The Bundesliga season has not started yet but the season’s first “Battle of the Giants” is around the corner. Borussia Dortmund will play against Bayern Munich in the DFL Supercup 2014 which means that the two biggest clubs in German football will face each other. The 2014 DFL Supercup will be the fifth DFL Supercup, an annual football match contested by the winners of the previous season’s Bundesliga and German Cup competitions.
The match will take place on 13 August 2014 at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund and especially the home advantage for the black and yellow men from Dortmund should even things out as double winner Bayern have the better players and they are also considered to be the favourite in this game.
After winning the German Bundesliga title, the team of coach Pep Guardiola also managed to win the German Cup final on 17 May at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. The game ended 2-0 after extra time for the former triple winners Bayern and once more Dortmund was the beaten team. In the DFL Supercup the team of Juergen Klopp will now have the chance to take revenge for the lost finals in their own stadium.
World Cup returnees on both sides
Both teams are in preparation for the new season and especially the World Cup returnees might suffer from lack of motivation as they came back from their well-deserved vacation just a few days ago. In the 2014 World Cup final, six of Germany’s starting eleven were Bayern players and there was a total of seven in the squad. The German Football Association (DFB) took this into account and postponed the Supercup match by four days. Kick-off will therefore be on 13 August 2014 at 6 pm German time.
The players’ situation is in the focus of attention. Striker Robert Lewandowski will make his debut in Bayern’s pre-season fixture against his former club and Dortmund will rely on their new Italian striker Ciro Immobile who will face a tough test against Bayern. Yet how Pep Guardiola’s side will line up for their clash with Dortmund is still unknown. It will be interesting to see if German World Cup hero Goetze will be in the starting eleven against his former club.
Bayern will be the favourites
Dortmund will miss Marco Reus, who suffered a knee injury just six days before the World Cup started. Long-term absentee Holger Badstuber will be back on board for the game against Dortmund. He suffered a second rupture of the cruciate ligaments in his right knee. It is speculated that, if Badstuber is fit, he could replace Brazilian international Dante from the starting eleven.
It is a fact that Bayern will be the favourites in this game. In spite of Dortmund’s home advantage the bookmakers see Bayern as slight favourites and will pay out higher odds of 3.21 for a Dortmund win in comparison to 2.40 for a Bayern win.