The competitive top-flight German season begins this weekend as Borussia Dortmund take on Bayern Munich in the Super Cup.Bayern Munich qualified for this match by winning the Bundesliga title for a record 27th time last season. It was their fifth Bundesliga title in a row and they are now aiming to make if their second Super Cup victory in succession.
If Bayern Munich win this match, they will hold the record with 6 Super Cup wins.
Borussia Dortmund play in this match because of winning the German Cup final last season. They defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the final with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the crucial goal.
Borussia Dortmund Form
Borussia Dortmund have played several friendly games in the summer with mixed results. They have been good wins over Urawa Red Diamonds and AC Milan but also defeats to Espanyol and Atalanta.
Peter Bosz is the new man in charge and he guided a young Ajax team to the Europa League final last season. He will be aiming to build on Borussia Dortmund’s good finish to last season, when they went on an unbeaten 6 game run.
Having failed to defeat Bayern Munich in 7 games, Borussia Dortmund have beaten them in 2 of the last 3 meetings, once in the league and once in the cup.
Bayern Munich Form
Bayern Munich coasted to yet another Bundesliga title last season and seem to have a firm grip over domestic football in Germany.
They finished 15 points clear of second place RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga and it appears no German club can come close to competing with them. However, Bayern Munich have struggled in preseason and suffered some poor defeats.
Bayern Munich have lost to AC Milan, Inter Milan, Liverpool and Napoli and failed to score a single goal across all 4 matches. Not only that but they lost 3-0 to Liverpool and 2-0 to Napoli in their own stadium.
Carlo Ancelotti clearly has some work to do in preparation for the new season and it remains to be seen just how ready Bayern Munich will be for this match.
This game will come too soon for Marco Reus and Julian Weigl who are trying to come back from injuries suffered last season. New signings Omer Toprak, Mahmoud Dahoud and Maximilian Phillip will hope to claim a place in the starting XI.
Manuel Neuer is making good progress on his return from injury but may not be risked in this match. New singings Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy are only just coming back having played in the Confederations Cup but Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Thiago should all be fit to play.
Top Betting Tips
Borussia Dortmund have not lost as many key players as Bayern Munich this summer, which makes a change plus the match is at their home stadium. Borussia Dortmund represent good value at 23/10 with Ladbrokes to win this match.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang topped the Bundesliga goal scoring charts last season with 31 goals. The Gabon striker has been in consistent form, scoring in 6 of his last 8 competitive games. Aubameyang makes a good bet at 21/10 with Ladbrokes to score at any time.
Bayern Munich have been struggling to score goals in preseason and 3 of Borussia Dortmund’s last 4 victories over the champions have come with a clean sheet. Ladbrokes offer 6/1 for Borussia Dortmund to win to nil.