Dortmund: Bürki – Bartra, Sokratis, Toprak, Schmelzer (c) – Castro, Weigl, M. Götze – Yarmolenko, Aubameyang, Philipp
Absentees: Durm (hip), Piszczek (knee), Reus (knee), Rode (pelvis)
Coach: Peter Bosz
Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Martinez, Rudy – Robben (c), Thiago, Coman – Lewandowski
Absentees: Neuer (foot), Bernat (ankle), Ribéry (knee)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Franck Ribery is out of contract at the end of next season and according to Bayern Munich board Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, he is not guaranteed a contract extension, he will be free to talk to other clubs in the New Year. He told Sky Sports in relation to the 34 Year old,
“He is a player who has done a lot for the club, who has many sympathies in the club and in our crowd.
“But, in the end, football is a competitive sport and we have to ask ourselves if Franck Ribery is the future or if we need a new player.”
Arjen Robben who has been with the club since 2009 is also in a similar situation, he also told Sky Sports a fortnight ago,
“Nobody spoke with me about an extension of my contract till now,”
- Only Bayern Munich have picked up maximum points from their past four matches, a run coinciding with Heynckes’ return.
- For the first time this season, Bayern moved to the top of the Bundesliga on Matchday 10.
- Heynckes has become the first Bayern coach to start his reign without conceding in his opening three games.
- Heynckes’ last game against Dortmund was the 2012/13 Champions League final.
- Heynckes has not lost any of his last 28 games as a Bundesliga coach (24 wins, four draws), while he has won 19 of his last 20 – the only exception being a 1-1 draw in Dortmund.
- With just one point from their past three games and nine goals conceded in that run, Dortmund are on their worst spell of form since 2014/15.
- In the past eight years, Bayern (six times) and Dortmund (twice) have shared the Bundesliga title between them, while they have picked up 14 out of a possible 16 titles between the league and DFB Cup since 2009.
- Since the summer of 2012, Bayern have earned 108 more points than Dortmund. In the past six years, Dortmund and Bayern have met 24 times in competitive fixtures.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lewandowski are top of the scoring charts with ten goals each. Since both have been playing in the Bundesliga at the same time (2013), they have scored a total of 202 goals (Lewandowski 107, Aubameyang 95).