Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund preview: History, team news, prediction and more

Danny Ryan
90Min

The Bundesliga's two finest teams do battle once again on Wednesday night in the semi-final of the DFB Pokal.

Both sides were dumped out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, making the tie at the Allianz Arena all the more important given that the hosts have virtually sealed the league title.

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Carlo Ancelotti's men have not been in the best form of late and despite Dortmund's defensive injury woes, they will be eager to inflict yet more pain on their rivals.

However, Bayern easily saw off Dortmund 4-1 this month in the league, evidence that, if the hosts can find some momentum, the visitors could be in for another difficult evening.


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History

The two have met 41 times in total with Bayern winning 20 and Dortmund with 14 under their belt. In the DFB Pokal, they have met six times and, as predicted, Bayern holds dominance with four victories.

The last encounter between these two in this competition came last season in the final and after a 0-0 draw in both normal and extra time, Bayern snatched the trophy away from their rivals, winning 4-3 on penalties.


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Recent form

Bayern Munich's last five fixtures (WLDLD)

The recent form of the German giants will not go down well with their expectant fans; the 4-1 victory over Dortmund at the start of the month was their only win in their last five.

Draws against Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz in the league were sandwiched in between two losses to Real Madrid in the Champions League.


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Borussia Dortmund's last five fixtures (LLWLW)

Like the hosts, Dortmund have certainly not been at their best of late. The loss to Bayern was followed by a 3-2 defeat at home to Monaco with another loss in the second leg in France a week later.

However, their league form in the last two has been good with two consecutive victories over Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Monchengladbach.


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Team News

Bayern have been hit with a bitter injury blow after Manuel Neuer was ruled out for the remainder of the season after fracturing his foot in Madrid. Javi Martinez and David Alaba could also miss the game through injury but the rest of the squad is available.

Dortmund have a slight injury crisis in defence with Marc Bartra and Sokratis both set to miss the game. Nuri Sahin will also be absent after picking up a knock, leaving Tuchel quite bare in the defensive positions.


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Prediction

When these two meet, it is usually an entertaining game but, like it has done on so many occasions, Bayern should have too much for their rivals.

Their strength at the Allianz should see them over the line but expect goals from both sides.

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