as they close in on returns from injury.

Aleksandar Pavlovic pulled out of the Germany squad with tonsilitis but should be fine to feature at the Allianz Arena after returning to individual training on Wednesday, while Manuel Neuer is also winning his fitness battle following an adductor strain suffered in training with the German national team last week.

Former Bayern midfielder Marcel Sabitzer will be unable to line up against his old side as he serves the final game of a two-match suspension on Saturday.

There is better news on Sebastien Haller though, with the 29-year-old striker back in team training following an ankle injury sustained in the Africa Cup of Nations final on January 29. Haller hasn't played for his club side since December 19 but could make the bench against Bayern.

Meanwhile, number one goalkeeper Gregor Kobel missed Dortmund's last match - a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt - and subsequently dropped out of Switzerland's squad for their international friendlies. However, that was done as a precautionary measure to prevent further injury and the 26-year-old is expected to return between the sticks on Saturday.

On-loan Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho will be among those pushing for a start after remaining on the bench against Frankfurt; he had scored in both of his two previous appearances against PSV and Werder Bremen.

Match Odds

Bayern have been made heavy favourites for this clash, with the Bavarian giants 2/5 - or a 71.4% chance - to beat Dortmund, who are 5/1 - or a 16.7% chance - to claim victory themselves.

The draw can be found at 9/2, both teams to score is 4/11 and over 4.5 goals is 11/8.

Bayern Munich to win and both teams to score @ 11/10

Meetings between these pair are rarely dull; in fact, the last nine head-to-heads have seen at least four goals, with both teams finding the net in eight of them.

The dominance of Bayern in Germany is highlighted in the fact that Bayern have prevailed 10 times out of the last 11 games against Dortmund, who last tasted success over their rivals in the Super Cup in August 2019 - their last Bundesliga win over them came back in November 2018.

Despite the fragilities of Bayern this season, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them stick to the script in Der Klassiker. Dortmund are in good form themselves but that has never mattered in this fixture, and they haven't beaten Bayern in a league game at the Allianz Arena since April 2014, when Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp were in the dugouts.

Donyell Malen to score anytime @ 12/5

The Dutch forward has been in great form for Dortmund since the turn of the year, scoring seven in 10 appearances across all competitions. Those numbers have taken Malen to 13 for the season, with 11 of those coming in the Bundesliga.

The 25-year-old also struck for his nation in a 4-0 win over Scotland last week, despite only being introduced in the 77th minute.

Malen scored in this fixture last season, when Dortmund went down 4-2 at the Allianz Arena. He was also a substitute there, coming on at half-time and netting a consolation goal in the dying minutes.

Against a Bayern side that hasn't kept a clean sheet in their last eight Bundesliga matches, Malen should be confident of scoring in successive seasons in Bavaria.

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