Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich aims to continue the trend of the current Bundesliga team who won on a closed road when they face Borussia Dortmund in determining the potential title on Tuesday.
The Bayern leader arrived in second place Dortmund by four points and was on course for an eighth straight title.
“For us this is a very decisive week,” urged Bayern striker Thomas Mueller.
“We have clearly set ourselves the goal of three wins this week and are taking a big step forward” towards the league title.
Bayern warmed up by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 at the weekend and also entertaining relegation-threatened Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday.
Since the Bundesliga resumed ten days ago, behind a locked door due to a coronavirus, home profits have only been small with 10 of the 18 matches played won by the visitors.
Bayern and Dortmund are the only of the three clubs – the others being Hertha Berlin who beat neighbors FC Union 4-0 on Friday – have won at home since the restart.
Bayern Hansi Flick is eager to continue the trend and once again confirm their dominance over Dortmund, which they defeated 4-0 in Munich last November.
“We look forward to Tuesday – I hope we can show what makes us strong and leave the Dortmund stadium with a smile,” Mueller added.
Signal Iduna Park will usually be filled with 82,000 fans for Bayern’s visit, but the terrace will remain empty on Tuesday.
“This will still be a tough job,” Mueller added.
“We march, Dortmund march.”
Dortmund winger Raphael Guerreiro is in condition with three goals in his last two matches and was a goalscorer in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Wolfsburg.
The Portuguese star also scored twice in a 4-0 win over arch-rivals Schalke the previous weekend in the Ruhr derby.
Dortmund is waiting for the fitness of key defender Mats Hummels, who injured the Achilles tendon in Wolfsburg.
In Bayern, midfielder Thiago Alcantara suffered a groin injury while central defender Jerome Boateng suffered a knock on Saturday.
After beating Bayern 2-0 at home in the Super Cup pre-season match last August and 3-2 in the league in November 2018, Dortmund are eager to send Bayern disappointed again.
“I hope we can get the next win,” said Dortmund’s central defender Manuel Akanji.
“Since I am here, we always lose to Bayern when away, but win at home. I want this series to continue.”
Tuesday’s match will also pit league top scorer Robert Lewandowski, 31, who has scored 27 goals in 25 matches for Bayern, against his former club.
For the hosts, Norwegian sensation Erling Braut Haaland, 19, has scored ten goals in many league matches since joining Dortmund in January from Salzburg.
Haaland and Lewandowski have exactly the same record – 41 goals in 35 matches in all competitions this season.
England winger Jadon Sancho came off the bench to set up Achrif Hakimi for the second goal at Wolfsburg.
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre hinted the 20-year-old could start against Bayern.
On Wednesday, third-ranked RB Leipzig hosted Hertha Berlin in the main match of the day.
German striker Timo Werner warmed up with a hat-trick in Sunday’s Mainz 5-0 match.
He also scored a hat-trick in the destruction of Mainz 8-0 last November.
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich (1630 GMT), Bayer Leverkusen vfL Wolfsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt v Freiburg, Werder Bremen v Bor. Moenchengladbach (1830 GMT)
RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin (1630 GMT), Hoffenheim v Cologne, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Schalke 04, Augsburg v Paderborn, Union Berlin v Mainz 05 (1830 GMT)
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