Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich – Westfalenstadion at 17:30 Live at BT Sport

Barely a month after taking the reigns on a temporary basis, 72-year-old Jupp Heynckes has guided Bayern Munich back to the top of the Bundesliga and to six victories from six games with just two goals conceded.

The Bavarians beat RB Leipzig 2-0 in Munich last weekend and, with Dortmund’s defeat at Hannover, the defending champions returned to the summit ahead of their Der Klassiker contest at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday.

FC Hollywood had trailed by five points when Heynckes returned – they now hold a three-point advantage having claimed a trio of triumphs by an aggregate 8-0 in the Bundesliga. The spark has returned to the team and the unrelenting control has also been hard to ignore.

Hard to dismiss Bayern

Admittedly, the early red card Leipzig suffered at the Allianz Arena all but ended the contest but that can only be seen as a positive for Bayern who head to Dortmund on the back of another victory, in the Champions League against Celtic.

Robert Lewandowski was left out of that match to aid his recovery from a slight tweak in his hamstring last weekend and will be back in the XI on Saturday evening as the Bavarians bid to add more pain to Dortmund. The visitors have shipped a solitary Bundesliga goal in their last four meetings with BVB.

Heynckes troops have already claimed a 3-0 success over Schalke on their travels and hold plenty of appeals again here with 2.070 available on Bayern beating the -0.50 Asian Handicap.

Dortmund’s troubles

Dortmund picked up 19 points from their first seven games but they’ve since picked up only one point from their last three with defeats arriving at home to RB Leipzig and again on the road against Hannover last weekend. In both reverses, BVB shipped at least three goals.

Peter Bosz’s side is now under serious pressure in Germany having committed the same mindless defensive errors, being caught out by direct straight balls. Even sporting director Michael Zorc chipped in, saying “I have no explanation for this.”

Another dreadful display against APOEL in midweek Champions League action here has only raised the stakes on Bosz and another rotten result against their major title rivals could even see the ex-Ajax boss removed from the dugout.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Bayern Munich -0.50 at 2.070

By @MarkOHaire

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