Can anybody beat Bayern Munich?
Well, so far this season the answer is no, as they are undefeated and sit atop the Bundesliga standings. Borussia Dortmund is in second place and, while they have two losses, they are within four points of Bayern.
Bayern is not only unbeaten in league play, but also in Champions League play where the defending champs have already advanced to the knockout phase. [ Bayern vs Dortmund matchup report ]
Dortmund had no success against Bayern in the five matches facing them last season, but before this league season began they beat them 4-2 in the DFB Super Cup.
Sportsbooks offering soccer odds (the ones monitored by OddsShark.com anyway) had Bayern as a favorite midweek even on the road posted at +130 with Borussia Dortmund at +200 and a draw at +240.
Borussia Dortmund has a great offense that has scored the most goals in the Bundesliga led by Robert Lewandowski, who leads the league in goals (9), and the duo of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus, who have seven goals apiece.
Can the Dortmund offense crack the Bayern defense? That is the big question in this match for those who understand sports betting. Bayern Munich has conceded the fewest goals in the league and they are coming off a clean sheet.
Bayern has a superior midfield led by Franck Ribéry and they are masters at creating scoring chances in that area of the field.
Mario Mandzukic leads Bayern with eight goals, but they are a balanced offense with four players that have at least three goals on the season.
Dortmund has lost their last two matches and if they lose this match catching Bayern will be very hard to do. They must keep to their attacking style and not relent against a Bayern club that can frustrate teams with their style of play.
Bayern usually wins the time of possession battle and that is mainly because of their great midfield. Last season Borussia Dortmund played to a 1-1 draw late in the season facing Bayern where they barely lost the time of possession battle (53% to 47%).
They will need to repeat that performance to have any chance to beat them this time around.
Bayern MF Bastian Schweinsteiger is out for this match recovering from ankle surgery.
Dortmund is undefeated at Signal-Iduna-Park this league season.