Dortmund - The day is upon us, the one millions of Bundesliga fans here in Germany and all around the world have been eagerly anticipating for weeks: Der Klassiker, Borussia Dortmund against FC Bayern München.

Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park is the venue for the first league meeting of the season between the current top two in the table, both now indisputably members of Europe's crème de la crème as well on the back of their respective UEFA Champions League exploits over the course of the year.

bundesliga.com will keep you posted with all the latest in the run-up to the game of the season so far, which will be broadcast live in a record 207 FIFA member states worldwide. (Here's a list of international television broadcasters for the match.)

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Saturday

17:35 The confirmed line-ups for tonight's Klassiker:

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Großkreutz, Sokratis, M. Friedrich, Durm - S. Bender, Sahin - Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus -Lewandowski

FC Bayern München: Neuer - Rafinha, J. Boateng, Dante, Alaba - Martinez- Robben, Lahm, T. Kroos, T. Müller - Mandzukic

15:12 Having suffered numerous injury setbacks at the back in recent weeks, there has been a lot of speculation regarding Borussia Dortmund's most likely back-four for the Bayern encounter. Interesting enough, Sky Sport News HD reporter Sascha Bacinski has just tweeted Lukasz Piszczek (pictured) could be back in action for BVB after several months on the sidelines, while newly-signed centre-back Manuel Friedrich has been given the No2 shirt.

15:47 Let's hear what the pundits have to say. "Dortmund is the only side able to beat Bayern at the moment," says former Karlheinz Riedle, whose brace helped Borussia Dortmund to a 1997 UEFA Champions League triumph against Juventus FC. Ex-FCB midfielder Lothar Matthäus (pictured), another member of the 1990 FIFA World Cup-winning Germany side, very much shares Riedle's opinion. "Dortmund have what it takes to get the better of Bayern."

14:40 Despite, or indeed because of the intense rivalry between the sides, Jürgen Klopp is a huge admirer of FC Bayern's football. But, as he explains on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel, the Dortmund head coach knows too that the men from Munich have a certain basic system not so very different from that of his own side, or virtually any other in the Bundesliga come to that.


13:22 You might think you already know everything about Der Klassiker, but check out this unique graphic assembling all the best facts, numbers and figures, and you're sture to still learn a thing or two about this year's fifth meeting between Dortmund and Bayern.

12:00 Little more than six hours to go now till kick-off and the tension and excitement are mounting in Dortmund and beyond. Both sides have their injury problems to contend with but Pep Guardiola, for one, has a clear line on that issue. "It can't be an excuse, I hate excuses," the FC Bayern coach said at Friday's pre-match press conference.

And personnel problems notwithstanding, there is going to be no lack of talent on display at the Signal Iduna Park this evening. Check out some of the potential key duels here!

19:00FC Bayern München stalwart Dante isn't of the opinion that the Bundesliga title would be decided should the Bavarians collect three points in Dortmund on Saturday. However, the Brazilian international is determined for the record titleholders to "prove yet again that we are Germany’s number one". Click here to read the full interview with Bayern's charismatic centre-back.


14:45 Injury woes: European Footballer of the Year Franck Ribery has been ruled out of Bayern's trip to Dortmund after picking up an injury on international duty, but BVB have suffered a number of setbacks of their own own this week.

14:21 He is the man who has to plot Bayern's downfall - can Jürgen Klopp get the better of the Bavarians, who have gone 37 games without losing? Find out what he thinks in our exclusive video interview.

14:03 Ottmar Hitzfeld had the honour, and pleasure, of coaching both sides, taking them both to glory in the Champions League. Who does he think will win this one? He tells us in this video.

13:40 All eyes are likely to be on FC Bayern starlet Mario Götze on Saturday, who will return to the Signal Iduna Park for the first time on opposition business. The Germany attacking midfielder expects 'one of the toughest moments of my career'. Read all about this very special reunion here.

13:30 The clash between the 2013 UEFA Champions League finalists FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund has been a Klassiker for many years, not only recently. We have put together a pictorial history of possibly the most fascinating encounter in German football.