Even though it is not a title decider the pressure on this year’s second Klassiker in the league is huge.
Bayern Munich have seen their lead at the top of the table slashed from seven points before their trip to Qatar, to just two points three games into their return.
Bayern dropped points against Arminia Bielefeld (3-3) and Frankfurt (2-1 loss) to allow RB Leipzig to cut the deficit to just two.
By the time the game kicks-off at the Allianz Arena, Bayern could be second with Leipzig away to Freiburg in the earlier 2:30pm kick-off. Not for a long time has Bayern’s record breaking nine-in-a-row title target been under such significant threat.
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For Dortmund it’s arguable the stakes are even more serious.
A run of three losses and two draws between matchdays 16 and 21, with a solitary win against lowly Augsburg coming in a long month of football between mid January and mid February for BVB fans, has meant Dortmund have fallen out of the Champions League spots.
Dortmund made up some ground in last week’s victory over Arminia, going within three of the top four. However if Die Schwarzgelben lose at Bayern they could easily fall back to six points off the CL places with just ten games left to make up the deficit.
There’s huge pressure on Dortmund, however the BlackYellows will be boosted by the recent form of Sancho – scored three and set up two in the last three games in all comps. Terzic’s side are also on a win streak of four and their longest undefeated run of the season – five.
Bayern Munich come into the game on poorer form having won two of their last four in all comps and only one of the last three in the league.
What is undisputable is the form of Lewandowski.
Bayern’s Polish frontman needs thirteen goals from the remaining eleven games to match Gerd Muller’s 48 year record of scoring 40 Bundesliga goals in a season.
The Pole has five in the last four games since Bayern’s return from Qatar.
Even though there are still no fans allowed to the stadium in what is the jewel in Bundesliga’s fixture list, Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc still emphasised the significance of Der Klassiker.
Zorc said of the game on Saturday: “It’s still a special occasion when Bayern play against Dortmund.
“In the last two years, the matches between the two clubs have determined the outcome of the title race. That’s not the case this year, but both teams now need every available point to achieve their respective objectives. So there’ll be enough tension surrounding the game.”
Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga matchday 24, Saturday 6th March, KO 1730 GMT.