Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich 11 November 18

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Match Day 11
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
Sunday, November 11th, 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund:   
Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match: 3.00
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer (7)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: L L W W D
Average goals per match: 1.80
Average goals against per match: 1.10
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (5)

We have a huge game in the Bundesliga this weekend as current table toppers Borussia Dortmund welcome defending champions Bayern Munich to the Westfalenstadion.

Bayern Munich were utterly dominant in this fixture last season, winning this game 3-1, demolishing Borussia 6-0 at home and also knocking their rivals out of the cup. The early evidence is that this Lucien Favre version of Borussia Dortmund is a much-improved outfit, but this will be the ultimate test.

Marcel Schmelzer is out for the home side. Bayern Munich will be without Thiago Alcántara, Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman.

Borussia head into this game on the back of a defeat in the Champions League. They won't be the first side to be stifled by Atlético Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitana though and will likely find more room to work here.

Bayern Munich did win in the Champions League in midweek, but this will likewise represent a stiffer challenge than AEK Athens at home. That said they have now won five of their last six in all competitions, suggesting they may now be over their early season wobble. They have been seriously impressive on the road overall, winning fifteen of their last eighteen in  the Bundesliga.

Borussia are averaging four goals a game at home this season. That's a mighty impressive scoring ratio, and one which even Bayern may struggle to keep tabs with. We will take the home side to win a thriller.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3 - 2 Bayern Munich


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots:  5 - 5
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 0 - 6
Possession: 43% - 57%

Julian Weigl, Manuel Akanji and Marwin Hitz were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Manuel Grafe also taking the names of Franck Ribery, Niklas Sule and Sandro Wagner of Bayern Munich.

Despite the high number of goals, this game didn't have quite as many chances as you may expect. Both sides were simply very efficient in taking the opportunities which did come their way. Overall a draw would have been a fair result. Life and football aren't always fair though and it was the home side who picked up the big win. They had to come from behind twice in order to do so though.

Bayern struck first in the 26th minute. Serge Gnabry picking out Robert Lewandowski around six yards out with a cross from the right side of the area. The prolific Pole wasn't about to miss from there, and didn't, planting a firm header past Hitz. 0-1 at the break.

Four minutes into the second half Borussia were back on level terms. Manuel Neuer bringing down Marco Reus in the right of the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Reus himself stepping up to finish into the right-hand side.

Back came Bayern though, with the visitors taking the lad again just three minutes later. Lovely move down the right-hand side taring Borussia apart and ending with Joshua Kimmich dinking the ball from the goal line for Lewandowski to head home from almost on the line.

Reus levelled matters in the 67th minute. Found in the area by Lukasz Pisczek on the right, he swept an excellent volley into the bottom left from around twelve yards.

The winner came in the 73rd minute through the red-hot Paco Alcacer. Played clean through by Axel Witsel, he raced through on goal, drew the keeper and finished into the bottom left.

Lewandowski had the ball in the net again deep into stoppage time, but the effort was chalked off for offside. 3-2 final score. Dortmund four points clear at the top. Bayern drop to fourth.

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