There may be ten positions and 31 points between the two sides coming into this Matchday 27 encounter, but as soon as the two sides march out of the tunnel side by side this Saturday, there will be little between them.
bundesliga.com previews one of the biggest games on the European club calendar.
It may not be as pivotal as many of the recent meetings between these two Bundesliga giants, but Klassiker number 92 will be no friendly. Dortmund are keen to make up ground on the top six to secure a place in Europe next season which seemed impossible at the midway stage of the campaign, while Bayern are keen to bounce back from their second defeat of the season before the international break and maintain their ten-point cushion over second-placed Wolfsburg.
(r.) has been ruled out with a troublesome adductor injury which makes him a doubt for the rest of the season. , and Marcel Schmelzer are all fit while the international break has enabled to recover his best condition, making him an option for Klopp.
Pep Guardiola is without the key trio of David Alaba (l.), Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, forcing him to improvise this weekend. Philipp Lahm is set to make his first start since recovering from an ankle injury while Xabi Alonso and Bastian Schweinsteiger could complete a compact, new midfield trio in the absence of natural width.
Fresh from his gala performances for , (r.) will be looking to deliver the same sort of influential showing against Bayern. The tricky midfielder has four goals in nine starts in 2015, with a further three assists, and has been the main source of inspiration behind BVB's recent revival.
(l.) will be out to prove he can orchestrate the Bayern machine just like the national team. The 30-year-old will takes the reins in a formidable midfield alongside Alonso and Lahm, who is in awe of the company. "They are amazing footballers," he said. "And amazing footballers can perform well together."
Jürgen Klopp: "We don't see ourselves on a par with Bayern, but that's not to say we don't have a chance. We just need to do less talking and try to put in a decent performance. At the end of the day, we've got to win the game. What that then means in terms of the league table is secondary."
Manuel Neuer: "Bayern against Dortmund always has a cup final character about it. It's been the big match in the Bundesliga in recent years. After this game, it's going to be blow after blow [until the end of the season] and we can't afford to sit back. We know what's at stake."
UEFA Champions League elimination thanks to home and away defeats to Juventus is the only blot on Dortmund's recent copybook, which has seen them go unbeaten in seven domestically (5W 2D). Bayern may have cruised into the last eight in Europe, but they're looking to bounce back from their home defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
These two teams meet for the 92nd time, with the scales currently tipped in Bayern's favour. They have 40 wins as opposed to Dortmund's 23, but they have not had everything their own way recently. Dortmund won 3-0 in Munich last season, although they lost 3-0 at home. Prior to that, Dortmund had gone six Klassikers unbeaten.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Sokratis, Subotic, Hummels, Durm - Gündogan, Bender - Kampl, Kagawa, Reus - Aubameyang
Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Benatia, Boateng, Bernat - Lahm - Xabi Alonso, Schweinsteiger, Müller, Götze - Lewandowski
To see how passionate previous Klassikers have been, check out this video courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel.