The Bundesliga‘s high striker Robert Lewandowski goes head-to-head with Erling Braut Haaland on Saturday when league leaders Bayern Munich journey to second-placed Borussia Dortmund. Germany’s high golf equipment are each on 15 factors with Bayern high resulting from their vastly superior purpose distinction. The European champions have received all three of the membership’s most up-to-date conferences, however Dortmund have received two of their final three house video games towards Bayern. “Bayern could have respect,” former Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl mentioned within the build-up.
Lewandowski, 32, has banged in 10 objectives in his 5 league video games for Bayern, whereas Dortmund’s Haaland, 20, has scored 5 instances.
Forward of the top-of-the-table conflict, Bayern and Dortmund each rested their star strikers final weekend.
The pair warmed-up by every scoring two objectives for his or her respective golf equipment in midweek Champions League away wins.
Lewandowski, 32, transformed a penalty and added an excellent header in a 6-2 thrashing of Salzburg.
To not be outdone, Haaland, 20, additionally netted twice in Dortmund’s 3-Zero win at Brugge to turn out to be the primary participant to attain 14 objectives in his first 11 Champions League video games.
Bayern have needed to cope with off-field distractions, nevertheless, brought on by David Alaba’s contract wrangles.
The defender is “damage and disillusioned” after Bayern withdrew the supply of a contract extension, which reportedly would have earned Alaba as much as 20 million euros ($23.6 million) per season.
His contract expires subsequent June and head coach Hansi Flick has mentioned he simply needs “calm within the group earlier than the sport towards Dortmund”.
The large query is whether or not Dortmund can comprise a Bayern aspect which has scored 44 objectives in simply 12 video games this season.
Having reverted to a again 4 after abandoning a three-man defence, Dortmund haven’t conceded a purpose of their final 4 video games.
Nevertheless, Bayern will likely be a far greater take a look at of Dortmund’s defensive prowess than Schalke, Zenit St Petersburg, Bielefeld or Brugge.
“We really feel very snug within the new system,” mentioned Dortmund centre-back Manuel Akanji.
“We all know that we are able to win towards Bayern at house. We’ve got confirmed that a number of instances.”
Midfielder Axel Witsel impressed as a defender alongside Akanji within the win at Brugge.
Witsel might begin towards Bayern at centre-back if Mats Hummels fails to get better from a thigh pressure.
Earlier than the Bundesliga’s heavyweights slug it out in Dortmund, third-place RB Leipzig host Freiburg, who’re winless of their final 5 video games.
Leipzig wish to construct on their midweek Champions League win over Paris Saint Germain when the German membership’s French winger Christopher Nkunku scored towards his former membership PSG in a 2-1 victory.
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