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Five reasons why Bayern will beat Dortmund
By Michel Munger, Editor-in-chief at Bayern Central
Despite a midweek loss against Mainz, we believe that FC Bayern can beat Borussia Dortmund again, although with a closer scoreline than last time.
1. Stretch them again
Borussia Dortmund plays a familiar possession game with a high line of defence. FCB knows what the vulnerabilities are. The Reds bombed BVB’s defence with long passes in the Hinrunde. They scored three goals with that weapon, in addition to spreading wide when on the ball. We are likely to see more of it to exploit a long-standing flaw in the Bees’ game. The back line is diminished without Jérôme Boateng, but the distribution skills needed to accomplish this task will be found in Joshua Kimmich. He is brilliant on the ball.
2. Powerful wings
Pep Guardiola has a wealth of wingers at his disposals to burn your full-backs, who have to go high to feed the attack in a possession game. He can start with either the Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben duo or the younger Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman. If one pair cannot get the job done, the other one will jump on the pitch. BVB does not have a second pair of top-notch full-backs to square off against fresh legs in the thick of the action. Couple the skills on the wings with Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski’s strength in the middle and you have an explosive cocktail.
3. Psychological advantage
A 5:1 win is obviously hard to reproduce, but Die Roten surely have a small psychological advantage going into this game. The players know what they did in the first round. One can reasonably say that the midweek loss could affect them. They are human after all. The recent result will simply serve as a warning before the big game, though. Bayern will rise to the occasion.
4. Mats Hummels a potential scorer
As dedicated as he is to BVB, Mats Hummels has unrivalled own-goal scoring ability. He is Bayern’s 12th player!
5. Götze a trump card
Mario Götze has not played since his return, but he usually does well against BVB. I would not be surprised to see him on the pitch today. He can play as an impact sub and torment his former mates again.