Thomas Tuchel‘s Borussia Dortmund, based on form alone, are favored by The Stoppage Time to defeat Pep Guardiola‘s Bayern Munich at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany. With a record of 18-3-3 (57 points, Dortmund are only five points behind Bayern (20-2-2, 62 points) and can close the gap to just two points with a win. They are coming off a workmanlike 2-0 win over SV Darmstadt 98 away.
“The best thing a Dortmund player can do when he comes to Darmstadt is to deliver a professional performance,” said Tuchel. “Unspectacular, but effective. We did that tonight.”
Bayern will need a stirring display from Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski, who were held at bay by a well-prepared Mainz 05 side in their 2-1 loss at Allianz Arena in Munich.
“Every second Thomas knows where I am, how I move,” said Lewandowski to the Daily Mail. “It’s the same case the other way around. We know each other inside out. That’s why we don’t have to talk on the pitch.”
Mario Gotze has had a tough year fitting into Pep Guardiola’s plans, but with Italian Carlo Ancelotti ready to take other, there is a future for him at the club, and perhaps some production will be taking place as well.
“I’m looking forward to when he joins us in the summer,” said Gotze to Deutsche Welle. “Everything else is difficult to judge from a distance. A star coach like Ancelotti, you have to experience him first for yourself.”
In the meantime, Guardiola will be steering the ship for Bayern as they hope to avoid another landmine in their race to hold off the hosts this weekend at Signal Iduna Park. Kickoff on Mar. 5 is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
- Adrian Ramos will score for Dortmund.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will score for Dortmund.
- Ilkay Gundogan will score for Dortmund.
- Robert Lewandowski will score for Bayern Munich.
- Roman Weidenfeller will record at least four saves.
- Manuel Neuer will record at least three saves.
- At least 40 fouls will be whistled.
- Under four cards will be issued.
- No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes.
- No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Bayern Munich are going to have a difficult March ahead of them, and if they are unable to bounce back from this defeat on Mar. 12 at home to Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund will finally catch the league leaders and turn the race on its head.
Borussia Dortmund 3, Bayern Munich 1