LIVE countdown to BVB vs. FC Bayern: Kimmich on the bench

Saturday (6.30 pm) the Bundesliga will watch the top match between BVB and FC Bayern.

Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich compete in a direct duel for three important points and a lot of prestige. The starting position is balanced, as both teams enter the race with 15 points from eight games. In addition, both the district club and the record champions recently managed to gain confidence in the Champions League.

On which staff can the two head coaches Edin Terzic and Julian Nagelsmann fall back? And what are the concerns of the two teams? provides key information right up to kick-off.

+++ BVB’s lineup +++

Edin Terzic surprises with his line-up, because: BVB starts with Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Süle and Mats Hummels. Niklas Sule will be in the back four on the right track, Thomas Meunier will not be in the squad for a short time – according to information from “Sky” for family reasons.

Substitute Alexander Meyer is back in the goal, regular Gregor Kobel is on the bench. On offense, Youssoufa Moukoko is favored over Anthony Modeste after recent strong performances.

+++ FC Bayern’s line-up +++

At Bayern, Joshua Kimmich is initially on the bench after recovering from the corona disease. Kingsley Coman is back, but not in the starting lineup. Coach Julian Nagelsmann had stated that he believed the French “30, maybe 40 minutes”.

+++ BVB young bird is out +++

Good and bad news for Borussia Dortmund. According to “Sky”, Mats Hummels is actually back in the BVB roster. Marius Wolf is also available. Less gratifying: Youngster Giovanni Reyna didn’t make it to the team and will miss tonight.

+++ Bayern arrived at Signal Iduna Park +++

FC Bayern has arrived at the BVB stadium. So nothing stands in the way of playing the game:

+++ Bayern boss Salihamidzic misses duel at BVB +++

Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic of record champion Bayern Munich will not be in the stadium for the topper due to a flu infection. FC Bayern announced this via Twitter a few hours before the start of the game.

+++ How important Reus and Hummels are for BVB +++

Marco Reus and Mats Hummels are not only captains and substitutes at Borussia Dortmund and are therefore the most important players in the squad. The BVB duo are also very familiar with the matches against FC Bayern – the loss of the attacker and the question mark behind the use of the central defender are all the more serious.

In numbers: No other Bundesliga player has scored more goals against Manuel Neuer than Marco Reus – he has beaten the DFB captain eight times so far.

Meanwhile, Mats Hummels is the active player with the most appearances in the “classic”: the defender is about to play his 26th game (19 times for BVB so far, six times for Bayern). Thomas Müller, who is missing due to a corona infection, has 24 games against BVB to his name.

+++ BVB vs. FC Bayern: the expected lineups +++


Starting XI: Kobel – Meunier, Süle, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro – Can, Bellingham, Özcan – Brandt, Malen – Moukoko

Bench: Meyer, Hummels, Passlack, Rothe, Reyna, Wolf, Adeyemi, Hazard, Modeste

FC Bayern:

Starting XI: Neuer – Pavard, Upamecano, de Ligt, Davies – Goretzka, Sabitzer – Musiala – Sané, Gnabry, Mané

Bank: Ulreich, Mazraoui, Stanisic, Coman, Gravenberch, Kimmich, Choupo-Moting, Tel

+++ Terzic still undefeated against Nagelsmann +++

BVB against Bayern, that is also Terzic against Nagelsmann this year – a duel that has taken place on the sidelines four times so far. The Borussia coach won three times, including the 2021 cup final against RB Leipzig, and there was one draw.

+++ Moukoko is hot: “I’m really looking forward to it” +++

Youssoufa Moukoko of Borussia Dortmund enters the game against Bayern Munich with great confidence. “I really want to play a good game and keep those three points,” the 17-year-old told BVB TV magazine: “The fans too, the whole team. I have a very good feeling about it.”

Moukoko had replaced the much more static Anthony Modeste in the starting eleven in the Champions League match at FC Sevilla (4:1) in the center of the attack. It is expected that he will also start on Saturday and will remain a regular player for the coming weeks.

Moukoko sees himself mentally much stronger after quite tough months with irregular assignments: “I come with a completely different confidence than last year. That is also due to the confidence of the coaches.” He decided the derby against Schalke 04 (1-0) as a joker. The motto against Bayern is: “Full pot, one hundred percent.”

+++ Nagelsmann’s reunion with Süle +++

In the top match between BVB and Bayern, Julian Nagelsmann and Niklas Süle, whom he coached in both Hoffenheim and Munich, meet again. Was there an exchange before the meeting? That would be “strange”, the Bayern coach said at the matchday press conference. You can read all statements here.

+++ BVB also warms up its fans +++

Moments later, the Dortmund hosts wake up and warm up their fans with a video that puts together the most emotional cheer scenes of the season so far.

+++ FC Bayern gets into the mood +++

FC Bayern puts itself and its fans in the mood on Twitter. Ahead of the Dortmund game, the record champions published a video showing attacker Serge Gnabry’s dream goal against black-and-yellow in 3:1 (2:0) last April. “Serge Gnabry knows how to do it in the classics,” the team from Munich wrote.

+++ BVB and FC Bayern against each other +++

FC Bayern have won all of their last seven Bundesliga matches against Borussia Dortmund. The last BVB victory dates from the 2018/19 season, when black and yellow won 3:2 (0:1) at home.

Despite the balanced table situation, the team from Munich is therefore the favorite to travel to the Ruhr area. The result in the comparison of the individual players is correspondingly clear. Here is the photo gallery.

+++ FC Bayern hopes for BVB expert Coman +++

Kingsley Coman is something like the Dortmund fear personified. The Frenchman has won all his nine league matches against BVB so far, no player has such a good record. If you add up all competitions, the personal Coman record against black-and-yellow with 16:1 wins is also excellent.

But whether and for how long the winger will play on Saturday night is uncertain. After surviving a muscle tear, Coman is back on the squad and “done,” according to Julian Nagelsmann. “He could definitely play for 30 or 40 minutes,” said the Bayern coach.

+++ Is Hummels back? Who will replace Mueller? +++

The top game includes various personnel questions. On the BVB side, three players return to the squad in Mats Hummels, Marius Wolf and Giovanni Reyna. BVB coach Edin Terzic left open whether central defender Hummels would return to base promptly. It is possible that first-choice goalkeeper Gregor Kobel will return between the posts after surviving a torn muscle fiber. Meanwhile, captain Marco Reus is not an option.

However, FC Bayern has to do without Thomas Müller, who still has cold symptoms after his corona illness. Joshua Kimmich, who was also recently infected, “had no more symptoms and felt nothing,” Nagelsmann said beforehand.

+++ Difficult referee appointment at BVB vs. FC Bayern +++

Top referee Deniz Aytekin leads the top match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. For the first time in Bundesliga history, a Bavarian will lead the hit game between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern.

The 44-year-old lives in the Fürth district and whistles in the Bundesliga for the Bavarian state federation. So it is actually impossible that Aytekin can cancel the contract for the BVB vs. FC Bayern gets awarded. Since the corona pandemic, the statutes regarding the appointment of referees have been relaxed anyway, so now the next step.

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