Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich, Wed 19:00
With less than a month left to run in the 2011-12 Bundesliga calendar, Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to tie up a second consecutive league title with a midweek win over Bayern Munich in a fixture that will have a massive bearing on who is crowned champion in May, as Bet365 offer odds against on the home side and also have an exclusive live stream available for Bundesliga viewers.
Whoever comes out victorious in Wednesday’s clash will go into this weekend’s matches at the summit of the German top flight and while this final month will certainly be a long one, the game will set a precedent for the remainder of the season.
The fixture appears to be coming at the perfect time as far any neutral will be concerned too, as it sees Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund who are first and second, respectively, in terms of recent form.
Die Borussen have opened a window of opportunity for their title rivals after drawing in two of their last five league matches whereas Die Bayern are enjoying a five-match winning streak that has put them back in contention for top spot.
Jürgen Klopp’s men managed to earn a win at the Allianz Arena back in November; a huge factor in their dominance for the majority of the campaign but Jupp Heynckes will keener than ever to ensure his Munich side come out on top on Wednesday as he looks to end a two-year losing streak against the current champions.
Bayern managed a slight 2-1 victory at Augsburg over the weekend with Mario Gomez – who just penned a contract extension until 2016 – netting a brace.
Another man who is likely to feature against BVB is Toni Kroos who, speaking earlier in the week, stated: “There’s a lot of media hype about this game, but that’s completely normal. It’ll be very tense. We’re totally focused on Dortmund, and we know we absolutely can’t afford to lose.”
The midfielder is confident that Die Roten are still the dominant club in German football, adding: “All that counts is that we’re in superb shape, and we’ve won a lot of matches in a row. We travel to Dortmund in good form.
Obviously, we’re wary and we know how good they are. But we’re still just a little bit better in terms of footballing quality.”
Dortmund could welcome back 19-year-old striking prodigy Mario Gotze, who has been on the sidelines for the last two months with a groin injury and would be a huge boost for Jurgen Klopp, while Bayern should have Bastian Schweinsteiger back to full fitness.
With all the hype surrounding this encounter, it would be easy for this match to disappoint as both sides come out too afraid to lose rather than going out for the win, however the potential is certainly there for an epic spectacle that could represent a very real power shift in the nation.