Preview - Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund 01 April 2018

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Match Day 28
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund
Sunday, April 1st, 2018
01:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich: 
Last five matches form: D W W W L
Average goals per match: 2.4
Average goals against per match: 0.7
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (23)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: D L W D W
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Maximilian Philipp and Michy Batshuayi (6)

There's no doubt about the pick of this weekends action in the Bundesliga. It comes at the Allianz Arena as runaway league leaders Bayern Munich welcome third placed Borussia Dortmund in what should prove to be a cracker.

It would be understandable if Bayern were to rest a number of their star names here, with the league title all but sewn up and a midweek Champions League quarter final with Sevilla on the horizon. Such is the magnitude of this game from a historical and fans viewpoint though, we would expect something very close to a full strength Munich line-up.

Following a slight sticky patch in mid-season which threatened to derail their Champions League aspirations, Borussia have recovered in grand style and have now lost only one of their last 15 in the Bundesliga. The loan signing of Michy Batshuayi in the January window has already proved an inspired piece of business with the Belgian filling in excellently following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Overall though Bayern Munich are still the better side and should be able to use their home advantage and undoubted quality to come out on top. Bayern did lose last time out away at Leipzig, but fielded a significantly understrength side that day. Only once this season have they failed to win two games in a row.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 2 - 1 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 5 - 0
Full time: 6 - 0
Shots: 17 - 9
Shots on target: 9 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 1
Possession: 60% - 40%

Only two bookings at the Allianz, with referee Bastian Dnkert flashing the yellow card at Bayern's Frank Ribery and Dortmund's Julian Weigl.

If Bayern fans were looking for a reaction following a rare defeat for their side last time out at Leipzig, they certainly got one. Borussia Dortmund were the unfortunate victims.

The first in what turned out to be a half-dozen came in the fifth minute. Played in by Thomas Mueller, Robet Lewandowski beat the offside trap to dispatch past Roman Buerki.

Frank Ribéry looked to have made it two in the ninth minute only for his effort to be ruled out for offside following consultation with VAR. It didn't take long for the floodgates to reopen though. Just five minutes in fact.

David Alaba's dangerous low cross from the left-hand side meeting James Rodriguez to fire in via Buerki.

Mueller got in on the act in the 23rd minute. Rodriguez turning provider this time with a clipped ball into the box for Mueller to finish first time past Buerki who had rushed off his line.

The fourth came in the 44th minute. Ribéry tying his marker in his knots on the left, dinking the ball over the goalkeeper and Lewandowski getting his toe to the ball from the resulting scramble.

Still time for one more before the break though. Ribéry was not to be denied this time, playing a one-two with Rodriguez on the edge of the area before chipping the ball over the keeper and in.

Bayern weren't anything like so rampant in the second half as Dortmund accepted their fate and tightened up at the back.

Robert Lewandowski did ensure he claimed the match ball in the 87th minute though. As he so often does, the Polish striker found himself in the right place at the right time to tap in a low Joshua Kimmech cross from the right-hand side.

17 points is the lead for Bayern now at the top of the Bundesliga. Dortmund remain in third spot despite this hammering.

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