Another week of exciting Champions League action leads into an absolutely jam-packed weekend of domestic soccer. Arguably the biggest match of the year is upon us, as Liverpool and Manchester City square off in the English Premier League, as they battle for the top of the table. Of course, the Reds currently have a sizable six-point lead at the top, so it’s a must-win for the Citizens on Sunday. We have the information you need for that match and more in our best bets for November 8-10.
Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund
It doesn’t get much bigger than ‘Der Klassiker,’ as heavyweights Bayern Munich take on title-rivals Borussia Dortmund in a fixture that’s seen the hosts win by a stunning three-goal margin or larger in the last four Bundesliga head-to-heads held at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich Team News
- Coach Niko Kovac paid the price for a poor run of form with the sack. Caretaker Hansi Flick takes over.
- Robert Lewandowski reportedly needs a minor groin operation but will probably delay surgery to take part in the Klassiker.
- Jérôme Boateng is suspended for two games following his early dismissal in Frankfurt last weekend.
- David Alaba could partner Javi Martinez in central defense, with Alphonso Davies slotting in at left-back.
- Niklas Süle suffered an ACL tear against Augsburg and has probably played his last game of the season.
- Thomas Müller could get a rare start in the “Klassiker,” as Philippe Coutinho has been well below par in recent weeks.
Borussia Dortmund Team News
- Roman Bürki could return to league action after recovering from the flu. Back-up goalkeeper Marwin Hitz has problems with his back.
- Marco Reus missed the midweek Champion League outing and remains doubtful with an ankle problem.
- England’s Jadon Sancho limped off late in the thrilling comeback win over Inter Milan with a “thigh muscle tear” and like skipper Reus, will be assessed nearer the game.
- Achraf Hakimi could play in a more advanced role, as he has done with aplomb of late. Julian Brandt is also in good form and could slot in for the injury-prone Reus.
- Paco Alcácer made the bench in midweek after recovering from an Achilles injury and could make a long-awaited return to the starting lineup.
Neither of these defenses inspire confidence, but Bayern definitely have the better goalkeeper, with captain Manuel Neuer returning to his 2014 World Cup winning form. If Lewandowski is fit to play against his former club, back Bayern to win on the back of another inevitable Lewy goal.