Borussia Dortmund are hoping to derail FC Bayern München's march towards the title in Saturday's hotly anticipated Der Klassiker at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT).
Dortmund have eaten into Bayern's lead at the top of the Bundesliga and can now move to within two points of the Bundesliga summit with a win over their historic rivals.
After seeing their flawless home record ended by 1. FSV Mainz 05 in midweek, Bayern will be bidding to bounce back immediately and maintain at least the five-point advantage over their biggest challengers for the title.
Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski scored a brace apiece as Bayern extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings to seven points with an emphatic 5-1 win over Dortmund in Der Klassiker.
Matchday 25 - Match facts
- Bayern are just five points clear of Dortmund – their smallest lead since Matchday 16.
- Dortmund have more points than any other side in second place at this stage of a Bundesliga campaign. With their 57 points, BVB would have been top in 45 of the previous 52 Bundesliga seasons after Matchday 24.
- Dortmund have yet to lose a game in 2016 (nine wins, one draw) and are on a seven-game winning streak in all competitions.
- Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel have the best win records with Bayern and Dortmund respectively of all coaches in Bundesliga history to have overseen more than five games.
- This season Dortmund boast the best home record in club history (ten wins, one draw). Their last home defeat came against Bayern (0-1 on 4 April 2015).
- Bayern won the reverse fixture 5-1 and since that fixture, Dortmund have picked up two points more than the Bavarians.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored at least one goal in each of his Bundesliga home games this season. the Gabon international can match a league record held jointly by Gerd Müller and Jupp Heynckes with another goal.
- The Bundesliga's two leading scorers - Lewandowski (23 goals) and Aubameyang (22) - have scored 45 between them. Those returns are more than any other two players after 24 games in the past 42 years (Müller and Heynckes also had 45 in 1973/74.)
- A total of 18 of the last 22 Bundesliga titles have gone to either Dortmund or Bayern.
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Bender, Hummels, Schmelzer - Weigl - Gündogan, Kagawa - Mkhitaryan, Reus - Aubameyang
Absentees: Sokratis (adductor)
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Kimmich, Alaba, Juan Bernat - Xabi Alonso - Robben, Müller, Thiago, Douglas Costa - Lewandowski
Absentees: Badstuber (ankle), Boateng (adductor), Javi Martinez (light training)