Bayern Munich will lock horns with Borussia Dortmund in the DFL Supercup on Wednesday, in what will be the first Der Klassiker of this new season. The Bavarians won the UEFA Supercup, beating Sevilla last midweek. However, they are coming on the back of a devastating 4-1 defeat at the hands of TSG Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, so Hansi Flick’s men will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich defence was in shambles this past weekend, conceding four goals to Hoffenheim. Unfortunately, Flick doesn’t have any option but to persist with an almost identical defensive lineup against Borussia Dortmund.
There might be one change in central defence, with Niklas Sule coming in at the expense of Jerome Boateng. He should form Bayern’s high defensive line alongside David Alaba, at the heart of the four-man backline.
But elsewhere, Benjamin Pavard should continue at right-back, with Alphonso Davies also getting the nod ahead of Lucas Hernandez on the opposite flank. Manuel Neuer will be hoping for a welcome clean sheet in goal.
Flick started key midfielder Leon Goretzka on the bench against Hoffenheim, with Corentin Tolisso forming the double-pivot alongside Joshua Kimmich.
This change could likely be reverted, with Goretzka coming back into the starting lineup. His aggression, work-rate and ability to sense danger, combined with Kimmich’s composure should help Bayern Munich keep check of the strong Borussia Dortmund midfield.
Against Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski was benched for the first time in two years, presumably due to fatigue. This time around, however, the Pole will be desperate to get back into the pitch, replacing Joshua Zirkzee in the number nine role.
Lewandowski has a stellar scoring record against his former side Borussia Dortmund, and he will once again be looking to cause menace in the opposing defence, alongside his partner-in-crime, Thomas Muller.
Muller is expected to operate as the Ramdeuter, with Serge Gnabry and new signing Leroy Sane featuring on the flanks. These three lacked ideas against Hoffenheim last time out but are likely to get much more freedom this midweek.
Alternatively, Flick also has Kingsley Coman, Zirkzee and Jamal Musiala as potential alternatives, with the club yet to sign any attackers aside from Sane this summer.