One of the Bundeliga matchups of the season takes place with Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich at Westfalenstadion, with live streaming available online for German football fans (KO 17:30GMT).
Borussia Dortmund will look to bounce back from their defeat to Wolfsburg last time out when they face leaders Bayern Munich later this evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s side let slip a 1-0 lead last time out to lose 2-1 and they will not want to lose any more ground on their rivals.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND v BAYERN MUNICH
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The International break should have been about regrouping for Dortmund however it has bought about a new set of headaches with two key men injured on German duty.
Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer both limped out of Germany’s win over England and are set for spells on the sidelines.
Hummels is out of action for 2 months with an ankle ligament injury and Schmelzer out for three weeks with a calf injury, leaving Klopp with major defensive worries ahead of the game.
Neven Subotic is also out and Lukasz Piszczek only returning to action after almost 6 months on the sidelines.
Pisczcek played the final 33 minutes of a midweek friendly for Dortmund but won’t be considered for the clash with Bayern.
Klopp has reacted to the crisis by completing a move for 34-year-old centre back Manuel Friedrich.
The former Mainz defender was out of contract and had been training with the club for the last few weeks.
“We are reacting to the injuries in our defence,” said Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc of the signing. “Manuel Friedrich has a great deal of experience and he’s made a very good impression in training.”
Despite being four points behind their rivals, Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes his side are the only one capable of challenging Bayern’s recent dominance.
The German midfielder will miss the game with a back injury but is backing his side to put their defeat to Wolfsburg behind them”They are the toughest side in Germany and possibly all Europe,” he told Kicker.
“But we showed in the Champions League final and in the Super Cup at the end of July that we are probably the only team around right now who can cause Bayern problems.
Bayern meanwhile have been almost unstoppable this season winning 10 and drawing 2 of their 12 games and they will head into the game full of confidence after 6 successive wins in all competitions.
Pep Guardiola’s will able to call upon Arjen Robben after he missed Holland’s clash with Colombia while Bastian Schweinsteiger will not return to first team action until January after having surgery on his ankle.
Thiago Alcantara could be on the bench after he returned to training while Javi Martinez will hope to start in midfield after he make his comeback in the recent 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin.