Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund meet for the first Der Klassiker of the 2020/21 season in the German Super Cup on Wednesday evening at the Allianz Arena (7.30 PM kick-off).
The match will see Bundesliga champions and winners of the DFB-Pokal Bayern take on last season’s runners-up in the German top flight and the current holders of the DFL-Supercup in Dortmund.
These two sides met in last season’s showpiece, with Dortmund triumphing on the day thanks to goals from Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho, but this current Bayern side are simply a level above the one under Niko Kovac.
Since Hansi Flick took up the reins in Bavaria, Bayern have swept all before them both in Europe and on German soil, following up a domestic double with an emphatic Champions League win in Portugal against PSG last month.
Both experienced defeats in the Bundesliga over the weekend, but who will put those league troubles to one side and claim the bragging rights in this latest instalment of Der Klassiker and the German Super Cup?
Where to watch Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: ESPN+
Bayern Munich & Borussia Dortmund‘s previous line-ups:
- Bayern Munich (vs Hoffenheim): Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Tolisso, Muller, Gnabry, Sane*, Zirkzee.
- Borussia Dortmund (vs Augsburg): Burki; Can, Hummels, Akanji; Meunier, Witsel, Bellingham, Reyna, Guerreiro; Sancho, Haaland.
Flick made wholesale changes for the 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim but he is expected to reintroduce Robert Lewandowski to his starting XI for Joshua Zirkzee. Kingsley Coman is also in line to make the first team after Leroy Sane picked up a knock over the weekend.
Lucien Favre turned to Marco Reus and Julian Brandt from the bench in their 2-0 loss to Augsburg and the duo could make the starting line-up against Bayern after BVB fired an uncharacteristic blank last time out.
Players to watch:
- Bayern Munich: Having started on the bench over the weekend with one eye on this match, Robert Lewandowski is expected to start from the off and lead the line against his former club. That is not good news for Dortmund as their former No. 9 boasts a formidable record against them, with Lewandowski netting 18 goals in 20 appearances when facing BVB in all competitions. To make matters worse, the Polish marksman is the leading all-time scorer in the DFL-Supercup with five goals, and the way he is currently playing, expect him to improve upon that record.
- Borussia Dortmund: Favre will know the scale of the task at hand. He boasts his own prolific forward in Erling Braut Haaland, but his side will need to be proficient at both ends of the pitch. Defensively, he will look to Mats Hummels for guidance, leadership and organisation as BVB try to grapple with the likes of Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller. Fortunately for Dortmund, Hummels has an encyclopaedic knowledge of this Bayern squad, having played there between 2016 and 2019. His training-ground encounters with Bayern’s ferocious frontline should serve him well in this main event. The likes of Emre Can and Manuel Akanji will be looking to their stand-in skipper for on-field advice and inspiration.