BAYERN MUNICH welcome Dortmund for a crunch Der Klassiker showdown in the Bundesliga this evening.
The visitors sit fifth in the table – 13 points off leaders Bayern – who are in a tense title race with RB Leipzig this season.
- Kick-off time: 5.30pm GMT
- TV channel: BT Sport 2
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Bayern will be without Corentin Tolisso, Alexander Nubel and Douglas Costa, as they are all injured.
Benjamin Pavard has recovered from coronavirus so he can come back into the side for Hansi Flick, who could also elect to start Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller.
For Dortmund, Jadon Sancho might not start after coming off against Monchengladbach at the weekend with an ice pack on his leg.
Dortmund will be without Axel Witsel and Marcel Schmelzer, though, as they are injured.
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Bayern are top of the Bundesliga, one point ahead of title challengers RB Leipzig.
Dortmund, meanwhile, are sat in 5th place and four points behind Frankfurt in 4th.
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FC Bayern have lost more competitive games against Borussia Dortmund in professional football than they have against any other side (32).
Dortmund, meanwhile, have lost more competitive games against Bayern since the Bundesliga was founded than they have against any other club (61).
The visitors have lost their last four Bundesliga games against Bayern.
Something that has only ever previously happened to Dortmund from 1968 – 1970 (5 defeats in a row against Bayern).
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And welcome to the live blog for Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund!
Today's Der Klassiker is important for the home side, as they need to win to remain about title challengers RB Leipzig who are one point behind in the Bundesliga table.
Avoiding defeat will keep Hansi Flick's side two or more points above Leipzig.
Equally, a win for Borussia Dortmund keeps their Champions League hopes alive with Edin Terzic's side sat in 5th, four points behind 4th place Eintracht Frankfurt.
Dortmund have managed to bounce back from their poor run with four consecutive wins across all competitions.
With Terzic's side's last win coming against Borussia Monchengladbach in the DFB-Pokal.
In terms of team news, Bayern Munich have some first-team stars making their way back from injury.
Right-back Benjamin Pavard has returned after recovering from covid-19, but today's game might come too soon for a competitive return.
Niklas Sule, a natural centre-back, will most likely fill in at right-back for the meantime.
Corentin Tolisso, Douglas Costa, Alexander Nubel and Tanguy Nianzou will all miss out through injury.
And Thomas Muller and Serge Gnarby are looking likely to start after the impact they made from the bench in Bayern's last game against Koln.
As for Dortmund, they will travel to the Allianz without Manuel Akanji, Axel Witsel and Marcel Schmelzer.
Jadon Sancho is also set to miss out after picking up a knock against Gladbach.
Left-back/Left-winger Raphael Guerreiro could also miss out through injury.
Emre Can is set to partner Mats Hummels in the heart of the defence, with Thomas Delaney providing the defence with some cover in midfield.
The teamsheets are due to be released in half an hour, so don't go anywhere!
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