Here are a few statistical markers from meetings past to whet your appetite further for the latest edition of der Klassiker:
This will be the 89th time the sides have met in the Bundesliga. The current balance stands at 22 wins for Dortmund, 38 for FC Bayern and 28 games drawn. Dortmund have a slight edge in their home encounters over the men from Munich down the years, however: 14 wins to Bayern's twelve, with the other 18 matches ending all-square.
FC Bayern have been unable to get one over on die Schwarz-Gelben in any of the past three Bundesliga seasons. Dortmund won four games straight, home and away, in their 2010/11 and 2011/12 title-winning campaigns, while last season, despite storming to a new top-flight points record, Bayern had to be content with a share of the spoils in both league meetings with their biggest rivals.
This will be the fifth time the sides have met competitively in 2013. Alongside a 1-1 league draw at the Signal Iduna Park, there were odd-goal wins for Bayern in the DFB Cup and, of course, the UEFA Champions League final last season. The most recent encounter, in the pre-season DFL Supercup, in Dortmund's favour.
Games between the sides have traditionally tended to be close affairs. Dortmund's biggest victory in the league, 4-0 at home, dates back to June 1967. Bayern have never beaten them by a bigger margin, but their own best score of 5-1 was racked up as recently as September 2009 - in Jürgen Klopp's second season in charge of BVB, and in their own back yard at the .
Four points behind in the current title race, Dortmund's need to win this one is evidently greater than that of their visitors. Bayern, meanwhile, are fresh from setting another new Bundesliga best-mark - 37 games unbeaten and counting...
Bayern have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last ten top-flight outings against BVB - and have gone 1-0 behind in nine of those.