Wolfsburg, occupying fourth place, have a potentially tricky affair with Borussia Monchengladbach, action of which will be live on World Football channel on StarTimes. Just ask Bayern’s coach, who experienced more than his share of big matches at Barcelona.
The draw at Hoffenheim was the first blow after 11 wins in all competitions, before Darmstadt scored in the final minute last Sunday to deliver another.
Dortmund look likelier than Wolfsburg to be Bayern’s closest pursuers, domestically.
Pep Guardiola’s side has broken a new record for the best start in the Bundesliga.
Prediction: Bayern has the chance to continue their dominance in the Bundesliga and go seven points up. This includes a 5-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League clash at the Allianz Arena. And over the past week and a half, Robert Lewandowski has led the charge scoring 10 goals in just three games including five goals in a nine minute stretch.
But to call Bayern Munich “dominant” so far in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga season would be a considerable understatement.
With an eye on Sunday’s game, Dortmund was resting key players against Greek side PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday. If BVB overload their left side with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shinji Kagawa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, they could potentially hassle Philipp Lahm, who hasn’t quite been his usual self so far this season. The youngster has been vital for Dortmund’s possession play; the pivotal point to distribute the ball from one zone to another while always being open for a pass. I don’t think that Dortmund will be too defensive, and Bayern Munich plays at home, so they want to win the game. The match was briefly interrupted after the break when flares once more were lit and a few of them thrown towards the stadium’s medical staff. After a disappointing campaign last season, the Borussians have made an impressive start in the league. I’m sure Gotze must have been delighted with the goal, but the player refused to celebrate the goal as he paid respect to his former club and their supporters.
Public relations between Bayern and Dortmund have often taken a strained tone over recent seasons but Tuchel was keen to voice his admiration for opposite number Pep Guardiola.