Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund |12 August | Allianz Arena, Munich | 20:00
Bayern Munich 11/10
Borussia Dortmund 26/10
Bayern have had a busy summer as they look to bolster their squad to dethrone Dortmund in the Bundesliga. They have some good signings, with the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Pizarro, Dante, Xherdan Shaqiri and Tom Starke in this summer’s transfer window, to add to their already competitive squad.
Winning the Super Cup would give the team a huge boost in confidence for the upcoming season. They suffered a blow with star striker Mario Gomez getting injured against Werder Bremen and he will likely miss the start of the season. However, they have brought in two quality strikers in Pizarro and Mandzukic.
The experienced Peruvian Pizarro played for Bayern during 2001 and 2007, scoring 71 goals in 171 appearances and also scored 43 goals for his most recent club Werder Bremen, in just 77 matches. Mandzukic has performed well so far for Bayern. The Croatian striker was a wanted man after his impressive displays in the Euro 2012, but Bayern already had their eye on him after his performances for Wolfsburg last season.
The Borussians downed the Bavarian giants 5-2 in the DFB-Pokal final last term, to pile more misery on their rivals. They finished eight points clear of Bayern and have also amazingly beaten Bayern Munich in their last five meetings.
The champions recently lost playmaker Shinji Kagawa to Manchester United, but picked up Monchengladbach’s young talent Marco Reus, who should be able to fill the gap if his Euro 2012 performances for Germany are anything to go by. Polish International Robert Lewandowski has been firing since returning from his holiday after playing in the Euro. They also have one of their key players, Mario Gotze, back to full strength, a solid back line, and loads of confidence.
VERDICT: Draw 24/10
Bayern will have the advantage of playing at home, something that hasn’t helped in the last two seasons against Dortmund. Although Dortmund have had the better of Munich over the last couple of seasons, I like Bayern's signings and expect them to put a performance in on Sunday. However, I don't believe it will be enough. Back the draw.
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