Captain Marcel Schmelzer was rested in the 1-1 Champions League draw with APOEL on Wednesday and should return to start at left-back here.
Marc Batra could help out at right-back again, as Jeremy Toljan has struggled defensively so far and Lukasz Piszczek is still injured.
Gonzalo Castro and Andriy Yarmolenko, who were rested in midweek, are set to return to the starting XI.
Mats Hummels was rested for Bayern’s 2-1 Champions League win at Celtic on Tuesday and will return to the back-four.
Joshua Kimmich and Jerome Boateng are reportedly unavailable for the away side this weekend, which is a huge blow for Bayern.
Thiago, who got a break in midweek too, should return in central midfield to further improve the Bavarians.
Robert Lewandowski is expected to return from a minor injury to start up front.
Bayern are undefeated in 29 of their last 32 away matches (Bundesliga). Bayern win or draw 1.34
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Borussia Dortmund’s last 7 games (Bundesliga). Over 2.5 goals 1.47
Borussia Dortmund have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 matches (Bundesliga). Over 1.5 goals 1.14
Bayern have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches (Bundesliga). Bayern win or draw 1.34
Bayern have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (Bundesliga). Over 1.5 goals 1.14
Borussia Dortmund have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Bayern in all competitions. Over 2.5 goals 1.47
Borussia Dortmund have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Bundesliga). Over 1.5 goals 1.14
Bayern have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Borussia Dortmund in all competitions. Over 1.5 goals 1.14
• Dortmund are winless in their last five matches in the Bundesliga and Champions League and lost back-to-back competitive home games before the disappointing 1-1 draw with APOEL. With the Signal-• • Iduna-Park having lost its status as a fortress for now and BVB’s 4-2 defeat at Hannover from last weekend in mind, the side desperately needs to improve its balance again to have a chance against the resurrected defending champions.
• Bayern have won all of their six competitive matches, in regular time or after penalties, since manager Jupp Heynckes returned to the club and were able to rest key players in the Champions League this week. They will want to increase the gap between themselves and Dortmund to six points with another win here and hope to take advantage of an unsettled BVB side.
• Expect this to be a very intense game from the outset, with Bayern favourites to further increase Dortmund’s struggles.
Previous Meetings (Last 6 matches)
GSC 05-08-2017 FT Borussia Dortmund 2 : 2 Bayern Munich
GDP 26-04-2017 FT Bayern Munich 2 : 3 Borussia Dortmund
GB 08-04-2017 FT Bayern Munich 4 : 1 Borussia Dortmund
GB 19-11-2016 FT Borussia Dortmund 1 : 0 Bayern Munich
GSC 14-08-2016 FT Borussia Dortmund 0 : 2 Bayern Munich
GDP 21-05-2016 PEN Bayern Munich 0 : 0 Borussia Dortmund
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