- Jérôme Boateng and Niklas Süle compete for a spot at centre-back.
- Corentin Tolisso could come in in central midfield, if manager Jupp Heynkes decides to rest James Rodríguez.
- Kingsley Coman provides a further option on the flanks.
- Neven Subotic and Marc Bartra provide further options at centre-back, if manager Peter Stöger decides to rotate there.
- Mahmoud Dahoud and Nuri Sahin are the first alternatives in central midfield.
- Stöger does not have many options in attacking positions though and might well field an unchanged side for the third time in a row.
Bayernareundefeated in 29 of their last 30 matches (DFB Pokal).
Borussia Dortmundhavewon their last 5 matches (DFB Pokal).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Borussia Dortmund‘s last 5 games (DFB Pokal).
Bayernhave seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Borussia Dortmund in all competitions.
Borussia Dortmundhavescored at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches (DFB Pokal).
Bayernhavescored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches against Borussia Dortmund in all competitions.
- Bayern are the Bundesliga’s “Autumn Champions” and head into the winter break with an 11-point lead over Schalke and a 13-point gap between themselves and third-placed BVB. They will nonetheless face a difficult task here and have a lot to lose at home against revived visitors.
- Dortmund sacked manager Peter Bosz after a two-month spell without a win against a top-tier side. His successor Peter Stöger brought stability to the side in his first two games in charge and made BVB defend deeper and take fewer risks in their pressing, which resulted in back-to-back Bundesliga wins.
- This game would be a worthy DFB-Pokal final and Bayern are certainly favourites at home, but BVB have found stability and balance at the right time to keep this game closer than expected.