Preview: Bayern Munich vs Fortuna Düsseldorf
Bayern come into this game having earned a third consecutive Klassiker win over Dortmund, thanks to a solitary goal fron Joshua Kimmich. It also marked the third straight time that die Roten were able to earn three points against die Schwarzgelben sans conceding a goal, and now they sit seven points clear at the top of the table. Hansi Flick's men could temporarily expand this gap to a whopping ten should they pick up another win against upcoming opponents Fortuna, as Dortmund are not in action against relegation candidates Paderborn until Sunday.
As for the visitors, although they finally ended their series of four straight draws with a much-needed win against Schalke on Wednesday, they still are not out of danger just yet. Die Flingeraner sit in 16th place, just one point behind 15th-placed Mainz, and are facing a team who are unbeaten in their last 14 Bundesliga games. Furthermore, it's been nearly three decades since Fortuna defeated Bayern in Munich.
To complicate matters, Uwe Rösler will have to take on this Herculean task without the service of first-choice goalkeeper Zack Steffen. The USMNT international, on loan from Manchester City, indeed was a steady pair of hands in between the posts for his team during the first half of the season and played a vital role in them staying afloat, but unfortunately has suffered a knee injury that has kept him on the sidelines for most of this part of the campaign.
In short, unless if something shocking happens, this should be a straightforward victory for a Bayern side who have looked very comfortable since returning to live action after two months without football. Fortuna will pretty much look to keep the score-line as respectable as possible; although they managed a 3-3 draw at the Allianz Arena last season, Bayern weren't exactly on top of their game during the 2018/2019 campaign under Niko Kovac.
This time around, they look very much like the ruthless Bavarian machine they are well known as, and having now pretty much settled the title race, expect the hosts to continue to assert their dominance over their opponents as players like Robert Lewandowski seek to try to achieve personal milestones this campaign.
Team news: Bayern Munich vs Fortuna Düsseldorf
Bayern: The hosts will again have to make do without Philippe Coutinho and Corentin Tolisso due to ankle injuries, as well as Thiago as a result of a groin injury while defender Niklas Süle still is not match fit. In addition, veteran Jerome Boateng has struggled with some hip issues in the last couple of games for die Roten, but is anticipated to be involved in the starting XI for this game.
Fortuna: USMNT shot-stopper Zack Steffen will have to miss this game as a result of a knee injury that, as noted before, has kept him out for much of this part of the year. In addition, the team's record signing Dawid Kownacki is in doubt as he continues his rehab process from his own knee injury.
Match facts: Bayern Munich vs Fortuna Düsseldorf
- Bayern are unbeaten in 11 Bundesliga matches against Fortuna (W9 D2)
- Fortuna have failed to win 12 of their last 13 away matches
- Fortuna haven't won at Bayern's home ground since April 1991
- Die Flingeraner have suffered more defeats (29) and shipped more goals (117) versus Bayern than against any other Bundesliga team
- Thomas Muller has been directly involved in ten goals in his last 5 Bundesliga meetings vs Fortuna (five goals, five assists)
Where to watch Bayern Munich vs Fortuna Düsseldorf live on May 30, 2020
Bayern-Fortuna Düsseldorf kick off at 09:30 PST/12:30 EST/16:30 GMT/18:30 CET
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