- Hummels to oppose Aubameyang for first time in a competitive fixture.
- Talented BVB teenager Dembele set for debut in German football.
- Bartra tasked with taming Lewandowski in his first taste of the German game.
The Supercup pits together the best the Bundesliga has to offer, with heavyweights Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München each looking to draw first blood in what will be another fiercely-contested season.
bundesliga.com looks at some of the micro-battles which could make a difference this Sunday in the next installment of Der Klassiker.
Raphael Guerreiro vs. Kingsley Coman
Just five weeks after meeting in the UEFA EURO 2016 final, Raphael Guerreiro and Kingsley Coman lock horns once again, just that little bit wiser about one another. Bayern's menacing winger – who scored four goals in 23 Bundesliga appearances last season – drew the short straw in Saint-Denis and he will be out to spoil Guerreiro's Dortmund bow and ensure it is he lifting a trophy – his third since joining the record German champions – aloft on Sunday.
In preparation for his first official game in German football, Dortmund's new full-back has been collecting plenty of tips. "When I'm with Cristiano Ronaldo in the national team, it's always a pleasure when he gives you advice – I'm happy to take it on board," said Guerreiro, whose ten Ligue 1 goals in the past two seasons confirm how intently he was listening to his compatriot's comments.
As for his defensive qualities, the Bundesliga newcomer has been following the progress of a new team-mate. "I also look up to Marcel Schmelzer," he said. "I may be European champion, but that's nothing compared with what Marcel's achieved with Borussia Dortmund." Schmelzer has faced Bayern three times in the Supercup, winning two, leaving Guerreiro plenty to live up to.
Marc Bartra vs. Robert Lewandowski
Marc Bartra can expect the ultimate Bundesliga baptism of fire when he meets Bayern's Robert Lewandowski. With 121 goals so far, Lewandowski is rapidly climbing the league's all-time scoring charts, netting 30 last season alone. That haul was enough to earn him a second Torjägerkanone, having also finished as top scorer for Dortmund in 2013/14.
Watch: Check out all 30 of Lewandowski's Bundesliga goals in 2015/16
With four Bundesliga titles, two DFB Cup wins and one Supercup, Lewandowski's list of accolades is enviable. Unless, of course, you are Bartra. The 25-year-old has already lifted the Spanish league title five times, the Copa del Rey twice and, significantly, the UEFA Champions League on two occasions. Now, he has to draw on those previous successes as he steps into Mats Hummels' footsteps as the brains and brawn of Borussia's back line.
"It was a big change for me, but I accept the challenge and I see myself as equal to the task," said the Spanish defender. "I know Mats, and being his successor is a challenge."
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs. Mats Hummels
Bartra will be able to observe Hummels at close quarters on Sunday - as will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Rather than facing Hummels only in training games, the Gabon forward will now come up against his former team-mate in a competitive fixture for the first time since arriving in Germany in 2013.
The 27-year-old has scored 54 goals in three Bundesliga seasons thanks to his blend of blistering pace, fine close control and outstanding finishing, but Hummels knows all about that. The defender's quick decision-making and unrivalled tackling ability mean this duel really will be a clash of two absolute masters of their respective roles.
Ousmane Dembele vs. Arturo Vidal
A valuable addition to Dortmund's attacking ranks, Ousmane Dembele boasts pace, trickery and end-product in abundance.
The 19-year-old only debuted for Stade Rennais FC in Ligue 1 last November, but despite having just six months to show what he could do, he was still named Players' Young Player of the Year.
"I can't wait to play in the Bundesliga in front of 80,000 at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK and take to the pitch in the Champions League with my new team-mates," said the 19-year-old, who scored 12 goals in 25 games last term.
Looking to stop the Frenchman in his tracks stands Bayern's warrior-like midfielder Arturo Vidal.
The Chile international came into his own towards the end of last season, before helping La Roja to a second successive Copa America title in the summer.
He never shirks a challenge, but it is his renowned box-to-box qualities that will really ask questions of young Dembele. Will the precocious BVB recruit go that extra mile for the cause?
Julian Weigl vs. Xabi Alonso
This will arguably be the most crucial battle of all, determining who pulls the strings in midfield. Bayern's Xabi Alonso is widely regarded as the benchmark in the defensive midfield position and has experience on his side, with two Champions League titles, a collection of trophies from three countries, as well as two UEFA EUROs and a FIFA World Cup winner's medal with Spain among his haul of silverware.
Yet Dortmund's Julian Weigl is not one to be overawed following a sensational first season with BVB in 2015/16. Despite being just 20, his composure on the ball earned him a place in Germany's star-stacked EURO 2016 squad: for an example of his ability look no further that the astonishing 189 touches he had in Dortmund's 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
The pass masters of 2015/16, with 2029 and 2027 passes made respectively – over 200 more than any other midfielder in the Bundesliga last term – will be ensuring plenty of movement at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK this weekend.