Mats Hummels is fit to start, which is a big boost for Dortmund, but there’s a blow for little Englanders with the news that Jadon Sancho is only on the bench. In the absence of the injured Thiago, Bayern’s team is as expected.
Borussia Dortmund (3-4-2-1) Burki; Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji; Hakimi, Delaney, Dahoud, Guerreiro; Hazard, Brandt; Haaland.
Substitutes: Hitz, Sancho, Gotze, Balerdi, Morey, Can, Witsel, Schmelzer, Reyna.
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Coman, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski.
Substitutes: Ulreich, Ordriozola, Martinez, Cuisance, Perisic, Hernandez, Mai, Batista, Meier, Zirkzee.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of what Google Translate is calling The Classic. Yep, it’s time for Der Klassiker! Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich is a big one at any time – it’s got its own name and everything – but this meeting, a potential title decider, is the first mega match of football’s new era.
If Bayern win they will be seven points clear with six games to play, and within strutting distance of their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title. But if Dortmund win, the title race will be on with a vengeance – especially if RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen also close the gap by winning their midweek games.
There’s no Yellow Wall but there will be a frankly obscene amount of attacking talent on the pitch: Haaland and Lewandowski,
Hazard and Gnabry, Guerreiro and Muller, Hakimi and Davies. Let us have it.
Kick off 5.30pm BST, 6.30pm CET