Date: August 18, 2021
Time: 12:00 AM (IST)
Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
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Having begun their respective 2021-22 Bundesliga season in rather contrasting styles, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich will be up against each other on Tuesday night at the German Super Cup final. While Julian Nagelsmann's men began their title defence with a 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach, Dortmund dominated their opener against Eintracht Frankfurt and registered a 5-2 win. This makes it for an interesting set-up ahead of the final where Baryen Munich would hope to regain form while Dortmund would look to continue their winning run.
For Dortmund, Thomas Meunier and Julian Brandt are out of this contest after testing positive for coronavirus. Moreover, Mateu Morey and Dan-Axel Zagadou are also out due to injuries. Mats Hummels and Raphael Guerreiro are also likely to miss the game and while Hummels has returned to training, he might only be used as a sub at the most.
On the other hand, Bayern have lost right-back Benjamin Pavard to an ankle injury. Lucas Hernandez, Marc Roca and Corentin Tolisso completed a quartet of absentees, who missed the opening match of Bundesliga for the team. It would be interesting to see if they can recover quickly from their respective injuries.
Expect a high goal-scoring, entertaining thriller as these two teams have a reputation for such games. In fact, the world's finest number nines will be in business in Lewandowski and Haaland and both have been in great scoring form. While the match is likely going to go be a well-fought one, perhaps their ability to convert penalties make Dortmund favourites, in case the match heads into a shootout.
Probable Starting XI:
Borussia Dortmund: Kobel, Passlack, Witsel, Akanji, Schulz, Bellingham, Dahoud, Reyna, Hazard, Haaland, Reus
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Sarr, Upamecano, Sule, Davies, Kimmich, Goretzka, Sane, Muller, Gnabry, Lewandowski
Goalkeeper: Neuer, Kobel
Defenders: Davies, Akanji, Upamecano, Schulz
Midfielders: Gnabry, Witsel, Reyna, Bellingham
Forwards: Haaland, Lewandowski, Muller, Hazard
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