bundesliga.com previews a Supercup showdown that bears all the hallmarks of one of the games of the season...
Since Pep Guardiola arrived at Bayern, he has won four out of six trophies on offer. One of the two which he hasn't lifted is the Supercup, after Jürgen Klopp's Dortmund prevailed 4-2 over Bayern last summer. The head-to-head between the to tacticians stands at two wins apiece coming into this match-up, incidentally one of the most hotly-contested games in German football. It has the Klassiker moniker for a reason and both sides will want to steal a mark in the psychological stakes.
With the pair having only returned from to training this week following injury, new Dortmund captain Mats Hummels and new vice-captain Marco Reus aren't expected to feature. Summer arrivals Adrian Ramos, Ciro Immobile (pictured) and Dong-Won Ji should all make their competitive BVB bow at some stage, while FIFA World Cup-winners Matthias Ginter, Kevin Großkreutz and Erik Durm could also play some part.
Over in the red corner, meanwhile, the vast majority of Bayern's World Cup winners are unlikely to feature. German Footballer of the Year Manuel Neuer (pictured) will travel to Dortmund, though, with fellow goalkeeper Pepe Reina having only last week joined up with his new employers. Spanish duo Juan Bernat and Javi Martinez will likely start the contest, while Sebastian Rode and David Alaba may well turn out in a possible five-man midfield.
Borussia Dortmund (pre-season): W6, D1, L1
FC Bayern (pre-season): W4, D1, L1
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has enjoyed an excellent pre-season for Borussia Dortmund. The Armenian has benefitted from the absences of Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus, thriving when given both goalscoring and creative responsibilities. Mkhitaryan hit the net against Bayern at the Allianz in April and his hard-running style of attacking-midfield play makes him the ideal candidate to disrupt the Bavarians' passing rhythm and lead Dortmund's high pressing charge.
scored 74 goals in 131 Bundesliga appearances over four seasons for Klopp's men, but now returns to his former haunt in the red of Bayern on the back of an excellent pre-season that marks him out as the man who will decide this Supercup one way or another. 2013/14's top scorer has been challenged to demonstrate why he is viewed as the best striker in the world, and he will feel that there is no better place to start than at the Signal Iduna Park.
Bayern and Dortmund are the two most successful teams in the history of the Supercup, with four titles each. Dortmund won their crowns in 1989, 1995, 1996 and 2013, the most recent being a thrilling 4-2 win over their Bavarian rivals on home soil last season. For their part, Bayern have lifted the trophy in 1987, 1990, 2010 and 2012, their last triumph coming at the expense of Jürgen Klopp's men in the Allianz Arena courtesy of a 2-1 win.