Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund: Bundesliga – live

Key events

Team news!

Bayern: Sommer; Upamecano, De Ligt, Pavard, Kimmich; Goretzka, Sané, Coman; Choupo-Moting, Davies, Müller.
Subs: Ulreich, Gnabry, Mané, Cancelo, Blind, Gravenberch, Mazraoui, Musiala, Stanisic.

Dortmund: Kobel; Schlotterbeck, Wolf, Süle, Ryerson; Guerreiro, Can, Bellingham; Reus, Haller, Brandt.
Subs: Meyer, Oscan, Dahoud, Hummels, Moukoko, Modeste, Malen, Adeyemi, Bynoe-Gittens

Preamble

Eat, pray, love. Then win the league. Thomas Tuchel is back! Having withdrawn to an Indian health retreat after being sacked by Chelsea in October and enjoyed a month of Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy (us neither), the rejuvenated supercoach has returned, wanderlust sated, to the belly of the beast.

The beast in question is of course Bayern Munich, who ruthlessly parted ways with Bart Simpson Julian Nagelsmann this week and wasted no time in appointing another wündercoach to pick up the pieces. A point off the top of the Bundesliga with 10 wins from 10 in the Champions League was deemed ersatz for Nagelsmann, so his replacement arrives with a fairly daunting mission. First on his hitlist: the club that made him a superstar.

The good news is that a win here would put crisis-club Bayern on track for the title. While Dortmund have largely led the way all season, their rivals have reeled them in bit by bit, and victory today would see Bayern leapfrogging their way to the summit.

The bad news is that Dortmund have been near enough perfect this year, dropping just two points from 30 and outscoring everyone else in the division. Set against that is the fact that Bayern have won the last eight games against Dortmund here by an aggregate 33-6.

Either way, goals should at least be on the menu, with these teams averaging five a game between them and, just to make things interesting, both first-choice keepers out injured. The stakes couldn’t be higher – this should be a howitzer. Stay tuned!

source: theguardian.com