Our match prediction:
With Bayern Munich unexpectedly dropping points against Mainz in midweek, Der Klassiker can again be seen as a potential title decider and no doubts that Borussia Dortmund will be looking to revive their title hopes by recording a win that would see them close the gap behind their bitter rivals to mere two points. That might be easier said than done, but the Millionaires have reason for optimism after recording seven straight wins in all competitions. Bayern Munich have clearly been shaken by the serious defensive crisis, while Pep Guardiola’s decision to rest some star players in midweek backfired on him as Mainz recorded a win at Allianz Arena, albeit with a big smile from Lady Luck. The Bavarians, nonetheless, remain the favourites to win at Signal-Iduna Park, but considering that Borussia Dortmund are on top of their game at the moment, we predict that the two sides will have to settle for a share of spoils.
Highligted Player (Ribery):
After playing for the likes of Boulougne, Ales, Brest and Metz in France, Franck Ribery joined Galatasaray in 2005, but he spent no more than six months at the club. The French winger, who was born on 7 April, 1983, returned to Ligue 1, signing a deal with Olympique Marseille. Ribery scored 11 goals in 60 league appearances for the OM and Bayern Munich scouts spotted him during the 2006/2007 season. The French footballer signed a four-year deal with the Bavarians on 7 June, 2007 for a fee of €25 million. Ribery has been playing for the German giants ever since and it has to be noted that he won his sixth Bundesliga trophy in the 2015/2016 season and the Champions League title in 2013. The Bayern Munich ace played for France at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and he made it to the final of the tournament with les Tricolores. He has 13 caps for France U21 team. Ribery’s younger brothers Francois and Steven are footballers as well.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football. Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.